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    plthomasEdD

    Controlling people in general breeds resentment of that control.  Hypocrisy doesn't matter quite so much because people are generally prepared to let you live your life the way you want and let you profess the values you want, even when they conflict.  But even if you're a rigorous fanatic who practices everything he preaches, people are still going to hate you for trying to control their every word and movement.

    Choice matters.  People can endure a lot if it's ultimately voluntary but turn into the princess and the pea when it's not voluntary.  Who benefits also matters; people will trust an authority who they believe wants the same thing for them that they do, as opposed to one who's openly self-serving or simply determined to change them to suit himself.

    Never attribute to stupidity what can be adequately explained by malice; stupid people couldn't hurt us so effectively.

    by Visceral on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 11:24:59 AM PST

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