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Thursday, November 01, 2007

 
Getting People To Like You Is Not A Virtue

Last Tuesday's snarky post requires some further attention.

Does the sentiment expressed in the title of this post sound controversial? Mean? Arrogant? It really shouldn't, when you consider this basic fact of life: there are many people in this world who do not know right from wrong, who love certain things that are bad and hate certain things that are good. Ron Silver's advice on how to get the world to like us illustrates some of the more outrageous examples.

That's not to say that not knowing right from wrong necessarily stems from ill will. Many of the evils in the world are rooted in a failure to understand human nature. In policy disputes regarding foreign relations, economics, criminal justice and so on, opposing camps disagree on how certain policies will affect human behavior in the long term - and in all cases at least one of those camps is wrong.

How Europe or Arabs or Rotarians feel about us is not a measure of whether we're doing the right thing.

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