Monday, March 18, 2013

Errors of It's "To Be or Not to Be"

I earnestly hope all I see seeming sad, wrong, or unjust is
mere projection and exaggeration by me. If I am wrong and
those I criticize among the  powerful, the celebrated and the
wealthy are right, I'd regret being wrong, but glad too, as
I don't directly have anyone's fate in my hands, whereas
many of  these financial, political and social lions DO.

There is an overwhelmingly strong myth here in the West
that we have eradicated slavery, that "robber barons" are
no more, that most people obey the laws at all times,  that
there has been permanent justice effected since Franklin
Delano Roosevelt served for three terms as U.S. President,
(1933-1945). But only suddenly, in 2007, it all came crashing
down around us due to the interworking, intertwining,
interlocking machinations of DC and NYC  (Wall Street).

Such an oversimplification of the cold, continued
hard-running truth is in need of a grappling hook to
anchor us to reality--as the French have it, the more
things "change", the more they stay the same. George
Santayana's warning us about those who forget the
lessons of history are doomed to repeat it is related,
has been proven again and again: WWI then WWII,
please, were either of these actually necessary?

It will take more than a new generation or two to
rid our Earth of these dangerous, destructive
stupidities. Something spectacular, like the Great
Pandemic of 1918, so sweeping in its implacable
death-dealing undeniability, will likely be the

" be or not to be...": To exist, to survive, to
thrive, are personal as well as universal questions,
my apologies to William Shakespeare. Errors of
mine notwithstanding, it will take the Earth as a
village to fix things.


  1. It's gonna be one tough slog for "Village Earth", that's for sure. Santayana had it right, too. Dead right!

    Regarding your reflections on slavery, I ask, "Who is really freer? Someone in a 'free' society (one with minimal government) who's struggling with health issues, or her counterpart in a society with stronger government with meaningful human services?"

    I addressed this issue in one of my blog posts a few months back: "Who is Really Freer?"

    1. Indeed you did. Our views run along most of the same tracks. Feels good to be validated, eh? Except not about sad or
      scary future prognostications.

      Best luck and effort to us all, we'll need it.