Idealism must be tempered with a good dose of common sense.

The two Americans killed in an ISIS-claimed attack in Tajikistan over the weekend were a couple from Washington D.C. who left their lives in the nation’s capital to see the world together by bicycle. According to Lauren Geoghegan’s parents, the year-long cycle adventure was typical of their daughter’s “openness to new people and places, and her quest for a better understanding of the world.”

D.C. couple killed in ISIS-claimed attack were cycling around world

Although fastly approaching the “Get Off My Lawn” age bracket and raised within the boundaries of “The glass is half full/empty/poisoned” school of life, I have no problem with people with lofty goals and idealism. But no matter what crusade you want to attempt, never forget that there are immutable hardcore limits in this world and in many cases, deadly.  You cannot jump off a cliff, wave your arms and expect a soft landing or swim among sharks forever and expect not getting a dental tattoo from them.

Evil exists. Evil people exist. They have existed since Sapiens decided to go upright and probably will exist all the way to the extinction of our line. Going out in the world with the idea that Evil is some sort of social construct is a dangerous thing to do. This is a quote from their blog simplycycling.org:

I don’t buy it. Evil is a make-believe concept we’ve invented to deal with the complexities of fellow humans holding values and beliefs and perspectives different than our own—it’s easier to dismiss an opinion as abhorrent than strive to understand it. Badness exists, sure, but even that’s quite rare. By and large, humans are kind. Self-interested sometimes, myopic sometimes, but kind. Generous and wonderful and kind. No greater revelation has come from our journey than this.

I could make long snarky remarks, but truthfully they would not contribute a thing compared with the harsh truth that this your idealistic couple ignored basic facts of life and paid the ultimate price.

Hat Tip Joshua

 

 

3 Replies to “Idealism must be tempered with a good dose of common sense.”

  1. Sheesh… I used to think I was very idealistic when I got of high school, but compared to these people I was probably a heavy duty cynic.

  2. The depth of ignorance required to believe there is no evil is breath-taking. Honestly, though, I suspect he only extended that belief to non-Europeans.

    1. No human condition is more dangerous than a sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. — attributed to Martin Luther King, Jr.
      Ignorance is simply the lack of knowledge, and is curable.
      Stupidity is refusing to accept or acquire that knowledge while continuing to act on ones ignorance, and is an act of the will.
      Being ignorant is normal.
      Being ignorant and not knowing it is dangerous.
      But being ignorant and unwilling to accept it is catastrophic.

      These people were STUPID. And that seems to be a notably common trait with libs/regressives with their entire worldview. They choose to live in an alternate reality and expect the rest of the world to conform to their reality. These particular stupids just happened to choose to be stupid at a time and place where that choice was terminal.

      And I would bet that as they were being stabbed to death they were thinking; “This can’t be happening.”

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