Tuesday, November 04, 2008

This Man Speaks the Truth: The truth is unpleasant and therefore unpopular

On internet forums, you have one change to summarize your beliefs and worldview and tag every opinion you post with it. It's called your signature file, and they're generally 250 characters or less to make a synopsis of everything you believe in.

One gent used this:


"The truth is unpleasant and therefore unpopular."

BWBK


The core idea of this blog has always been this:

(1) Understanding what we should do as individuals or a group requires we look at the future and predict how many different forces interact.
(2) What we will see suggests that we must work hard, take risks and casualties, and build a future instead of deluding ourselves with pleasantries.
(3) Most people would rather hear about how sitting on the couch is good, how they should do nothing but pursue pleasure and wealth, and how spending up to half our tax money on social welfare programs is a plausible excuse for having "done something."

The truth is never popular.

The truth is more complex than emotional summaries. The truth is not about individuals alone. In reality, humans are not gods who define the universe; we are creatures who live in it, subject to its laws.

That alone pisses most people off, because they hate their own mortality and their powerlessness, and instead of doing what's hard -- working realistically to make things better that they can change -- they withdraw from the moral questions of life itself.

Facing truth is a moral choice. As in warfare, the moral choice does not involve simplifications like "good" or "evil," because frequently you must do evil (kill, destroy, maim) to achieve good.

And most people simply back away. Any political system that gives people the vote just for being human will be dominated by their desire to withdraw, will ignore reality and will consequently fail.

This blog is about seeing truth so those of us with moral strength can rebuild as the ashes fall around us.

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