On Loving Our Enemies

(Originally posted to ezrasf.com)

In honor of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., it seems we need his wisdom more than ever. A friend posted part of this on Facebook, so I found this expanded version.

Why should we love our enemies?

The first reason is fairly obvious. Returning hate for hate multiples hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction.

Another reason why we must love our enemies is that hate scars the soul and distorts the personality. Mindful that hate is an evil and dangerous force, we too often think of what it does to the person hated. This is understandable, for hate brings irreparable damage to its victims.

But there is another side which we must never overlook. Hate is just as injurious to the person who hates. Hate destroys a man’s sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.

A third reason why we should love our enemies is that love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend. We never get rid of an enemy by meeting hate with hate; we get rid of an enemy be getting rid of enmity. By its very nature, hate destroys and tears down; by its very nature, love creates and builds up. Love transforms with redemptive power.

A great example of how the above is true can be seen in the media reports about the vitriol passing between the United States political parties over health care. The reactionary climate resulted in counter-productive posturing and slowing the process. Of course, no one physically assaulted others or shot them in a duel, so I guess things are civilized… Just full of hate. We all suffer because these people take opposition personally. That is easy to do when their best arguments are ad hominems.

Maybe 50%+ (House) and 60% (Senate filibuster proof) are too low of a threshold to get consensus. What about 66.7% like that for amendments or 75% or 80% as the necessary threshold? Even better? Since the issue here is the parties don’t work together, maybe the solution is passage requires 10% more votes over the membership of the majority party?

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(Originally posted 12/10/2005. Edited to make current and update time stamp.)

Walking today after work, I reached an epiphany. We needed a light switch rave!!

Strongbad on Techno

Sing along:
The system is down…. The system is down…. The system is down….
The system is down…. The system is down…. The system is down….
Do-duh-doo-doo!! Do-duh-doo-doo!! Do-duh-doo-doo!! Do-duh-doo-doo!!

The things virus writers put to get people to infect thier computers…

You think it’s funny? You are stupid idiot!!! I’ll send the attachment to your
ISP and then I’ll be watching how you will go to jail, punk!!!

Can ya dig it?

Got an email with an attachment name “file.pif” which classically indicates a virus, right? The body of the message?

Are you a spammer? (I found your email on a spammer website!?!)

It
is stuff like this that makes me feel sorry for the people at work who
have to answer questions about technical problems. I bet there will be
5 messages Monday asking how one gets one’s email address removed from
a spammer’s web site.

From phishing to pharming….
In a nutshell, because people are not so sticky with going to web sites
from emails <UPDATE>anymore</UPDATE>, the criminals are going to attack web browsers and make
the visitors come to them. All those same people who get spyware
will have their systems infected with malware which will make them go to criminal web sites instead of their bank.

So let’s see… this has been discussed in a computer trade mag
recently, so it will have the first proof of concept in mid March. The
copycats will start early April. One in 10 users will be affected by
mid May.

My bet is that no PC is really safe. Maybe it is time to go buy a Mac Mini?