May 6, 2021

Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.
John Stuart Mill (possibly the source of "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." which is probably not Edmund Burke)

We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.
Elie Wiesel

I ponder on these quotes, because they certainly challenge the kind of taoist/buddhist-ish equanimity I try to live. Like, I think a lot of damage is done by people firmly grasping opinions, and follow the brain's inclination to decide "Am I on team 'All For' or 'Absolutely Against' this?"

Looking up the "Have Fewer Opinions" I found this essay on it, and the socially-driven, ad-hoc, post-facto irrational justification for so much of what we do.

Rolling Stone's Top 100 Sitcoms list is very thoughtful and fun to read.
The older you get the more you realise you didn't grow up in a 'where', you grew up in a 'when'.
Alexander_Wrote, /r/showerthoughts