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  •  Yes. Me too. (2+ / 0-)
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    oceanview, FarWestGirl

    So tired.

    We have everything, EVERYTHING, to make this country, and most of the world, a good place. What an amazing beautiful little planet. But we don't.

    This below was a comment by jb from OK in NYTimes, following an article on a report that US engaged in torture (yet another horror), that connected deeply probably because of what happened in my old country:

    There's always been this strain in humanity, and sometimes it gains power. Sometimes it sweeps through a nation like a plague, and sometimes over continents like a devouring fire.

    And it says, "No more Mr. Nice Guy. It's time to take the gloves off." It says, "You have to go on the dark side" and it does. This bullying, this brash and zealous willingness to do harm, regardless harm. To be Clint Eastwood, to be Don Corleone. It appeals to the fantasies of unlimited power and deference that in most times are tamped down by a larger sanity and maturity in leaders and nations, thank God.

    But sometimes this id-driven, brutal bullying rises up to possess those in power, and at times whole nations. Then it doesn't really matter if the people killed or tortured are innocent or not. It doesn't matter if the nation bombed did anything to one's own. All that matters is the pose, the power, the deference--that strutting, always-angry imposition of ego on those hapless enough to fall into its power.

    And it is in our nation now, and in many ways. Torture is one manifestation of the illness. So are the unceasing criticism and anger against the poor, or elders, or Islamics, or immigrants. And so much more.

    The Greeks said that those whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad. And this mad meanness in our nation, leaders, and people should be fought as if our lives and world depend on it. Because they do.

    The problem is, I don't know how to fight that. It truly feels like a descend to madness, and those of us aware watch it, unable to stop it.  
    Cassandra's curse.

    (I quoted the entire comment even though I don't know about fair usage in this case. Let me know if it shouldn't be done.)

    •  I think because it's a comment, not an article, (1+ / 0-)
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      and you give both the attribution and the source, it should be ok.

      I think we have to be coming to a sea change soon. The tide will turn, it's a matter of hanging on to each other and being ready to catch it when it does.

      {{{{{{{{{{{{all of us}}}}}}}}}}}}

      Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. ~The Druid.
      ~Ideals aren't goals, they're navigation aids.~

      by FarWestGirl on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 06:58:21 PM PDT

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