Saturday, October 20, 2007

Death and Life

And so I guess Billy Warhol answered that question I had yesterday about what is a dictatorship with the comment they left on the posting. Their comment was interesting and I thought to repost part of it. Their website is interesting and here is what they wrote: " I always thought a Dictator didn't allow any Opposition to his/her Beliefs or Rules. They tend to squelch Independent thought or Freedom to Think with yer own Mind. And they also will use Force (Military or Police or even Snoopy Neighbours) to make sure everybody tows the Party line....I think it best describes what it's actually like Living under a Dictator. Some of the Words like Fear + Brutality + Death seem to be hallmarks of Dictatorship rule." And so that leads me to think again that I have heard it said somewhere that death and life are in the power of the tongue. And one website I just searched up interprets this as, "Every single one of us has a certain amount of power residing in our mouth and in our tongues with the words that we can release to other people. This power can either be used to bring life or death to the person that we are speaking to. You can either choose to learn how to speak and release positive words of love, encouragement and edification to other people in your own personal dealings with them, or you can choose to release negative words of condemnation, criticism, coldness and harshness. The choice is yours. And this website goes on and on with a ton more of Proverbs speaking about the power of the tongue:

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit." and "There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise promotes health. The truthful lip shall be established forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment." and "Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it." and "The mouth of the righteous is a well of life, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked." and "A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness." and A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.

And the list of proverbs goes on and on. If you believe. What does this have to do with a dictatorship, I am not exactly sure. And what does this have to do with a No Police State? Peace on earth and goodwill to all mankind.
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Unknown said...

Dictatorships are not what they used to be. At least with people like Stalin or Hitler, you knew who the enemy was. Popular consensus defines a dictator as a single person who, through brutality, fear, oppression, and a stripping of civil liberties, rules a group of people with an iron fist (not like the "X-Men" sense of "iron fist"). Although this definition still holds true, dictatorships have evolved with times in an attempt to make them less visible.

Ideas, belief system, and societal institutions can act as dictatorships if members of that society base their actions on either of those three things. The war on terror is our dictator, because we lots of things in its name. Consumerism can be our dictator also. Fear, Christianity, pride, patriotism: all of these things rule the minds of otherwise honest Americans with an "iron fist."

Bush isn't a dictator though; he just doesn't seem smart enough. He's the mask of the dragon; a political sock puppet.

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