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A. E. Housman Noting the Difference

Everybody thinks they are smarter than they are. You, me, everybody. Everybody thinks they are smarter than they are.

Politicians also think they are smarter than they are.

The difference between us and them is that they constantly seek to control our lives with their overestimated intelligence.

The continuing botched evacuation in Kabul shows how little intelligence politicians posses.

This isn’t about Democrats or Republicans. Maybe Trump could have pulled this off, who know?

But what is known is that all of these politicians with all of their advanced degrees couldn’t think out this problem.

Yet they want you to believe that what they say on climate change, Covid, education, or monetary policy is is the right point of view. The smart point of view.

Maybe not.

Our politicians learned nothing from Vietnam or the Russian experience in Afghanistan. The same mistakes over and over. Just like we might make. But we don’t try to control a politician’s life.

It’s all about power and domination over people not in power. (internal link) We want to be left alone to live our life by our own lights.

But most politicians don’t want to leave you alone. You have to agree with them. They are smarter than you and they want to prove it.

Yet they are just as smart or stupid as we are.

The Laws of God, The Laws of Man

by A. E. Housman (1859-1936) (internal link)

The laws of God, the laws of man,
He may keep that will and can;
Not I: let God and man decree
Laws for themselves and not for me;
And if my ways are not as theirs
Let them mind their own affairs.
Their deeds I judge and much condemn,
Yet when did I make laws for them?
Please yourselves, say I, and they
Need only look the other way.
But no, they will not; they must still
Wrest their neighbor to their will,

And make me dance as they desire
With jail and gallows and hell-fire.
And how am I to face the odds
Of man’s bedevilment and God’s?
I, a stranger and afraid
In a world I never made.
They will be master, right or wrong;
Though both are foolish, both are strong.
And since, my soul, we cannot fly
To Saturn nor to Mercury,
Keep we must, if keep we can,
These foreign laws of God and man.

[emphasis added,.ed]

By thomasfarley01

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