…Since you insist that we lack free will, I cannot contribute to your cause as I have, by your description, no previous cultural or inherited clues to guide me in said direction.
“It seems inconceivable that the descendants of the brilliant thinkers that created the freest nation ever can be swayed to stupidity by a has been NFL quarterback that dislikes an originating flag image on a shoe. That thousands of people will for that flimsy reason denounce the founders of this country.”
… grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
The mark of civilization is that in disagreements, dialogue will rule the day, that we’ll discuss and argue points, remembering that our views need to be sold to an audience before any change can take place. To restrict free expression means that force will be used to stifle thought as speech is the action produced by thinking.
True inventions are really mythological constructions. Witches, ghosts and perpetual motion machines fall into that category with the internet finally giving substance to one invention, trolls.
As I looked once more at the images of those flaming buildings, I thought back to the day of that ignoble event. I relived my thoughts and feelings at the time, going to work on the west coast and hearing that a plane had struck one of the World Trade Center buildings. The incredulous voices […]
Individual rights -when ideas matter. The origin – It all starts when the idea that we are created or born without sin, obligation, duty etc. become widespread in a culture. the view that equality is the rule, that none can be held to be more than any other, that a covenant of debt can not […]