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.
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