Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Monday, October 04, 2004

Liberals, Conservatives we're all the same

"I can accept incompetence, but not self-righteous incompetence." Comedian Jon Stewart

Colin Powell sent retired Marine General Anthony Zinni; as his special envoy to the Middle East. In Tom Clancy’s "Battle Ready", Zinni tells of the valuable advise given to him by Israel Foreign Minister Shimon Peres; as he began his mission of finding a solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Perez advised: "Don’t waste your time with (the righteous). You’ll find them on both sides, and they’re always going to appeal to the righteousness of their cause...There’s no negotiating with righteousness. Yes, it’s their right to believe what they believe....They interpret facts from their religious angle and they ignore facts that don’t support that." The righteous of Judaism, Islam and Christianity ignore facts about the teachings of their religion that get in the way of their agenda.

Bush had promised to change the tone in Washington, but instead has been presiding over the most partisan administration in recent history. Righteousness is at the core of this conflict. This administration and congress are dominated by righteous Republicans.

Dr. Richard Carlson’s book "Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff....." suggests in a chapter: "Read articles and Books with Entirely Different Points of Views from Your Own and Try to Learn Something". Carlson writes; " Have you ever noticed that practically everything you read justifies and reinforces your own opinions and views of life? The same is true with our radio and television listening and viewing choices as well...Liberals, conservatives we’re all the same. We form opinions and then spend our entire lifetime validating what we believe to be true."

A person that doesn’t consider other points of view can become dangerously hateful.