8.20.2005

stands to reason

‎"The trick is to make yourself an instrument of your own policy. Whether you like it or not, that's the highest ‎effectiveness man has achieved."

– Norman Mailer, The Naked and the Dead, 1950

"Unequivocally, the ones in the world who have established their own policy, their self-constitution, will be effective. ‎Unfortunately, the effectiveness of the narrow-minded usually does more harm than good. Therefore the highest ‎effectiveness is obtained by staying true to an easily amended policy."

Strange Brood, Moreover, 2005

It stands to reason, then, that politicians, as can be clearly seen, are the often the most effective individuals the ‎human race is capable of producing. By adhering to policies that project the appearance of stability and steadfastness, but which ‎are, in reality, more easily amended than most, elected officials are able to maximize their effectiveness generally. ‎This high level of affect upon society, then, comes at a price; that is to say, the common activist, while anchoring his ‎policies to some perceived truth, can only be effective so far as the agreement of his audience allows. Thus, it is helpful to note that ‎effectiveness, while truly tied to the amendable nature of one’s policies, is equally reigned by the malleability of ‎one’s moral standards.‎

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