succumbing to peer pressure

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

What he said:

The Republicans and their supporters clearly have a problem with reality. In their corporate mindset, reality is perception: they operate on the premise that, if enough people believe it, or if enough people have to believe it in order to keep their jobs, then it's true. Now maybe that can work in politics and in the business world: as the old saying goes, it's hard to get someone to believe in something if their livelihood depends on them not believing it.

But science doesn't give a damn what we think. The laws of physics and nature don't change because our opinions change. It's dangerous enough when you make war on a country based on lies, making war on reality, especially when so much of our society depends upon science and technology, and you're in control of enough destructive force to wipe out the entire planet, is dangerous on levels I can't even imagine. Maybe the Republicans think they can win such a war, but to paraphrase the song, you can fight reality, but reality always wins.

Also, in memory of Coretta Scott King, a reminder of the Six Principles:

Nonviolence is not passive, but requires courage;

Nonviolence seeks reconciliation, not defeat of an adversary;

Nonviolent action is directed at eliminating evil, not destroying an evil-doer;

A willingness to accept suffering for the cause, if necessary, but never to inflict it;

A rejection of hatred, animosity or violence of the spirit, as well as refusal to commit physical violence; and

Faith that justice will prevail.

Why is it that these days it's that last one that's hardest to believe?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Why is it that these days it's that last one that's hardest to believe?"

Because you're secretly an atheist (no believe in a higher force that helps ensure justice will prevail)? Or, as a counterpoint, because deep down you're not much of a humanist (no faith that people, deep down, want to do the right thing 'cause its the rational thing to do)?

Or perhaps because its completely natural for people to get frustrated, especially when a string of things seem to not be going your way. I have faith you'll bounce back, Pollyanna. :-)


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