Thursday, April 25, 2024

Canadians Should Be Better Than This

I see Pierre Poilievre illegitimately harnessing the warranted righteous anger of Canadians with the powers that be. He's fooling the less intellectually able into embracing the establishment of a more intense, mean spirited, and societally damaging regime more directly and exclusively in the control of the powers that be. None of our leaders are what they should be, but replacing a poor leader with a bad leader is not a solution to our discontent. 

What I find particularly vexatious is the appeal to hatred of another leader, hatred of outgroups, hatred of the less fortunate, and appeals to self-interest over the interests of others. The majority of us will not prosper by tearing down social safety nets and healthcare. I really want to think that Canadians are better than this. 

“Stupidity is a more dangerous enemy of the good than malice. One may protest against evil; it can be exposed and, if need be, prevented by use of force. Evil always carries within itself the germ of its own subversion in that it leaves behind in human beings at least a sense of unease. Against stupidity we are defenseless. Neither protests nor the use of force accomplish anything here; reasons fall on deaf ears; facts that contradict one’s prejudgment simply need not be believed – in such moments the stupid person even becomes critical – and when facts are irrefutable they are just pushed aside as inconsequential, as incidental. In all this the stupid person, in contrast to the malicious one, is utterly self satisfied and, being easily irritated, becomes dangerous by going on the attack. For that reason, greater caution is called for when dealing with a stupid person than with a malicious one. Never again will we try to persuade the stupid person with reasons, for it is senseless and dangerous.”

― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison

"Bonhoeffer was known for his staunch resistance to the Nazi dictatorship … He was arrested in April 1943 by the Gestapo and imprisoned at Tegel Prison for 1½ years. Later, he was transferred to Flossenb├╝rg concentration camp … He was hanged on 9 April 1945 during the collapse of the Nazi regime." (from Wikipedia)

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