Philosophical Observations 18
You might think your intellect is the best thing you have going for you but this is incorrect. Persistence and determination are a part of your emotional state. Your interpersonal skills, emotional state. Your core values are a part of your spiritual state. Your commitment to the well being of the system to which you are a part, spiritual state.
Most men do not realize that they are moving to the beat of a distant drum. They are driven by desires they do not understand, and so, dig pits for one another. It is interesting to note, just how many, end up in their own pit.
If I could persuade men of anything, it would be compassion. Be aware of the deceptive nature of desire and do not let it rule you. Remember who you are and show compassion in all your affairs.
In every area of politics, the goal is control.
The idea that social engineers understand the human condition is fatally flawed and their conclusions will only result in a further deterioration of the social fabric (blow back, etc...). The more incompetent you are the less you realize it. We are talking about a system that is so complex that it makes weather systems look simple. We cannot predict what the weather will be in thirty days, we can only give a range of behaviors. It is even more difficult with social systems. Especially if you ignore the spiritual component.
The greater good and the common good are two entirely different things. The greater good is an untenable ideology and the common good says that all men have unalienable rights endowed by their creator, among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This includes all men.
The greater good has been defined as "the ends justify the means."
The common good says that "liberty resides in the means."
The age of cheap oil is ending. When it takes a barrel of oil in order to pull a barrel of oil out of the ground, the age of oil will end. In the mean