[Vision2020] more than a bit "tetched"

Kenneth Marcy kmmos1 at frontier.com
Mon Nov 23 19:26:45 PST 2015

On 11/23/2015 4:17 PM, Debi Smith wrote:
> Even beyond the Donald Chump madness. What have we, as a nation, come to?
> http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/11/23/pastor-who-hosted-republicans-paris-victims-were-devil-worshippers.html#

     As we slowly drift toward the heat death of the universe, we need 
to understand that some localities, the ones within which we 
participate, require extra organizing energy to preserve and conserve 
the intelligent values we hold dear.  Unfortunately, we are not as often 
as is necessary applying that sort of energy where it would do some good.
     You may have heard of families and friends staging an intervention, 
an event in the life of a loved one to present collectively evidence of 
folly, misdeeds, drug addiction, etc., and to demand a halt to 
undesirable behaviors immediately, if not sooner, and a personal 
rerouting onto recovery road at the nearest on-ramp, which happens to be 
right here.
     Empowerment for this sort of activity needs to be made available to 
"outside directors" of organizations that have significant public 
impacts.  (You probably know a few.)  There is more and more irrational 
nonsense being allowed not only its fifteen minutes of fame, but 
significant controlling influences within organizations with critical 
impacts on the lives of significant numbers of people.  Interventions 
are needed.
     Our cultural drift is not preventing us from floating closer to the 
cowardice of our convictions, a geography that allows us to recognize 
our problems, while not encouraging us to be as confidently capable as 
we imagine ourselves to be to design and implement solutions to the 
problems that represent the difference between our ideal state and the 
increasingly obnoxious realities we too frequently experience and 
observe reported.
     Have we become a nation sufficiently tolerant of devil worshipers 
who are fervent enough to host their idols, or who are at least 
persistent enough to write articles boasting about their fantasies?  Can 
we not declare insanity when it is obvious, and incarcerate it for 
treatment, absent any responsible guardians willing to accept remedial 


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