The Tools of State Repression

CHRIS HEDGES

CHRIS HEDGES

Some of us believe that incremental progress is natural and good. We think we can always do better and that if something is not right we can improve it, reinvent it, reengineer it, fix it or get rid of it.

Other's may be so dedicated to the way things are that they will risk everything to preserve it.

The world's cultures are always involved in a struggle between these values and everything in between. 

What is unforgivable is when we put blinders on and refuse to understand these conflicts because we are just too lazy. 

I believe we can learn from everyone, especially our enemies. If we listen to thinkers who spend most of their time sincerely investigating complex issues it's almost our duty to listen to them and to try to understand their perspectives. If we don't we are willfully ignoring someone who is dedicated to making humanity better. This we do at our peril.

Think of all the mythical heroes and real heroes who were murdered by fanatics or the State. Isn't it even more tragic that many people have never even heard of them? Think of three such figures now. Wouldn't you like to share their thoughts, ideas, and feelings with other people? 

Share the genius and argue to discover, not to injure. 

This is a talk worth listening to. We are indeed fortunate to have such easy access to intelligent people who care about humanity and life on earth. 

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Steven Cleghorn

Steven is an autodidact, skeptic, raconteur and film producer from America who has been traveling since he was a zygote. He's a producer at The Muse Films Ltd. in Hong Kong and a constantly improving (hopefully) Globe Hacker. He's seeks the company of interesting minds.