Saturday, May 18, 2013

Despots... and Other Things worth Avoiding

Just imagine for a moment that you have been living in a house with some other people for five years. Also imagine that upon inspection it is discovered that the house has an improperly wired circuit breaker box. When that is discovered you say to the people who are living in the house with you that the circuit breaker box, incorrectly wired, is a fire hazard just waiting to happen and could burn the house down killing everybody living in it.

The response from your cohabitants, being less enthusiastic, is that it hasn’t set the house on fire yet. You worry too much! Let me know when it actually starts a fire and then I’ll be concerned about it.

Would you think them kind of detached and potentially insane?

Just imagine for a moment that you decide to go camping in a canyon. So you set up your camp in the bottom of the canyon. Looking at the sky you notice all of a sudden that it looks like it’s going to rain pretty hard. Looking on the ground around your campsite you notice that you’ve established your camp in a dry riverbed. You find yourself wondering as you look up at the darkening sky if you should move to higher ground, and thus, you mention it to your friend.

As the sprinkles begin to fall his sort of snide reply is something to the effect of it only being little tiny drops of water that couldn’t hurt anybody.

Would you think him kind of irresponsible?

Now I know this next one is going to be a stretch. Just imagine that you are living in a country in which the leaders are doing things that history has shown to be characteristic of despotism. So you point out to somebody that the president may have aspirations to tyranny, because he, like other tyrants of the past, is using government power to do something that is not in good keeping with the standards of freedom.

And the response you get during this conversation is that it is only one little thing. You worry too much. Hitler and the other tyrants wanted to wipe out a whole bunch of people. Let me know when the president wants to wipe out the whole race of people then maybe I’ll listen to you.