Tuesday, March 07, 2006

We Are What We Eat

Just as our bodies are formed by the kinds of food we consume, so our thoughts are formed by the information we consume.

I find it deeply disturbing that a certain form of censorship has been established to "protect" our uniformed personnel in Iraq. As published originally here, the military has established controls on web site access which filter out sites that the censors find undesirable. In the follow-up here, it appears that there is a pattern to this censorship which tends toward the elimination of dissenting voices and opinions.

Pithy quotes that come to mind...
"The most effective means of preventing tyranny is to illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large, and more especially to give them knowledge of those facts." --Thomas Jefferson
And an even better one, for this instance...
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." - C. S. LEWIS
And finally...
"I have a bad feeling about this..." - Every Major Character in the Star Wars series - and we all know how well that ended up...

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