- Oct 15, 2004True sociopaths not only respect power but also crave
it and find strength wherever it is being unleashed,
both from the left and the right.
I'm curious and optomistic about the outcome of
today's events. Realizing a democratic nation through
the unleashing of awesome deadly force from an
external party in a place that has no experience
living within a democratic society is something that
hasn't worked too well in recent memory. Though I do
believe it's possible and have much hope and belief
that it will happen, this battle is far from over.
The outcome of these events is not yet sealed, and it
would be foolish not to proceed with caution before
announcing total victory with bravado.
Overall, these conversations don't play well on the
Internet. These dialogues would be different if we
were able to have them face to face in the same room.
Try as we may, it's easy for the written word to be
taken out of context and misunderstood with shades of
meaning lost in the translation. My last posts have
been taken as an endorsement of Kerry, which was most
certainly not intended. Were I known in this forum as
more than another blip in the chat room, this would
probably be evident, as it is to those who do know me.
Even my choice of a screen name, Social Artist, was
construed as a proof of support for the socialist
system. I was endorsing social unity by suggesting
the formation of neighborhood gatherings, but not
socialist enconomic theory. Br. Ron stated that if
the United States were truly united in the fight in
Vietnam that there would have been a very different
outcome. Along those lines, seeing that our country
is not altogether united during this conflict should
give one pause when considering the potential outcome
this time around.
I had intended to relate that if more people in this
country were to work harder at thinking for themselves
instead of abstaining from making difficult choices,
then a candidate like John Kerry would quite likely
not be as popular. Br. Ron's post is proof of this.
He took the time to analyze what he had experienced
and formed his own reasoned opinion on the matter. I
haven't seen much reasoned analysis that makes a
strong case for Kerry as a candidate. If there were
more people who got their news analysis from
individual sources such as Br. Ron than the singular
John Stewart, I'd like to believe we'd be better off.
Ridiculing other's expressions of thought in sloppy,
sarcastic and cynical ways is a poor method of
commanding respect and should be avoided in
educational forums. Politics! It prompts us to
behave in unusual ways.
These are horrible and painful times with one
worldwide fire fight after another over the past
century. It's not a sign of fatal weakness for one to
take time to connect with the pain in this world and
respect those who are risking everything for a better
way of life further down the line.
In case there's any confusion, this is not intended as
an endorsement of government sponsored healthcare.
Mathew Morrell wrote:
I'm always impressed by how Br Ron formulates his
poetic and thoughtful.
Social_Artist made some good points as well. I too am
the day when gentle healing, not bullets, is capable
of subduing the
blackest motivations. However I think that day is a
long way off.
True evil exists. True sociopathic personalities who
have no regard
for humanity walk among us. And they can't be subdued
healing," just as the Nazi's couldn't, or Genghis
Khan. They only
respect one thing. Power.
Thank goodness the World War II generation had this
within them. Had they not, Social Artist would be a
lamp shade or
he would be speaking German.
Interesting thoughts here and well expressed. I'm
sitting in front ofthe TV as every American is while
trying to balance my plastic tray ofgoodness knows
WHAT can THAT "food" came out of, ignoring my
children["I don't care if you DO descend down into the
Monterey Canyon in thatRov - just take your
oceanography junk and lemme be, OK?!"], hidingfrom
neighbors who, like me, of course lack any incentive
to formneighborly groups, anyway, since all I want to
do right now isconcentrate on Steiner's warnings
contained in his "Apocolyptic"Lectures to the Priests
describing just these very times. Seems to meSteiner
warned us to the effect that "scarcely 1/4th of the
newmillenium shall have passed before..." - oh, well,
everyone can read itfor themselves since as an
American I can't leave the TV or my plastictray of
goodness-knows-what inedible gunk came out of that can
- letalone...[yawn...] um - now WHAT is it about the
name/word SOCIAL thatreminds me of
Socialism=Liberalism=Kerry? Heavens to Betsy - NOW I
haveto think! [shudder...] - maybe we SHOULD have
Kerry as president andget his impending horror in the
Asuras' name started NOW! Gee, it's SOdifficult to
know WHAT to do, but no doubt I'll be instructed in my
duties by the wise council of - um - lack of freedom
Cheers, since worse - uh - better, uh huh BETTER Kerry
days are ahead!WOOOOHOOOO,
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