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America We Have A Problem
It follows no fashion, nor does it respond to
opinion. It has no affection for wishes and
wants. Truth ignores politics, ideology,
situation, or century.
I would give you a simple truth, a hard truth,
evil infects us all. An examination
of history, current events, friends, family,
acquaintances, and my own conscience
demonstrates beyond doubt that evil both
exists and is pervasive. Humans are
not naturally good. It requires great effort to
do good, to even approximate being
good. Part of that effort consists of cultural
restraints, moral restraints, and legal
restraints. Each of these need meaningful
sanctions. A small evil can contaminate
a greater good.
There were two pots, one filled with foul water taken from a ditch overflowing with
sewerage, poisonous chemicals, and rotting corpses, the other was filled with purified
water taken from a clear and clean mountain stream. An old man poured a dipper of
clean water into the foul water, and asked, “Is the foul water clean now?” The crowd
answered, “no.” He then took a dipper of foul water and poured it into the clean water
and asked, “ Is the water still clean?” The crowd answered, “no.” Then the old man said,
“so it seems that the bad in water has more power than the good."
Today, in America, we are adrift. We have, for good or evil, abandoned
traditional cultural, moral, and legal restraints. We have not yet replaced them
with functioning alternatives. Evil has emerge triumphant, and now walks with
us, and within us.
We have unchained, hate and anger, arrogance and intolerance, greed and envy.
And, when things go wrong, we blame those other folk, those folk not like us.
And, sometimes, we blame a tool or an idea. We blame everything but ourselves.
We must first fix ourselves. I must fix me. You must fix you. We must find
common ground, a common moral compass. We shall not find our way looking
through glasses painted with lies. We must temper our steel with Truth.
Neither intelligence or education equates with moral or wise. I see no evidence that
biological evolution tends toward the good, the ethical, or the moral. Cultural evolution
is ephemeral, nothing more than fad and fashion. It does not gravitate, by natural law or
necessity, toward fairness, justice, benevolence, or altruism. Change or progress is not
always for the better. Evil travels those roads as well.
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