- I think life is precious
- Sacred, actually (February 23, 2011)
- I think war is not nice
- Things get broken
- People get killed
It also 'obviously' makes me one of those hate-filled, heartless conservatives who make caring, sensitive citizens of the world sick: because I think that sometimes people have to be prevented from killing other people.
Which is why I think interfering in the internal affairs of Libya is probably the right thing to do. Even though the current president of the United States isn't the candidate I voted for.
My views, I think, make sense: and I'll get back to that.
This isn't a 'Political' PostI don't do "political" posts. Not in the sense of claiming that whatever some particular person or party does is the most intelligent, sublime, ineffably insightful expression of wisdom that the world has ever seen: and that everyone who disagrees is stupid, a traitor, or a stupid traitor.1
First, I don't think any one politico or party is always right: or wrong. I have yet to meet someone who never made a mistake. And that's not what papal infallibility means. Which is another topic. (Catechism, 891)
Second, I don't see a point in trying to paint the world in a simplified pallet of "good guys" and "bad guys." And that's a somewhat mixed metaphor - more topics.
Finally, I tend to see quite a bit of 'political' writing as being heavy on emotion, with a sprinkling of facts, and a meager seasoning of reason.
I have nothing against emotions: but I don't trust them for decision-making. The mind can do odd things when emotions take control. (Another War-on-Terror Blog (December 23, 2008)) And that's yet another topic.
This post is one of a series being written today:
- "Citizenship, being Catholic, and the Rules of Polite Society"
(March 22, 2011, 2:22 p.m. Central, 19:25 UTC)
- "My Take on Libya, War, and Getting a Grip; Mostly Links"
(March 22, 2011 5:49 p.m. Central, 22:49 UTC)
(March 22, 2011 6:02 p.m. Central, 23:02 UTC)
- "'Jesus was a Pacifist/American/Vagrant'?!"
(March 22, 2011 6:36 p.m. Central, 23:36 UTC)
- " 'Just War:' Unpleasant, but Not a Contradiction in Terms "
(March 22, 2011 6:49 p.m. Central, 23:49 UTC)