True enough, but intelligence (which can be possessed by adults
as well as kids) and a cautious listening ear should prevent any
For example, boiled down to its most “idealistic” set of motives,
the Klu Klux Klan isn’t doing anything too terribly awful – preservation
of what they hold dear.
In practice, in use, etc., the things *done* in the name of Ideals
can be dangerous, painful, hurtful, destructive.
Or, how about the “We’re behind America 100% – Right or Wrong” crowd,
popular in the 1950’s, and during any wartime efforts? In one
sense, it’s a great kind of solidarity – a group working together
towards supporting something they believe in, mistakes or not.
[rather like a spouse standing firm with their beloved against
the face of opposition, even when they *know* that their spouse
Put into practice, while it is often helpful, and when America was
Wrong, it wasn’t always all that bad. But there have been times
where it would be been better for the America-Right or Wrong crowd,
who *knew* that America was wrong, to join forces with the groups
that were *fighting* the wrong already.
There’s room for all, as long as there is free association.
And even when there isn’t, you always have your thoughts and
your spirit, which *nobody* can control.
And that’s where freedom ultimately reigns.
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