Sunday, September 13, 2015


While conducting extensive research on the current state of affairs, (watching debates posted on youtube while sitting on my well developed butt), I think I can identify the one characteristic that differentiates intelligent individuals from individuals lacking that capacity. 

What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists, is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents. - Robert Kennedy

The best example of that characteristic, (and please allow me to summarize), is from the Ken Ham and Bill Nye debate arguing evolution versus creationism. (Yep, you knew it was going to be good.) 

They were both asked, 
"What would make you change your mind?"

Bill Nye - Evidence 
Ken Ham - Nothing 

We cannot sway extremists with rational thought. -Roxane Gay

That, in a very tidy package, is the reason why groups dominated by extremists, (and yes . . . I am including groups with extreme leftist views) should not be allowed to control policy, jurisdiction, behavioral constraints, education, dietary practices, commerce, apparel, media, health care, living conditions, religious practices, artistic expression, community zoning, dog licensure and approximately a thousand other societal constructs. 

It doesn't end well . . . at all . . . for anyone.

Extremists often derive their inspiration from literal interpretations of texts that should rightly be read not as Associated Press reports from the ancient world, but as theological and literary enterprises requiring independent intellectual assessment. - Jon Meacham

If you are interested, the Christian Science Monitor has a quiz about American extremist. Pretty interested and I did not know many of them. 

I'm sure you will know more. 

Extremists think 'communication' means agreeing with them. - Leo Rosten

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