There seems to be a pattern that weaves its way through human history.
A certain percentage of people are really honest, a certain percentageÂ are really dishonest, and certain percentage are really in between. A certain percentage are really good neighbors,Â a certain percentage are really bad neighbors, and a certain percentage are really in between. A certain percentageÂ really love their kids,Â a certain percentageÂ really hate their kids, and a certain percentageÂ are really in between.
The same goes for countries and nations and states. A certain percentageÂ are reallyÂ good,Â a certain percentageÂ are reallyÂ bad, and a certain percentage are really in between.Â
Within a certain cultural context*, these percentages don’t really seem to change much. Of course, if you think about it, it shouldn’t surprise you. People living a thousand years agoÂ were just like us – except without much in the way of technology.Â Â We are just like them, but with betterÂ tools.
Unfortunately, those tools areÂ playing a serious role in theÂ progressionÂ of modern history. Those who areÂ really evil seem to be gaining more and more proficiency with more and more powerful tools – more and more quickly than their opponents. The really evil like Lenin, Hitler, Mao, Kim Jung Il, Franco, and many othersÂ have beenÂ able to use technology to overpower the really goodÂ and capture theÂ cooperation of the really in between. And, the really evil of today?Â …well, they’ve become even greater mastersÂ at channeling the power of technology to achieve their aims.
Take Ahmadinejad**. HeÂ and his country have mastered the use of technology to neutralize the efforts of the really good andÂ confuse the minds ofÂ the really in between. The IraniansÂ have played aÂ fabulous game of brinksmanship with the UN and the EU, whileÂ using the media toÂ counteract the US in her attempts to rally the really in betweens (such as, the UN and the EU).Â
…which means that the really in betweens have satisfied
themselves with running around and bleating in confusion.
I don’t think that I need to convince you that this is really bad.Â
Eventually, the madman from Teheran will have the use of yet another modern tool,Â nuclear weapons. Then the really good and the really in between will beÂ really in trouble.
* The rules of what is good and bad in society change over time, for both good and bad reasons. There will always be those on either end of the spectrum who struggle for the attention and devotion of the middle. Unfortunately, I see that there are those who have succeeded in changing theÂ rules of society. There doesn’t seem to be much of a cultural contextÂ to bolsterÂ society’s rules of right and wrong. Right and wrongÂ have becomeÂ issues of expediency.