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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Here is an LTE I sent to the Detroit Free Press whcih they haven't printed. They still might but it grows less likely the further away we get from 9/11. "In the Freep's Sunday 9/11 edition editorial page editor Stephan Henderson came oh so close to naming the why behind the evil of the 9/11 attacks. I laud Mr. Henderson for identifying it as evil but he is less precise in his identifications of why. Calling such attacks 'madness' or 'lunacy' makes the same mistake as calling Hitler 'insane' or 'crazy.' Hitler was, like the hijackers, acting on a set of principles in which they had total faith. But why faith? Mr. Henderson says "There are some acts that are just unhinged, unmoored from the emotional or intellectual infrastructure that most people use to guide their daily lives." Mr. Henderson, that 'intellectual infrastructure' is called reason. When men abandon reason they have nothing to guide their actions but their feelings. Since feelings are the result of values their empty minds can be filled with any irrational values the life destroying nature of which they will be oblivious. America was born on the benevolent universe premise which holds that man's happiness and values can be achieved in this life and that disaster and suffering are the exception not the rule. A set of irrational principles often leads to the malevolent universe premise which says misery and suffering is the norm and happiness can only be had in the next life. If believed avidly as Jihadists do, then any strong evidence of the benevolent universe premise like America the West and even Isreal will be seen as proof that the malevolent premise is wrong. This will be intolerable. Thus to maintain their irrational illusion, the West, Isreal and the great Satan America must be destroyed. The hatred of the West is not caused by 'madness' but by a set of irrational principles adopted on faith. "They do not want to own your fortune, they want you to lose it; they do not want to succeed, they want you to fail; they do not want to live, they want you to die..." Ayn Rand. Return of the Primative" Michael Neibel 27335 Lawnwood Roseville Mi. 48066


Anonymous said...

Hi Mike,

I like that quote from Rand and think that it is applicable whether the primitivism is environmental or religious.

c. andrew

Michael Neibel said...

Thanks C.A. I plan to use more of her quotes in the future because they are so appropriate to today's culture.