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Humility and Greed
Wars Vs. Real Wars
Home: For Binos, In Memoriam
of Kindness, Love and Grace
In The American Gulag
Found In A Broken Foot
At The Future's Edge
Decision-Making In An Age of Chaos
(Kaliyuga, Choo, Choo . . .)
States Competency Test
Class, today we are going to learn how the Pilgrims, having fled religious persecution, created the United States to guarantee freedom of worship.
Mrs. Wilson, if thats true why did they kill all those witches in Salem?
Our Founding Fathers didnt kill anybody! Well, at least, not anyone who obeyed the Law. Have you been reading ahead? Well, I guessed as much! Stop it! Youll only end up confusing yourself and disrupting the class. Youve got to learn these facts as theyre presented or otherwise youll flunk the States Competency Test and will have to repeat Third grade! Now, pay attention!
As I said, whenever theyre found they must be stopped and shown the evilness of their ways.
But lucky for us, the messiness of things keeps intruding on our attempts to create a perfectly ordered existence. The vastly compassionate nature of the messiness of things doesnt allow itself to be driven from the surface for long. It resists whitewashing its complexity into twin categories of Good and Evil. If we persist in trying, it strikes back from the inside out, hindering our sense of self worth. It strikes back by clearcutting the wilderness on either side of our straight and narrow Path. It strikes back corrupting our view of Justice and filling our prisons to overflowing. It strikes back to become an education that teaches children not to think, or feel, or question why, till they themselves strike back in desperation, in Self Defense.
Finally, there comes a point where this habit of avoidance riddles the very fabric of life where we collectively move and have our being. We awaken into a dark night of confusion where all things are out of whack. Where the worlds coming apart at the seams on every imaginable level. Our worlds screwed up. You can take that to the bank. As a matter of fact, the banks would be a good place to start, to figure out why things arent working for the Good of the Many . . . . Whoops. There I go again.
So what to do? Thats the question. Is there any solution being offered that addresses the terror we feel inside? Of course, as would be expected, there are many. Some are heart felt and depend upon personal plans of dedicated action. Others rely on scriptural authority and depend on all-powerful Deities to save the day. From the realm of the impoverished affluent, we hear its just a matter of making as much money as possible. With enough cash, they believe they can buy their way out of anything. Oh well, you cant save everyone!
It would be interesting to examine each solution and analyze its relative strengths and weaknesses, but the issue I find more relevant is why so many of these solutions avoid the issue of our internal bewilderment. The alienation and paralysis we feel when facing our most terrible dilemma is intimately bound to this particular lack of self-inquiry. We can not continue to be satisfied with just taking sides. That leads to policies like ethnic cleansing. Or the equally depraved policy of turning a people into brutalized, homeless refugees in order to save them from genocide.