Saturday, November 17, 2007

To support or not to support... or both?

Now, I hear this a lot these days, and pardon me for saying so, but it doesn't really make sense to me. "Support the troops, not the war." To tell the truth, the idea behind it doesn't even hold up to common sense: "I support you, but not what you're doing." Isn't the nature of support backing someone in their endeavors? "Support - verb - to uphold (a person, cause, policy, etc.) by aid, countenance, one's vote, etc.; back; second." (Dictionary.com) That's the instance we mean here, right? So then, how exactly can we support the troops but not the war?

It's the same idea as a popular modern take on abortion: "I believe a fetus is a human, but I also believe the mother should have the right to choose." Well, which is it? Either you believe that the fetus is a human, and so should be protected against murder by the law, or it should not be protected against murder by the law, and by implication is not human. I'm sorry folks, but this deal doesn't come with a two for the price of one option.

America these days has compartmentalized ideas into such tiny pieces that we don't even see the connections between them anymore. People no longer understand the consequences behind their ideas or actions, and so end up making statements or pursuing ideals which ultimately have no bearing on reality itself! We've locked ourselves perfectly into a mindset of "political correctness" which ultimately rebels against the very laws of logic itself (most notably non-contradiction in cases such as this one).

It's simply common sense that one cannot have a thing more than one way at once. If you're served an egg at a restaurant, the egg cannot be both sunny-side-up and scrambled at the same time. Even if you were to divide the egg in half and scramble half and serve half sunny-side-up, the egg is still not simultaneously both at any given point. Water cannot be both liquid and ice at the same time, it's either frozen or it's liquid, you can have a glass of water with ice IN it, but the water is not simultaneously ice AND water, this concept is barely even conceivable because it is simply logically impossible.

So, take heed America, think about what it is that you're saying. Whether we want to admit it or not, the different ideas in our lives DO connect to each other, and everything we think, everything we say, and every ideal we follow will have an impact on not only us, but the people around us. Patent nonsense has never benefited anyone, and that's not about to change simply because we don't want to consider the implications of the things we say any longer.

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