Posted by StarDrifter from adsl-67-36-189-217.dsl.chcgil.ameritech.net (184.108.40.206) on Wednesday, August 13, 2003 at 1:12AM :
In Reply to: I'll Be Back posted by StarDrifter from adsl-67-36-189-217.dsl.chcgil.ameritech.net (220.127.116.11) on Tuesday, August 12, 2003 at 4:26PM :
If nothing else, my viewpoint should provide some humor for this Forum. I mean, we can't live without some humor now and then, can we? Now what could be more humorous than to entertain ourselves with the banter of a village idiot, like myself? Some of our best comedians imitate them, so there must be something to say for this technique. So, don't take the following too seriously, just smile now and then, force a chuckle or two and visualize all of this coming from the mouth of your very own Village Idiot.
Now, to answer the question you posed to me:
I wouldn't say it's "THE PROBLEM." It is one of many problems, the underlying root cause of which remains illusive (at least to an idiot like me). Every system in the world is dragging it own garbage behind itself. If you want to rid the world of these evils then we all must learn to live without a system insofar as that may be possible. I don't care whether you have a Republican, Democrat, Socialist, Libertarian or any other partisan heading our system, the problems and the evils will remain and continue to increase. As long as the world remains polarized five billion ways to Sunday, the human race will be plagued by its purely human condition. The only way I can think of to eradicate this systemic problem is to reduce the population to "one." Now that wouldn't be very practical would it? Therefore, our only option is not to eliminate, but reduce as much as possible these evils. It is my personal view, and I am probably totally wrong about this, that under this imperfect, relatively free, pluralistic, multi-faceted experimental system we live under (in America) you will find warts on all of the various political groups. None of them will ever be squeaky clean or free of selfish interests or lust for power. That is why we can never, ever be content to trust just one group unopposed by any other group. We must take whatever good we can from all of them. At the same time we, the citizens of this society, must always be in control of the reins of power and willing to die to keep them in our hands. We must all remain vigilant and united in our effort to demand the best from all of our leaders and keep them all on a short leash, regardless of their affiliations. Furthermore, our leaders should regard themselves as selfless, servants of the people, not as royalty or a higher caste. This should be the first prerequisite to hold office. Too much power is concentrated in the hands of the wealthy and those who control the legal system and also, the corporate structure in this country. That must change. I don't know how, but future generations will have to wrestle with this problem or else this country is doomed. And there you have it, in a nutshell, the mad ravings of the Village Idiot.
: Sorry, I have to leave for a while, but I'll get back as soon as I can to give you an answer to this.
: : : This problem is a global "Catch 22." Never before have all of the nations of the world been as vulnerable to mass death and destruction as they are today. Regardless of your moral position or your secular humanist position or your religious position, the fact remains that no matter how pacifist we are, the world's teeming billions have a breaking point. If we do not wrest control away from the military-industrial complex very soon, the inevitable spark will ignite the entire world in a conflagration that no one on this earth will be able to stop. Therein lies our dilemma.
: : xxx So the problem is with the military-industrial complex, right? & who is responsible for that? We are, in a minute way, but most acutely responsible are our self-appointed president & his comrades (put into power by him), right? & those who take his orders seriously must be responsible, as well? I'm not being silly, I'm honestly asking you if you think that way, because that is how I think.
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