“And the radical he rant and rage, Singing someone got to turn the page, And the rich man in his summer home, Singing ,Just leave well enough alone” Grateful Dead
This world is a very confusing place. It is also a place where tragedy stars on the stage in everybody’s act. In the end we leave this world as equal as we came in. It is what happens between that bothers me.
I have no objection to material wealth or luxury. In all honesty I wish more of it would come down my way. What I object to is the selfish hording of material wealth to the point where my brothers and sisters live in the squalor of poverty. As I matured from a youth my eyes were opened to the reality that man’ s fundamental duty is to love his fellow men. The daily cruelty of mankind is one of the things that deeply troubled me as I sunk into the depths of depression.
Not only is our ship shipping but it’s also on fire and the passengers are engaged in brawls. Mankind faces several legitimate doomsday scenarios which become all the more likely with each ticking second of the clock. Where is the voice of reason saying “We’re all in this together let’s work as one.”
Trying to be superior is in my opinion a psychological sickness. Take war for example. When the Native Americans engaged in warfare the idea wasn’t to annihilate the enemy. Rather it was to show personal bravery and courage. They did this by something called counting coup. That is where a warrior showed great bravery in the battlefield by doing such acts as hitting the enemy with the open hand or some other non lethal weapon. Of course this truth is not taught in our society.
On the other hand we have European warfare such as World War 1 and World War 2. Here nation states sought to destroy their foes by any means possible. The United States went as far as to use two nuclear weapons on civilian targets in Japan. One of the bombs was derived from plutonium and the other from uranium. What isn’t taught is that Japan was willing to surrender if they could do so to in a way that they could save their honor. The idea of losing a million American soldiers in an invasion is a lie. That too is not taught in the history books.
Of course the United States had further motivation to use the atomic bombs. It was sending a strong and certain signal to the Soviet Union about American might. Today the United States would like to dictate to Iran and forbid them from possessing a nuclear weapon. I agree that no nation should possess a nuclear weapon or any weapon of mass destruction. If the United States government felt this way they should lead by example.
Already I hear people grumbling caught up in ideologies which would never allow them to even consider the truth of the matter. Waving an American flag and having a bumper sticker saying “I support the troops” is not patriotism. What true patriotism is standing up for the ideals this country was supposedly founded upon. There is a savage struggle going on in our own country between the union and the state. The union is the brotherhood of this land called America which wants to live in harmony and freedom. The state is the sinister business interests which wish to plunder, exploit and oppress. Examine American history, in particular the labor movement. What is going on is one giant tug of war. One side seeks to live decently and the other to quite literally take it all for themselves.
All the while a hungry baby cries.
Please allow me to post the end of the song initially quoted. ” Picture a bright blue ball just spinning, spinning free It’s dizzying, the possibilities. Ashes, Ashes all fall down.”
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