Review of Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France,
by Theodore Keating
Deepak Chopra recommends in "The Book of Secrets" the following exercise for Acceptance: "I will read about a group that I consider totally intolerant and try to see the world as they do."
Although I think that many changes are necessary in society, I also recognize that any change is an opportunity not only for growth but also for diminishment. On a personal level, singers sometimes talk about losing themselves in a relationship, of losing what they already had, instead of gaining something new. (I also acknowledge that many people think of liberalism as some esoteric club that they haven't been invited to join, even though I don't of it quite like that.) In any context, it is also quite clear to me that it is quite wrong to mar the present in the service of the future (which, when it comes, is always Now).
Of course, there is some negativity here too: I don't like this; I don't like that, and I am right and you are wrong, or France is wrong and Britain is right. Although of course, I don't think that Burke would completely deny that there are also non-revolutionary non-conservatives, something that many people in today's paranoid and dualistic political discourse probably would.
I suppose that both where he is right and wrong, Burke proves the undesirability of turning other people into enemies.
I feel that it would be very beneficial to develop a vaccine for those who travel to foreign countries (whose food safety standards aren't up to par). Those with weakened (or not yet established) immune system such as younger children and older adults are more subject to the effects of food borne illnesses, and could easily perish. If one were to be given a vaccine plus an immunity booster - the vaccine would fight the food borne pathogen itself, and the immune booster would shorten the duration of the illness possibly eliminating the need for a hospital visit or stay, or could even save a life. Even those with not so compromised immune systems could be administered the vaccine along with a regime of immune boosting pills so as to be able to enjoy their vacations without they worry of becoming seriously ill as a result of something they may have consumed. To finish it off, the sale of these vaccines can offset the cost of updating the food safety standards of less developed countries so as to greatly reduce the occurrences of such foodborne illness outbreaks both state side and as well as abroad.
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