Preaching to the choir has a deeper meaning than just preaching to people who agree with you.
Is there one Jewish person who will speak against me. Have they forgotten
Band Wagons are fun.
Cheer leaders are great and I think we all enjoy the feeling of rooting for something no one can argue with. But I remind folk of what a great Benjamin Franklin wrote as ambassador to France to our great first president. George wanted to know about how the exciting French Revolution was progressing. So He asked his buddy Ben. Ben basically said it was a nut house with no clear direction at that time. Just a lot of protesting and violence. Clearly we had just won our revolutionary war which seemed to have principles, principals and some unity.
So Ben said it this way in essence: “a fool sir is still a fool, and the mere fact you gather them by the multitudes only aggravates the situation”.
That in a nutshell is the problem with “preaching to the choir”. Who is to fact check and who is to gut check?
There is another worthy saying that came about near this time and I believe it was Voltaire but attributed widely to Edmund Burke, and I believe that is Sir. Voltaire in fact was Francois-Marie Arouet and he was way down on the Catholic Church.
“Bad things happen when good men stay silent” or “for evil to prevail is that good men do nothing”.
You are not authorized to speak your mind here for you do not speak well enough.
Now these matter above basically refer to government and church.
What a great distance we have come. We are now entrenched with rights and duties regarding our governments and churches and they have evolved quite nicely. Thank goodness.
But corporations we have not done so well with. The global financial collapse showed us just how powerful they are and also how just as prone to corruption as any of us. And so now this is coming home to roost. Americans leading the way still have this notion that if a corporation sends you a bill it must be correct. And we still seem to believe that corporations will not cheat us. And we still seem to cling to notions that we are beholding to them for giving us work or a living. I am no union fellow but I tell you that in the past five years, if you defaulted on a mortgage there is a better than 50% chance that you are not a dead beat and in fact you were being cheated. This is just common knowledge.
Somehow corporate positions are still sacrosanct among far too many Americans. “Oh but we will all do so much better if we just chip in to help the corporation make more money at our sacrifice.” Or a fun favorite for “online” workers: “We must do it in order to meet Snoogles requirements”.
And now a phenomenon we are seeing is this wholesale signing up to these notions. “If we just control the people better things will go well”. If everyone just signs up for Obamacare it will work great! And these folks seem only to preach to their choirs. And as in most times of suppressing those who are not in the choir the work is to silence the opposition. These same people just love Monsanto, K-Mart and Walmart regardless of the damage they cause.
Stop me. I hear that sound and it sounds like freedom going down that toilet
Why would mainstream media models be different?
They are not, they preach to the choirs and the choirs join in with the shout “amen”. Fox and MSNBC are so foul that they stink up our whole nation. Yet these same people gobble that up as news. Truthfully in my day Cronkite and Rather looked us in the eye and told us that our government and megacorps stink. Not that the liberals or conservative were horrible but that our system was broke. Now NBC preaches to their choir and Fox to their choir. It is always the other side that is broke.
And this same mindset creeps into Youtube and Facebook and on to writing sites like Google + and HP. We are forcing conformity and uniformity and sacrificing creativity and unity.
You do not need to know my misery but you must accept that it is mine and I have a right to speak of it. This song was banned in my high school. Did you accept
I hope you are shaking your head at this. I do not preach to no choir.
It is my calling to preach what you do not want to hear about yourself and your complacency. “oh what should we do about the homeless?” Well drop by that Salvation Army and buy some blankets that help put people to work and then go get all yuckie damn dirty and give them to some homeless. Really!
Here we have people putting out dribble with no consequence and without creativity and yet they are so smug they want to limit other people from writing here. I see no effort for them to raise the bar for themselves but rather to limit who is allowed in the choir. They would keep all the singing voices Soprano just to make sure a baritone does not show them a new way.
China requires great uniformity and conformity. Norway requires individuality and creativity. Just guess who produces more Nobel prize winners and a higher standard of living.
And whoa be to those who criticize the choir. OH MY! But these people do not debate they go to their megacorps and demand a PR campaign to back up the choir. And so then more people eat the pabulum or drink it as the case may be. And the corps get away like Hitler did, stifling opposing views in the name of propriety and doing it right. And it was the corps that convinced the preachers in the first place.
That my friends is a broke America.
Let us wrap this baby up with some thoughts
Care, just care. Do not care of your own ideas, care of the other man's thoughts. Restrict not open much. Do not be what they expect you to be, be what you expect you to be.
Easy ways are seldom right ways. Control is seldom more than a cage. And judging that which you do not understand is evil.