“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”—Anais Nin, accidentally encapsulating the driving idea behind cognitive behavioral therapy: the notion that [our] thoughts make our lives what they are, that we see things through our own filters and that, if we can adjust those filters somewhat, we can adjust - quite literally - how we experience the world. (via psychotherapy » furryrabbits » misterjt)
Let’s say this slowly: the Bush administration wanted to use 9/11 as a pretext to invade Iraq, even though Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. So it tortured people to make them confess to the nonexistent link.
“[W]hen impoverished people die and their needs are not met[, t]hat’s actually not a market failure. Markets are doing what they do[,] which is respond to people with income, not to people without income…. [I]t’s an ethical failure[,] but it’s not necessarily a market failure. If you leave problems to markets, markets will not address the needs of the poorest of the poor.”—Jeffrey Sachs, interview, from “Dead in the Water,” a documentary on water privatization, broadcast on the fifth estate (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, March 31, 2004; PDF of interview text). Discovered via Dave Riddell’s Twitter stream, via ayse, via nbr
Believing the Invisible Hand and so-called free markets are going to solve all our problems is just as crazy as thinking the scientific method will give us all the answers, and just as insane as hoping God will make all our problems just go away if we ask him hard enough.
Well, people like that who want to share our freedoms must know that their bitter words can have consequences and that freedom has endured in this country for more than two centuries because it was coupled with an enormous sense of responsibility on the part of the American people.
If we are to have freedom to speak, freedom to assemble, and, yes, the freedom to bear arms, we must have responsibility as well. And to those of us who do not agree with the purveyors of hatred and division, with the promoters of paranoia, I remind you that we have freedom of speech, too, and we have responsibilities, too. And some of us have not discharged our responsibilities. It is time we all stood up and spoke against that kind of reckless speech and behavior.
If they insist on being irresponsible with our common liberties, then we must be all the more responsible with our liberties. When they talk of hatred, we must stand against them. When they talk of violence, we must stand against them. When they say things that are irresponsible, that may have egregious consequences, we must call them on it. The exercise of their freedom of speech makes our silence all the more unforgivable. So exercise yours, my fellow Americans. Our country, our future, our way of life is at stake.