Integral thoughts about development, humanity,
The Wilders Trial
23 October 2010
Quote from the
National Post, a Canadian
"If there is any justice in the
Netherlands, or enough backbone to defend Western civilization, Mr.
Wilders will go free."
The problem with this is that a court of law only looks at the laws
and not at the ethics behind what people do. Wilders is smart enough
to stay within the boundaries of Dutch law, but his ethical motives
Does acquitting him mean that he is right? Does convicting him mean
he is wrong? No and no. Right and wrong at an ethical level are
nothing to do with what's contained in laws, it's to do with what is
good for society, for other people, for stimulating cohesion between
and understanding among people.
I am convinced that polarising statements from whatever side do no
good whatsoever to improve society. These statements merely serve to
increase differences rather than bring people together.
Which is also the reason why I lost my belief in old-fashioned
polarisations like left-right or progressive-conservative. These
should have died with the 20th century and be replaced by a new,
overarching politics that takes the best from both worlds, depending
on the need of the context. That's Intgral Politics, which I will
write more about in the future.