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Of course, it sometimes makes for efficiency as well. Dealing with humanity in the mass rather than in the detail has enabled the British to rule the earth for 200 years; today, the same principle serves the Americans well. The trick is to combine bulk thinking with judicious exceptionalism. It wouldn't do to regard "All democracies are safe" as an a priori truth. '"Democracies with the exception of those in which mullahs have a tendency to win" are safe' is a safer rule of thumb. All successful imperialists have mastered the art of thinking in bulk and at the same time making exceptions.
And some of our finest sentiments are rooted in bulk thinking. Patriotism, for instance. "All and only those who speak my language – or come from my corner of the world - are worthy of respect." What sentiment could be finer! It has sent young boys to meet death with casual disregard, to write poems of heroism ("If I should die, think only this of me....") and of posthumous regret ("What hope for these that die as cattle...?").
Party loyalty, too, is rooted in this principle. "All Tories are toffs" makes no exception for the grocer's daughter. "All Labourites are beer-bellied" similarly ignores the waistline of the party's present and former torch-bearers.
It is the humanity of the individual. This creature is more of an endangered species than those protected and preserved by the EPA. The unit of mankind must be hunted out, like game, for he hides in odd places. He is invisible because he is not of the herd. He can't be seen scampering with his fellows to safety over dangerous terrain. He is a loner. Every thought comes to him like a revelation. He does not borrow ideas or words. He deals with you man to man. And he hides, not out of fear, or at least the fear of being eaten alive, but for fear of being classified. The classified is the ossified. To be classified is to be safe, as safe as dinosaur bones. Again, I am not speaking of physical safety. There is a kind of animal warmth shared by those who think alike, dress alike, speak alike.
reply to post by LLoyd45
I don't believe a thing I hear coming from the main stream media. All the stations have their own hidden agendas that they follow.
Originally posted by Gregarious
reply to post by DimensionalDetective
I do not usually watch TV, I can't get it at my location. From what I have learned, HERE, I am in full support of us being in Iraq. I also believe the WTC was government engineered, and even the assasination of JFK was done by the CIA, re Hunts' confession. I also know that we will be able to withdraw after the coming nuclear war in the mid-east destroys many Arab cities. WMDs WERE found, they WERE reported, and ignored by most. Saddam anhilated many Kurds in the north. I do not take anything stated by the media as gospel truth, but am as skeptical as I am by professional liars, the 'legal' profession. First hand proof viewed re the media lies, and the 'law prevarication' system. I support law and order, I do not support the liars posing as good, and claiming to work for me. They don't, they are against you, and me. By the people, of the people, and against the people.