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Terror Or Error Ė What's The Real Battle Of Our Time?

Letís go right ahead and make a case for error.

We immediately see that the war on terror is actually only an explosive part of the war on error. Why? It's obviously based on erroneous thinking by its perpetrators, who believe they can make the world Islamic by blowing up people who disagree with them.

Thereís also the significant contradiction that their one true God, who would by definition be the God of us all, condones the murder of fellow human beings.

Of course, we can toss in the traditional idea that the most influential way to advocate the superiority of a belief is by example.

Need we extend our argument by dragging in Kantís Categorical Imperative to indicate how their behavior cannot possibly be an example that all the world can follow.

So letís leap right to the conclusion that the dimwits under the turbans are definitely in terrible error.

Having now decided that the war on terror is only part of our much larger struggle against error, letís move on. To be specific, wherever we look, where donít we see error? Why, just like pioneers with their wagons in a circle, we seem to be surrounded with folks who are letting fly arrows and arrows of errors.

For instance, let us wander over the innumerable instances of error that are being launched from our own nationís capitol. How often has there been a time when our President and many of our other trusted leaders have bristled with such an abundance of cocksure errors?

In fact, name an issue, and, reliably as a Jack in the box, up pops an error. Iraq? The tax rack? The healthcare attack? The environmental setback after setback? Why, besides the actual errors in judgment, we must even be subjected to grammatical errors and circumlocutions that pain our tender ears.

Now, let's head for, if you can imagine, an even more distressing hotbed of erroneous thinking: the Middle East as a whole, which is, even as a statement, an error. When has that part of the world ever been a whole? It has, in fact, been the victim of its own divisiveness since the bricks of ancient Sumer got knocked down by whooping and, no doubt erroneous, attackers.

To magnify how far the mindset over there is from a scrap of hope, we invite you to imagine the United States of Arabia. Donít expect that improbable conjunction in your lifetime. These people have more heated divisions than a tattered shish-kabob.

Finally, letís take a look at our own domestic front. In fact, letís address the spikiest issue anyone may dare to. Of course, we acknowledge everybodyís right to believe whatever they find consolation in. We know well and respect the importance of consolation. Yet we canít help but wonder at how people hope to find it. Itís as if a great many folks have decided that if you believe something hard enough, you can make it true.

But isnít it much more relaxing to believe in something that is in agreement with reality? For instance, let us suggest belief in the sanctity of life but with freedom of choice. If you think about it, life with responsible freedom is the only way the wonderful existent could function in harmony with its potential.

Of course, thereís also the convenient fact that life is something weíre all part of, so we might actually arrive at a mutually agreeable set of beliefs about it. The fact is, wherever you look, people are more committed to error than we have ever chanced to notice.

We could go on and enumerate the errors the time bristles with, like the feathers on the headdress of a particularly infuriated Indian chief. But we assume weíve done enough. Once you see that the real battle of our time is the war, not on terror, but on error, you can muse about the great struggle all day. And no sooner do you start to surmise than yet one more instance of error or a whole flight of instances lands on the busy shelf of your tempestuous mind.

We should also mention, on a magnificently minor note, that the tactic by which we have titled this article is available to provide you with all kinds of surprising insights. For example, if you remove the initial ďTĒ from the otherwise triumphant name of Trump, notice the telling result. Or modify the first letter of Rosieís name to, say, an ďNĒ, and what do you get?

But back to our far more significant agenda. What weíre finally left with, as the ultimately consequential question of our time, is, When it comes to the war on error, can humanity prevail?

By Tom Attea