"Houston, we have a problem..."
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Mar. 23rd, 2006 | 12:23 am
EuroPundits describes part of the problem.
Does he name it? No.
Are we finding solutions to it? No.
Are we losing?
THE PARASITIC MINDSET
By NELSON ASCHER
Now, the mindset born from that kind of parasitism has basically spread to everything else. Whatever we create they exploit: from cars and planes to democracy and political correctness, from public transportation to explosives and the UN, from open borders to the internet and investment banking. Whatever is good for us can eventually be even better for them and, thus, very bad for us. I cannot think of anything in our civilization right now that is not potentially double-edged.
So, what can we do? If we want to win the war, first we have to disable the enemy’s defenses. Trouble is: they are our own, we created and developed them, though most f the time with very different goals in mind. In a quite perverse way, our worst enemy today is our own creativity and resourcefulness. Should we stop creating or inventing things because they can be used against us? Not at all, because that’s also our main advantage. But, to begin with, we have to keep in mind that whatever we do, think, plan or create may have more functions, can be used to different ends than those for which they were originally intended.
An airliner isn’t anymore a vehicle for taking people from one place to another. In parasitic and/or opportunistic hands it is a weapon for mass murder. It has always been so, though only potentially. That was, however, before we were confronted by a mindset able to systematically benefit from our ideas. The keyword here is “systematically”. Thus, the systematical character of that mindset can only be defeated by a mindset that is even more systematic and comprehensive. Imagine the following: every medicine has its undesired side effects. We take this as something as unfortunate as unavoidable. But there are people out there for whom the true, the real, the main function of any medicine is precisely its evil side effect. They take a look at the instructions that come, say, with an antiviral drug, go directly to the side effects section of it asking themselves how can they make that stuff even more harmful and dangerous.
Let me stress this again: we are not dealing with irrational or dumb but sometimes lucky people. We’re dealing with a very intelligent foe whose mindset we haven’t yet fully began to appreciate. And, besides being at war, we’re also competing with them. They are quick minded and so we have to be even quicker. Unfortunately, they are the ones who are acting, while we are but reacting to them.