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Old 02-19-2013, 04:04 PM   #3497
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Originally Posted by baja View Post
“Just look at us. Everything is backwards, everything is upside down. Doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, psychiatrists destroy minds, scientists destroy truth, major media destroys information, religions destroy spirituality and governments destroy freedom.” Michael Eliner

Maybe you have a better explanation of why this is?
Because human beings have a long way to go.

Since we invented medicine, justice, minds, truth, information, religion, governments and freedom, and given that we are far from perfect, why expect perfection from these things? We are a work in progress. Even Jefferson considered the Declaration of Independence a statement of ideals, not a writ of reality. We're doing better now than we did when we were Romans. In two thousand years (if we're still around) we'll do better still.

I was just reading a history of the Sumerians. They invented the idea that kings were assigned by the gods to rule men on Earth. In other words, kings were divinely chosen, divinely inspired, and divinely guided. That's why it was such a heinous crime to turn against a king. It took us 4,500 years to get beyond that concept, though we still believe that whichever side we are on, god is on our side. Now, many in the West believe that capitalism is ordained by god. Capitalism is freedom. Who knows?

As Shakespeare put it, "The fault lies not in our stars, dear Brutus, but in ourselves..."
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