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I found this story fascinating http://thislife.org/ra/276.ram (requires Real player).

This is a fascinating audio programme. It is an hour long in total, but anyone that can listen to the first 20 minutes, running in the background, will be presented with two casual interviews of fairly ordinary and what appears to be reasonably intelligent individuals.

First is a Dr Hacket, then someone called Geeg, both of who have always voted republican. They are similar in the way they both realises there is an enormous debt and dislike a lot about Bush and his polices. In fact each goes on somewhat about how disappointed they are with Bush.

Both also agrees with quite a lot of what Kerry is saying in the way of his policies and they would rather in retrospect like to vote Clinton, even though they both actually voted republican at the time. Both say they are put off by their belief that Kerry is an ultra liberal, but neither have actually checked Kerry's record and are confused to hear that Kerry is not the most liberal and that selective records in 2003 were used to assert that view.

They realise that Bush has lied to them and one even agrees that Bush has been incompetent, yet they believe Bush is more believable.

Both are thrown into pregnant pauses where they are obviously having serious trouble rationalising their response. Clearly there is an internal battle going on, between what they recognise as reality and what they understand to be their beliefs and values.

IMHO that is what can happen to people when they do not take full responsibility for developing their own sense of conscience. They would rather entrust that responsibility to surrogates, who determine for them whether they achieve the criteria of good or bad, which only then, guides them in developing their own sense of conscience. Without their think alike groups they are lost as free thinking individuals.

Yoru

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