Sunday, August 28, 2016

Fate

* Choosing not to oppose the inevitable might seem like wisdom to some, except that, when it comes to the human condition, nothing is ever inevitable, that is, not until it’s there staring back at you and you can reach out and touch it.

* In the longer run, there is more risk to surrendering to what seems inevitable than in opposing it.

* In life, it’s the lack of intellectual not emotional empathy that troubles me the most. Our inability to feel interconnectedness is not as dangerous as our inability to see it and reason out its implications.

* Fate is blind. Seeing is our job.

* The challenge confronting serious academics is to explain how we continue to stumble upward and forward without the guidance of a hidden hand, be it God’s or some secret cabal’s. 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

War Crimes

* Most war crimes are committed by decent people driven by hate, passion and ignorance.

* In wars, all sides commit crimes, still, proportionality is relevant. Determining the identity of the worst offender is important in differentiating cause from effect and deciding who is redeemable, and who is not.


Friday, August 12, 2016

Interaction

* The upper-classes have more avenues and opportunities to interact, compete and connect than all other socioeconomic classes. This reality represents the greatest danger to democracy where it exists.

* For states, geography is an integral part of destiny, but it’s not all of it.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Elite

* Irrespective of the particular historical origins of the political Left and Right, at this stage in our historical march of folly, their rhetorical squabbles and declarations, especially those coming from the fringes, are clearly being exploited by competing global elite groups advancing their own particularistic agendas most of which pay little heed to the necessity of advancing public good. This said, the elite groups operating within the context of cultures that are skeptical of if not deeply inimical to democratic values pose a far greater danger to global stability and human progress than their reviled “Western” or “Westernized” counterparts. 

* The global elite are far from united, but they are aware of their existence as a unique and separate whole. The same cannot be said of other socioeconomic classes, and that’s the thing imperiling democracy more so than any conspiracy.  The struggle to maintain and advance the cause of democracy and human rights on the global stage at this juncture calls for finding ways to further connect the destinies of these other socioeconomic groups, and to make them aware of that strengthened linkage and its implications for their empowerment.