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David Hubbard

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Do we need the approval of fools to correct the planet?

Intelligence must play a stronger role in world affairs. The non-aggressive few who can see past the delusions and discuss the world as it is, as well as how it might improve.

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  • Mar 4 2013: We are all fools. Perspective is everything. Are macro solutions which ignore the individual better than micro solutions which only treat the symptoms? How would you measure that? Who would measure that? If resources are limited, where should they be applied, by whom, on whose authority? Intelligence is no guarantee of moral authority any more than moral authority is a guarantee of intelligence. I think if we all embrace our own delusions with considerably more humility than seems to be in fashion then we're more likely to enjoy our time here while deciding how we want to spend it.
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      Mar 4 2013: Possibly we can be free of delusions and rise above foolishnes only through humility. After all the ego is the basic delusion
      • Mar 4 2013: The ultimate delusion is that we can be objective and that this illusory objectivity gives us a special insight into "truth". We almost always act on the basis of our opinions rather than objective reality. I suggest that we keep this in mind when criticizing those who's opinions differ from our own.
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          Mar 5 2013: I define as fools those who consider violence as a soluion to problems. That is because they don't cosider consequences. This term "fool" also applies to those who wantonly distroy the planet for personal gain. No only do they not consider conseqences, they don't care about them.

          What is the diffence between an opinion and a fact? An opinion is something we hold to be true. A fact is what actually is true.. '

          They are fools of the highest order. In their ignorance they are damaging ther only planet weve got
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        Mar 5 2013: I agree with you David Hubbard....ego is a delusion. Unfortunately, some folks believe their own delusions to be objective truths. I also agree that to experience humility, it may help to "rise above foolishness".

        Which I think David Grammer reinforces with his suggestion to "...keep this in mind when criticizing those who's opinions differ from our own".

        That being said David Hubbard, are you ever going to stop defining and catagorizing people you perceive to be fools? Is it that important to you to define and catagorize "them" and what "they" do?

        If you feel that they are "fools of the highest order" and "In their ignorance they are damaging ther only planet weve got".......what are you going to do about it?
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          Mar 5 2013: The US government's war machine very clearly defines and demonizes that enemy of the moment. Who needs demonizing more than those who are destroying the planet? If we survive they will be defined as the greatest criminals of all time. If we do not, they will be.
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        Mar 5 2013: David,
        What do you hope to achieve with this conversation?
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        Mar 5 2013: David,
        Your introduction says... "discuss the world as it is, as well as how it might improve".

        So far, you're only discussing how many fools there are in our world....in your perception. How about focusing on how "it might improve"?
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          Mar 6 2013: How it might improve can only be from a giant paradigm shift from ego to Being. I sugget that critical mass is fast being reached, and the sanity in the world will increase exponentially and the intelligence inherent in all people will immerge.

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