Analysis of moral cowardice

I wish to throw down a gauntlet here. I write on this blog for my own benefit, but know that others read it, and also that some of the things I write about nag at the underpinnings of serenity. For instance, only a fool believes the official stories of 9/11 or Boston or JFK, but fools cling to these stories for dear life (even undoing Newton in the process). Why?

William James, a man of clarity, offered up some ideas in this regard. I’ll use him to my advantage.

What I offer here are moral choices. But just as a Shakesperaian tragedy starts out as a small matter, so too do the choices I offer demand a showing of intelligence and character once it is seen that they are not small matters. Not many people are up to it.

James boiled it down to options, 1) living or dead, 2) forced or avoidable, 3) and momentous or trivial.

  1. If I say to you that you should be a Republican or Democrat, it’s a dead issue. Either choice offers the same rewards, primarily group support. But if I say to you that evidence does not support the official story of 9/11, it is live and active and forces you to make a decision that will affect your comfort, acceptance in your group, and faith in your intellectual capacity. No matter your decision, it affects your being.image
  2. If I say to you “your views on the matter of religious belief should not be kept silent, you can fall on one of many sides, none of which impact your being. You can simply avoid the issue, saying “it is not knowable.” You can decide to become an agnostic, and there are no ramifications. But if I say that there is evidence of a large and unreported hurricane off the shore of Long Island on 9/11, indicating control of weather, preplanning and pre-knowledge of the event among a wide array of government and private power centers, you cannot thereafter avoid knowledge of the hurricane. It was there. It is proven. You are no longer free to be ignorant by someone else’s fault. It’s on you.
  3. You are now placed in a position where you have to make a decision. It is, in regards to your own self esteem, momentous. Knowing of the hurricane and its implications, you can choose to ignore it and continue to believe the official story of events of that day. That is moral cowardice. Or, you can face the reality, and begin to deal with the implications. That is entirely a personal journey, and I have no advice. It’s not for namby-pambies.

It is hard work. people will criticize you, ostracize you, but they will not, because they can not, argue the facts. In choosing that route you will always have this: Honor, and dignity. You chose the hardest path, and we’re not swayed by the opinion of others or lack of faith in your own abilities.

You’ll be a person of character and strength, and one possessed of the trait called moral courage. As Mark Twain reminded us, physical courage is common, but the moral variety a rarity.

About Mark Tokarski

Just a man who likes to read, argue, and occasionally be surprised.
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4 Responses to Analysis of moral cowardice

  1. steve kelly says:

    Fear makes it less likely that someone will seek to know more. Form birth we are conditioned to be passive and reactive.

    We swim in the waters of propaganda and the paralyzing fear it creates.
    Awareness of the cause of our human-induced condition/environment is a place where one can begin by making one conscious decision, then the next. Pretty soon the propaganda doesn’t work anymore.

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    • Decisions about how we live our lives are live, forced and momentous. It does not matter if we are children deciding to rat out a fellow student or adults deciding to bomb another country. We all make the decisions on how we live our lives. The decision points are few and important.

      Propaganda is easy, however, because it cannot stand the light of day. Once we are aware of it it ceases to work.

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