USMB Raison D'être?

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    Seems appropriate to post this little tale, by German philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer today:

    On a cold winter's day, a group of porcupines huddled together to stay warm and keep from freezing. But soon they felt one another's quills and moved apart. When the need for warmth brought them closer together again, their quills again forced them apart. They were driven back and forth, at the mercy of their discomforts until they found the distance from one another that provided both a maximum of warmth and a minimum of pain.

    In human beings, the emptiness and monotony of the isolated self produces a need for society. This brings people together, but their many offensive qualities and intolerable faults drive them apart again. The optimum distance that they finally find and that permits them to coexist is embodied in politeness and good manners. Because of this distance between us, we can only partially satisfy our need for warmth, but at the same time, we are spared the stab of one another's quills.

    --Arthur Schopenhauer, born today, February 22, 1788
     
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    Clearly for some of us porcupines, the reason they come here is precisely to prick their fellow porcupines.

    Isn't it obvious that some are setting out here to hurt other posters feelings?



     
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    Now, you see what you've done, Techy,...opened the door for me to make this political!

    Good boy!

    "...some are setting out here to hurt..."

    Techy, it takes all kinds...and, in fact, that is what makes the message board interesting.

    Conservatives believe in the principle of variety, while liberal perspectives result in a narrowing uniformity. Conservatives believe in choice of healthcare, education, religion, and various other areas. Under conservative principles, there will be differences in class, material condition and other inequalities. Equality will be of opportunity, not necessarily of result. The only uniformity will be before the law. Society will not be perfect, nor will the USMB!

    Consider the results of the rule of ideologues of the last century.
     
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    By definition, all the forces that wanted to preserve segregation were conservative
    Desegregation is 'narrowing uniformity'?

    Oh, wait... I get it... the other races are all shades of brown with black hair, right? Only the White race has true variety and the libs want us to interbreed so we all become one monotonous and heterogeneous mud race, right?
    For those with money, at least
    Yes... yes there most certainly was
    Largely based on race
     

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