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Saturday, January 19, 2019

A Better Understanding of Evil

Working in Texas, in the panhandle, there are few bookstores. There are convenience stores aplenty, some fast food joints, a number of BBQ spots along US 287 and oil, of course. Bookstores? Not many, but I did find a rather storied one in Archer City. 

Wandering the almost overwhelming inventory sent my mind in many different directions. I love history, political theory, the literary masters, etc. This bookstore has the greatest selection of rare and valuable books I have ever seen, if a bit haphazard in their stock due to the fact that they are all used books. 

Anyone who loves books, especially used books, understands that there is a mystical sort of "voice in the wilderness" quality to searching for a book in a used bookstore. It is not so much that you go looking for it, as you wait to be inexorably drawn to it. I was wandering such a bookstore once and there on the shelf, for the most ungodly of reasons, was a geophysical log interpretation manual that I just had to have. 

This is how I came upon Pontynen and Miller's "Western Culture at the Crossroads." 

The book attempts to explain in a scholarly way the issues many of us have been writing about for years, a thing Mike Vanderboegh said in Lies of Omission, that we are a nation not "divided" so much as diametrically opposed to each other. While nothing, so far, has been revealed in the book that is not already known (it was published in 2011) it attempts to go further back with the explanation for what we are currently witnessing on a large and vivid scale. 

The point was made, at least argued, that the Western culture and especially American culture is at a crossroads, the origin of each intersecting road going back to before the Enlightenment. What we see now as a liberal/conservative or a republican/communist conflict is actually a conflict between modernist and postmodernist point of view versus a Judeo-Christian culture. 

While I am not sure that I will ultimately buy into the concept that the Judeo-Christian culture seeks beauty, truth and love, I am not finished reading the book and will reserve judgment until then. The authors did do a great job of explaining the opposite side of the coin and one passage sticks out immediately. 

(Speaking of the left and by this I mean Republicans, too, because there is no longer and may never have been a true difference between Republicans and Democrats. What Pontynen and Miller describe could be any politician and it is the whole of the body politic in America that subscribes to the modernist-postmodernist point of view.) 

The passage is this: "They rationalize power, envy and greed in the name of virtue, or claim it (virtue) is beyond rational discursive evaluation."

Immediately I understood Hillary Clinton a thousand times better than I ever had. I had always thought she was evil, that she knew she was evil, that she reveled in the fact of her evil and when her plans came to fruition delighted in her evil. What I had never considered was that she thought of her evil as a virtue.

What I had not considered is that the left rejects objective truth as a means of rejecting morality and attacking those seeking truth through the Judeo-Christian culture or scripture. That they see the pursuit and ultimate achievement of power instead of truth as worthy of a purpose as the attainment of peace or the fulfillment of understanding. 

Yes, I understood this before in a vague sort of way, but the book brought it into sharp focus and helped me to understand that the real battle lines had been drawn long, long ago. 

Everyone I have ever talked to on our side of the equation has sought mostly to be left alone to seek beauty, understanding and truth, while everyone I have encountered on the opposite side of the equation has sought power for power's sake. Since I understand that someone might want power to do nefarious things, mostly evil, I chalked it up as evil. I had not considered that they saw the attainment of power as a virtue in the way I see honesty as a virtue. 

To them, as the quote makes clear, whatever drives them to the attainment of power, be it greed, envy, lust or sociopathic disassociation, is a de facto virtue. Hollywood suddenly makes a lot more sense when viewed in that context. 

I don't know how better to illustrate the real conflict gathering strength in this nation or how better to explain the utter uselessness of continued hope in some peaceful resolution. When the body politic is convinced that their tendencies toward theft, surveillance, oppression, suppression, violence and enslavement of the people are actually virtues to be nurtured because they have brought power to them, what more needs to be said? 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Are You Human?

The peoples of the Western world are being asked a very simple question by their leaders: Are you human? Now, that would seem like a very silly question to ask and an even sillier question to answer, except that it has been asked by Western leaders before, but not of their own people. They have asked this question of Africans and Americans prior to colonizing their lands, but the rub is the way in which that question is asked and even more consequential is the way it is answered.

The way Western leaders ask this question is by flooding other people into a given space already occupied by someone else. They don’t care that the residing people had been there for centuries, or that they had built upon the land, cultivated it and that their religion and genealogy is tied to it. All of these things would seem to answer the question in the affirmative. Yes, we are human, we have built families here, engaged in business, improved the lands, built temples upon it and reside here.

But, that is not an answer that the Western leaders recognize. They do not reply: “Oh, sorry to have bothered you, didn’t realize you had gotten your whole civilization started and running without us. Never mind.” They just continue to flood the land with other people and let them battle it out for survival. This is the gladiatorial stage of the operation as far as they are concerned. They don’t care who wins, because they will remain in control, because the question was not properly answered.

The question can only be answered in the negative (no, we are not human) by allowing the continued, overwhelming of the population by people of the Western leaders choosing.

The question can only be answered in the affirmative (yes, we are human) by rising up and driving the leaders from power.

Once a leader has conceived of that question: Are you human? they cannot remain a leader and must be driven from their position of power. The 20th Century has seen too many of these types of leaders to ignore the fact that when a leader conceives of this question to ask of any people, especially their own, a genocide is in the making. When they asked it of the Africans and the Americans, the answer was the same: genocide.

Too often people get hung up on the racial issue, the color of someone’s skin, but it has never really been about that. It has been the question of humanity that has been asked and when it was impossible for the native people to have thrown the leader from power, they were subjugated and their humanity was denied them. When British ships went to Africa, this is the question they asked. When British ships went to America, this is the question they asked. 

In that simple question are many, many other questions all waiting for the same logical and reasonable response. “Will you allow me to confiscate your property?” “Will you allow me to have you raped?” “Will you allow me to have you thrown from your house?” “Will you allow me to have you beaten?” “Will you allow me to have you imprisoned for speaking forbidden words?” “Will you allow me to forbid you certain thoughts?” “Will you allow me to deprive you of privacy?” “Will you allow me to deprive you of respect?” “Will you let me deny you justice?” “Will you let me laugh while you watch my ministers do every despicable thing with no recourse, while you beg not to be imprisoned for a slip of the tongue?” Or, are you human?

It is easy to point out someone like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez AOC as someone in particular who is asking this question, but that would ignore the Republican representatives that are just as busy asking the same question. Leaders are leaders and they are all in on it. No one gets a pass for listening to the question from the back room. If you heard it, you either asked it or answered it. 

Any leader, no matter what role they play in leadership, recognizes only one response to all of those questions, forcible removal from power. Everything else is an affirmation of their power, a pitiful, obedient nodding of the head, because the leader who has conceived of this question recognizes only acceptance, or removal.

The question is being asked across the globe: in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Britain, Italy, France, Belgium, Poland, Hungary, Germany, Canada and the United States.


Now it is your turn to answer. Are you human?

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