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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Force

Further to the fine posts by Rob, Susan, and others about the NRA's and others' calls to "solve" the problem by multiplying police and *their* guns, I am reminded of one of my favorites sentences from Bernard Lonergan's book Insight (1958): "Is everyone to use force against everyone to convince everyone that force is beside the point?"  I think this sentence contains the key insight for unlocking a solution to the obvious social problem we face.  The use of force against adult human beings, though sometimes necessary and justified, means that intelligence has failed.    

I'll just add that the preference for using force against force is reflected, mutatis mutandis, in our nation's principled commitment to a system of separation of powers and of checks and balances. Government by the intelligent part would reflect unity, not institutionalized division and intended friction.

 

 

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