Hate is cancer

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Written from a German prison cell as he waits for the day to arrive for the hangman to come to pay him his last visit. Bonhoeffer was hung two weeks before Germany was liberated (one of Hitlers lasts acts of malice). I post these things because I see the potential reoccurrence of such historical patterns plainly beginning to play out right in front of my eyes each day. The progression seems to be slow, but the burst will materialize – at some point – all at once, as it always has throughout history, leaving us completely unbalanced and unable to respond. Be very careful what, how, and who you decide to hate, and the freedom to which you utilize this expression of hate. Your hate is being manufactured for you. It’s not even yours. The deception runs deep.
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer:

“Upon closer observation, it becomes apparent that every strong upsurge of power in the public sphere, be it of a political or a religious nature, infects a large part of humankind with stupidity. … The power of the one needs the stupidity of the other. The process at work here is not that particular human capacities, for instance, the intellect, suddenly atrophy or fail. Instead, it seems that under the overwhelming impact of rising power, humans are deprived of their inner independence and, more or less consciously, give up establishing an autonomous position toward the emerging circumstances. The fact that the stupid person is often stubborn must not blind us to the fact that he is not independent. In conversation with him, one virtually feels that one is dealing not at all with him as a person, but with slogans, catchwords, and the like that have taken possession of him. He is under a spell, blinded, misused, and abused in his very being. Having thus become a mindless tool, the stupid person will also be capable of any evil and at the same time incapable of seeing that it is evil. This is where the danger of diabolical misuse lurks, for it is this that can once and for all destroy human beings.”

 

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Mimetic Behaviour

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Resistance

Each generation raises its fists and marches in protest to the offensiveness of the contemporary cultural paradigm – rightfully so, yet each generation sells out like its predecessors after a time; hopefully, each generation leaves behind some positive remnant in its wake, before selling out to the very system it protests. Change is needed desperately, but human nature is now, still, what it was a few thousand years ago and before; human – there lies the predicament; the “mimetic illusion of modern individualism.”

“The children repeat the crimes of their fathers precisely because they believe they are morally superior to them. This false difference is already the mimetic illusion of modern individualism, which represents the greatest resistance to the mimetic truth that is re-enacted again and again in human relations. The paradox is that the resistance itself brings about the reenactment.”
René Girard

 

The Madness of Crowds

Separate the family structure from itself
Leaving the individual (child) left to its own devices
He/she brings him/herself up in an emotionally isolated world
Latching onto anything that can replace the loss of genuine “care” but! finds no care, just resentment.The Corporate Government now owns your children, and will mold them accordingly and drug them as they see fit – indoctrination started years ago; its right on track.
Herding the population away from their homes, loved ones, and communities during the industrial revolution into the Cities seems to have been the beginning of this “Madness of Crowds”.
Disconnecting small communities – connected by care- and driving them into “The City” where caring was and still is a profession, inflicts a paradigm shift onto the urban newcomer he/she just aren’t prepared for; payment replaced care, the “individual” became lost, confused, and desperate, drowning in a sea of unauthentic “care” yet needed to learn to swim in these tainted waters – home to the shark.
“Love and care” became institutionalized, the institution became family, the authentic family became lost, the institution then became Mother, Father and finally, god.

Public Relations: inspiration and motivation for everything we think – and do.
Systematic economic, spiritual, and emotional rape, via repetitious sound bites, false profits, glorified leaders pulled out of local snake-infested swamps; most, or all, vigorously gearing all their energies toward cultivating inner turmoil among the masses, in exchange for control, of objects (us). Drugs, entertainment, BS illusory political theatre &c. all to suppress the memories of the once lived set of communities spread all throughout our country grounded, at least somewhat, in “Care”.

The polarization of the masses through all the above
lead to blindness, gullibility, twisted appetites driven by the loss of authentic care, and finally, the result – violence.

Burn it all to the ground…really!?

I’ve been a liberal most of my life up until the last few years. I couldn’t any longer condone freedom of speech, and freedom of expression, being violently attacked from the Alt establishment left, who – the leaders – feed from the same trough as the Republicans (Wall Street & such). I’m not a Republican by any stretch of the imagination, but I certainly see the insanity taking place in this country today. Re-writing history through the dismantling of statues, demonizing, and demonetizing, political commentators on independent alternative social media news  – this to me is batshit crazy! and is also begging for neo-Marxism to step into the vacuum created by this nearsightedness (we cause enough problems and pain with capitalism, I don’t think Marxism will improve things at this time. These emotional trigger responses that seem to be permeating our Universities and workplaces – all in the name of unity – are what I believe to be seed for division, as opposed to what it “claims” to be – progressive. The influence of postmodernism should be considered problematic; not because of what the postmodernist brought over from France – by way of brilliant minds – who I love to study and learn, but from what our educators and politicians did with it. Much what like Hitler did with Nietzsche; hijacked him, distorted his work, for their own purposes. Civil war is a real possibility if we don’t learn to think in a critical manner and get far away from this emotional knee-jerk reactionary mindset that’s being promoted at every turn. These statues: they are history markers, weather good or bad, they should be left for all to see, warts and all; no culture that attempts to dismantle its own history does well in the long run. Wendell Berry once wrote: “Modern ignorance is in people’s assumption that they can outsmart their own nature.” in this case, erase the evidence of it.

Sleeping too long…

Lippmann, who coined the term “Manufactured Consent” – later taken over by Chomsky – wrote this excerpt in the early 1920’s. Now take into consideration the internet; in other words multiply this by a thousand.

“Within the life of the generation now in control of affairs, persuasion has become a self-conscious art and a regular organ of popular government. None of us begins to understand the consequences, but it is no daring prophecy to say that the knowledge of how to create consent will alter every political calculation and modify every political premise. Under the impact of propaganda, not necessarily in the sinister meaning of the word alone, the old constants of our thinking have become variables. It is no longer possible, for example, to believe in the old original dogma of democracy; that the knowledge needed for the management of human affairs comes up spontaneously from the human heart. Where we act on that theory we expose ourselves to self-deception, and to forms of persuasion that we cannot verify. It has been demonstrated that we cannot rely upon intuition, conscience, or the accidents of casual opinion if we are to deal with the world beyond our reach.”
Walter Lippmann

“Does Lippmann want his political science fact-finders to hide the truth from the populace; i.e. to “manufacture consent” ? In distinguishing between the news and truth, he is clearly on the side of correcting misconceptions propagated by media: “…news and truth are not the same thing, and must be clearly distinguished.”
Clare Spark

For my philosophically minded friends:

An argument directed at Jordan Peterson, and postmodern philosophy today. I’d be very interested in feedback pertaining to this video, and its! content. Video one hour.

Primary Text Sources–
Michel Foucault – Discipline and Punish
Jean Baudrillard – The Transparency of Evil
Jacques Derrida – On Grammatology
Peter Sloterdijk – A Critique of Cynical Reason
Richard Rorty – Achieving Our Country
Richard Rorty – Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity

So much of popular political argument is nested in tiny fragments extrapolated from fine thinkers whose works are taken apart, and “parts” utilized for whatever arguments are being brought forth, without so much as any serious investigation into said sources works; that are being hacked for the purpose of whatever agenda might be at hand by the hacker. This video is a fine example; a one hour argument properly being brought forward in both an intelligent and respectful manner from one individual, directed toward a bright light (in my opinion) in today’s town square (Jordan Peterson). For me the arguments hold water, and also has flaws, but the manner in which it’s presented should be a fine example how healthy, well thought arguments, can be presented.

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