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Re: To Donna, Re: Chuck & Alexis

Jun 15, 1996 05:30 AM
by Martin_Euser

Bjorn wrote:
>>Alexis, I hope you don't mean this. You would be the first human being to do
>>so. I don't think a human CAN base his opinion only on facts.

Alexis wrote:

>Do you really believe that to be so? I know it isn't so and that there are
>millions of people just like me who prefer fact to fantasy.

Bjorn>First you say that you base your opinions ONLY on facts.
 Seeing that a human being cannot function without his emotional aspect
active, to some degree, this does not make sense to me.
But now you say that you PREFER fact to
fantasy. This, of course, is an entirely different statement. Preferring
fact to fantasy I think is a common trait among theosophists, myself
included. I take this as a way for you of admitting that basing opinions
ONLY on facts really isn't that realistic. Anybody who believes himself
capable of so doing would be risking to seriously deceiving himself.

Bjorn: you're absolutely right here. And it may be interesting to add
the fact that people generally are inclined to perceive those facts
that they like and ignore other ones.

>>Yes, we are very different, you and I. I don't believe in fascism, and it
>>could well be that AB was having an improper association with this or that
>>fascist. Does that make her a fascist? Certainly not.
>It makes her a fascist sympathizer if not an actual collaborator , and
>that's all that can be said.

Bjorn><snip> Your determination to judge her for some
contact you believe she had with a fascist in the 20ies (I assume) is not
very informative of her character. I am willing to look at the evidence, but
just the fact that she had some friendly contacts with this or that follower
of Moussolini just doesn't impress me very much.
A lot of good people had friends that were both fascists and nazis, you know.

Alexis>No Bjorn: I don't "Know", in fact what I do know, is that not one
 single good person had friends that were Nazis or Fascists!

Bjorn>Again, you are judging harshly in black and white. For some time, a
or near majority of the German population were nazis and supportive of
Hitler. Does this make them all "bad" people. Of course not! Is every
communist a "bad" person? Of course not! I suppose you have seen "Sound of
Music". There is a young boy there, Franz(?), who becomes a nazi and helps
in trying to capture Maria and the family von Trapp. Can't you see the
psychology at work, in a case like his? The nazis had a tremendeous appeal
to young people, many of whom joined the party. Does this make them all
"bad"? According to you, not only were THEY all bad, but all their friends
who were nonnazis were bad also. You seem to live in a black and white world
of absolute right and wrong, far removed from the complexities of real life.
I believe in absolute right and wrong, too, but an error of judgement and
the making of unwise decisions does not make a PERSON bad, nor necessarily
his/her intentions.

Bjorn: you're right about the complexities of real life. People are
complex 'bundles of emotions' and we may very well feel sympathy
for people who overstep the mark. In a black and white vision we
would reject such a person and wouldn't want to have anything to do
with such a person. There are of course people who act in just such
a way, believing they will be 'contaminated' by such contacts.

Alexis>With this discussion we part company.

Bjorn>That's fine with me, although I hope that it is NOT permanently. The
implications of the word "permanently" are very far reaching, if you think
about it.

Bjorn: indeed. 'Black and white'-thinking is something for the Dark ages
and for fundamentalists of any kind (generally speaking).
We are now living in a 'post-modern' era, in which people learn to think
in nuanced ways. Still a difficult thing to do, though.


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