Saturday, March 31, 2012

Chicken Soup with the moral fence straddlers of America...

There's something outlandish about a culture that worships violent men while simultaneously expressing outrage about terrorism. On the surface this seems like a contradiction, but it actually makes sense to anyone who understands that all human interests are functions of self interest. Self interest is the driving force behind capitalism. It's also the driving force behind democracy. When was the last time you intentionally voted for a candidate that represented someone else's interests but not your own?

Health insurance companies value their own profits above the value of human life and human suffering.

Members of the legislature who do what the health insurance tells them value their campaign funds more than the lives of their constituents.

Millions of American football fans value the enjoyment of watching a football game more than the safety of the young woman who was raped by their favorite player.

Self interest drives everything people do. Concern for others is a minor consideration.

With that in mind...

How many Americans saw their quality of life improve by the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon? Almost 3000 people were killed that day. The laws of probability suggest that there had to be at least a few dozen batterers, child abusers, or some similar characters. Has anyone ever cross referenced the victims with criminal records or incidences of domestic violence?

Probably not.

What American would want to?

Now here's the embarrassing question:

What would a terrorist have to do in order for you to gain something you could not achieve or acquire on your own?

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