Hey you, music major!
 
If you actually believe that you can sometimes embrace good and that you can sometimes embrace evil, then you always embrace evil. (Failing in your intention to embrace good is forgivable. An intention to embrace evil is not. Good is that which increases the honor and dignity of all members of humanity. Good is that which profits an individual because of its having profited mankind.)
 
If you actually believe that you can sometimes embrace intelligence and that you can sometimes embrace stupidity, then you always embrace stupidity. (Failing in your intention to embrace intelligence is forgivable. An intention to embrace stupidity is not. Intelligence is knowing what is the domain of that which you know and knowing the domain of that which you do not know. Intelligence is refusing to participate in decision-making in those areas of one's ignorance and allowing others to do so instead. Intelligence, conversely, insists on responsibly participating in decision-making in all areas touching one's own expertise. Intelligence loathes apathy.)
 
If you actually believe that you can sometimes embrace love of a person or principle and that you can sometimes embrace hate of that person or principle, then you always embrace hate of that person or principle. (Failing in your intention to embrace love of a person or principle is forgivable. An intention to embrace hate of that same person or principle is not. Love is doing what is in the best interests of someone else, even if short-term pain, for you or for the other, is necessary in order to avoid more serious pain in the future. Love has little to do with polite, comfortable, or sensuous feeling. Love of a principle requires hate of the negation of that principle, or it is totally insincere.)
 
If you actually believe that you can sometimes embrace art and that you can sometimes embrace entertainment, then you always embrace entertainment. (Failing in your intention to embrace art is forgivable. An intention to embrace entertainment is not. Art is that which, through some medium, causes you to embrace some aspect of your humanity: mortality, pain, tranquillity, ecstasy, yearning, love, death, intellectual curiosity, despair, peace. Entertainment is that which causes you temporarily to escape from your humanity.
 
If you actually believe that you can sometimes embrace reality and that you can sometimes embrace fantasy, then you always embrace fantasy. (Failing in your intention to embrace reality is forgivable. An intention to embrace fantasy is not. Reality consists of three-dimensional space, time, matter and energy, gravity, electromagnetism, nuclear forces, chemical materials, biological organisms, ecosystems, and human-created social structures. Santa Clause, Faster-than-light space travel, God(s), Time Travel, Unicorns, Fairies, Witches, Angels, Demons, and the Tooth Fairy may have personal and/or cultural value through the symbolic personifying of forces, principles, and desires, but more often than not they result in the literal beliefs of deluded individuals. Humanity must learn to solve its own problems. Reliance on the unreal, statistically overall, will prove fatal for the entire species.)
 
Indulging in evil, multiplied by 6.2 billion humans, equals eventual human extinction.)
Indulging in stupidity, multiplied by 6.2 billion humans, equals eventual human extinction.)
Indulging in hate, multiplied by 6.2 billion humans, equals eventual human extinction.)
Indulging in escapism, multiplied by 6.2 billion humans, equals eventual human extinction.)
Indulging in fantasy beliefs, multiplied by 6.2 billion humans, equals eventual human extinction.)
 
Take a stand, or your music means NOTHING.
 
 
Jody Nagel
February 25, 2000
 
 
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