Bradley Manning's lesson

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I was taught growing up that if I saw something that struck me as being wrong, I should either fix it or tell somebody who was in a position of power to fix it. Now I know this patently is not true. It is a lie based on the premise that those in power are good, and that they will act for good and fix the problem.

Bradley Manning, who saw some very wrong things (torture, the killing of innocent civilians, etc., etc.), was just as gullible to such a lie as I was. After seeing the powers that be support and facilitate such wrongdoings, he did the unspeakable act of letting the world see the truths of what is actually being done by our government, seeing that the lens through which we civilians get our information is filtered to the point of total obscurity.

So let's revise what we teach our children. If you see something that is wrong, don't say anything. Assume that the world is the way it is because it is how we want it to be, and that we shouldn't want to change it. Children shouldn't be taught to dream that the world could be a better place, and they absolutely shouldn't be taught to act on what they truly believe to be right. These offenses are now punishable with 35-year prison sentences.

MARK MANGINI
Bloomfield


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