However, this is not to say that such Babylonian societies aren't restrictive of liberty, sometimes it's just hard to hear the sound of jack boots and machine guns above the noise of the party--a noise that many may hear on some level, but what's important is what you do when you hear this sound. Dr. King wrote of this problem in Letter from the Birmingham Jail:
... the white moderate
who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a
negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive
peace which is the presence of justice...
The question of "order" versus "peace" is an old theme. Will you trade your liberty for the security of Order, for trains that run on time--or do you risk your liberty for a just society, for true Peace. For many this question doesn't consciously manifest itself; Life inside the fishbowl being an all consuming thing, after all.
to be continued...