Sunday, January 30, 2005

Becoming Perplexed

As you'll see from my most recent post - dated three months ago - the US election threw me for a bit of a loop. All that I could see there was an exercise in hypocrisy, murderous hyporcrisy at that.

I haven't posted since then because I've been doing an awful lot of thinking. I always knew that people have their own inscrutable priorities, and make choices that can be simply baffling.

How can people - from individuals all the way up to nation states - preach steadfastly about particular ideals, and then act against those ideals without a shred of soul searching?

During the Vietnam war, Martin Luthor King asked why the US could send 200 000 troops to Vietnam to "defend democracy," but couldn't get 100 voter registrars into Mississippi. That's how it goes; humanity just can't seem to line up ideals with action.

So I hope to do two things. One, explain why this seperation exists. Secondly, to try and discover a way to change this. Hopefully I'll be able to write some interesting things here, and maybe even something useful.