Comments: Too Much Information, Over-stimulation

Great post, Key. Too bad you put it up at almost midnight my time!

What you say about personal responsibilty is something I agree with, which I already knew from prior email conversations with you, and is why I said we're not that far apart in what we believe. While we can never control completely what occurs in our lives (your spine, another blogger's MS, a third bloggers incipient MS, the list of personal tragedies is immense), we CAN control how we react to these occurences, and that is where personal responsibility kicks in.

It is not the role of government to "make things right", because no human entity or institution could ever hope to make things right. However, we're stuck with the institutions left to us by our predecessors, and we have to make the best of that legacy and the culture they created. What we should do now is find a reasonable balance between hard-headed sensibility and heartfelt compassion. Like everything else, that balance is hard to achieve and even harder to maintain, but that does not mean we should not try.

posted by Jack on August 3, 2004 11:00 PM

Key, I have met you in person. You are a beautiful woman. Everybody who saw you at the blog-meet in Dahlonega said the same thing. Remember when you stepped over me to find a seat at the restaurant table? Hell, I fell in love right then and there. Don't give me any shit about your "Z-shaped back." I would be happy to examine it more closely anytime you want me to.

Okay, enough dirty talk.

I disagree with Jack. We are not "stuck" with institutions that don't work work unless we throw up our hands and declare that once government fucks up, there's just nothing we can do about it. I don't buy that philosophy. Too many people do. We can CHANGE IT if enough people want to.

People need to make up their minds. Are we sheeple, hearded by government, or do WE call the shots? Hell, you know how I think about that issue. I just don't believe that enough people think that way anymore.

posted by Acidman on August 4, 2004 02:47 AM

I believe we're thinking too much. Gotta link it. Good Job!!

posted by Sam on August 4, 2004 03:50 AM

I think Rob may have misunderstood what I meant when I said we are "stuck with the institutions left to us by our predecessors". What I should have said is "we have to deal with the legacy of our predecessors". I was not trying to say we should throw up our hands and say we can do nothing. What I am saying is that we can't just flick a switch and make things the way we think they should be. It would be nice if we could, but the world doesn't work that way. There are consequences of the legacy we have received, and we have to deal with those consequences, just as the generation that fought World War II had to deal with the consequences of the outcome of World War I.

I'm all for telling government what to do instead of the other way around; I've said exactly that on Random Fate; government is here to serve the people, not to nursemaid or parent the people.

posted by Jack on August 4, 2004 08:41 AM
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