This week's Wednesday Wickedness is at jjatww.blogspot.com and features Dr. Martin Luther King Junior.
1. “A lie cannot live.” When was the last time you felt you were forced to lie?
Forced? I don't know if it was forced. I have covered for coworkers when they goofed when no good would have come from blaming them.
2. “A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.” What, besides the lives of your family, would you be willing to die for?
Die for? Dying ain't much of a living, as Jon Bon Jovi once put it.
3. “A right delayed is a right denied.” Are there rights or freedoms that you’d give up to be safer?
Absolutely not. Primarily because there isn't any way to actually make me safer. Living in a free society has risks.
4. “All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.” When was the last time that you solved a problem of yours just to create another?
I took money out of the ATM today, and I probably shouldn't have. I may have overdrawn my account.
5. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.” What do you have faith in?
The ability of the universe to continue to thwart my evil schemes for dominance.
6. “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.” Do you believe things in generally will usually win out?
I'm not sure what that is supposed to mean. Does that mean "work out"? If so, no-I don't think, much as I wish it were so, that the meek shall inherit, and all that. I think Orwell had it right-if you want to know about the future, picture a boot stepping on a human face, over and over again.
7. “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” When was the last time that you spoke out to help someone that you didn’t have to?
I'm ashamed to say I can't think of one.
8. “It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.” Do you envision a time where the United States will not be at war? Why?
No. War means profit, and the government of the United States is controlled by companies who wish to make more and more profit. Thus, our policies will be those that ensure continued warfare.
9. “Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.” Is there anything that you are bitter about that you cannot get over?
I'm still bitter that George Bush was declared the winner of the 2000 presidential election. I am also bitter about a number of self inflicted wounds-decisions I made or didn't make that have had results that I'm still not happy about.
10. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Do you take chances by speaking up even when it could cost you something?
Sadly, no. Too chicken.