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Those catchy role models

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Submitted by Jay (United States), Dec 8, 2006 at 00:34

The human species is a funny creature.They seem to be basically broken into two behavioral groups.One group are people who are guided by what is real and right and think freely on their own.The other group are people who seem to have to, or need to de guided.

As to why people have or need to be guided is varied. Sometimes it is a vulnerable hungry stomach that guides them. And sometimes its a misguided literal or perverse interpertation of belief,or message or teaching. It can also be for selfish reasons. When the vulnerable to non free thinking have role models like a Hitler you have a World War two. When it's misguided communal thought and their role model is Stalin plus guns you have the Soviet Union phenomonon. When you have it in a religion like Islam for the sake of this article,and you have Irans government as a role model you have the seeds of what is going on today.

The Irans of religion lead to smaller Iran like thinking groups, then smaller cells,religious preachers then individuals.The Irans of religion and the Syrias of nationalism are very dangerous,catchy like a cold and requires medicine to destroy the illness.Or to put it another way,Hitler should have been stopped at Munich. The good news is that the government of Iran probably only involves about 7500 people. And in Syria maybe 2500 people.The task of undoing ridiculous governments like the Nazi party,or the 7500 of Iran or the 2500 of Syria is the challenge that mankind fails at, time and time again.

For the human species is also broken into two other type of behavioral groups.Those who are inflicted with a problem,and those who think the problem is not theirs.The greatest illnesses require not medicine after the fact but vacciniations. All countries have to destroy the illness when it is identified as an Iran etc.Otherwise expect it to spread to a neighborhood near you.

Do I think the nations of the world will insist or destroy a government like Irans 7500? No,Im sorry to say.It will require "a" visiting doctor or vitamins from within.The Iranian and Syrian people are not taking their vitamins. Dont expect a team of doctors to visit. Often one good doctor surgeon can often cure the cold called role models- despite what the United Nations certified board of medicine says.

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