Wednesday, November 03, 2010

The Day After: Analysis 1

Today is Wednesday, 3 November 2010.

I’ve been quoting this from Dietrich Bonhoeffer for 40 years now, and it’s sadly still timely. “It’s not that people are born stupid, but that they are made stupid, by the impact of overwhelming power which profits from their manufactured stupidity”.

Granted that Americans are subjected to a set of hegemonic socialization pressures unique in the history of the world: not only malformation through a capitalism-enslaved educational system, not only misinformation by the most advanced and ubiquitous media complex, not only battered by a twisted and suffocating political system, not only the insidious effect of corrupt and corrupting social mores, not only the realities of social ostracism, financial ruin, and even imprisonment for those who too boldly or effectively dissent and resist, but also the seduction of history's richest payoff in lifestyle for selling out, submitting, and oppressing others.

But: a whipped dog should not love its master. But: adults are adults, and those who voted for the failed and wicked policies of Republicanismo must accept responsibility for that wicked choice. I’m tempted to say, and then turn my back: the hell with you, live with the plague you have brought upon your houses, you deserve any and every suffering you receive as the result of your choice, you have sown the wind and rightly shall reap the whirlwind.

The problem is: the suffering from those wicked choices falls even more heavily upon the innocent, who must not be abandoned.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

"(T)he suffering from those wicked choices falls even more heavily upon the innocent, who must not be abandoned." Who, exactly, are the innocent? And whether you turn your back, or abandon them... what difference will it really, truly make in the lives of the innocent? In other words, what are you doing, actively doing, to serve/save/champion the "innocent"?

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