Re: Property Rights
Tue, 11 May 1999 11:32:13 -0600

Mark complains,

"You know, you complain and complain about lack of respect, but how much
respect exactly do you have for anyone who doesn't believe in your fantasy? You keep telling us how bad and childish we are, and want to force us to do what you want. How can you complain that other people don't respect you when you don't have the slightest respect for us?"

Why so much hostility, Mark? I simply made the observation that people's hostility towards each other is responsible for most of the world's problems. Why do you interpret this as though I am saying you are bad and childish? And why do you imagine that I have any desire to force you to do what I want? I have not expressed these things. Your hostility has made you misunderstand what I am saying.

Because you are so full of hostility, you do not realize that we actually agree on pretty much everything. Because of your hostility, you feel you must have enemies to justify how you feel, so you see me and others as opposed to you, even though we are not. I understand your hostility very well; I have felt that way many times, and I still often do. I simply realize now that my hostility is responsible for most of my problems, and I am working to move beyond that.

Whatever lack of respect you perceive, I do not feel that I am being disrespectful. I remember how often my own hostility has made me interpret others' neutral or even positive statements as being insulting or threatening.

I point out your own hostility, not to be rude or condescending, but because I know how dangerous it is. You are part of my world, and your actions will have an influence on me. It is in my best interest to help you escape the dangerous trap of your own hostility.

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