Tag: power

Bridging the Abyss

 

It’s been difficult at times to post on Ricochet, and nearly impossible to discuss politics with anyone who isn’t a conservative outside of Ricochet. With some of these conversations erupting into conflict, I decided to shed some light on the topic of conflict. It doesn’t matter which “side” you’re on: I’m talking to you. After all, if you experience serious conflict, it’s your own fault.

Let me explain a few things before I delve further into this topic. First, I use the term “serious conflict,” because every living human being experiences conflict several times a day, every day, whether or not you visit Ricochet. So I’m not talking about minor skirmishes, choices of whether to start your diet today or tomorrow, or whether to go out for Chinese or Italian. I’m talking about the heavy duty stuff. There is no permanent elimination of conflict—at least, not until you die.

The first reality to acknowledge is there’s no objective reality. Yes, I see the conflict already in my statement. Unfortunately each of us thinks we have the clearest vision of the world, of Truth, and everyone else can and should see the world as we do, right? Wrong. No one else sees your reality or your world, or whatever you choose to call it. You may argue that there are universal truths, though. Well, good luck when you try to identify the list: all of us can state universal truths—based on our own world views. What about the objective realities of mathematics or science? One only needs to study Einstein or climate change to know there is no fixed or objective science there, either. Even with the simple experience of sitting right next to a person in a closet: you may generally describe the closet in the same way, but you’ll likely have a different experience of that closet which influences your perceptions of the closet. It gets very interesting when you try to describe what seems to be a clear-cut experience and you both describe it quite differently: who’s right? Who’s wrong? Both of you and neither of you.

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What makes a government legitimate? What does legitimacy mean in regard to politics?  I have been wondering, again, about the conditions which require obedience to unjust laws. The question of legitimacy seems the most fundamental form of that ethical conundrum. Laws express authority. Before one accepts the laws of representatives or rulers, one must accept […]

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In @andrewklavan’s recent podcast #186, he makes the claim that most people don’t want to be free, and the government is happy to feed people their needs and desires in exchange for their power. The battery is fed from the free will of the people, to paraphrase Mr. Klavan.  The Left has many institutions, and […]

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When I was a kid in school, I looked up to teachers. They didn’t always like me very much (my teachers seemed to prefer quiet kids to inquisitive ones), but even when I didn’t like how my teachers treated me, I understood that I had to obey them. Of course, for seven of my twelve […]

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Last week I was in the hospital for some testing.  This Thursday evening, I got a phone call from an employee of that hospital asking me to confirm my Medicare ID, etc., information the hospital already had or they would not have admitted me.   I asked why she was calling me at such a […]

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When we identify a country as free or not free, what do we mean? If we claim that Canadians are more free than Mexicans, is the implication that a larger portion of Canadians are free? Or are we claiming that what a Canadian knows as freedom is ultimately (if not consistently on a point-by-point basis) […]

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I have a proposal for Earth Day.  Electric Utility Companies should offer customers “Green Power”.     Environmentally conscience customers could sign up for this program and would be ensured that they only use renewable energy.  Of course the power company can’t really separate the power from renewable sources from fossil fuel sources, so smart meters will […]

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