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Cyriacus

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"Human nature" is always some kind of excuse. Either the person doesn't know enough about what they're talking about and want's to hide their lack of understanding, they just don't feel like putting the effort into an explanation or they really think everyone is that simple and pathetic.

When someone says "in reality" it's extremely condescending. Like they have a monopoly on objectivity. They actually think they're better than you, being as how you wouldn't know reality if it bit you but they can smell it a mile away. BS.

While I do agree with the statement and sentiment it's patronizing and degrading. This is just partisan fuel.

And yet, weve been killing each other for pretty much all recorded history. :)
 
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So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance,
just look it in the eye and think, "The good outnumber you, and we always will."

But unless you DO SOMETHING about it you are only a witness (or victim) of violence. Which is the main point here.

If you read any of this posters other writings you will see that while he comes from the perspective of his own experience (LE- Which is what his readers come to read)...he clearly believes that everyone has the ability/capability to be a DO'er vs a PRAYER, WISHER, HANDWRINGER. It's that mindset he is trying to espouse, even if you are not someone able to get personally involved in a situation.

I think people (on all sides of an issue) ignore the concepts/ideas people try to get across by looking at the person making the point through their personally colored glasses. This guys "shtick" is to come across as the gruff, salty, I could give a **** what you think type. It's his "thing".

Instead of the Grossman "thing" I tend to see the "T. Roosevelt" thing:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” ―Theodore Roosevelt
 

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So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance,
just look it in the eye and think, "The good outnumber you, and we always will."

thanks to Patton Oswalt - full FB post here:

https://www.facebook.com/pattonoswalt/posts/10151440800582655

The underlined portion, in fact, supports the “sheep” assertion. Notice how the quote lacks any indication or encouragement to take action.

Further, it reinforces that the majority are unaware of just how much atrocity occurs on a daily basis. For, in fact, if the “sheep” did not have their collective heads in the sand would they not be outraged and speaking out collectively on things like the US drone strikes occurring world-wide that are resulting in the murder of innocent women and children? That is, assuming that they are indeed “good”.

It is only a few “sheepdogs” keeping watch that observe and recognize the activity of the “wolves.” And even when brought to the attention of the “sheep”, the usual response is denial because it is difficult for someone who is not capable of such violence and atrocity to comprehend how another human being could be capable of such evil.

History is rife with examples of a few “sheepdogs” leading the charge against “wolves”. In the US for example, From the American Revolution to World War 2 the vast majority of the population simply didn’t want to get involved. It was the actions of a few charismatic “sheepdogs” that inspired them to ultimately take part in their defense.
 

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