“The man of good will”

Now, see, this is the way I like to wake up in the morning, via Claire:

Men of good will habitually assume that other men are much like them. They, being animated and guided by what C. S. Lewis called the Law of General Benevolence, have difficulty conceiving of a body of motivation centered on malice, venality, or cruelty. They want nothing from others except what should come to them in consequence of a fulfilled agreement, and cannot imagine how anyone could be otherwise oriented.

Most Americans are men of good will. Most politicians are not:

* The man of good will seeks prosperity in harmony with his fellows; the politician seeks power over others.
* The man of good will understands the requirements for comprehension and honest effort in the fulfillment of his promises; the politician dismisses such notions as “for the little people.”
* The man of good will frankly discloses his aims to his trading partners, and expects them to do likewise; the politician hides his true agenda for as long as possible.

Thus, for a man of good will to deal with politicians and political bodies as if they were like him is a fatal error. The latter will view the former as a sheep to be shorn.

RTWT. Much more at the link, including a video of a very smart young lady who has not yet learned not to cast pearls before swine.

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One Response to “The man of good will”

  1. Velcro8ball says:

    good on ya

To the stake with the heretic!