The Ottumwa Courier

Letters to the Editor

June 8, 2013

Don't bury your head like an ostrich

Don’t bury your head like an ostrich

History teaches us about human nature. We learn from reading others’ experiences through books, magazines, letters and photos. It allows us a treasured glimpse into the soul of man.

Usually, we see the good in ourselves because it’s what we want to see.

What of the opposite nature of mankind? We deliberately filter out the bad things, leaving them in some buried place where we think they’ll do us less harm. Let’s face it, those horrible images of genocide and of governments exterminating people are very disturbing. And, in EVERY instance where this occurred, those governments first ensured the intended victims were defenseless.

Like the ostrich that buries its head in the sand when danger approaches, so do people. Refusing to accept the evil nature of mankind, even when they feel its hot, foul breath on their necks, is fatal.

And it’s beyond sad, it’s pathetic, that those books illustrating the brutal tyranny and evil of governments are virtually untouched. People live in constant denial, turning on a reality TV show or seeking another of the many distractions available, grasping and clawing at anything to dilute the reality of what can happen and is happening around them.

Nazis in Germany presumed that some German citizens were hostile and passed gun laws. They also had universal health care. They disposed of the elderly, the sick and mentally retarded because they were a burden on society. Then they came for the Jews.

Today, this government is trying to disarm its citizens.

This administration has called some of its citizens hostile for being critical of government for exempting itself, unions and extreme left supporters from those health care laws, amongst other things.

Do you feel that hot, foul breath on your neck? Go find a reality TV show so you won’t have to deal with it.

Don Davis

Melrose

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