originally posted by: The Vagabond
a reply to: nenothtu
You'd at least make sergeant just for that admirable grunts attitude (and this I mean as a pure compliment),
Now that was taken as a compliment - sergeants are what make the gears of history turn.
but seriously, what percentage of the people watching this vid are changing anything besides their own brains and how many of those changed brains are
better rather than worse?
I would guess a very low percentage, but for one thing it's not up to me to decide for them how they poison their minds, and for another i think it
would behoove us to keep those poisoned minds out in the open where we can watch them - much easier to do without censorship, as censorship tends to
drive this sort of thing underground, rather than eliminating it.
It just seems like there are comparable things closer to home that you can actively engage.
Once upon a time, not so long ago, there were, and I did. Having recently removed myself from that to a much more... "rural" (and I mean MUCH more
rural - it makes the rural look like a positively urban sprawl), there is not so much of human mayhem around here to engage. I'm sure, however, that
if it's here, I'll find it - I'm unlucky like that.
What a world it would be if we ran from those who would manipulate us with images of distant violence and trained our eyes and our plans on those in
our own back yard who pose an imminent threat to whatever American shows vulnerability? You could be marching a predator to the nearest cop right now
if you so chose.
Way back when, years ago, marching predators to the cops was not the way it was done around here, but times change, and I'm afraid I'm not yet fully
up to speed on how they do it now. I do know that the latest one, which occurred just before I got here, has now gotten two life sentences without any
possibility of parole, so I presume there were cops involved.
But the same arguments that might conceivably lead to that choice have instead given audience and motive to your distant enemy, and presumably
dictates that you choose a politician whose motives are not necessarily in line with yours before anything gets done.
I don't believe there are ANY politicians whose motives ARE in line with mine - I've not found any so far. If I choose one at all, it's always a
Hobb's Choice as you point out here. To be entirely honest, I don't think there are any politicians currently in existence who are going to be able
to deal with Gomer's Crew effectively. My wife, as a Muslim, thinks that Muslims in the Middle East ought to be dealing with it in their own back
yard, but sadly they are slow to get started at that, for all of the big talk going on through channels. It seems that the Kurds have been the only
ones to put their gun barrels where their mouths are so far, and a couple of isolated Syrian tribes (who are now sending mixed signals since around 1%
of their people were recently beheaded in a single operation).
As for me, I prefer to focus on what's in my reach when i'm looking for reality- to chase work, to help people I find in need along the way, to
better myself tangibly. And when I come online, reality is over there and I'm in my head- nothing wrong with that in and of itself.
No doubt - it's always best to focus on what is within reach if one aspires to be effective. "Within reach", however, varies from one to another,
and at times even for the same individual. Some times, your reach is broader than it is at others.
You could be right. You could also get played. That's a little tougher when you tighten your focus- it's hard to bluff a guy who never learned to
play the game.
Hard to bluff them when they've never learned the game, but much easier to sharp them. Life is full of trade-offs, no?