This morning a fine article with this quote that took me aback:
"Because the thing is, the fight for equality is much stronger when all of the more powerless parts of society join together."
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Is it because I'm Canadian that I notice this innocent quote implies there is violence involved in enlightenment? Yes, the language is a little confusing, but their idea is clear. So no, I have no disagreement with the sentiment. Even I use language carelessly at times; read the first sentence again.
This quote encapsulates some huge problems with North American ideals; that while there are parts of society that are powerless, we still imply that these powerless folk should be fighting.
Oh, I know, this is not a new idea:
We are all wringing our hands, puzzled that so many members of our enlightened Western civilization are rejecting that world. From an article in The Atlantic, The Allure of Radical Islam in Canada :
"If you are alienated, angry, and attracted to violence, radical Islam provides a powerful ideology of justification. If you are lonely and purposeless, it offers redemptive self-sacrifice"
There is too much celebration of violence in our world these days. If you have no access to the popular North American culture as expressed by the media, I envy you. It is difficult to turn on the television after 8 pm without watching people murder then be murdered themselves in what passes for entertainment.
The world is waiting for humanity to wake up and pay attention to itself. The lessons are all around.
|Walt Kelly's "Pogo" Earth Day 1971|
WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY AND HE IS US