The Anne Frank Syndrome

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Every time I take my children to the dentist, I get to be amused and appalled by his startling political pronouncements.  He's an unregenerate 60s Leftie, who actually thinks that Al Franken is brave for stating his political views (apparently there's a Right Wing cabal ready to cause him physical harm since they want to bring him down as they stare imminent political defeat in the face).  It's amazing how such a good kids' dentist can be packaged with that monomaniacal brain.  By the way, there's a reason for this intro. 

I saw Dr. Dentist yesterday, and he sweetly opined that he thinks all people are inherently good —— a thought that charmed my daughter.  It didn't charm me.  It made me think of Anne Frank's almost—last words, written two weeks before she was shipped off to Auschwitz and death.  I thought about it so much I wrote a post on it that I thought you might like.  It's here.  I think the idiocy of a blind faith in people's innate goodness is definitely worth thinking about in connection with what's going on in Iran and with the Palestinians.  These are not inherently good people who can just be convinced to be nice to us, and anyone who thinks that is delusional or, perhaps, evil.

Bookworm   1 27 06

Every time I take my children to the dentist, I get to be amused and appalled by his startling political pronouncements.  He's an unregenerate 60s Leftie, who actually thinks that Al Franken is brave for stating his political views (apparently there's a Right Wing cabal ready to cause him physical harm since they want to bring him down as they stare imminent political defeat in the face).  It's amazing how such a good kids' dentist can be packaged with that monomaniacal brain.  By the way, there's a reason for this intro. 

I saw Dr. Dentist yesterday, and he sweetly opined that he thinks all people are inherently good —— a thought that charmed my daughter.  It didn't charm me.  It made me think of Anne Frank's almost—last words, written two weeks before she was shipped off to Auschwitz and death.  I thought about it so much I wrote a post on it that I thought you might like.  It's here.  I think the idiocy of a blind faith in people's innate goodness is definitely worth thinking about in connection with what's going on in Iran and with the Palestinians.  These are not inherently good people who can just be convinced to be nice to us, and anyone who thinks that is delusional or, perhaps, evil.

Bookworm   1 27 06