Why We Fight is a documentary released in 2005. In it, we are given a glimpse of why we as Americans fight. From WWII to the current occupation in Iraq. It is not propaganda, like most would expect. It is a real look into the two wars after 9/11. It follows the run up to the war in Iraq, its completion, and the failing occupation afterwards. It also looks into why it is we are having so many problems with Arab nations and other so called terrorist nations.
The documentary makes plain the major differences in the way we used to fight, for the preservation of freedom and our democracy, and what we are doing now.
Looking closer to home, why do we, as environmentalists, as human beings, as fellows living beings on earth, fight against our own government who is now showing signs of not even listening to us anymore. Why do we fight for such frivolous things as universal health care, the environment, economic equality, against war? Why We Fight, can be explained in this quote from David Suzuki.
"My daugher Severn is 27 years old, and she's been an environmental activist ever since she was seven years old. A few months ago she said to me, 'Dad, I think this is the most exciting time to be alive in all of human history.' She said this is the moment, in the following months and a few years, we are going to have to make some big decisions. Because if we make the right decisions, or if we fail to make the decisions, it's going to determine the fate, not only of all human kind, but of countless species of plants and animals. This is the defining moment, she said, when we will decide whether or not we're going to be a spectacular Flash in the Pan failure, or whether we can step up to the plate and show that we are capable of finding humility, compassion, patience and wisdom to truly find a sustainable path. As I reflected on her comment, I've come to the conclusion she's absolutely right."(1)(2)
"If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man."
A myth because there is nobody who has ever printed that quote who has provided an original source. Also two people (here and here) have taken it up with actual Einstein historians who have never heard of the quote.
All people are created equal. No one is worth more than any other. Not through wealth, not through birth, not through stature, not through politic, and not through belief.
No belief likely has it right. Only through science and methodology can one gain knowledge about reality. No book alone can give knowledge, it must be backed by science and logic. Myth and tradition is not in itself intrinsically good or valid as truth no matter how many people believe it or how old it is.
Democracy over unary rule. Moderation over fanaticism. Consensus over solitary leadership. Separation of all Churches and State. Multi-party balance over single party permanent majority. Multi-branch co-equal government over single branch executive. Moderate market policy over free market over government run market.
Caution over care free. Environment over economy. Health over economy. Happiness over economy. Freedom over economy.
You all know I hate DRM. Well it looks like Apple has followed through with the open letter Steve Jobs released last month about iTunes and DRM free music. Bringing EMI along with them, next month EMI is going to release their entire catalog DRM free, which includes iTunes. Hurrah for EMI. I finally have a reason to buy some music on iTunes.