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Zia McCorgi by Cooner
I want to take this entry to apologize. I think as has been pointed out that there has been a lot of overheated commentary and rhetoric lately. Honestly its stuff I don't always agree with and it comes from all sides and parties. I think its part of the human condition to do that.

I know I do it too and I know I've done it and I'm sorry about that.

I'm trying to do better and I've been trying to do better for a long time.

It isn't easy and I've slipped a few times recently and I've been upset. That isn't an excuse really its just an explanation.

I am truly sorry for some of the bad things I have said. It violates my ethical compass to point to others and what they say as an excuse for my own poor behavior and it violates my ethical views to have done what I have done so I am sorry.

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I'm guilty of that one myself.

One thing that you learn is that overheated rhetoric breeds overheated rhetoric; reactionaries breed reactionaries.

I've been fighting the urge to stock up dehydrated food, bottled water, etc. not because of a specific fear of the government, but because of a fear of those who are doing the same finally losing their patience.

The time I spent out in Oregon recently was a breath of fresh air. It's one thing to be told that not everybody's angry and irrational all over the country, but it's quite another to actually experience that.

Still, the real burden is on the media to understand that they do influence people, and they can be a force for positive change without inciting people to violence and incivility.

It's true that people are responsible for their own actions, but it's also true that people won't act unless they believe their actions are right or permissible; Milgram's experiment comes to mind at times like these. If certain figures in the media wanted to start a civil war, all they'd really have to do is say so, and there'd be widespread violence in the streets.

What really needs to be done away with is this pattern of shirking and blaming within society as a whole. Nothing happens in a vacuum and it's time we realized that.

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