Inquiry: They should give a medal, not prosecute

They should give a medal, not prosecute. (Regarding the Greenpeace activists who crashed a climate-conference party, and others – such as hobby-hackers – who do no harm but expose weaknesses in the system.)

  1. True
    Yes. My gut reaction is that it is true. When I go into that story, it feels true, I can find stories supporting it, and I can find others who agree.
  2. Sure it is true?
    No. It is just an opinion. One of many possible views, each one supported by other stories, each one valid and reasonable in its own way.
  3. What happens when I believe that thought?
    • I get annoyed. Agitated. I see them as small minded. Not getting the bigger picture.
    • I find stories supporting my initial story: These people were harmless. All they did was to expose weaknesses in the security, which is a very good thing. They may have done something illegal, but it was with the best of intentions, and revealed weaknesses in the system.
    • There is a sense of separation. I notice my own views gets polarized. I see them there and us here. I hold my own views in a more one-sided and inflexible way. There is a sense of having to protect a certain viewpoint and position. It feels precarious since it is an indefensible position, as all views are.
    • When did I first have that thought? Probably in my mid-teens. I didn’t, and still don’t, quite understand how those who spy for us are heroes, while the ones spying for the others are criminals. Especially when spying was essential for gaining accurate information about what the other side was doing, which in turn reduced actions made from blind fear and speculations. Spies on either side (generally) did a good thing. Why make them into criminals or enemies?
  4. Who would I be without it?
    • Clear. Less need to take a one-sided view. A softening of my views. Receptivity to the validity of the other side. Sense of intimacy.
  5. Turnarounds.
    • They shouldn’t give a medal. They should prosecute.
      • Yes, they are just following the law and rules. The police is just doing their job. It is up to the judge or jury to make a decision. It is up to politicians to change the law if that seems reasonable. It is up to the public to elect politicians who reflect their views, and also let their views be heard about these things.
    • I should give them a medal, not prosecute.
      • Well, when it comes to the activists, I do in my own mind.
      • And when it comes to the police, I can recognize that they are just doing their job. It is not up to them to convict or make the laws.

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