2 thoughts on “Dangerous Ideas

  1. Just as silly as last year’s question. “”Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas.” – Joseph Stalin.
    Where the heck does he get the authority to control people’s thoughts and ideas?
    When things go well people are content to let a government do its thing, when that reverses most people whine but who thinks about changing things?
    Are they dangerous to status quo upholders, of course they are. That’s about freedom of speech versus being politically correct or playing it safe.
    It follows that if not everybody fits in with whatever social setup around those “not-everybodies” will search about for their freedom and that falls into three types of system busters, viz a: social innovators, vide Einstein and others, b: social failures, the silent majority, which does not mean they’re human failures, c: Transcendentalists who search out alternative realities. There being no statistics on the respective numbers, cf stalin and other Paradigm police, a falls into major and minor, we hardly hear about the minor or b & c.
    ” I will be free, even to the uttermost, as I please, in words.” W Shakespeare The Taming of the Shrew. He was into words, not actions and to find other quotes on “free” one has to search quotations and read books. Nevertheless all societies keep on changing, although status quo clutchers pretend it does not. I just love that programmers “submit”.

    It would appear such silly questions are made up by folks who like to stir up reactions, get web traffic, don’t contribute anything and are thereby quite content with their own imagined status. Like my last years comment it’ll probably go the way of all things. I would not mind some samples of what constitute dangerous ideas. Would one be asking whether the village idiot being into terrorism he might have left over childhood nightmares he oughta be cured of?
    “”Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us… As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. apparently unknown, though it hints the village idiot cannot stand competition

  2. T’would seem to me that soliciting “Dangerous Ideas” amounts to inviting the very
    status quo changers out there to speak up. From the few I recognized on the list
    I’d hardly say they are people who “don’t contribute anything” but rather are working to
    bring about change via the dangerous ideas of which they speak.

    Besides, there’s a whole lot more frivolous stuff in perodicals these days. Have you
    seen “People” lately?

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