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When they keep us divided, we are powerless
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Many people compare Hitler to almost any modern day political figure. Here's the short, politically independent, story of how he came to power so you won't be so easily swayed by vain accusations...
The National Socialist Party gained power first by intimidating people at the election booth with "Storm Troopers". Lucas borrowed that name when he modeled the Empire after Nazi Germany.
But that didn't work. It got Hitler thrown in jail, and largely put him in a setting of general dislike with the public. No one likes being bullied.
In jail, he wrote a book called "Mein Kampf", meaning "My Struggle" where he turned the tables. Instead of being the bully, he was the victim. His struggle was your struggle, and all Germany had to do was join in the struggle against the people he was struggling against.
But if it wasn't for promises made to his noble class, that he could subjugate the German people under his new order, he would still be just a forgotten character in the past. From the noble class, he received support, investment in very grand stadiums and events, and essentially made Germany feel like they didn't have to be victims anymore.
The noble class felt they had a dictator who they could control the people with, and Hitler promised corporations free reign, while promising the people he would reign in the corporations. He promised capitalism to companies, and socialism to the people simultaneously, and told both "I'm just lying to the other to get their support, but then I'm really in your corner". Much of what we compare Hitler to current politicians comes from this period where he was literally saying all things, trying to be all things to all people.
But as he got power, things got out of hand quickly. The economy he built quickly overheated and threatened to bubble and fall like the Wiemar Republic. Germany had to acquire to survive, so they started taking bigger and bigger bites our of the countries around it. Hitler turned on the people who brought him to power and subjugated political undesirables more and more, demanding more out of them and killing them when they became too much of a burden to support.
Essentially, to pay for the promises he used to gain popularity with the people, and to pay for the storm trooper scare tactics also used to subjugate the people, he had to extract it from others ... other nations or people who he didn't need for power.
And that is how Hitler became the monster we all know today.
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"Life is best to be lived and not conceptualized."

Thoughts and ideas are useful until they're not. At some point, you have to stop thinking, throw yourself in the ring, and let yourself get beat up a little bit.

Adds to your bank of fortitude. ;)
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Tyranny can't live without conflict, and it can't be brought to an end without conflict.

Its always an intellectual dainty to pretend what if the good guys were really the bad guys. But in this case, any device which tries to make a moral equivalence of destroying Alderaan and destroying the Death Star does so only in ignorance of what people are fighting for.

People do fight for liberty to oppress others. To enjoy pleasures and comforts at the expense of other's ability to gain the same from their hard work. And people fight for the liberty of others. Ultimately it is the true freedom won by the by the warrior that justifies the conflict.
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I agree with the following, but with a caution.

The way out of the maze is not by pretending we have some grand view of the conspiracy we can navigate by. The more we look and see a trap, the more we are trapped, like an elephant who is conditioned to stay put with just a small rope. The elephant sees it as a mighty chain.

The maze is built by walls that are really paper thin, and they are simply walls we put between ourselves and others.

We call others poor, rich, conservative, liberal, socialist and capitalist. We call each other atheist, theocrats, and anything else that we think puts them in their place. And perhaps they really have built their own lairs with the labels the put on those around them. Perhaps that is their place.

But when you see them as people, who you could just as easily be yourself, then you start seeing your way out of the maze.

Then you start seeing freedom to choose for yourself. Then you start breaking down the walls between you and others.

By recognizing and guarding against the evil in ourselves, and looking for the good in others, looking at our hearts with more study than we pretend to have watching a news report of the whole world, then we will find freedom and the true meaning of humanity.

So much of humanity really does chain us down. But it is that same humanity that sets us free, puts us in flight, and sends us to the Moon and beyond.
 
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Current news topics invite a discussion on one of my favorite stories of heroism.
During the holocaust, you had a wide spectrum of reactions. On one hand, you had Jews who felt they would be better off or even survive the holocaust altogether if they made themselves useful to the goverhment. If they sold out their fellow Jews, perhaps they felt they could be spared. They weren't.
There were people who felt if they went along, things would sort themselves out, how bad could things get? Now I don't want to discount this group because many in this were true pacifists, angels in the concentration camp.
You also had a large number of partisans, people who were out to save themselves, and didn't want to be bogged down with women and children and old people.
And then you had a very few like the Bielski brothers. They were partisans also, but they never turned anyone away. With their guns and survival skills they wound up saving more than 1000 people from the oppression of their government.
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To remain useful for all that need good, with allegiance to no political movement. To be a whole person, never one sided.
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I've long observed in myself and others that there is a wide disconnect between knowing the right thing to do and doing the right thing.

We can consider ourselves angels who are just held back from reaching our true potential by morality, or devils who are limited from doing ourselves and others real harm by our codes of morality.

The trick is, we always overestimate our ability to do the right thing in the circumstances that naturally follow immorality. We don't always calculate how much practice and exercise it takes to do what we know we should do.
 
"When we recognize that the vast majority of us overestimate our ability to do the right thing, we can take constructive steps to limit our fallibility and reduce the odds of bad behavior.

One way to instill moral humility is to reflect on cases of moral transgression. We should be cautious about labeling people as evil, sadistic or predatory. Of course, bad people who deliberately do bad things are out there. But we should be attuned to how situational factors affect generally good people who want to do the right thing.

Research shows that when we are under extreme time pressure, we are more likely to behave unethically. When we operate in isolation, we are more likely to break rules. When incentives are very steep (we get a big reward if we reach a goal, but much less if we don’t), we are more likely to try to achieve them by hook or by crook."

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"we should celebrate people who do the right thing when pressured to do wrong. These would include whistleblowers such as Jeffrey Wigand of the tobacco industry and Sherron Watkins of Enron. But we also can look to the civil rights movement, the feminist movement and the gay rights movement, among others, to find people who used their ingenuity and took great risks to defy conventions or authorities they considered unjust."

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"Leaders have an additional duty to reduce the incentives and pressures in their organizations that are likely to encourage moral transgressions — and to clear a path for employees to report behavior that steps over boundaries.

Some professions have had success implementing formal codes of conduct. Doctors look to the Hippocratic Oath as a simple guide to right and wrong, and police read suspects the Miranda Rights to limit their own sense of power and make clear that arrestees should not feel powerless. Unfortunately, in business, such scripts remain less developed."

via +Moshe Vardi 
Harvard Business School’s dean says we all need moral humility.
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