Opposite Poles

Note: never express an opinion in opposition to a Pole. They are the most stubborn people on the planet, with the possible exception of the South Africans. I would pay to see an argument-off between residents of Warsaw and Pretoria about who is right, but I wouldn’t pay much…

No, what I mean is the opposite poles of discipline. The Buddhists discipline themselves – the fascists discipline everybody else. There must be a middle point between the two extremes that achieves a happy medium… though after the excesses of the 60’s I am leery of mediums. let’s just say I would like to be able to control myself and others without the need for leather straps.

The key to it all is the ability to see the other person’s point of view. The fact that this may be biased, violent, and noxious is a little bit of a barrier, but as long as it doesn’t involve skinning people and curing their hides with a Liedreiter’s kit we can get through it. I do baulk at becoming a council librarian or the Prime Minister Of Canada but I can manage most other roles.

You may say that I must be kind and gentle in all my interactions with people. And honest. And forgiving. In fact, you may say anything at all. I’ll be over here with the rifle and the binoculars and if you’re quiet you can urge me to reform and to become a good person all you want. Just don’t spook the game. Watch out for hot brass when I get busy.

Don’t be sad about this – there are times when I am very gentle and tender toward those less fortunate than myself…particularly after I have transferred their fortune to my wallet. That is what train robbing and Australian banking is all about. Never mind riding horses up to the baggage car or foreclosing on orphans – as long as the money flow is one-way and I get to specify which direction, I am as a cheerful and accommodating as anyone.

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