Monday, September 18, 2006

Why can’t we all just get along?

This is often asked as a rhetorical question. But it’s very important to understand why we cannot, on a very basic level. And it has nothing to do with misunderstanding, in case you were wondering. We cannot because it does not make sense, from “bad guys” point of view, to do so. Here’s why:

Suppose you had something, something others could just take from you, and get away with it. Why wouldn’t they?

Moral reasons: No way, people always come up with good moral justifications for taking what’s not theirs. Try “need it more than you do”, “could make a better use of it” or “deserved it more in the first place”, just to name a few.

You don’t have anything others want: Unlikely, your property, freedom, even your life is always something someone wants to take. Why not, if they can?

What if everyone had everything they ever wanted or needed: There is not such thing, everyone could always use some more.

In truth, the only way to deal with it is to invest in strength and be ready to use it. In a law abiding society, we invest in strength of the law enforcement. But when the threat comes from beyond our borders the only thing that can protect us is our military.

It’s because the only good and practical case to be left alone is to be defensible. So while we can’t all just get along, we can live in peace, but only when we are strong enough to defend our land, our property, our freedom and our lives, and are prepared to undertake anything to do so.

Everything is the world has a price. Being strong and ready to fight, and fight when we have to, is just the price to be free, to be happy and sometimes even to be alive.


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