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I receive daily emails from David Swanson, a fellow I met at a seminar in Washington, DC.   I appreciate those emails and hope to continue to receive them.  


I have a mailing list and I'm a bit timid about asking people to join my mailing list.   People don't want to read the same stuff over and over and over again.   They know where I'm coming from.   I hardly send out any rants or information anymore because it's all been said and done.   Most of it has, anyway.


Mr. Swanson sends or forwards two or three rants/articles per day.   And they all say the same thing.   They all urge us to "do something about it."


I remember Mr. Swanson saying something like, "If you've never been arrested for protesting against inequality, you're not trying hard enough."   Really.


In my thinking, in my feelings, I may be left of Karl Marx.   If everyone was able to live in a world in which one person says to another, "How many do you have?" and the other says, "None", so the first person says, "Well, I have two and I only need one, so, here, you have the other", I'd consider that as close to religious Nirvana on earth as possible.   But we are dealing with "brains" - literally, physically speaking.   I'm not a doctor in any field, including medicine.   However, I've found that our brains control us, not the other way around.


Mr. Swanson and others, including me, have been trying to change minds for many years.   When's the last time you've heard that someone's received a "mind transplant" or "mind surgery".   The "mind" is every bit as real as a "soul".


Hearts, as we know, do exist.   However, there really has never been a contest in which the prize is a heart, as far as I know.   There are lotteries of sorts for heart transplants, but no contests in which one can "win a heart".   Yet, what Mr. Swanson wants to do is to change people's minds and win their hearts.   I'll keep my heart, thank you.   I need it to live.


We are going after the wrong parts of people.   In fact, we are going after parts that people don't even have.


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