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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

We are mankind

As a person of the relatively democratic, free side of the equation, what do I know about the whole middle east situation? As much as the next guy, which, probably means somewhere between a little and not much.

(Maybe it's irresponsible, but I'm just lumping them all up so that it's easier on my tiny brain and cos it's one vaild way of looking at it in our globalized times. Anyway you're a discriminating reader.)

What the hell is going on? Where do the lines connect? Who cares, right? Well I do, cos it's just not right.

I mean, we all know shit happens, but what's so bad about what that people have to stick it to the other guy with such horrors that no sane, thinking person would inflict on any fellow human being.

Call me a Nietzsche quoting monkey. "He who fights monsters should look into it that he himself does not become a monster. When you gaze long into the Abyss, the Abyss also gazes into you."

One just can't watch such extraordinary violence and injustice, albeit at a safe distance, and not think about it. Not me at least. Can't just switch and go on watching America's Next Top Model and live in conveniently stupifying pop culture bliss without trying to make sense of the real world.

I realize that it's a complicated issue so I decided to educate myself. Here's where I started.





google video link

And that's just one source of information. I'm still learning.

The more I read about our contemporary issues and History, the more I tend to think that humans will always behave like humans.

It's very disturbing. It makes me feel smaller than a pawn. I can't stop war. I can't stop the innocent from hurting. I can't stop idiots from bombing the life out of our already ecologically fragile planet. I can't make politicians swallow their pride and just do what's best for the world's people.

But as an international community, we can put pressure on people in charge and demand accountability for the decisions made on behalf of the people in this world. After all, aren't we the very people who, at the slightest provocation, tout the merits of democracy so that people of the world may enjoy freedoms such as the freedom to express our outrage at the travesty that is war.

Or is this freedom only reserved for the fufilment of our individual vanities and economic gains?

2 Comments:

  • That is a great quote from Nietzsche. I have been trying to say the same thing lately, although not as eloquently. Something along the lines of the good guys are good guys not because they fight the good fight(every fight is brave and good from a certain perspective), but they fight the fight in a moral manner. I.E. no torture, no assination, no killing of innocent by-standers. Basically, no ends justify the means. That what good guys do. Are we the good guys?

    By Blogger Stephen "Steve", At 2:05 PM  

  • Have you seen the BBC docu series "The Power of Nightmares?"

    It's a pretty interesting analysis of how and why things have developed to form the political diachotomy of what we have today + how it's being exploited by certain groups (some more successful than others) to fulfill their respective agandas.

    You'll find it on google video. Type "The Power of Nightmares."

    By Blogger Rong, At 6:30 PM  

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