To: Voice in your head
Don't most people realize that everyone has a different idea of what brings them happiness? It is for that reason that healthy families, who "truly yearn" for one another "to have a happy and good life" do not harrass one another as the author implies people would.
I do really hate to disillusion you, but your statement is incorrect. Except perhaps as within a family. Strangers are all too willing to harrass, intimidate and even imprison or kill to ensure that their views are followed to the letter. It's all done in the name of do-goodism and it's the rankest of evils.
posted on 03/14/2003 5:58:57 PM PST
("The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself.")
I'll buy that. But, do-goodery is a phenomena that rears its ugly head in the arena of anonymous power grabbing. People vote for do-goodery, because it is impersonal and more attractive. People are more aggressive in anonymous arenas. This is seen in mobs, in chat rooms, in forums such as this, and at the ballot box. When it comes time to confront someone in a personal confrontation regarding an issue that is for their own good or otherwise, do-gooders are not so aggressive. However, if a person can vote for a law that imposes their will on others for their own good, the do-gooder will almost always vote yes. The anonymity is the catalyst.
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