Caring Facts Versus Abusive Opinions

As one who was trained in theology as well as philosophy, I am influenced by the examples of two of our great humans of the past who were both executed by their jealous establishments — Jesus and Socrates:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socrates

I am not a religious believer, but I do ardently support the ideals of both our human heroes of the past. Jesus argued for the poor and Socrates (at least in Plato’s account) challenged false opinions and sought the facts as they could be discovered in his time.

I was somewhat bemused to see the contrast between the two major political events in D.C. before the recent elections — one spieling Christian stuff. The other challenging current political lies.

Needless to say, Christians all too often declare their personal saintliness while the institution of Christianity has been the most brutal and destructive of the three major Western religions. Check the history of wars, burnings at the stake, etc.

I am watching now the attacks being mounted against Julian Assange:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_Assange

There are those who would jail him, too — our Secretary of State?

Personally I see Assange as a sort of dual Jesus and Socrates. He is exposing the uglies with basic facts. The young man who seems to have been his major source is being threatened with life in prison — for exposing the gross abuses of humanity in our wars.

How ironic. History looks to be repeating itself.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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