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A Powerful Quote

“After all, it’s not violence but the threat of violence that has proven so effective the world over. People are driven by fear and self-preservation, and powerful men know how to exploit this weakness to achieve their own wicked ends.” (from The Natural Order of Things, p.163)

So true, and yet disturbing. This is exactly how the world works. History repeats itself. As in Communist China, which oppresses freedom and insists on screening candidates for the next election of Hong Kong’s Chief Executive. As in America, where religious institutions, under the pretext of defending marriage values, suppress gay rights. How does church get to wield such power? Nobody should have the right to vote on someone else’s marriage or have any say about the validity of any couple’s commitment. A church can refuge marriage services to anyone, but the state and federal governments should not be allowed to. People are driven by fear and ignorance. This is how power can manipulate—the masses sway from one end to another, basically based on how much propaganda is being spewed. And the motive of the creator or propaganda is usually selfish.


4 Responses

  1. Great excerpt.
    Fear trumps all sadly, from the smallest things to the biggest, The only way to stop it? Never lie, then you cannot be held accountable for actions in the future.
    Despite our seeming modernity in regards to technology etc, we are very primitive people. Fear works a charm like nothing else.

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