Re: Ch. 7 - The Two Types of Cosmopolitanism L vs T
Harris quickly gets back into form on page 119. Here he discusses how the romans imagined themselves. Mmmmm... so we can discuss how the romans might have imagined themselves, but it makes no sense to imagine utopia's because they are not real. Does this strike any one as hypocrisy?
I noticed this type of hypocrisy often gino, especially as you point out in this section! You cannot have it both ways Lee!
Mmmm.... so I think Harris wants us to be condemned to think of nothing new. Only to fix what exists. Instead we should only examine what exists and see if it is good.
Status Quo is a theme I have read throughout the book. Basically, Harris seems to condemn human beings to war and struggle, since that it has always been that way. I contend that since it has always been that way, and since we are an exceptional species when it comes to our ability to think, act and achieve, we should do everything we can to end that fault in ourselves.
By accepting what was as all there can be, we doom our children to the same strife; for we instill this into them by osmosis (ie - prejudice is learned). If we raise our children to reject the status quo and challenge the injustices of the past, we create people who refuse to fall into the same destructive patterns of our barbaric past.
I detest defeatism, and that is how I view the phrase "there will always be war".
The one thing of which I am positive is that there is much of which to be negative - Mr. P.
I came to get down, I came to get down. So get out ya seat and jump around - House of Pain
HEY! Is that a ball in your court? - Mr. P