Sunday, April 23, 2017

“Being Polite” versus “Being Nice”; what is the difference?

“Being Polite” versus “Being Nice”; what is the difference?

I would like to add my two cents to the debate about “party unity”, “censorship”, “Facebook rude posts”, etc.

1. People keep confusing “being polite” with “being nice”.
“Being polite” means – no offensive words, no name calling, etc., and REQUIRED by the law.

“Being nice” means – “do not tell me what might upset me”.

If someone gets so easily upset, that one just should not go even close to politics.

2. The more debates take place the better. Censoring posts on the ground “I disagree with it”, or “this makes me feel bad” only leads to pushing people out of THIS place of the debate, but not out of the debate. People will not stop thinking what they thinking, but will find other venues to express it. In the long run, maybe that is exactly what we need these days – to get separated, so different groups could get better, clearer understanding who is who and who wants what.
To the advocates of censorship because it cuts "fake news" - (a) if you cannot see which news is fake, you should not go into politics; (b) if you afraid people would be influenced by fake news you should offer your counter-opinion; (c) make sure that for you "fake news" is not just something "I don't like it".

3. At some point, everyone will need to make a decision: am I BY the movement, or IN the movement?

BY the movement means – providing types of support – verbal, monetary, etc.

IN the movement means – allocating a certain amount of time on various political actions. Among those actions, #1 is education themselves on the laws governing social changes.

For better or worse, Karl Marx’s “Das Kapital” became the theoretical foundation of the following social revolutions (many!).

For progressives, the theoretical foundation is “Saving Capitalism” by Robert B. Reich.

Read, think, discuss, plan, act.

Or, offer another book!

But just let us all be clear – without deep understanding of the true reasons for the country getting to the current social, political, economic state, the fate of any movement will be the same as the fate of the “Occupy Wall-Street”.

4. Bernie Sanders said It wasn't that Donald Trump won the election, it was that the Democratic Party lost the election”

BTW: he said it five month after the election day, I said the same right after it (, but the difference is – no one cares what I say, Bernie’s every word gets scrutinized from right and left.
After Sanders said it there is no turning back. Now everyone inside and outside the Party has to express his or her position toward the statement: agree, disagree, not sure, or ignore (acting like he has never said it).
Arguing about this statement is just useless. This type of a statement cannot be logically proved or disapproved; it is a belief-based statement - like "aliens, a.k.a. ETs exist". One case say that the universe is so vast and there are signs of aliens visiting the Earth, so they exists. Or one can say there are no facts (bodies, machinery), hence they don't.

5. Politics needs knowledge and logic; political actions need time, effort, and SLOGANS (the picture at the top)!
6.  An ice cube in a freezer remains an ice cube as long as it remains in a working freezer. What will happen if one cuts the power cord, or just opens the door and keeps it opened for long? Ice turns into water. This is just an example of how external conditions, or an environment affects properties of a system. It works for any system and any environment.
Four words:
describe the drastic change in the social and economical environment of all countries in the world. 
That is why all countries now are "melting".
What will they turn into?
1. no one knows
2. everyone has a chance to push it in a direction one likes - but only until the social and political structures will take the new stable form.

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