TaN: (In the name of) National Security is intended for one thing and one thing only — to keep vital and relevant information from the citizen population. It is foolish to believe that the government keeping secrets is to prevent other countries and foreign entities from knowing certain sensitive information, just as gun control laws do not protect citizens and the innocent from gun violence.
It is undeniable and admitted that there are instances when sensitive information should not be “blurted” to the public. However, this is only temporary and sooner or (usually) later the truth emerges. It is better that the truth is voluntarily made known to one’s public rather than have it be revealed or exposed involuntarily by someone else — because this would cast doubt on the trustworthiness and confidence of the public.
Trust issues are very complicated and once trust has been damaged, it is very difficult to win it back.
Regardless of the length of time it takes for something vital (and relevant) to the people is made known, especially on matters that it has a right to know, the reality remains that the restricted information must be made public as soon as it is no longer a security risk.
Moreover, the issue of national security is complicated and has the tendency to be abused. Abuse can come from being treated as immature and irresponsible individuals who are perceived to be incapable of full appreciation of the gravity or ramifications of whatever the issue is. It is very insulting to know that the public is perceived to be unable to comprehend, respond, and react appropriately to an issue deemed as a threat to national security.
While it is true that much of the general population may not yet attained that degree of sophistication and maturity to handle sensitive and important national issues, it is still the public right and prerogative to decide on their own how to react, for as long as the issue concerns them directly.
It is very dangerous to leave national security to control freaks and/or OCs (obsessive compulsives) who will surely take advantage of the situation and deem it as an opportunity to further their deviant behavior. National security must be put in the hands of people capable of determining and assessing the true degree of threat and the possible damage that may be incurred when the issue is made public.
It is our own fault that most general populations are or have not been educated and prepared to be mature and responsible, that we do not put enough value or emphasis on the emotional development of the citizenry instead of focusing primarily and solely on the intellect.
TaN: The key to (getting) the correct answer is to ask the correct question. And the key to intelligence, in the “immortal” words of Albert Einstein, “is to never to stop asking questions“. In other words, curiosity is the great driver of progress, knowledge, and improvement.
It is but logical or common sense — which many mistakingly claim that they do not have — that it is vital to ask the correct question to get the correct answer. The answer is always depend on the question. One does not provide an answer that is way off what the question is asking for — unless of course one is joking or does not appreciate the question at all.
Furthermore, the “correct” question means that it must be specific enough if a very specific answer is desired or needed. Expect vague answers from broad questions unless there has already been established an issue or that the parties involved have some sort of a regular on-again-off-again standing discussion. Anyway, the point is that answers to questions are or should be tailored to the question itself — the exactness of which will depend on or be defined by the syntax and context of the question. Hence the expression, Ask a stupid question; get a silly answer.
In conclusion, the question is more important than the answer. The answer is but the result of asking the question. It is in asking a question that we gain knowledge (and wisdom) and it is essential that (properly formulated) questions are asked frequently — for it is said that, given the correct question, the answer can be found within (or the answer to the question is in the question itself).
TaN: Sins and faults are personal so they cannot be inherited or passed on to descendants — as it has been said and written (Deuteronomy 24:16): The sins of the father are not the sins of the son and neither are the sins of the son the sins of the father. What can be inherited — however, and is often mistaken for sins and transgressions and wrongdoings — is karma or the effect or return resulting from the performance (or non-performance) of an act..
The good (or ill) fortune that befalls — and often attributed to a parent or grandparent or children — arising from a deed committed by another (a relative) is frequently karma, like when the father saves the life of a prominent and wealthy person but is injured or dies in the process and the family of the “hero” is the object of the (debt of) gratitude. Or, the other way, when the father causes misfortune to befall someone but dies in the process and the injured party wants revenge and takes it out on the son or family.
Moreover, as has been written (both in Deuteronomy 32:35 and Romans 12:19, KJV): “To me belongeth vengeance, and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.” and “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”, respectively.
Though it is (admittedly and uncontestably) difficult, “difficult” is not “impossible”. It is so tempting to seek vengeance for a wrong done, especially to us, but we cannot see into the heart and reasons or intentions of why someone did what s/he did and it would be a terrible miscarriage of justice to act or lash out in anger and hatred when the alleged wrongdoer is justified in his/her action/s. We might be doing a greater wrong than what has already been done.
In addition, just as debts incurred by the father cannot be “inherited” by the son — and vice versa. It is wrong to seek retribution, compensation, or whatever claim from relatives of the debtor, unless of course the relatives are also benefiting from the debt. If the debt is personal, it is extinguished with the death of the debtor.