Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Are we being led by deceivers or imbeciles?

Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.
- Mark Twain (Samuel Clemons), author and humorist (1835-1910)

"Putting us on" means "deceiving us."

Every political leader deceives his constituents because he believes his constitutents are not prepared to face the truth. Or because he wants to take his country where its people don't want to go, so he must deceive them to have his way.

The world is too messed up to put it all down to "imbeciles who really mean it."

What we have instead are too many leaders whose interest is power, wealth or some other form of greed. These are not characteristics of "imbeciles."

Peace is not possible when leaders put their own best interests ahead of the best interests of their people.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to show the way to peace for each person.
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