When we are forced to recognize the boundaries of our rights in order to protect other people’s rights the way we’ve always forced others to compromise for our overreach, we begin to see how ugly our behavior has always been. Some of us accept the fault, change, and move forward, some cannot and cling to [...]
The whole is less than the sum of its parts. We’ve got the guns, but our days are numbered.
The worst of humanity require the anonymity of belonging to a large group of like-minded others. In most any type of group, once our individuality can be masked, the true nature of man shouts its ignorances into the sea of muted but understood collective voice. Riots, rallies, religions, the raucous and witless “repartee”; if you want to know what people are in the sunken hells of their being, how we yearn deep in our sickened rage to be, watch how we behave in these collections, what atrocities of which we are capable, and how confidently validated we feel in our opinions. The huddled and herded masses, less human than the pack animals before us, trudge along, million footed and led by the empty mouthed.
Everyone makes a difference, much of it is done unintentionally. The results are as equally horrifying as those we supposedly learned from. Judge evil by the desired outcomes, but don’t dismiss the wrong done when done absentmindedly, even if the probable eventualities have not or not yet been reached. We labored under the false pretense [...]
We dismiss the contrarian. We ridicule the eccentric purist. We hold strong to our first instinct and our entitlements. Our thoughts are beyond reproach. And we are wrong on every account. We can be fooled. We will be fooled, time and again. We need more than ever to reconsider, to accept our folly, to consider [...]
In case you were wondering why you’re feeling angry or attacked, or why you feel the need to attack someone else’s character or body, or why you think people unlike you are dangerous and you feel your way of life is being threatened, it is because we are in the process of being radicalized as [...]