If not for what we have learned,
We would all be dead.
When you tell people, essentially,
That ‘you are with us or against us’
Don’t be surprised
When they take the opposite position.
Power is least dangerous
When it is tempered by accountability.
Don’t define people
Solely by the points
That you disagree with them on.
If something is clearly wrong
(…that is to say that it does substantial, unnecessary harm)
Should it matter who is doing it?
Put another way;
Do you need to be part of a culture to understand
If what it is doing is right or wrong?
Do right and wrong transcend cultural differences?
And, if they do
Do you have the right or moral obligation to ‘correct’ these things
When you see them?
(however defined at the time, its parameters change)
Becomes more important than free discourse
(ie. you are no longer allowed to hold an opinion that differs from the narrowly defined orthodoxy)
We cross a major milestone on the path to tyranny.
Freedom of expression
(ie. the open expression of freedom of thought)
Is a vital check against tyranny
And the kind of groupthink
That leads to awful things being done
To those on the wrong side of history.
*political correctness/the right way/Goodthink/etc.