Looking Left and Right: The Fear Of Change Pt 2

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The history of the world is simply the chronicle of what has happened because of the deeds of a small number of ordinary people who had extraordinary levels of commitment to making a difference. These individuals did little things extraordinarily well. They decided that something must change, that they must be the ones to do it, and that they could do it—and then they summoned the courage to persist until they found a way to make it work. – Tony Robbins

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Life Will Answer – The Book: Ending The Wars? Pt 3

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The biggest fallacy in our modern political discourse is this belief that because one believes in God, one has to involve God’s wishes in your decision-making. The problem with that … is no one actually knows what God is thinking and so they are simply asserting what they believe and assuming God is along for the ride.

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Looking Left and Right: A Better Future? Pt 2

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As I write this draft several weeks before posting it here, The Huffington Post reported it had done the following after an Anderson Cooper-moderated town hall meeting with Donald Trump at the end of March:

… assigned five and a half reporters to look into a roughly 12,000-word transcript of Trump’s town hall event on CNN the night before. It took us hours, but in all, we found 71 separate instances in which Trump made a claim that was inaccurate, misleading or deeply questionable. That’s basically one falsehood every 169 words (counting the words uttered by moderator Anderson Cooper), or 1.16 falsehoods every minute (the town hall lasted an hour, including commercial breaks).

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Looking Left and Right: The Fear Of Change Pt 1

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Conservatives … have a stronger preference for things that are familiar, stable, and predictable….Conservatives—at least, the subset prone to authoritarianism—also show a stronger emotional sensitivity to threats to the social order, which motivates them to limit liberties in defense of that order….[Cited researchers on the subject – my note] … concluded from a meta-analysis of this literature that the two core aspects of conservative ideology are resistance to change and acceptance of inequality. [other references and citations in the original] 

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Life Will Answer – The Book: Ending The Wars? Pt 2

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An ideology and philosophy premised on fear is hardly the wisest choice for rational adults in the 21st Century. It wasn’t much more valid a millennium earlier, either. To insist that this life has been made available to each and every one of us not to pursue our individual and collective highest and best, but those imagined by “leaders” of mankind’s earliest eras who were not much more intelligent than a bag of rocks, suggests that some of the methodology, principles, and activities could use some tweaking.  

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Looking Left and Right: A Better Future? Pt 1

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The moral difference is clear: Do we have both personal and social responsibility, or just personal responsibility? Are we in this together, or are we on our own? The conservatives say we are, and should be, on our own. Are we the United States or the Separate States — or millions of isolated individuals who don’t care about anybody else?
The answer to these questions affects every issue.

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Looking Left and Right: Fears Pt 4

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Fear makes man unwise in the three great departments of human conduct: his dealings with nature, his dealings with other men, and his dealings with himself. Until you have admitted your own fears to yourself, and have guarded yourself by a difficult effort of will against their myth-making power, you cannot hope to think truly about many matters of great importance . . . . – Bertrand Russell

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