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blind patriotism vs. cognitive submission....

[Topics under debate]: GOOD GOVERNANCE
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    It has been advocated in this debate room that blind patriotism is
sometimes necessary and some have even provided examples from World War

    My argument is this: while any blind faith can achieve a short-term
goal, I want all members of this forum to think what cognitive
submission of a billion people can accomplish!!?  That is, would we not
fight more fiercely for to protect a country that has protected our own
individual freedoms to begin with!!!

    We have never taken charge to think about how we even take for
granted the notion of individual freedom vs. collective oppression.  We
have paid a heavy price for the past 50 years for ignoring such minor
details.  India would be a lot better place if we change our basic
Mental Models first!!

    I think we have a very basic problem here.  Our mental models have
been so loosely formed in India that we have been mislead by everyone
from the Government down.  The fact that every Economist in India is at
least a mild Socialist who will tell that the Government can save you
rather than you can save yourself by working hard and owning your own
business (which Gandhiji himself has preached) is a proof of the
betrayal.  But then again, why should be GoI be responsible for
"spoon-feeding" us.  Do we not have to responsibility of sharperning our
cognitive skills and understand the nation/world that we live in a bit
more rather than assimilating the first thought that come to mind.  It
has studied and proved that humans are the only species on this planet
who have the ability to be aware of their surounding and attach abstract
concepts to such an existence.  While we are all capable of this, some
of us have been trying to fit a round peg into a square hole.

Vamsi M.

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