Wednesday, June 28, 2017

...and when the extraterrestrial being invited all those present to enter his spaceship and join him in his journey, the general stayed behind, asking "What's in it for me?"
The extraterrestrial answered "A brand new world, if you can handle it".
The general then asked "Are you friend or foe?"
The extraterrestrial answered "Neither".

And therein lies the problem with the militant-minded.  The paranoiac xenophobia of ultra-partisanship.
The narratives of "You're either for us or against us", "You're not one of us.  Therefore you're obviously an intruder", "If you're on the side of the righteous then you'll have to be in agreement with our way of thinking and doing".

The idea that anyone who's not like them automatically constitutes a threat of some kind.  And that the threat has to be met with a show of counter-force.

There's no concept of impartiality or disinterestedness---the notion of one independent-minded and living by their own perceptions and analysis of all things around them.
It's always "Our way is the only way" and anything that deviates from it is somehow defective or immoral, as is anyone who does the same.

The classic "Us verses Them", no in-between or middle ground.

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