Let's get a little more basic. We can argue forever about whether Regan's policies are producing today's economy etc., but the answers to our current as well as past problems is much more basic.
It boils down to right and wrong. First automatic response is xxx is right and yyy is wrong, and the next person says NO, that's all wrong. xxx is wrong and yyy is only right when zzz is present.
Even using terms like right, wrong, good, evil, bad etc are in themselves contributing factors to CAUSING problems instead of solving them.
Proper termonology should be something like: there are things that contribute to the health and total well being of EVERYONE, as individuals and as groups, and there are things that degrade the health and total well being of EVERYONE who ingages in those things, and MOST of those things are cumulative over time and often do not show immediate or short term result. What chance would Clinton have of staying in office during Washington's time, Truman's time, Nixon's time? Or ANYTIME prior to the '90s?
There are things that ABSOLUTELY CONTRIBUTE to humanity's well being. There are things that ABSOLUTELY DEGRADE humanity's well being, and it doesn't make any difference how we feel or think about those things. It's etched in stone, and our involvement in those things ABSOLUTELY WILL have an effect on us as individuals and humanity in general.
Nothing is certain, everything is relative and things and activities are fluid in their relationship to our well being. "A living constitution - subject to change by interpretation???" "Not black or white, but shades of gray??"
Long ago and far away the following is reported to have happened:
"Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?" The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'" "You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
There are so many obvious lies in those statements, that the final one, the most important one is kinda overlooked because it seems logical on it's face. "...you will be like God, knowing good and evil." The obvious lie in that statement is "be like God", the concealed lie is "knowing good and evil". The implication is that the woman would then be able to recognize what is good and what is evil. NOT SO! The TRUTH is that at that moment mankind, through Eve, took it upon itself to decide what is good and what is evil rather than relying on what God says is good and what God says is evil, or more correctly what will hurt mankind and what will help mankind. Right then and right there "gray vs black and white" and "situational ethics" was born.
There are absolutes, and they absolutely will cause absolute results. The problems that you see around you every day are the result of people believing, really and truly believing certain ways, and other people just as sincerely believing differently. The only thing that can be said for that situation is they CANNOT both be right, and there is a possibility that neither is right.
There are those who say, "there ARE NO absolutes." Another absolute. We both ABSOLUTELY cannot be right. I say EVERYTHING is absolute. Nothing is what it isn't. EVERYTHING IS ABSOLUTELY WHAT IT IS, NOTHING MORE, NOTHING LESS AND NOTHING ELSE. Whether we understand it or recognize it is only relevant in its effect on us NOT its reality. The wise seek knowledge over acceptance.
Doug '97 TJ
Creator of the CBrack