New Poll thoughts?

Dustin (@dobbyfisher) 10 years, 11 months ago

I can’t think of an answer, haha. Great question @Jordan!

Apathy and Extremism are on opposite sides of a scale in which moderation is the center. I think they are equally noxious depending on the situation. If ‘extremism’ is confined to religious extremism, then I would vote for it as the most destructive… but couldn’t Don Quixote, Thoreau, and Rosa Parks be considered extremists. Extremism can lead to great good and great destruction, apathy is only capable of negative action.

So, it’s kind of like asking… in a log cabin without electricity, what is a greater threat to comfort; fire or wood? (fire uses the wood to keep the cabin warm, but also has the potential to burn the cabin down. Comfort requires a moderate amount of fire; too much and we burn to death, too little we freeze.) Haha… this is the worst analogy ever made.

Someone please say something more intelligent than me.

August 9, 2011 at 11:59 pm
Mohammad (0) (@moenigma) 10 years, 11 months ago ago

Dustin !! nice
Medicine heals and also kills !! I so sleepy for the deep discussion hope tomorrow we will continue thank you for the post :)

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Syn.Ther. (46) (@luna) 10 years, 11 months ago ago

I think extremism is taking passion a step to far. Passionate people are more likely to have greater influence and take action.

But that was my thought.

Apathy seems harmless… but that might be a very shortsighted conclusion because there of course is danger in apathy.

but anyway, those were my thoughts and Dustin it ain’t half bad ;)

Peace

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Alex (141)M (@alexishungry) 10 years, 11 months ago ago

Extremism is a large threat IMO. If nobody cared, we’d all be happy :)

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Anonymous (194) (@) 10 years, 11 months ago ago

I thought extremism was kind of vague, as Dustin said Rosa Parks, MLK, Medgar Evers, Betty Friedan could have been classified an extremists because they stood outside of the perceived social norms of their times.

But apathy: a state of indifference, or the suppression of emotions such as concern, excitement, motivation and passion. An apathetic individual has an absence of interest in or concern about emotional, social, spiritual, philosophical or physical life.

Think where mankind would be if the greatest minds of history weren’t passionate about the things that they were. A world filled with apathy is one I wouldn’t want to be a part of.

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Eric Smith (2) (@smithco88) 10 years, 11 months ago ago

I think apathy more of a threat to the world. There will always be evil, perceived or pure, and if no one else cares, what will happen to us all?

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
-Edmund Burke

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Alex (141)M (@alexishungry) 10 years, 11 months ago ago

True, true. It can go both ways. Great extremists in history (i.e. Martin Luther King) we couldn’t live without, and those that were kind of a-holes (i.e. Hitler).

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