Rare condition incompatibility of public key
Robert J. Hansen
rjh at sixdemonbag.org
Mon Dec 1 13:48:29 CET 2008
John W. Moore III wrote:
> "Bring them to rationality slowly & infinitesimally?" I'd rather hit My
> thumb with a hammer. Frustration relief is more easily accomplished.
> Discussions of 'Trust' rank up there with those surrounding Sex,
> Religion & Politics; as soon as views on Trust are introduced a
> subjective minefield has been entered. As soon as beliefs are
> challenged the other party lays their ears back and closes their mind.
> I am reminded of the ancient axiom "A man convinced against His will
> remains unchanged forever still."
This is why I believe in the "small doses" approach: over time, they get
the idea that they're changing their own minds.
There's a thoroughly mediocre movie, _The Way of the Gun_, which has a
scene in which two criminals talking with each other sum up my basic
view of human nature:
Longbaugh: But, you know, then you got the other side [of the cops and
robbers equation]: these trigger-happy [expletive] all about the
shooting and posturing and "you don't know who I am" kind of
thing, the "I been to prison..."
Sarno: Yeah, because you got _caught_, you dumb --
Longbaugh: These days, it's almost like they want to be criminals more
than they want to commit crime!
Sarno: Well, that's... that's not just crime, you know. That's the way
of the world.
... There are a lot of people in the world who want to be seen as smart,
savvy people who know how to keep their communications secure from
unwarranted intrusion. There are a lot fewer people who want to make
the investment of time and effort required to actually _be_ smart, savvy
people who know how to keep their communications secure from unwarranted
I find that learning how to tell the two apart is extraordinarily useful.
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