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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; The Need To Oppose
Diamond Back Rattlers do not scare me.
Do you think of heaven as having no games of skill?
What would happen in a football game if there was no defense? What would happen in a marriage if both spouses thought exactly the same? What would happen in a company if all employees thought the same thing? How about a classroom or congregation? That kind of thought could save big corporations a lot of money as they could have a Board of Directors made up of one, and all stockholders could just give one gal the right to vote for everyone.
Hey let us not stop there. A whole nation agrees, like 99.99% on the same leader, really no need for elections. Or we could skip all the marketing and information flow and that same leader just thinks for everyone and everyone MUST agree – it really is the same result! We could just dump City Councils. And there would not be any need for citizen oversight of Police agencies. I wonder if we would all smoke crack or we would all not smoke crack. If you think of it, there would be no bosses. Every employee would deliver mail, clean toilets and sign multimillion dollar contracts.
If we all thought alike!
Well I can safely say that that is not going to happen. I guarantee it. How can I do that? Because my mind changes from breakfast to lunch and is further down the road of thinking by dinner. I do not do, “this is right forever”. Do you?
These days around here we are going through a rather painful learning process. Our mind works in many different ways. The spheres and parts like Medulla Oblongata are only the tip of the complexity. So whether we like it or not, us right handers need to develop our dexterity in our left hand, and of course you lefties need to develop your right side.
Uh oh! Does that sound like a metaphor for political thinking? Yes indeed it does. So back to our painful learning process here in our home. My six year old must learn some proficiency in his left side and I must teach him. I truly think it is very much harder for his old man as I have gotten so comfortable in my right sided mechanics. Uh oh! Another danged metaphor for left and right thinking. It may be too late for me, but my son as with his older siblings will be proficient with both sides. Only then can choices be made, until then we are just adding onto the polarity and conformity. (cool how we can combine polar opposites in the same group as conformity for the sake of conformity – as they are impostors of each other)
Perhaps gauged opposition prevents the crazy darned act of war.
By the mid 70's we were well into civil disobedience
We must understand that it is not Yin and Yang it is Yin Yang. Different but one.
Welcome back. I hope you like our pictorial and music break. I kind of like adding something I know is good along with that that I am insecure about. I hope we are on the same page of skepticism of where this is going and an edgy feeling that we might want to question some of our dearly held assumptions of Right and Wrong. And maybe get a deeper understanding of our left and our right.
A gathering of people and someone states out loud with gusto and conviction a fairly radical hateful perspective of what many believe dearly, and this is known to our someone. Half of our hypothetical gathering agree adamantly and half believe the opposite. In our USA civil war, brothers actually killed brothers in battle, and fathers fought against sons. What the hell were wives who were daughters and mothers supposed to damn well do? Syria is showing us just how stupid the concept of “I am right and you are wrong” is.
Now just assume hypothetically again, that my wife is the type that announces her irretractabal stance on Tuesday and is challenged on that stance with logic, facts and reality. And there is just no damned way that stance will change on Tuesday. However on Thursday she “by herself” changes that stance. Of course that never happens with people, it is just a literary device;-)
Intractable? What an interesting word. I hope that many readers have done their civic duty and have been on a jury. In that matter a judge gives an instruction to the effect that “it is seldom helpful to declare a position with force at the beginning of deliberations, in fact it is the opposite of deliberation”. There is another sentence that rings true; “contempt prior to investigation is stupid”.
So our child just adopts the concept of being right handed by observing. What up, if he really should be left handed but just got mixed up by nurture versus nature? What the heck if he was raised liberal went out into the world and discovered he was conservative? A society and a parent have obligations not to let these things happen. Exposure breeds temperance. Temperance breeds deliberation. Deliberation breeds an open mind. Just say it even if you disavow it later. “On every issue I will keep an open mind regardless of who presents it”.
Can we mete out an opposition that actually prevents our final countdown.
My son's granpa's and my good friend's place in Cu Chi Vietnam
Another view is good for us. We should deliberate and then oppose if we must.
We can tell just by casual observance who does not deliberate. They Parrot a line. They do not even bother to put quotes on it. I do not watch the news programs as set by media. I know a stage production when I see it. You should see the similar in a courtroom. Such phony bologna. Not one single color in the rainbow is not a mixture of several colors. No single color can stand alone. It takes a mixture. OK so we settle on primary colors and black and white and never between shall mix, great for a laboratory but so danged far off in reality and nature. Same with the brain and political science. OMG do not even get started on sociology.
A hacker is a strange beast. What is the point unless you are hacking into my privacy and getting my stuff to steal my money? Alright we agree there could be what we would call political hacking and military hacking and policy hacking. So let us think about it for a minute. Horrible and deplorable that people got other people’s secret and true words. Now easy boys and gals. You could hack the crap out of my emails and such and you might find some complaining about cancer or my whining about being 59. You may even find love notes to my wife. You will not find anything that is embarrassing. Of course there will be “none your damned business stuff”. You would quickly learn that I am not PC, but that is public. You would learn that I do not mind labels or stereotypes but again public. Enough of that, you get the point. It is not the hacker us individuals should worry about it is the truth. Maybe we should set aside time to hack ourselves to see if we are duplicitous.
So is there a need to oppose? It would seem very clear that there is. Should we do it just because an idea came from another team? Probably not. If we oppose based on gut reflex rather than deliberation what are we really opposing? Certainly it cannot be the issue but rather another human being. What a sad way to run our lives.