[Habermas] Re: fascism?
- Brother Matthew!
Thank you for your kind words. Actually, your idea of my "torment" is
misplaced. I am a happy man. The sun is currently streaming in the
window and my children are playing beautifully. It can be helpful as
"therapy" to work through ideas relating to world conflict.
Part of this "monastical" working through of ideas is the
acknowledgement of one's own mortality. I continue to believe that it
is better to die than to kill; more important to die well than to
live a long life. However, as a parent one has a duty to continue to
live for as long as one's children are reliant on one's care. This
over-rides all other considerations (the implication being that one
is a parent before one is a Self).
However your no doubt well-meaning comment about monitoring by the
security forces does raise issues (Hello Hank!!!). If true, then I
think I am probably right about who are the true fascists! Especially
if Hank and his henchmen come knocking at my door (address appears
below; I look forward to it). At least then I would be certain that I
had "won" this "argument".
It is interesting that the issues I have been following through are
not themselves thought worthy of discussion. Perhaps it is thought
they have become too personalized and so the discussion moves to
concern about my "state of well being".
I have a maxim: "always be at least as weird as the weirdest other
person in any given situation". This is akin to the American
superpower maxim of "always wreak at least ten times as much
destruction as the amount of destruction you think your enemy may be
capable or wreaking". But it is the communicationalist alternative.
It is an observation that violence is often the result of weirdness
being shunned or ignored. The refusal to communicate with someone who
is suffering from a dose of weirdness often leads to that person
becoming psychopathic. I really don't know if this principle can be
extrapolated to include entities eg. Saddam's Ba'ath regime. But it
may be worth trying.
Intellectuals sometimes follow a similar principle. If an opponent is
using arcane terminology to boggle you, use even more arcane
terminology so that the boggler himself becomes boggled. This however
is far from being my intention and I hope that I have expressed my
weirdness as clearly and as respectfully of the frames of reference
of the audience as possible.
Finally, I hope that my philosophizing has not been "oppressive of
others". This is far from being my intention.
>Dear Brother Thomas :-),--
>I am a little concerned at your state of well being. Methinks you are
>spending too much time in the monastic cell, and not enough time in
>the garden. I went for a walk on the mountain overlooking our city
>two days ago, and just seeing the sun's rays filtering through the
>foliage was enough to lift my spirits. After all, philosophical
>thinking IMO is intended to liberate the self not oppress the self or
>others. This isn't to deny that sometimes too much thinking has hurt
>my head, which is why I can empathize with your torment.
>Also as a parent I think I can understand your account of the deep
>rootedness of your concern for the well being of others who are
>presently being oppressed. One's love for one's own children
>almost "logically" leads one to universalize this love for all
>children. Then, and remaining within this logic, it is clear that all
>of us were once children so like it or not this same love needs to be
>transposed over humanity.
>I was thinking today that even two weeks ago before the Coalition
>took military action the world was a much more pleasant place. BTW
>on a practical level I wouldn't be surprised if political-leaning
>discussion lists such as this were being monitored by agents of the
>Brother Matthew ;-).
>To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:
>Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/
Aite nan Easgann, Achmore, Dundonnell, Ross-shire, IV23 2RE
UK Orange mobile +44 (0)7966 294458; UK Vodafone +44(0)7787 158073
If calling from a UK or international landline please ask me to call you back
- No, Matt. I don't believe I'm fixated on anything.
I DO care about lots of issues, like you. Accordingly, I
collect lots of information on lots of issues, so I am able
often to have evidence for my claims.
But, of course, caring about issues doesn't require
fixation in order to be genuine.
--- matthew_piscioneri <mpiscioneri@...> wrote:
> I suspect you are pulling my leg:
> > Matt, I was continuing to respond to a theme you
> > introduced, and doing so relative to your comments. To
> > continued response to you on this as my fixation on
> > theme is subject-centered.
> The fixation is NOT anything to do with your continued
> response to
> this thread (for which I appreciate). The fixation *from
> perspective* I detect is on how "them" perceive the U.S
> (you refer to
> the Pew report, for eg.)
> My concern is the other way around (James Baker's also
> How the U.S perceives the rest of us poor buggers out
> here hoping to
> see a cosmopolitan world evolve around the principles of
> compassion and cultural integrity and respect.