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PC's Several Laws

    ● Please note: I've added a twelfth law, and rearranged the others somewhat.
These laws are written with political terminology, however, will apply just as well to religion and various other spheres of life.

  1. God is a much better unifier than satan. God Himself has trouble keeping His own people on track, so there cannot be lasting conspiracies, or despite Hollywood glamorization, cabals of satanic supermen. Love brings real unity, while force will soon break things.

  2. Just because Galileo was persecuted, doesn't mean your own favorite guru or theory must be correct. Confident proclamations and fancy web sites are easy, but learning basic science is hard. Fringe theories are full of unrecognized contradictions.

  3. Liberals, conservatives, and libertarians all have good ideas and important roles. Folks likely won't admit it, but all of them miss something important about human nature and interactions. Wisdom can be widely sourced.

  4. It's always personal. The actions of one's authority figures, family relationships, and sometimes new lovers, are what change people's minds. The fancy intellectual justifications come later. Such a person might never describe this process.

  5. For the sufficiently cynical, there can be no good news. Always look for the worst and you will find it, or create it. Realistic optimism isn't being naive, it's a powerful, effective viewpoint and lifestyle.

  6. Young people rebel against that with which they are most familiar. A Japanese teenager isn't likely to oppose Christianity, or a Brazilian to fuss about Buddhism. Religious American kids might become secular, but in the Sixties era it was often the other way around.

  7. If you think you know any normal people, you don't know them very well. Most people may seem ordinary, and act shallow upon first meeting them, yet they might well reveal amazing special traits. Conversely, some folks who appear unusual, perhaps garish or rebellious, could be rather plain inside.

  8. Everybody believes. Religious beliefs stand out, yet non-religious people often embrace something else instead. Radical environmentalism, Veganism, UFO enthusiasts, Marxism, Union stalwarts; these can become quasi-religious, with their own leaders and saints and mighty forces and dire enemies and ideal futures.

  9. Perspective matters. From an ideological viewpoint, even for someone who simply "believes they'll have another beer," others take on a different look. Radical leftists speak of libertarians and conservatives as though identical, while religious conservatives rarely bother to distinguish between atheists and antitheists.

  10. Standards guide us. Lower them far enough and life will be simple (for a while), and your friends quite easy to impress. Raise the bar extra-high and no one will ever qualify, so there won't be anyone (genuinely human) to look up to. We're all in the same boat.

  11. People are familiar with their own clique; can see the flaws up close, and are privy to insider messes. Meanwhile that other camp looks disciplined and united, a formidable presence. Actually each side has its own billionaires, and malcontents, and geniuses. Guess what, they're saying the same thing about you guys.
  12. It's never enough. For ideological purists, no serving politician or media outlet or enduring organization is ever sufficiently conservative -- or leftist -- or any other ideology. Firebrands get frustrated, and then "people had better wake up!" becomes a mantra.

    ♦ We humans are, of course, rather complicated in our nature and relationships. Thus, there will be rare exceptions to these Several Laws. Among the people who read these laws, virtually everyone will assume, if not insist, that they are one such exception.

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