excerpts from It never stops
by Charlie Ehlen – 13 April 2012
Unfortunately, we seem destined to continue to have more wars, not less. That might be a sign that as a species, we humans have not evolved much in our somewhat brief, in geological time at least, short history on this planet.
And yet, it still seems to me at least, that we should have evolved much further than it appears we have. By now, I think that the human race should have come at the very least to getting closer to have outgrown our “need” for war.
What with all the supposed teachings of various religions, one would hope that we no longer went to war for petty grievances and maybe even renounced war totally. No such luck. Does this mean that the religious teachings have not “taken” hold of the human conscience?
I do have faith, faith in the capacity of our fellow human beings to be very kind and caring to others, even those we do not know personally and are not related to by either blood or marriage.
Of course I also have faith that our fellow human beings have the capacity to do great harm to other human beings and all non animal species as well.
I’m with you on questioning human evolution, Charlie. As chance would have it a couple of references to Kurt Vonnegut here and there got me interested in looking up some of his work again … Slaughterhouse 5, Mother Night, and Galapagos.
Galapagos has humans evolving into seals … to their and the world’s great benefit. I recommend it … giving away the story in no way detracts from it. It’s a variation on Vonnegut’s life-long theme, but it’s a polished pebble in this rendition, and it’s setting is more nearly our own than was the world of 1986.
As your final quote from Tom Paine points out … there’s no going back. At least not voluntarily. We’re going to have to master these Big Brains of ours and stop letting the tiny kernels within master us.
I personally think that too much attention is paid to the Big Brain and not enough to small brain within. We talk about reason and rationality all the time … but we only use our reason to make money.
Deep in our small brains is the doomsday defense-mechanism … the ability all humans have of non-recognition of others. The ability to declare ourselves “the people” and the others … something else. Something able to be dispatched, as we dispatch the chickens, pigs, calves … the others we kill and eat without a second thought everyday.
Civil religions by their very definition are … civil … on the side of the “legal” authorities … that would be the 1% in today’s jargon. If religion or any introspection is to help us with our Big Brains rule our small brains within, it’s gonna hafta be on the level of our individual selves. Always has been. Always will be.
Why do we tend to ask questions when we already know the answers?
I think we do so to keep from asking more serious questions.
Americans take a great number of medications to relieve mental pain/emotional distress.
America tends, according to various reports (sorry no links) to over medicate. The USA has the highest number of prescriptions for various “psychic” medications in the world. While these do actually help a great many people function, I wonder about the long term use of these powerful chemicals on us.
Another question that NEEDS a real answer, what is going to happen to all the children who during their school years have been on chemicals like Ritalin(tm)? When they finally graduate (fewer do now than before) from high school, they no longer get these meds. What does the withdrawal do to these children?
While I do not have any children, I am very concerned about what we are doing to our children. They ARE the future. What sort of future are we giving them? By that, I am not asking about the future occupation or economics wise
I think you’ve hit it right here, Charlie. We don’t ask serious questions becasue we don’t want to know the answers. We don’t want to know any Afghans … any of our victims … because that would in very short shrift put the lie to our story … that they were Islamofascist Whatever … and can be killed … women and children and all in the most brutal possible manner … not only with impunity but as a service to humanity … that’d be us.
I’d focus not so much on the physical, chemical drugs we all take, the ones we give our kids in school, but the spiritual drugs we use in our endless self-medication. And give our kids in school. American Exceptionalism. Our Faith in Corporatism. And so on…
Back to the wars. Useless, damn fool wars of choice. Again. And again, and again, ad infinitum. “We” preach tolerance and “good will to all” and yet …
Poor Syria, the country is in the midst of what looks to be a civil war. Yes, it is not all just Syrians fighting other Syrians. There ARE many outside forces at work there. Not just jihadis from the Iraq, Afghan, Libyan wars either. Reports have stated that there are various “special ops” types from Britain and France there along with the al-Qaeda types.
On to Iran. Trying to keep from boring the reader.
I saw another article today that said the the zionist entity is making demands on the talks between the 5+1 and Iran. The 5+1 being the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany as they attempt, I hope they DO, discuss with Iran, the nuclear program that Iran is running.
Iran has the LEGAL right to possess nuclear power for generating electricity and to make medical isotopes, in short of non-military/commercial use. ALL countries in the whole world have that RIGHT … Yes, I know about the holocaust and World War Two and all that. Iran has not attacked another country in more than 100 years. During the Iran/Iraq war in the 1980′s Iraq invaded Iran and Iran naturally fought back.
Now the US and the zionist entity want to punish Iran for doing what they have a legal right to do. Can you say double standards? Of course you can, but, will you? Yep, there is the question to ask yourself. So far our(?) congress looks to be all set for yet another damn fool, useless war of choice by making threats to Iran to stop what they have every legal right to do.
I just came upon three good articles addressing these points: Faux internationalism and really existing imperialism, US-Israeli deal to demand Qom closure threatens nuclear talks, and Leave Us Out of Another Middle East War.
The first came via the Monthly Review, which often has incisive analytical articles. The second is by Gareth Porter, and the third by ex-Senator James G. Abourezk of South Dakota.
I think they are all worth reading. I was especially struck by the first.
“Ignorance is of a peculiar nature: and once dispelled, it is impossible to re-establish it. It is not originally a thing of itself, but is only the absence of knowledge; and though man may be kept ignorant, he cannot be made ignorant.”
That does seem true and hopeful. But still it is possible for people to hide what they know from themselves, to allow their Big Brains to discard as “externalities” the most horrid consequences of their get-rich-quick schemes. And no one can break through the defenses of a pathological personality … it has to be an inside job.