Isn’t it rich?
Are we a pair?
Me here at last on the ground,
You in mid-air.
It’s interesting how often people whose tongues articulate identical values come to very different positions–some on the ground and some in mid-air. Whether one is wallowing in the mire or levitating serenely above it is most often a question of effectiveness.
I’ve always viewed the unmentioned eighth as the most important of the seven habits of highly effective people. Specifically, never allow pieties to interfere with practice. It’s really a function of disciplined compartmentalization. Pieties are the moral restraints we expect our opponents to abide, while practice is the wholesome unfettered pursuit of our own self-interests. Keeping the two at a polite distance is what carries highly effective people into the future, and their principled opposition into the museum.
JEWISH LEADERS SAY “NO” TO SYRIAN REFUGEES ON ANTI-SEMITISM CONCERN
The Jewish community of Amsterdam-Zuid are concerned about the arrival of a refugee center in Amstelveen-Noord, which local residents were informed about on Monday night. The proposed shelter will house 400 refugees, mostly from Syria and Iraq.
The Central Jewish Board is concerned that there will be incidents. “Let there be no doubt that the Jewish community is overwhelmingly for the reception of war refugees. But we have major concerns”, chairman Ron van der Wieken said to NU on Monday.
Yes, please allow us to dispel any misconceptions: the jewish community is overwhelmingly in favor of swamping Europe with our fractious Levantine cousins. But as for settling them in our locales…well, we have major concerns. What highly effective people wouldn’t? Hey, call Donald Maloney!
Ron Eisenmann, president of the Center for Information and Documentation Israel and faction leader of VVD Amsterdam-Zuid, also raised his concerns on Twitter. “Not a good plan, Syrian refugees in the middle of a Jewish neighborhood.”, he tweeted.
“These people come from countries such as Syria and Iraq, who traditionally take an extremely harsh tone against Jews. These people are largely brainwashed to hate Jews. You should not underestimate it.
Just a few questions, Ron. Isn’t it also ‘not a good plan’ to move them into my neighborhood rather than only not yours? And are there people brainwashed to hate whites? If so, who’s doing the wash? Should this be underestimated? The answers are already flowing into my inbox: racist, bigot, nazi, extremist. Thanks for the prompt response.
Though because Mr. Eisenmann et al are able to fluidly disgorge this jet of hypocrisy without practically a whimper of protest, we recognize them today as very highly effective people indeed.