posted on Sep, 20 2010 @ 09:11 AM
While I disagree with your ultimate theology/and practical ideals, I respect your very decent personal attitude.
The question is, as always, how to say NO MORE, as you put it. It's impressive, that you are willing to put yourself between two opposing gangs of
potential sandbox bullies and most likely get shot at from both sides. And then, when you're out of the way, the sociopaths will go on as if nothing
I believe, that both you and I are at heart some kind of 'anarchists' (in a positive meaning of the word) and the options can be either the early
communist version or an Ayn Rand/Heinlein'ian model, but it seldom functions.
You choose the Gandhi way, I choose a liberal society strong enough to defend itself inwards and outwards. And be it far from me to demean the Gandhi
way, it has its very good points; but I believe in the long run, that liberalism pragmatically will be the best bet. One man with a machinegun can
tyrannize a thousand pacifists.
So my NO MORE is somewhat more militant than yours, but still peaceful enough to offer a place for everyone, who can play inside the restrictions of a
common co-sensus. A co-sensus which allows for "we shall not be moved" as well as fundamentalists shouting "out devil, out" at competing
I am very much aware, that I'm an active participator in recurrent dung-throwing here on this forum. My rather considered opinion is, that while it
probably inflames the extremists, it also tells them, that a liberal, ACTIVE, opposition exists. Sadly enough liberalism has had to fight for its
existence every step on the way.
When, or if, liberalism establish itself, the Gandhi way will be a realistic option. In my opinion not before.
I will ofcourse meet you on neutral ground on this point, but please remember, that your ideal of ultimate 'goodness' isn't taken as granted by all
of us. I'll reserve my opinion as to the existence of a 'god', and 'goodness' being a part of this 'god', until I have some ways of verifying
it. In the meantime I stick with the rather strained balance of 'tolerance' as a principle.