Monday, October 4, 2021

Good people?

Generally speaking, I think of people as good, but obviously, that doesn't apply to everyone.  History, both current and past, is filled with evil people, some of which are extremely vile.  While contemplating the goodness of the human race, I came to the depressing conclusion that we have pretty much made a mess of things.  People individually are great, but George Carlin had it right when he said, "Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups."

Much of the world lives under different degrees of oppression.  I could name countries and details but people would argue over the particulars.  Many can't agree on what exactly constitutes oppression because it comes in different forms.  It seemed like the world was improving ten to twenty years ago, but I'm pretty sure that things got worse over the last decade.  We live not only in an era of despots but also the rise of government power everywhere.

I used to think of political leaders as well-educated capable people deserving of respect.  However, recent events make me think that they are no smarter than the rest of us and in some ways worse.  They are motivated by self-interest like everyone else, which means that they don't really represent our interests.
Best wishes,

John Coffey

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