Understanding is Freedom (was: The veterans)
- Tim Condon wrote:
>That's how things were settled in the past. That does not mean we have
> "Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has
> any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its
> worst. Nations and peoples who forget this basic truth have always
> paid for it with their lives and freedoms."
> Robert A. Heinlein
to carry that sad approach into the future.
I am not saying we should all be pacifists. Far from it. We should be
strong enough to defend our home turf from any would-be attacker. But
that does not mean that we also need to be the aggressor ourselves. For
if our "Freedom" is had due to the oppression of others, then that
"Freedom" is worthless, both morally and practically.
We should all be of the mindset of never initiating aggression. If,
then, someone tries to "settle" a disagreement with "naked force", at
that point we should respond in like-kind.
But if our species is to survive its technological infancy, we'd better
be thinking along more constructive lines. Today, a single person, using
technology, can kill thousands and disrupt millions, and it's not even
that hard to do. Today, with the so-called "war on terrorism", the US
has become terrorists themselves, killing countless innocents, which
only inflames the anti-US sentiment abroad, leading to the "forever war"
pattern, which is also noted in history.
We can end this, but only if we are willing to depart from our tribal
animalistic ways of dealing with conflict. We will either ascend to
saner sensibilities as a species, or wipe ourselves out eventually. The
nuclear arms race is one example of how we could (and perhaps nearly
did) end ourselves via "naked violence" to the extreme. As the
population on this little ball of ours continues to rise amidst our
competition for the finite resources and limited land, it becomes even
more important to shed our primitive tribalism and seek a new direction.
I am convinced that we can be both Free and also Sensible. Alas,
Governments currently work against both. Understanding the complex and
complicated nuances give rise to ways to undo the sticky odoriferous
mess we currently find ourselves.
In short: Understanding is Freedom.
- Oh, I got the reference. Still, though. Same reaction. ---Tim
On Sun, May 24, 2009 at 10:58 PM, Jeremy J. Olson <yahoogroups@...>wrote:
> Heh, tough crowd... No one got the reference?
> At 2009-05-24T17:20:45-0400, <tim@...> wrote:
> > More likely ruined the marriage. Sex used as a weapon is a terribly
> > double-edged sword. ---Tim Condon
> > On Fri, May 22, 2009 at 11:26 PM, Brian W. <arinora@...> wrote:
> > > Maybe-maybe not. It probably just ruined their marriage.
> > >
> > > The quote was from someone else, which I placed in the brackets. My
> > > comment
> > > followed it.
> > >
> > > Brian W.
> > > _____
> > >
> > > From: email@example.com
> > > [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Carol
> > > Moore/Secession.Net
> > > Sent: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 5:52 AM
> > > To: email@example.com
> > > Subject: Re: [FSP] The veterans
> > >
> > > I think refusal to give one's husband sex has settled far more :-)
> Jeremy J. Olson
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