PHIL 101: A Hasty Shade of Winter

Warning, it is about to get a little political -- sort of.

I am not Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Green or any other political faction. In truth, I don't even know what it means to be Republican or Democrat -- except that they hate each other (and I bet they don't even know why).

Here's the problem as I see it: Many people think the actions of a few, as shown in the media and/or by the Government, represent an entire population, country or group. Here are a few examples:

  • Bullshit Logic #1: If one Republicans starts talking crazy, then all Republicans must be crazy.
  • Bullshit Logic #2: If one Democrat does something illegal, then all Democrats must be doing something illegal.
  • Bullshit Logic #3: If a political faction in a country kills its people with chemical weapons, then all the people in that political faction in that country (or just all the people in that country) must also be responsible for the use of chemical weapons.
  • Bullshit Logic #4: If a political faction in a country beheads its opposition, then all the people in that political faction in that country (or just all the people in that country) must also be responsible for the beheadings.
  • Bullshit Logic #5: If one Christian group wants to protest funerals, then all Christian groups must want to protest funerals.
  • Bullshit Logic #6: If someone commits a crime wearing a hoodie, then everyone wearing a hoodie must be committing a crime.

Now it's your turn, just take any Hasty Generalization and build your own "Bullshit Logic!" (patent pending)

Do you get my point? Are you sure? Absolutely?

In my world, I have some perfectly sensible Christian friends, but I also know some Christians that appear to be batshit insane. The same applies to my Atheist friends -- some sensible and some batshit. And while I learned the hard way not to invite them to the same party, I realized that I couldn't judge the entire group based on just a few people. There is diversity in thought everywhere. Also, over the years I've worked with people and became friends with people from other countries. And in some cases our two countries were having (or had) very "unstable" relationships -- but it didn't change how we interacted. We were fine. We didn't hate each other.

As you can see, I don't judge an entire group of people just because of a few (or quite a few) bad apples. I'm an enlightened 29th century guy...

Who am I kidding? I'm just as bad as everyone else. I'd like to think I don't judge groups of people -- but I do -- we all do -- it's human nature (it's actually due to our lizard brain). But I'd like to think I'm learning and growing. It would help if I wasn't batshit insane as well.

But there does come a time when we must choose a side. This can be difficult, especially in foreign lands/affairs where we don't understand the actual conflicts or the people involved. We could depend on our Government and the media to tell us "the truth" -- but their truth is fueled by politics, greed and ratings. We can try to research and understand the "truth" from other sources (aka alternative media), but that may also be fueled by anti-politics, greed and ratings. Eventually we must choose which political faction we belong to. Because when war comes, and it will, staying neutral won't always be an option.

So this got me to thinking -- War, what is it good for? (did you sing that?)

  • Taking over a corrupt Government
  • Fighting for freedoms
  • Build/Rebuild a nation
  • Expansion (taking land from others)
  • Population control (aka, killing lots of people)
  • Spending lots of money (both engaging in war and rebuilding things we destroyed)
  • Improve the stock of warmongers (aka Raytheon)
  • Improve ratings for the mainstream media (propaganda) and other media (conspiracy)
  • Making enemies (not just the ones you wage war over)
  • Punishment for wrong doings

War has built this nation (and others) -- it has given us our freedoms -- but was it the right thing to do? Should the USA continue to be the world police? Are our values greater and more important than the values of other countries? Can't we all just get along?

Well, I don't know the answer to all those questions, but the answer to the last question is no. Everyone can't just get along. At this stage of existence, human nature prevents us from having global peace. This is because each of us, every individual, have our own values and beliefs (even if we belong to a group), some people cannot understand how others can have different values and beliefs and yet other people refuse to respect the values and beliefs of others.

So when will humans learn to coexist peacefully? Never. Even in Doctor Who, when they reached the very end of time and existence, when almost every star had gone out (in the year 100 Trillion) -- there were still people fighting. And that's probably how it will really work out.

I leave you with a snip it I heard on a Linkin Park track -- it's a mash of a Rev. Martin Luther King quote.

"I come to this magnificent house of worship tonight because my conscience leaves me no other choice … A true revolution of values will lay hands on the world order and say of war, "This way of settling differences is not just." This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation's homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into veins of people normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice and love." - (Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence by Rev. Martin Luther King - 4 April 1967)

And that's my philosophy.