Principles or Pressure?

From The Commentator, in 2011, when Vaclav Havel died:

The central insight of Power of the Powerless is described in an image Havel created that spread like wildfire in dissident circles across the communist world. He asked his readers to imagine a communist era shopkeeper putting the slogan “Workers of the World Unite” inside his shop window along with the onions and the carrots.

What is he up to?

“The slogan is really a sign,” Havel explains. “and as such it contains a subliminal but very definite message. Verbally it might be expressed this way: “I, the Greengrocer XY, live here and I know what I must do. I behave in the manner expected of me. I can be depended upon… I have the right to be left in peace.”

The communist party does not need people to believe in its ideology, but it does need them to pay homage to it. Society as a whole thus becomes infused with lies and deceit.

How many of those rainbows I see on Facebook are the same thing?  How many people now voting for and supporting gay marriage have really had a change of heart?  Is it possible for so many millions of people to have such a fundamental change in outlook in just ten years?  Or is it just the pressure of the elites to go along to get along, so those that didn’t have much principle to begin with see which way the wind is blowing?

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