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WWI Demons Live

Greg3008 Wrote: Aug 07, 2014 7:13 PM
This is a great piece. Though I long felt the disinterest in the First World War that the author describes – while being interested in virtually everything that happened on both sides of it – In the end, I have ended up reading more and more about this particular era. These were people who were much like us, living in a world that seemed full of promise – but who got to see it (and often their own lives) destroyed at the behest of, as the author says, "aristocrats in funny clothes." The dysfunctional assumptions we make about what the world is supposed to be like – or has to look like – were born in no small measure during and as a result of the things that happened during these years. And that war serves as an object lesson as to just how dangerous and stupid it is (and how tragic it can be) for our leaders to whip up the masses into an angry froth in order to further their own political ends. Our own world is not unlike the tinderbox of 100 years ago, and, once again, those who are in charge of it are in the process of destabilizing everything and setting it all ablaze. People are angry and afraid, and the situation seems increasingly hopeless ... which serves to create a situation where a 'strong leader' may be able to get away with pretty much anything, as long as he promises to fix what's wrong with everything.
A quote from Fyodor Dostoevski that appears in Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals": "Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and chance the future." In other words, a government needs to create a dizzying array of seemingly insoluble problems - until finally the masses simply throw up their hands in fear and hopelessness and just give up - which results in a vacuum where the government can do pretty much *anything* it wants. Fear, hopelessness, anger, and powerlessness ... sound like anywhere you know?
During the first century, the church was radically different from the culture. Then we had Christendom / Western Civilization - where there was a broad cultural consensus that defined biblical morality as the societal standard. Christians got used to this arrangement (which was always a mix of pros & cons), however, and has now come to the conclusion that, as the culture abandons traditional Christian (biblical) morality, that we are to chase after it - pop culture has inexplicably become 'standard' to which many churches / Christians believe we are to adhere - to ensure that we don't miss any chances to get and keep more 'followers.' :o
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Are Black Voters Turning Against Obama?

Greg3008 Wrote: Jul 17, 2014 6:37 PM
I heard that, if there were an election today, that he'd snag - at best - 97.3% of their vote. #makin'progress
Wow, how insightful! .She really nailed it, huh?! :o
I keep seeing scores of angry Facebook comments about how "hateful" all the Republicans are about these "poor refugees who were forced to flee their homeland." Sometimes it truly feels like we as a country are truly done!
A totally manufactured 'humanitarian crisis' ... at a time when our country is already on the ropes economically. Someday, in the history books, people will marvel that a country such as ours would have willfully committed economic and cultural suicide. These past few years have given me so much insight into inexplicable historical episodes that seemed so similarly and bewilderingly irrational. There are plenty of people shouting "Stop" ... but there is also a great mass - comprised largely of unreflecting but partially of a totally malignant element - who are gleefully goading the whole destructive spectacle on.
Outrage fatigue.
"I'm "concerned about what I see happening in the country and in the world," she gives as her reason for needing to be in the public eye. Hey, I"m concerned about those things - how come there aren't a bunch of folks wanting to hear what I have to say?? The truth is, there is only ONE reason she is famous, but there are tens of millions of Americans who believe the opinion of anyone who is famous for virtually ANY reason is intrinsically credible and worth broadcasting - because they want to feel like they're 'like them,' because they're famous. In a sane world, this woman-child would be hurling herself in front of the cameras for another round of "Look at me, look at me!!" - but reporters and the public would just avert their eyes and be embarrassed for her. They would NOT decide she needed to be on TV. Just as much of what you read on the Internet (e.g., Yahoo!) is 'clickbait' rather than important information or serious, well-reasoned commentary, most of what you see on TV is designed to appeal to the base side of human nature in order to get the maximum number of eyeballs to watch the paid advertising. The problem is that the 'collateral damage' of all this is the degradation of a once great culture.
I don't know if I want to live in a country where Sandra Fluke doesn't get everything she wants and is entitled to as a result of her extraordinary achievements and the accompanying fame.
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