6 responses to “Tolerance

  1. And wrong ‘convict-ions,’ especially those based on the fraud of collective thinking will put you in more self-made prisons, both psychological and physical, than you ever dreamed of being able to liberate yourself from. Collective thinking is based on feelings, basically the wish and desire, not to convince people of the necessity of collective defense against collective cultural assaults, but merely to force one’s own morality and that of one’s favored group, when it becomes influential enough to gain control of the levers of power in government mafias, on the individual. It’s as simple and as complex as that and not one whit more or less.

    People can argue about “whose groups is rituals are rite” and “whose group is rung like a Pavlovian bell,” but as long as they seek to violate the individual, they’ll have nothing of real significance to add to the win-win dialectic which exists in all see-will-eye-zations to the degree that the individual’s freedom of choice and association, freedom of speech and right of self-defense exists in those societies

      • “The individual’s adherence to his group is ‘conscious’ because he is aware of it and recognizes it, but it is ultimately involuntary because he is trapped in a dialectic and in a group that leads him unfailingly to his adherence. His adherence is also ‘intellectual’ because he can express his conviction clearly and logically, but it is not genuine because the information, the data, the reasoning, that have led him to adherence to the group were themselves deliberately falsified in order to lead him there.” ~ Jacques Ellul – “Propaganda, The Formation of Men’s Attitudes”

        “A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that the good men strive to imitate him, and the wicked are ashamed to lead a life so contrary to his example.” — Niccolo Machiavelli

1. Be civil. 2. Be logical or fair. 3. Do not bore me.

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