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JonIrenicus
03-02-2010, 02:05 AM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/01/AR2010030101498.html


It is not all about chance and circumstance in terms of where the results will shake out. No one claims openly to actually believe anything otherwise, but the focus is often on being a helpless willow blowing in the wind, no power to effect the outcome themselves in any meaningful way.

A more destructive idea is hard for me to imagine. I know I am not supposed to have more respect and admiration for some societies over others, particularly if some societies are having a much rougher time. But I do. And so it goes for Israeli society vs almost all of its neighbors, and so it goes when comparing Chile vs Haiti, Botswana vs most African countries. I never did have a strong ability to feel deeper empathy for someone simply because they were more down and out (almost a duty from many liberals based on my experiences). Is that a character flaw on my part? To have far greater respect and admiration for those peoples and nations that function better? To think that maybe, just maybe, it has something to do with their society, their character? Not just the initial conditions?

JonIrenicus
03-02-2010, 02:52 PM
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703411304575093572032665414.html?m od=rss_Today's_Most_Popular#articleTabs%3Darticle