Superficially Nice, by Eric Peters

We all know them: people whose nice exterior hides a vicious interior. From Eric Peters at

One of the hardest things to come to grips with is the incongruity of “nice people.”

We all know them. They are our neighbors, co-workers; people we chit-chat with in a friendly way at the bank and other places where we become familiar. They seem like . . . nice people.

But we’re nonetheless profoundly dissimilar.

Some people only seem nice – superficially. Underneath the pleasantries, they’re not. They are the ones who will vote in secret ( a weird and scary thing when you consider what’s on the ballot in a “democracy”) to have someone else take your money – or your liberty. It is usually some combination of both.

“We” (they mean they) need or want this or that whatever it is.  Vote for so-and-so and he’ll make it so.

Just pull the curtain – and pull the lever. It’s easy – because no one can see what you’re doing nor will they ever know you did it. Which is why it’s done without much regret and often, with a smile and a smug sense of satisfaction.

The same people who do that seem honest – superficially. They would probably never pocket your wallet if you left it on the table. Never leave a note in your mailbox telling you how much you “owe” them – and that if you don’t pay up, they’ll be over, later, to make sure you do. Perhaps by forcibly removing you from what, in your naivety, you considered to be your home – themselves.

They leave such dirty work to the government – this mentality-altering, morality inverting construct which allows people to steal and brutalize without having to admit to themselves that that is what they’re doing  . . . because they didn’t actually do it, themselves. The “funding” just became available – via a vote.

By pulling a lever (or – lately – tapping a touchscreen) one can participate in violence while pretending to be peaceful. A person can enter their neighbor’s home without leaving theirs; pocket the contents of his wallet without actually having to perform the act of theft in person.

This is the primary evil of the thing.

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