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Lazy talk is not for a soldier in the battle of words.  But if it is really peace you desire, then strain to understand each other's true meaning.

When talk is of war, it is already too late.  Obama’s Nobel speech may have been a defense of war, but it missed the point of peace.  It really doesn’t matter whether or not there is any morality involved in waging war.  What matters is that it is too late.  The opportunity for permanent peace has been lost already.  What I wish Obama had spoken about instead was peace.  How peace is maintained by avoiding aggression, and that it is the un-addressed actions that lead to war that are what we are missing in our deliberating of how to exist as a society.  

Aggression.  Greed.  Lust.  Paranoia.  Hatred.  Elitism.  Sadism.   These are evils that history has shown over and over that when they go unregulated they result in their own feedback loop of compulsive evil behavior.  These evils exist, but when they rule, war is inevitable.  When humanity can arrive at a consensus about the inevitable end of evil, then peace can happen.  It, too, is inevitable.

I’m no saint.  I’m no rocket scientist.  But I can thank God that at least I can see this to be true, and can understand that the consequences of my actions are as important as the motivations are.  Saying that the ends justify the means, is just another way of saying the consequences of one’s actions don’t matter any more.  The shorter version of this:  It’s too late.  Time to invoke the Shock Doctrine.  The Bush Doctrine was a corollary of the Shock Doctrine.  Preemptive war is just another tool of unchecked aggression.  It only delays the inevitable consequences of evil, which, when the inevitable does arrive, will have been too late.

My first thought about capitalism is a cynical one:  Capitalism is what soulless socialism looks like.  But so was communism.  Naziism.  Fascism.  Monopolism.  Plantationism.  Feudalism.  Empirism.  If capitalism actually was practiced as the conservatives who idealize it believe- but we’ve never seen that any more than we’ve seen socialism’s ideal manifestation- perhaps then it could be not too late.  And because instead we have preferred to debate, compete, ego-worship both ideas into oblivion rather than to see the identical three reasons proponents of both economic ideas are willing to march into hell to defend- Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness- it is too late.
When mainstream economic dogma labels workers as factors of production, and sanctions the omission of environmental costs as part of the company balance sheet, greed wins.  Over and over.  And when it shows up in the textbooks as such, the Sanction of Authority makes it an official principle.  When the kidnapping of innocent people by governments to be sent away and tortured is given the Sanction of Authority- again, made official- you know that aggression has won again.  By their fruits ye shall know them.

It is not human thought that is inherently evil.  It may be imperfect, but not necessarily hopelessly doomed to hellfire.  No, it is evil that is evil.  Always has been, always will be.

Here’s a truth for the imperfectly-articulated doctrinaire of capitalism to consider.  For an individual, excessive gain inevitably leads to excessive pain.  Yet for all of society it is a bountiful blessing.  The issue is not over what the whole of humanity looks like and is called.  It is how we as individuals participate.  Do we control our own personal and communal evil-doing, or not?  When we consider our actions in the light of that kind of discipline, then perhaps it is not too late after all.

How badly do we want peace for our loved ones?  And before we once again begin parsing the meaning of peace, let us at least stipulate that it begins with a set of certain inalienable rights, among which are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.  And then add, For all loved ones, everywhere.  On Earth as it is in Heaven.  A little something to believe in this season.

Originally posted to jcrit on Sat Dec 12, 2009 at 05:41 AM PST.


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    Republican wingnuts are like trolls. Give 'em a recipe, and hope they go away. Villagers are elitists. They equate innocence with stupidity.

    by jcrit on Sat Dec 12, 2009 at 05:41:48 AM PST

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    the world as we know it almost entirely shaped by wars for resources?  As population continues to rise and resources become more scarce, I have difficulty imagining a decrease in wars.

    Well, I can imagine it, I just can't see what might bring that about.

    Mark Twain -Let me make the superstitions of a nation and I care not who makes its laws or its songs either.

    by Kingsmeg on Sat Dec 12, 2009 at 09:10:26 AM PST

    •  my reply is posted beneath yours by mistake (0+ / 0-)

      I keep clicking the wrong "reply to this" link

      Republican wingnuts are like trolls. Give 'em a recipe, and hope they go away. Villagers are elitists. They equate innocence with stupidity.

      by jcrit on Sat Dec 12, 2009 at 11:47:15 AM PST

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    The only thing that I can use to get through my feelings of hopelessness is to go to the park or any playground and see children at play.  Since I made the decision long ago (regrettably for me as it turns out) not to have children, and to devote my life to consuming resources as sparingly as possible, it is relatively easy for me to see how possible world peace actually is, given the willingness of people to do likewise, at least as far as consumption is concerned.

    When we make an effort to turn away from the abyss of war, we are doing, as John Lennon wrote, "putting our soul-power to the karmic wheel".  Ending gross misuse of resources, respecting others' rights, halting aggression, and curbing greed can help do this.

    For example, an entire job-creating reuse/recycle mega-industry could have developed by now instead of the overflowing landfills with people scavenging among toxic-laden piles of waste for their sustenance.  The profit motive failed here.  Some people claim that the Somali pirates of the Indian Ocean are the result of corporations illegally dumping their toxic waste in and around Somali waters.  I don't know about that, but my witness and history's witness do show that the profit motive cannot and is in fact unwilling to prevent wars.  It's high time SOME kind of motive that replaces the current ones driving capitalism is allowed, or mandated, to take primacy.  That is not opening the door to socialism (which I understand peoples' fear of, by the way), it is opening a window and letting in the fresh air of sanity.

    Republican wingnuts are like trolls. Give 'em a recipe, and hope they go away. Villagers are elitists. They equate innocence with stupidity.

    by jcrit on Sat Dec 12, 2009 at 11:44:26 AM PST

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      with the notion of having children.  On the one hand, the human species is hardly in any danger of going extinct, the global population has exploded in my lifetime.  On the other hand, evolution dictates that 1) we are competing with various branches of humanity for finite resources, and 2) the competition (or 'battle') is ultimately played out in successful reproduction.  

      Who will populate the earth in a few centuries?  The descendants of those who are successful procreators now. Success being not just (or at all, perhaps) numbers, but in a social species such as humans, success means upwards social mobility as well (you can call that 'reliable access to resources', I don't mean social mobility in the 'aristocracy' sense).  All this to say that I have come to see that part of my duty as a thinking, caring human being, is to pass on the best of myself to future generations.  There is no need to have 18 19 kids to do that, I wouldn't have the resources to be able to give each of those children the opportunities I think they will need.  Mathematically, my wife and I should optimally produce 2.1 - 2.4 children.

      Mark Twain -Let me make the superstitions of a nation and I care not who makes its laws or its songs either.

      by Kingsmeg on Sat Dec 12, 2009 at 03:30:14 PM PST

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