Originally Posted by Theophilus
Some would say a frustrated warrior class, always kept in check by liberal-minded officers, is the sign of a healthy democracy. I disagree and I will not surrender the Republic because the actions necessary to preserve it offend your delicate sensibilities.
I'll assume you're using "you" rhetorically, else you are making assumptions about my sensibilities that you oughtn't.
If George Bush wanted a war to occupy the area between the Red Sea and the Indian Peninsula, if he made it a policy to ethnically cleanse the area because enough of them use cowardly remote bombs that we oughta just wipe them all out, I would be more in favor of that than I am torture. Indeed, it's a more logical methodology than what is being used to defend torture. The trouble with ethnic cleansing is that it works. The trouble with torture is that it does not.
In many ways, I see the world as black and white, which frustrates many. The ultimate black and white question for me, personally, is whether my stated values and beliefs match my actions. There will be inevitable conflict, and one will rarely find me pulling ''gotcha's" in incidents of hypocrisy. Hypocrisy is a coping mechanism necessitated by adulthood.
What you will see me doing is questioning logic. Determining consistency. There is virtue in consistency.
At the individual core of the Self, a person has a preference whether he is more comfortable subjigating his actions to his values, or subjigating his values to his actions.
You have said to me with clarity that you are more comfortable subjigating your values to your actions. Most human beings are. It's probably a large majority.
To me, that is what's wrong with the world.