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To: zzeeman
To reply to this post and your aearlier one - The trouble as I see it, is that our sheltered existence has led us to shy away from a frank look and an unflinching comprehansion of the darker side of human nature. We simply don't want to believe it. As Peikoff has said in his Ominous Parallels it was not so much a matter of believing the Big Lie - it was the refusal to accept the Incredible Truth that led so many to walk onto the Third Reich rail cars.

The brutality of man is an age-old story. But of late, we have become disconnected from it here in America. Our pampered existence has led us into a virtual Disneyland of disbelief. But who can blame people for not wanting to belive this stuf?/ Who wants to?

Moreover, most of us don't think in terms of the pursuit of power over others. As I said in the essay, for some, absolute power is more compelling, more addictive than any drug. We can't understand that mindset because we just don't operate that way. Our moreal and ethical sensibilites are anchored in our belief in, and personal relationship with our Creator. Ujnlike the power -lusters, we have a moral compass. They don't. And they despise those of us who do. Think about it: all of the current cultural rage against and sneering at those they label 'goody two-shoes. Men of honor and simple human dignity are the sneering punch lines to liberal party jokes.

"Freedom is not synonymous with an easy life. ... There are many difficult things about freedom: It does not give you safety, it creates moral dilemmas for you; it requires self-discipline; it imposes great responsibilities; but such is the nature of Man and in such consists his glory and salvation."

Never give up.

116 posted on 06/08/2010 4:30:34 PM PDT by Noumenon ("Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed, that he has grown so great?" - Julius Caesar)
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To: Noumenon
The brutality of man is an age-old story. But of late, we have become disconnected from it here in America. Our pampered existence has led us into a virtual Disneyland of disbelief. But who can blame people for not wanting to belive this stuf?/ Who wants to?

Absolutely. I have to say that I had been a bit "stunned" by the reaction of almost all of my contemporaries (i.e., folks born in the late 40s or 50s) when I try to engage them in any conversations of substance on topics such as these (including the state of the economy, political realities, or history). I have given much thought to the "why" aspect of it, considering the apparent level of "intellect" and/or education and the overall "successful" stations in life that these people have reached. It is clear to me that the overall level of comfort and affluence that our country has enjoyed for decades has created a very self-absorbed and utterly complacent populace.

The TRUTH is too distasteful, difficult, and "upsetting" to comprehend. It is also too "large," in that we aren't talking about a few policies that may need to adjusted, or a few laws that need review and modification. It also seems "so un-American" to many because a great deal of our population (especially anyone 50 and upward) just can't accept the fact that this can ever happen in America. We have been falsely indoctrinated to believe that the government could never be "that bad" and will always "be there to protect us" in the end. These are the people that should have enough knowledge and understanding to know better. People in their 40s and upward should have been exposed to a bit more of the "truth" of our history and should have been less indoctrinated than those that are younger. But our culture and overall comfort have softened these abilities that should be present.

Younger people have a different sort of problem in coming to grips with this. As a whole, people in their 30s and younger that have been fully indoctrinated in government schools have less of the actual facts available (unless they actively seek it out now) and far less comprehension and processing skills (by design). Also working against them is the fact of their youth, i.e., what person just starting out in their adult life (still hoping at some point to marry, have a family of their own, and "prosper" to some degree, at least at some point) wants to face the dark reality of this TRUTH? It is very easy to understand why the LIE is so appealing, for it falsely offers them "everything" at no cost.

Because of the above, amongst other factors not mentioned, it is a struggle of immense proportions to gain an open mind from our populace as a whole. I certainly don't intend to be overly pessimistic or "gloomy" here, just attempting to speak truthfully. If we are to be effective to any useful degree, these are the facts that we must accept. And above all, fully embrace your closing comment:

Never give up.

118 posted on 06/09/2010 3:19:11 PM PDT by zzeeman (Fighting to not be the amongst the last generation to enjoy Freedom & Liberty!)
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