We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A reader brought to mind a book to consider reading. The Death of Satan, by Columbia prof Andrew Delbanco. It's about how the idea of the Devil was replaced by a de-personified, impersonal "evil," and how the notion of "evil" is being replaced by social and psychological, rather than moral, concepts.
On the Death of Satan by Andrew Delbanco, the second reader reviewer disliked the book because the author saw evil as a metaphor that the world needs to function in a more healthy way. The reviewer thought that we should see Satan and evil as a reality that we have to contend with not just a metaphor. I would have to read the book first, but generally speaking I would have to agree with the reviewer. I'll reserve judgement til I read the book.
Interesting topic BD.
Here is an interesting observation about antiwar activists versus average Americans.
.....anti-war activists can only be drawn out to protest whenever their political masters call them, while troop-loving average Americans make defending the troops part of everyday life.
While the anti-war movement leans on a handful of self-made celebrities, pro-troop Americans lean on each other.