At harvest time, ye reap what ye sow
~ Magus Maverik
Herein I will point out that Naïveté is not innocence.
And that ‘going along to get along’ is fine until you get to where they are taking you.
Liberty is a Discovery of enlightened reason – not an Invention of revolution.
They claim that, “The Ends justify the Means” – to which I counter with; “Ends are ‘defined’ by the Means.’
They claim that, “Might makes right” – to which I counter with, ‘Justice makes right’ …
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: `Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear —
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.’
~Percy Bysshe Shelley
The assertion that “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” has struck me as a dubious from the first time I heard it put forward. The idea that competing mafia dons might one be better than the other to pay for “protection” is clearly a stupid proposition.
In fact this is very much the type of thinking that drives the Hegelian Dialectic, and why the fraudulent “two party system” of the Democrats verses the Republicans is a fools game that has brought us to the brink of destruction.
It is this idea, that “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” that is at the bottom of the general, unthinking appeal for the “Truth Movement” to “stick together despite all differences”. It is this version of ‘the lesser evil’ argument that we get from the naïve participants in these discussions. And upon close inspection of their arguments we find in them the ‘go along to get along’ appeal, that is so clearly one of the greatest epistemic errors of human societies throughout known history.
As a realist I reject all of these sugarplum-fairy Utopian fantasies. As I have tried to make clear so often, we are going to have to face reality as it is, not as we wish it could be.
TIME SPACE CON CARNE
It is the dual nature of human beings that makes the time/space/carne trip interesting.