Beware Nice People
Nice people are dangerous.
I don't mean people who try to give the impression they're nice, and then change when you get to know them. Their true personalities surface eventually - and you probably never trusted them anyway. It serves you right if you did.
I don't mean con artists either. Some say that ‘you can’t con an honest man’. This is apparently because conmen use their victims’ greed and dishonesty to ensnare them - which seems fair game to me.
I certainly don't mean politicians who want your votes, and promise what we all know they won’t deliver. Nor do I mean sales people, who just want to sell you a warranty these days, which you don’t need anyway, because you already have your ‘statutory rights’, which are enshrined within ‘small government’, which by implication and intention, won't be there when you need it. We have a fighting chance with people like that.
I mean nice people - people who think that niceness, works. They're dangerous. I'll tell you why - eventually - but first, another thing I'll say about niceness is that it's just laziness in disguise. I'm not saying nice people are too lazy to, for example, get out of bed. I mean the kind of laziness that means they do get out of bed, but can't be bothered to complain, about always having to be the one who gets up first. Then they seethe, while breakfast simmers, and they wait for others to get up in their own good time, clawing their privates, and demanding breakfast. Now, that is laziness. Nastiness is much more difficult, even if it means you have to claw your own privates.
You might say that life is harder for people who want to be nice. They’re put upon. They're taken for granted because of their sweet natures. That's nonsense! They cause most of the trouble in The World. You find yourself sticking up for them. You stick your neck out, and your nose in, trying to help them, and they continue being nice to their abusers. Meanwhile, they’re not nice to you anymore - because you're a troublemaker now - aren't you! They'll try to avoid you from now on - but nicely (as long as no one else notices them being nice about it).
To be nasty, at least you have to take the trouble to assert your authority, or argue with someone, or both. Nice people will do anything to avoid confrontation, especially with authority; they know their place in the scheme of things. Another thing they do is swallow bullshit - and they’re so nice, they want to share it with you. They listen to the TV, and read magazines, and swallow it in spades. So it doesn't matter what kind of ism these nice people live under, they go with the flow and do what they're told, and that’s why megalomaniacs rule The World.
Megalomaniacs are nasty, of course, but nice people who fall under their spell are the cause of the trouble. They make up the ranks of the armies and monolithic corporations, upon which megalomaniacs build their empires. They're too nice to say that they don't want a bayonet up their chuff - yet, they’re not usually at the sharp end anyway. They’re so nice, their congeniality extends to an acceptance of a World order which is built on sweatshops, which they don’t have to clock into - and of the ensuing malcontent and upheaval, which they do have to endure, by watching TV, and tut-tutting, in between episodes of Home and Away.
Now I have a theory about commies and fascists; they're just two sides of the same coin - which isn't worth much. They're such a cantankerous, contrary, argumentative, bunch of smarty-pants', that nobody likes them, but they’re harmless. They're almost as harmless as megalomaniacs would be - without their blind followers; in fact, they would be megalomaniacs if they could be. Even their Mums hate them. They hate each other too, so they're always arguing, and breaking into factions.
They're so boring and anally retentively up their own chuffs with self-righteousness. No wonder they’re nasty and bitter. Look at what they have to deal with. How can they compete with nice, agreeable people, who believe what they're supposed to believe, and who don't want change, unless they’re told to want it? They face a mountain of amenable people who follow faithfully, the conventional wisdom, and repeat verbatim the words of the pundits, and flunkies of the nasty ruling elite. They idolise such elite, whose enthusiasm for nastiness is based on their self-assurance that they’re better at nastiness, than anyone else is.
Yet, nauseatingly nice moderates are by far the most dangerous people. We ought to deport them all to Milton Keynes. They use terms like "The Middle Way". They talk of fairness, and want to please, appease, and smiley-cheesy everyone, but just like water, niceness takes the route of least resistance.
Now, here's another example, try to imagine a pleasant fellowship of moderates having a tug-of-war, with a nasty cabal of extremists, be it from all extremes of every extremity, (except the end of your winkle, on a cold day.) The nice moderates would try to win the match by pulling the nasty cabal up to the line in the middle of the field. Then they’d stop, apologise and be nauseatingly sporting and nice about it. Then, the nasty cabal would jerk them back over the line, haul them off the field, and truss them up by their scrotums (the male ones, obviously) from the flagpole on top of the grandstand.
You see! These nice moderate people are the most dangerous people of all, because how can they represent anyone, when they're hanging by their scrotums? They never seem to 'get it', that being nice, conciliatory, and moderate, doesn't work. That's a 'no brainer' to nasty people.
Ok, one last thing about moderation, which we already know is the most dangerous kind of niceness. If you want to change things - I'm not talking about your underpants, you should do that daily; ask your Mum. I mean if you want to change society, or even recreate society where it had once ceased to exist. You might call it a "stakeholder society". Don't be nice about it. You won't do it by being moderate, conciliatory, and grovelling to nasty cabals.
You can't pussyfoot around with those, whose objective is the unfettered control of others. "Don't let anyone tell you" that housing bubbles and tax havens are in the interest of “the many, not the few”. That's stupid. Consider the logic. Name any precedence, where rewarding rapacity has safeguarded freedom.
At least, with your nasty cabal, you know exactly what to expect - and they won’t hang about. They'll get right on with it, while the rest of us are still hanging about on flagpoles.
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God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.