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Not the Serenity Prayer

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With my thanks to 350.org, The Great Spirit, and Idle no More, this is not the Serenity Prayer as I recall it:

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Written by Martin Lack

31 January 2013 at 17:32

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  1. Excellent quote.

    Tolerance of the unacceptable is unacceptable. It is criminal when too much is at stake. And what could be more than Earth?

    Patrice Ayme

    31 January 2013 at 19:37

    • Thanks Patrice. Maybe if more countries had governments that were so clearly ideologically-blinded to the consequences of the policies they pursue – as is that ‘in power’ in Canada – we would have greater levels of popular activism in the World as a whole?

      Martin Lack

      31 January 2013 at 19:55

      • Well, I used to think the same, long ago.
        For example that the coming of Reagan would make the USA revolt. Instead, it’s the opposite that happened; democrats, led by BO, now adulate Reagan. Hitler (I know you consider pathological to use Nazism as a paradigm) laughed about this sort of things. He said:”Our opponents believe that the youth will rise against us. But we own the youth.” Namely, propaganda works, and the bigger, the better. Sad to admit, but the truth.
        In any case the USA is much more right wing now than when Reagan appeared.

        Patrice Ayme

        2 February 2013 at 08:03

        • Au contraire! On this occasion at least, your reference to Hitler’s manipulation of people and facts seems legitimate (as opposed to contrived). However, one can very easily overdo it; and so devalue its currency!

          Martin Lack

          2 February 2013 at 09:36

    • Tolerance of the unacceptable is unacceptable.

      Agreed. If there’s one thing I really cannot stand, it’s intolerance! :)

      pendantry

      3 February 2013 at 14:01

      • Thanks, P. If you missed it, you may also like:
        Is having an open mind the problem? (7 February 2012)

        Martin Lack

        3 February 2013 at 14:05

        • I missed it! ;-)! Indeed having an open mind goes only that far! At some point, one has to go to war!
          PA

          Patrice Ayme

          3 February 2013 at 17:20

        • I am very glad to bring it to anyone’s attention! Forgive my unintended ambiguity (I overlooked the fact that both Pendantry and Patrice both start with a ‘P’).

          Martin Lack

          3 February 2013 at 18:33

        • I didn’t miss it, Martin. I didn’t stay for the end of the ludicrous troll fest, though.

          pendantry

          3 February 2013 at 17:51

        • Oh yeah, sorry!. Patrice has now read it too though, which is great. You did well to skip the troll-feeding session. I am afraid that my eternal optimism (that drives me to believe no-one is “unreachable”) means that I keep falling head-first into that particular cess pit.

          Martin Lack

          3 February 2013 at 18:36

        • I’ve experienced many trolls in the past, but it’s still hard to tell them apart. I tend to walk away from a ‘discussion’ when I get accused of not having addressed the other party’s point ‘x’, when (in my mind, granted) I have covered it as well as I believe I can.

          In much the same way as an establishment upholder’s ‘terrist’ can be an oppressed person’s freedom fighter, one person’s truth-seeker is another’s polemicist (though I’m not even sure that’s the right word… perhaps the word I seek is delingpilesophist?)

          pendantry

          3 February 2013 at 20:20

        • As Jules pointed out to me some time ago, the meaning of the word sophist has been inverted since it originally appeared in ancient Greece.

          Martin Lack

          4 February 2013 at 10:21

      • Dear Pendantry: Sigh. Not exactly my point, quite the opposite! See my incoming essay “Lincoln, etc.” that will be out within an hour or so. Lincoln was great, precisely because he did not tolerate certain things.
        PA

        Patrice Ayme

        3 February 2013 at 17:19

  2. Reblogged this on Standard Climate.

    Standard Climate

    31 January 2013 at 21:09


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