Wrecking Ball Wednesday

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When Plato wrote “The Republic,” his lament for a lost Athenian democracy, he did not believe democracy could be recovered. The classical world, unlike our own, did not see time as linear. Time was cyclical. It inevitably brought decay and eventually death, true for both individuals and societies. And in his “Republic,” Plato proposed that those who attempted in the future to create the ideal state carry out a series of draconian measures, including banning drama and music, which diverted the citizen from performing civic duties and instilled corruption, and removing children from their parents to provide a proper indoctrination. Plato wanted to slow the process of dissolution. He wanted to stymie change. But that decay and death would come was certain, even in Plato’s ideal state.

History has proved the ancient Greeks correct: All cultures decay and die. Dying cultures, even when they cannot fully articulate their reality, begin to deeply fear change. Change, they find, brings with it increasing dysfunction, misery and suffering. This fear of change soon becomes irrational. It compounds decay and accelerates morbidity. To see modern-day victims of this process, we need only look to white American workers who once had good manufacturing jobs and benefited from the structures of white supremacy.

Those who promise to miraculously roll back time rise up in decaying cultures to hypnotize a bewildered and confused population. Plastic surgeons who provide the illusion of eternal youth, religious leaders who promise a return to a simplified biblical morality, political demagogues who hold out the promise of a renewed greatness, and charlatans offering techniques for self-advancement and success all peddle magical thinking. A desperate population, fearing change, clamors for greater and greater illusion. The forces that ensure collective death—including corporate capitalism, the fossil fuel industry and the animal agriculture industry—are blotted out of consciousness.

Chris Hedges @ TRUTHDIG

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12 Responses to Wrecking Ball Wednesday

  1. Den says:

    Let George Harrison explain it:

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  2. David B. Benson says:

    Don’t buy it.

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  3. David B. Benson says:

    @ the Birch & Barley for creole blackened catfish dinner after a 50 minute stick walk. There was a detour to sign the tax return. Pigeons flying along the way.

    My feet hurt but the overnight swelling of my right foot is mostly gone.

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    • David B. Benson says:

      I am guessing that my right foot swelling overnight is a result of eating salmon last night. I’m going to avoid salmon for some time now.

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    • David B. Benson says:

      And thence to Sloan for a daily total of 76 minutes. My feet!

      Day 4: 163+44+76=283 minutes already. Might explain the state of my feet…

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  4. º¿carol says:

    Pete came over, I whipped up my chicken dinner, fed him and Bob and sent enough home with Pete for his family’s dinner. I’m a good mom.

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  5. David B. Benson says:

    Comment was swallowed by the great internet malefactor.

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  6. Den says:

    Rheumatologist want’s me to start Humira, self injection, !gulp! A lot of bad reviews online, rashes, bronchial infections and a host of other crap making me think twice.

    I am, pardon the pun, ‘sick’ of BIG Pharma’s side effects, when the cure is worse than the disease.

    I only have about 20 good mobility years left, been at this RA disease since 86, 30 years.
    No pain today, quite the contrary, put 80+ miles on the bike riding down to Dr today, feel fine, except the lack of a beer which I will soon remedy.

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  7. David B. Benson says:

    Home from a faculty brass quintet concert. Quite enjoyable and better than the previous ones.

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