but often it’s the only tool left in the box. To be effective it needs cross cultural divides, because a goal on home turf sometimes becomes an ‘own goal’ in international correspondences. So be it.
We are all products of our heritage. So we are all different. And as some great mind in the past brilliantly summarised:
“one man’s meat
is another man’s poison“
so in our writings we need hold in mind cultural gaps and philosophical divides. Often we make allowance for the ignorance of the barbarians—
—which can be an own goal of epic (suicidal) proportions. Barbarians, sub-human as some may well seem by our own standards … are nevertheless people and capable of reasoning. To a degree. To the degree that their own programming permits.
It is when their programming runs contrary to mine that I begin to fret. Let them, by all means, have their own ‘civilisations’ within their own boundaries … but when their wannabe ‘civilisations’ collapse—implode—our humanity and charity should not (r) NOT be invoked by them against us.
AGAIN I STATE
the infamous Law Of Contradiction—
—and implore every being capable of Reason to use it. Now please excuse me, more and more boatloads of Islamic refugees are washing up on the beaches and we must rush down to save as many as we can. And change our laws so that they can have as many wives and children as our taxes can support (and for God’s sake please stop all that coercive bleating about their systems being better than ours, based as they are on Love and compassion and mercy and charity … and how we must change ourselves to better accommodate them.)
And we must realise the true meaning of empathy—not everyone understands our versions of humour, or satire*
“Efforts to define Islam by the actions of its individual devotees are generally frivolous. If a single Islamic fanatic blowing himself up at a children’s concert is not indicative of Islam being a religion of violence, then a single Islamic moderate helping to carry the resulting corpses from the rubble is not indicative of it being one of peace.”