Reality for Breakfast

A deep sadness washed over me when I read this article on Signs of the Times.  One of those little facts of our existence, one little correlation, still causes me the deepest bite of grief: 10 million visited the Olympics this year in London while the same amount are expected to starve in Yemen.
While the Yemeni elite find it easier and easier to purchase supplies, the middle class struggles to hold on, and the poor are plunged deeper into the inferno of starvation.  This is just a microcosm of what the rest of the world can expect (and are experiencing in varying degrees) from their governments while our leaders harp about the nearly non-existent threat of terrorism and argue about how best to scourge the population.  To paraphrase Norm MacDonald: what are the real chances of being attacked and killed by a terrorist, one in a billion?  Well, what are the chances of being attacked and killed by your own heart?  The symbolism makes me cringe.

Another deep wave of grief as the “moral philosopher”  Bradley Strawser applauds the use of drones to attack and kill innocents in Yemen, Pakistan, and maybe even a neighborhood near you. People across the world continue to starve, while America sends drones to deliver relief in the form of “kill them all, God will know his own.”

His forceful defence of the military use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), as drones are also called, is largely the reason he has landed a tenure-track post as assistant professor of philosophy at Monterey’s Naval Postgraduate School, an elite college which gives master’s and PhD courses to military officers, academics and policymakers.

Well  he knows who can butter his bread in today’s murderous and amoral society.  The murderers themselves.  From the book Political Ponerology:

In any society in this world, psychopathic individuals and some of the other deviant types create a ponerogenically [poneros=Greek for evil] active network of common collusions, partially estranged from the community of normal people. An inspirational role of essential psychopathy in this network appears to be a common phenomenon. They are aware of being different as they obtain their
life-experiences and become familiar with different ways of fighting for their goals. Their world is forever divided into “us and them” [sound familiar?]; their little world with its own laws and customs and that other foreign world of normal people that they see as full of presumptuous ideas and customs by which they are condemned morally. Their sense of honor bids them to cheat and revile that other human world and its values at every opportunity.

To me, the above says it all.  Maybe it’s too late to wake up, collectively, to the fact that we’re being used like cows.  Or not. Oh, more grief.  I suppose it doesn’t matter too much though – animals die from parasites all the time.  We have had more than enough scenarios to learn from throughout history – the murder of leftist union leaders in South America, the theft of Palestine, the false flags of 9-11 and the subsequent genocidal war on terror, Nazi Germany, the Inquisition, the Crusades, war by banking; in short, war without end.  We could have learned from all of it, but most of us just chose soft and fuzzy lies.  But what if we had chosen to learn, what if enough people had chosen to look into the face of the abyss without blinking?  What kind of a world would be possible if we were as fearless as we often think we are?

But like I said, I’m not interested in being a moralist; I can just smell BS, and obviously some other people can too but they decide that it’s profitable to play along (moral philosophers in an immoral world need to make money somehow right?).  But empathy for the thousands of people who are losing their homes, millions who have nothing to eat or are routinely slaughtered like pigs, and some rightly-placed anger at the “people” who continue to profit off of all of it, that’s what I needed to start my day. Reality, painful reality.

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