CALCULUS of OPINION
Firstly, here is a personal note. I am apolitical and do not watch news programs other than watching PBS’ Mark Shields and David Brook’s commentary part of Friday’s programming.
This profound statement ‘Calculus of Opinion’ caught my ear when David Brooks on PBS’ segment Shields and Brooks, used it. These political commentators discuss world affairs. He used this statement referring to the popular conception of the Middle East’s predicament.
They were talking about what people worldwide were thinking about the continued conflict there. Presently, the television media is putting the plus side on that of what they see as the aggressor by watching dead bodies accumulate.
The underlining concept of complete destruction of another society is put on the minus side and even forgotten. Opinions will be calculated and will make difference in the conclusion, because they have been killing each other for thousands of years.