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Topics, Topics, Who Wants The Topics?

In activity, It Bugs Me, Think About It, writing on March 19, 2014 at 9:11 pm

There have been any number of topics that have come up over the past several months. And, as a result, most so-called “opinion shapers” I’ve been coming across have been teeing them up and swinging away like they were inside a golf worm with unlimited buckets of balls.
The will to resist putting my own two farthings worth in has never been very strong… many of the other things I’ve written over the years can attest to that. It’s just that the motivation, the drive to write down my opinion just hasn’t been there for most of these topics. There hasn’t been that need that gets down in the pit of your stomach, and lays there, and burns.
Many of the above-referenced topics, which I haven’t specified, are issues I care about, and have fairly strong opinions about, but I just don’t feel the need to get up on my soapbox and orate, when others are doing it more eloquently than I feel I could.
As an example, how many times can someone call out the imbecility of the extreme right-wing conservatives and their shocking illogic without sounding like a zealot themselves? How many ignorant, education-resistant, fundamental religious bigots – and make no mistake, they are bigots – can you try to refute before you become as strident as they have been?
Friedrich Nietzsche, the German philosopher, said the following: “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” In other words, we must guard against becoming the enemy we perceive.
If we, as functioning members of our society, wish to truly be honorable persons, instead of merely being perceived as such, we need to have our principles. We need to live according to these principles. We must NOT be enslaved by them… We live, we learn, we grow; so also must our principles. Living a fifty-year-old life according to the principles of a twenty-year-old isn’t necessarily going to work.
As we age, we gain a certain amount of perspective… at least, if we’re paying attention, we do. We are able to look back and see what worked in our lives, and what didn’t, and how we can learn from that. You find what works now.
And that, my dear friends, is the philosophy course for the day… Aloha. (A very handy word, by the way.)

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