Not living in fear

Via Tamera@tacsgc:

LiveInFear

There is more than a little truth in this.

In contrast to the above read:Grace Canceled: How Outrage is Destroying Lives, Ending Debate, and Endangering Democracy by Dana Loesch:

If you have watched any of her NRA videos you might wonder, “What contrast?”.

She claims she has been working on taming her inner beast (not her words).

I really liked the subtitle of the book and while I thought her previous books I had read were a little bit simplistic I found them spot on with the facts and having some good points to take away. I should have had a clue with “Grace” in the title that there was a going to be a lot of religion in the book. As an atheist I found the religious basis for her thesis a little annoying. But I found I could agree with most of her conclusions without agreeing with the path she arrived at them.

Extrapolating a bit beyond her stated conclusions I arrived at the take away, “Getting angry and matching the enemies of freedom with tit-for-tat isn’t the best approach.” It’s not good for our psychological wellbeing and it’s not good for our cause. We have the law and the police on our side. It may seem to be a longer path but with all things considered it may not be. Don’t let them make you angry. Any action you take should be with a cool head. Your actions will be judged by others with cool heads.

We are in the middle of a civil war. It’s not really a war for control of territory or resources. It’s a war for the hearts and minds of the people in this country. The pointless destruction and physically assaults on people do not win hearts and minds. The prosecution of the terrorists will win hearts and minds. Encourage and enable those prosecutions.

4 thoughts on “Not living in fear

  1. Not for hearts and minds. For power. They want power, and are willing to do what it takes to get it. When a person who is speaking for the movement says “By any means necessary,” I take them at their word.

    The first shots have been fired. Everything from here on out is an extension of that.

    • It a word, yes. But they can’t acquire the power unless they get a sufficient large set of the hearts and minds. It doesn’t have to be a majority. But they can’t do it with only five or, probably, even 10 percent of the population supporting them.

  2. “We are in the middle of a civil war. It’s not really a war for control of territory or resources. It’s a war for the hearts and minds of the people in this country.”

    And, at the moment, it’s being fought on the psychological and emotional battlefield, which is where it will be won, or lost. I do not doubt there will be a few “kinetic interludes” somewhere in the process, but those events will not be what determines the winner; reality, which includes economics, will be the driver.

    I expect a relatively quiet transformation of the psych landscape to take place over time, and, probably, also affected by geography; conditions, attitudes, perceptions, and the resultant mental and emotional resilience are quite different between Des Moines and Manhattan, as are the economics. Eventually, the enclaves will have to decide to either come along or be left behind. This will be a long, but necessary, process which will be uncomfortable for a lot of people.

    As Benjamin Franklin said in Poor Richard’s Almanac 260 years ago parroting Heraclitus, “there is nothing permanent except change.”

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