The worst rule the world, because they are the worst-
PA; The worst rule the world, because they are the worst.
GD; Not for long
RE; For ever
GD; No RE, social media and independent journalism, what is left, will keep fighting. And even the most oppressed will get tweets and pings. Assange, Manning and Snowden have started movements. Non Violent Civil Disobedience is spreading. It can’t be suppressed with pepper spray and soft restraints. To many heroes in this show. They will win little by little. Patience, there are more good than bad, Even if the bad have all the money and congress. It may seem they rule the world but thats what they want to believe. My thoughts, my mind, my actions are the world to me
RE; At the end the “Non Violent Civil Disobedience” is a human organization, and as such it will either die out, or in worse case will have an organizational structure in which the worst bullies will be on the top. There is nothing new under the sun.
GD; There is, we have the internet… Truth can hardly be sequestered the way the have in history books. Researching the truth is a simple finger click away. watching science is a click away. People know more. Education is an easy choice today. I have faith in knowledge. Many old stays are dismantling. This is not my fathers worlsd
RE: At the end the truth wins, the question is when and at what price. In between the lie and cruelty celebrates. Just remember the last century events (Hitler, Stalin, Mao Zedong, Pol Pot, Mugabe i mean Dr Mugabe, etc.) All of them are gone (except the least evil Dr Mugabe). Did you know Pol Pot studied in Paris? Don’t be upset by history but learn from it.
GD; I agree. I have always appreciated my parents, being from their generation of indoctrinated fear, never pushing that on to their children. While humanity should not forget and always learn from the past, even though as we speak people are trying to erase it in history books, we should all understand why things were done, politically, economically, strategically. All the while we have new fears, NSA monitoring and surveillance drones. I guess the real question is do we have less fear because we have more access to knowledge? Or more fear because the media has portrayed fear as the new normal? I am not sure that mass herd mentality works in modern society anymore. And that is how dictators ruled. Even china can’t hold their grasp on social media. The new fear is forced acceptance. It is worse. Or should I say financially forced acceptance.
AH; I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.
ER; Yes, they were in history few good leaders who won. Martin Luther King is among them, others are N.Mandela, M. Gandhi, V. Havel all of them won, but at what personal price. Two of them murdered, two served years in jail. And anyway after them some scoundrels destroyed anyway their achievements. Still the strife for self evident justice (that’s what these leaders were after) must go on. But who are the new Mendelas, Gandhis, Kings or Havels? In the best case those who came after them are kind of jokers
AH; It is a process. In the last 500 years from time of Galileo (who was threatened by his Church for telling the truth about the nature of the planets) to today there has been tremendous progress on a global scale. We with progressive values and committed to the path of love, must remember that darkness is also part of human nature (perhaps an essential part) and remain vigilant — and hopeful.
RE; I assume you never lived in a country where the government terrorizes its citizens. Try to express your truth in one of the terror countries, like Saudi Arabia, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc. Try to say there, it is wrong not to let women to have education (about 50% of them are illiterate). Try to say something about freedom of faith. Communism was wiped out only 20 year ago, its leftovers are regimes like the one in N. Korea but also Cuba. You say, ……darkness is also part of human nature…. The question is not if darkness is part……..it definitely is and nobody can deny it, but how do you fight it. In most of the cases the fight is with even more darkness.
AH; I have never lived in a terrorizing country. I did have terrorizing parents and an entrenched belief in a terrorizing Pentecostal God. I am a racial minority in a world that devalues everything I do because of my skin colour. We all have our challenges.In the end, it is arrogant for me to think you can make (force) people do what I think they should do or feel what I think they should feel. This is exactly the mindset of the dictator and I reject that thinking completely. The best I can do is look at my inner signaling. I seek to elevate my own consciousness and change myself for the better. The next step is the social conversation. I share my thinking and values with others in the hope that they too will be inspired to change themselves for the better.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
― Martin Luther King, Jr.
RE; Sorry Alexi, this time M.L.King had it wrong. The Nazis were defeated by Stalin, just because his cruelty did not have limits, while the Nazis limited their cruelty only to the non Germans. Without Stalin the Western powers would never stand against the Nazis.
AH; If you think about it carefully, the darkness of Hitler was replaced by the darkness of Stalin. This was true for the USSR, East Germany, East Berlin and most of East Europe. So Stalin did not drive out darkness, he just replaced it with his own dark shadow.
PA; Sorry I just surface so late, I’m hanging my head in shame. I was quite busy, plus I carpet bombed Summers once again in my latest (see “Summers Of discontent”). and I have a cold, plus somebody in uniform hand on his gun informed me that “there will no be a third warning” (geeee, i did not notice the first warning; the police state is assuredly not a myth, but experimentally verified…). All right, I’m going to read the preceding.
Dear Gena: All I can say is that, after being threatened with termination by someone in uniform, today, as I was with my 3 year old daughter, i think you are naive. You do not realize how much violence authorities are ready to use, and how cowardly most people are. Revolution is expensive. Most people in the USA are firmly keen to not notice whatever would irritate the authorities.
Dear Gena: Most of the Internet is carefully controlled JUNK. I spent a huge amount of time writing careful and deep essays, but I see vulgar and manipulated stuff mightily reigning. And I have seen deliberate manipulations. Both the NYT and HP published in the past me only after I protested their censorship… And even then. Another point is that the rise of feudalism in the USA is accelerating at this point, so optimism is hard for me to gather…
Alexi: Stalin was in control by 1923, ten years before Hitler (Lenin tried to stop him at the end of his life).
PA: The French started the nuclear bomb program in 1938. Nobel Laureate Irene Curie was certain that a bomb could be made. The program went to Manhattan, in total secret to the Nazis, and total opening to Stalin. Hitler would have been nuclear bombed into submission.
RE; If we speak about destiny probably Hitler would survive even the nuclear bomb, as he survived about 30 assassination attempts. If to believe in God here you have him. God is against humanism and humanity, and mainly against his “chosen people”.
PA; As he misled His Own People, some Jews made a trial of god in some extermination camp. Seriously, tribalism invites the same.
RE; Truth, and their verdict was, Death penalty. But then after the verdict they went to the next ceremonial pray. The religion is not about morality (mostly in contrary), not about reality or evidence, not about belief in truth (I know many skeptic believers), not even about tribalism since there are religious newcomers, who did not grow in the tribal tradition.
Is all this about some false answers to questions of eternal life? It can be right for some, but not for everyone. So tell me, what it is all about?
The faith in communism did not include even belief in eternal life, and still it had and still has so many followers. It seems religion or faith is need of the human to believe in some fundamental dogma, be it even an obvious lie, all it needs is enough followers, and supporters of a false idea. In a way to be a football club fun is also a religion.
PA; Yes, in essays on religions I have argued: Football & other team sports re-tie. Superstitions are a type of religion (with varying degrees of superstition).
QA; There was a good quote in a New Yorker article about the recent overthrow of Morsi in Egypt, something to the effect of “The corrupt rule efficiently because they want to turn a profit, the failed rule miserably because they won’t admit they have failed.”