Saturday, March 31, 2007
The only thing that’s for sure is the occupation of Iraq is going to end as haphazardly as it began, and the same 85 percent that rah rahhed us in will shrug their shoulders and walk away from it as soon as they can too. I don’t think it will matter who is President and who is in charge of Congress either.
But there are national security implications that transcend the domestic political bullshit that poses as acumen, and I doubt seriously that the media is going to rise above it.
There is a disquiet in the country today that no one can put a finger on, and it springs from a sense that things have gotten so out of hand that they are beyond the ability of the governments to address the problems that they have created. It is an instability induced from the top down, and it was and is a symptom of the unbridled lust for power of the few. As I noted in my previous post we have lost the continuity of historical memory in regard to religion, and we are now facing the same prospect in a political context with our own government.
Part of it stems from a rigidity of policy, that of unbridled self interests, which is the inherent strength and weakness of the American character writ large and small in institutions and individual pursuits. It is the very thing that bin Laden is and has been exploiting. In many respects it is our own inability to to see the differences between what we want and what we need. We are slaves to our own desires, and tools of those who promise the fulfillment of those desires, whether they come from our political, or religious leaders.
These elites have to some extent obtained to their own desires, but they are unable to translate it into policy for their followers because it is counter intuitive to the personal and institutional biases that got them to the top of their professions in the first place.
That it is the story with our economic institutions should go without saying. Generally, as a people we are illiterate in these things too.
So there is no post occupation plan because there is no clearly defined self interests for there to be one, even though it will have an adverse effect on all three of the above.
Fixes the trim on any broken vehicle.
I’ve been reading “Religious Literacy”‘What Every American Needs To Know – And Doesn’t’, by Stephen Prothero, which was recommended to me by a late night rerun whom I won’t mention because he can be snarky if he chooses to be, but I digress, and it really is amazing what we don’t know anymore, not only about our own religion, but other peoples.
I don’t know how a majority of people in America could even understand what the Chocolate Jesus sculpture was saying, but it travel’s on so many levels as to boggle the mind. If you don’t like it it ought to be for what it says about our culture, not the Lord.
At any rate most Christians will be happy to learn that whatever denomination you belong to, you are as ignorant about Christianity and the Bible as any others, including the fundies and evangelicals, and not much better than American atheists. If it some consolation, most of you can’t tell why your denomination is distinct from the others either and that Europeans are much more Bible literate than Americans, and less apt to attend church.
The above ought to make you feel better about not knowing the basics of of other religions including those of the Book, and those of the other Books, but how we intend to build a better world without knowing the basic world view of other people is beyond me, especially if we don’t even understand where ours comes from.
It really is no wonder religion is a political issue. Without some of the basic knowledge in the aforementioned book it is impossible to have educated opinions and discussions about Church and State issues, so the Enlightenment obviously has as many backsliders as the churches do. So much for “Ignorance is Bliss.”
Someone is going to make a million if they ever figure out how to use the mediums people use, to educate them as they use them. One day all the electronic mediums will all be tied together in an series of interconnect tubes that we can use to slingshot our asses into oblivion while quoting Forest Gump.
I’ll be changing the title so I don’t get sued by Grand Funk Railroad, so don’t be shocked by that. I’ll also be thinning out the feeds too, but I want them to grow for two or three days like it says on the package.