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Words to live by...

"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and to rest afterward."

[Spanish Proverb]

Ius luxuriae publice datum est

(The right to looseness has been officially given)

"Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders," wrote Ludwig von Mises, "no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interest, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle."

Apparently, the crossword puzzle that disappeared from the blog, came back.

Friday, July 24, 2015

I Must Apologize

I have been thinking about this for almost a week. Last Friday I wrote some things that were unwarranted in I'm Not Happy. I was angry (and, therefore, not happy) and wanted to lash out... so I did. I am not apologizing for feeling that anger or for something I expressed about how I would like Muslims to feel about their religion. I wrote: "No change will happen to that religion until they fear the backlash." I believe that.

Religions are sometimes a bit smug. A bit too self-righteous.

They must feel shame and anger at themselves in order to make changes that will lead to a better expression of that faith. I think that is part of what happened with The Inquisitions and maybe the Crusades. Christians began to question their faith, to change it for the better. Christians still question, I think; most of them anyway. Some don't, some still justify their bigotry and prejudice with scripture.

I cannot say for sure since I am not a Christian. But I like to think that most are good people who reject many of the things taught in favor of a more moral way of life.

And, so, I apologize to any who I might have offended


Inspector Clouseau said...

One should always consider respect a person who has the ability to apologize, and be leery of those who never do....

Douglas said...

Thank you. I am, at this point in my life, more willing to apologize than I ever was. Life is quite short.

Inspector Clouseau said...

So true, my friend.

There is a corollary observation that I now appreciate more with age, that being that there are many people who claim to be "right," with little attention being paid to being accurate. A willingness to apologize is frequently the result of the pursuit of accuracy.

Tom Sightings said...

I like to think that most people of ALL religions are "good people who reject many of the things taught in favor of a more moral way of life." Don't you think?

Douglas said...

I would like to also. But I am also a cynic who believes most people are "sheep" or (worse) "mind-numbed robots."