|People take sides.
Discussions turn bitter. Fights break out — verbal at first, then
maybe violence follows...
And answers do not come...
Rumsfeld, indignant over the attack on the WTC, stated "We must kill as
many of them as we can because they don't respect human life." Responses
to his statement reveal much. Here are two very different responses:
What determines our need to recognize that right for our opponents?
Correcting oversimplification is never wrong.
|It might be insufficient
to solve a problem, but it is always necessary.
...mutually inverted implications..
They are different, opposites in fact, to a logician. But many don't clearly see the distinction. The distinction gets blurred in the heat of argument, and combatants fall into the trap of oversimplification, into two uncommunicating pits,
either — or
Oversimplification has triumphed, complexities are ignored, and vision gets narrower, and narrower, and narrower, and...
Correcting oversimplifications carries far more logical weight than simplistic thinking reveals. Vision that is blind to the richer picture—blind to the more abstract and more complete reality—sees the disagreement as no more than "merely personal opinion."
But it is much more.
"Let us ignore
the rest of the world
once we've found what we like."
So do political campaign managers, and professional "spin doctors."
"If you first tell
'em they're too smart to be fooled by hucksters,
fathers well understood the problems of democracy driven by oversimplification.
They invented Democracy which could work. They saw that many controversies
split off a minority who understand the complexities from the majority
who do not, a self-contradiction that can put a democracy into a self-destruct
How do you explain this to a liberated Iraqi?
What is " My Government", as you see it?
"Aura detector" words:
Two sides of a protest poster.
|OUR ENEMY: (Terrorists)
Leader has declared a holy war ('Jihad') against his 'enemies'; believes any nation not with him is against him; believes God is on his side and that any means are justified.
OURSELVES: (Bush Administration)