The Impossible Red Car (of DOOM!)

Update: Due to the claim made in the comments below, this post has been updated somewhat. (A picture has been deleted) That might make the point seem less cogent, but perhaps not. Maybe it wasn’t so coherent in the first place…

Anyway: to start off with a good quote about what is possible and what isn’t.

First, not everything that exists in the imagination can be achieved. Wishful thinking is no guide to policy. Just because you desire something does not mean it will or can be achieved. The whole purpose of human logic is to estimate the odds and chances.

Second, though, within limits change of a positive nature is possible. That’s why one has to experiment and try. On these decisions and deeds many lives depend. The decision of American colonists to take on the strongest power in the world, Britain, in 1776 and that of Israeli leaders to declare independence in 1948 were risky ventures. Yet although outsiders might judge them more so, those involved realized that the attempt was not beyond the possibility of success.

But, again, you have to understand, with unflinching realism, the problems and the risks involved. This judgment is not a matter of ideology, of set and predetermined and unwavering blind belief. At a certain point, ideology gets in the way.

About so many things, moderns, especially liberals, wish to only try the impossible. They wish to change the nature of man, or reorder society like Mao in the Great Leap Forward. (And they want to be judged for their intentions, rather than their results… another childish characteristic.)

Mao’s stipulated purpose was to mobilize the entire population to transform China into a socialist powerhouse — producing both food and industrial goods — much faster than might otherwise be possible. This would be both a national triumph and an ideological triumph, proving to the world that socialism could triumph over capitalism.

That is from an article comparing several governmental interventions, project that tyrants of semi-tyrants plunged into to do the impossible. (and to take power and such.)

I also suspect that it is a remarkably similar idea that makes people believe that they can be good enough to deserve salvation… In any case, remember: You cannot do the impossible. You might be able to do something that most people think is impossible… which is an entirely different proposition.


4 responses to “The Impossible Red Car (of DOOM!)

  1. Mr. Thompson,
    I am a professional Fine Art Photographer and the above image of the bone tree is a copyrighted image belonging to me. Seeing as you did not purchase a license for use (which I would never have given considering the direct slander of both my art & choosen quote) this is an illegal usage and is fully punishable by law. Please remove all traces of my photograph and public derogatory slanderous writing regarding it or I will file a lawsuit against you.
    Heather S. Huston 3/06/2016

    “Before I go on, feat your eyes on another result of an image search for ‘achieve the impossible’.to-achieve-the-impossible-heather-s-huston. More linguistic horrors. The real danger though is that when people think these ridiculous therapeutic thoughts, they cease to make decisions like actual adults; rather thinking like children instead.”

  2. Ms. Huston,

    As you can see, I have removed the image as soon as I saw your note. The usage was in total ignorance that it was a copyrighted image, and I apologize for it. The threat of a lawsuit was entirely unnecessary (and rather petty, to start with threats rather than a civil request). I’m not sure what part you think is slanderous, since remarking upon a difference of opinion and a disagreement of philosophy is not slander.

    • Mr. Thompson,
      Thank you for removing the image & the apology. A ‘cease and desist’ with clearly stated intentions for legally following up is standard operating procedure. All photographer’s images are automatically copyrighted, the non-sanctioned sharing or use of them contributes to them being out in the world without accreditation, though that makes no difference from a legal standpoint. Pettiness is not a factor, though after reading through your posts far be it for you to call anyone else petty. You have every right to your opinion, just not in connection with my work that you used in such an ugly fashion.

  3. PS. Please feel free to remove these comments. I would have sent you a private email if I could have found one.

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