Idle perspective

Well Said

Whaddup compadres?

Someone shared this with me recently and it captured my muse’s attention. The media purposefully uses imagery to create monolithic mental constructions which contradict our value systems and lull us into a tacit acceptance of atrocity. Compare this image with the images usually used to portray women in Islamic countries. Over-generalization is a function of nuanceless thinking and this has become normalized in corporate media. Take the media stance on Warren Buffett for example. He’s usually portrayed as el padrino of Western imperialism. A benevolent, charitable man whose civic mindedness knows no restraint.

But here’s another example of this nuanceless presentation. Buffetts’ companies have secured mineral land rights in India and exert pressure on government officials to drive the indigenous people of their lands. Gov’t officials exert the pressure downwards and pretty soon the “terrorist” label is brandished when the people defend themselves from police harassment.  Enter government forces and we know how this turns out. Now this is neither benevolent nor charitable. This is just the 21st Century version of colonial atrocities perpetrated by Cecil Rhodes and John Barclay.  But you would never suspect that the darling of Forbes was a neo-colonialist given the press fawning over every word as if uttered by Hermes himself.

Ah well, I can’t influence the present but I think an old Kuan Tsu quote points in the right direction:

“If you are thinking one year ahead, plant seeds,

If you are thinking 10 years ahead, plant a tree

If you are thinking 100 years ahead, educate the people.”

I’ll leave you with this to consider. When is the ethical chain severed? Or to put it another way, does the wearer of the diamond bear any responsibility for the missing limb of the tribal child? Here are a few thoughts on that specific issue. But imo, a man who advertises for a food company that tortures animals is governed by the same moral principle as the farmhands perpetrating the torturous act. And throwing a football well doesn’t absolve you of responsibility. I guess the billionaire boys club feels differently. It’s okay to buy the bullets if the liability is washed in the corporate machine.

Enjoy these vibez while you think about the world that you wanna leave for your children. After all, you and I are only privileged a peek at the show.

One love,

HJ

 

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About H3nry J3kyll
Vincit omnia veritas (using an obscure Latin heraldry motto makes one seem kinda learned and distinguished).

22 Responses to Idle perspective

  1. hipmonkey says:

    I f-cking love this. We people would be fine without governments! I’d be so into visiting Iran and making friends and digging their culture. I lived in S Korea in 1973-75. What lovely people, but what a mess our military bases have made of some of those beautiful people.

  2. Jeff Nguyen says:

    This is a great post on many levels, H3nry. First, kudos for calling out Buffett who’s often portrayed by the corporate media as a benign billionaire. His hands are just as dirty as Gates, Koch, Murdoch, et al.

    I also loved the quote by Marjane Satrapi, “The difference between me and my government is much bigger than the difference between me and you.” It is important that we remember that this is a global struggle and that it’s always the non-elite citizens that are the first and greatest casualties of these unending military and economic wars.

    • H3nry J3kyll says:

      Thank you Jeff. I whole heartedly agree that people begin to realize the global nature of struggle. It’s a lot more difficult to demonize an external group when people identify similarities and realize that the control apparatus merely manifests itself differently across cultures.

  3. omtatjuan says:

    Excellent…you say it so well!

  4. It’s impossible to become a billionaire without making a whole lot of people poor. Buffet isn’t naive about the effects of his wealth extraction on India’s poor.

    • H3nry J3kyll says:

      I think it would be extremely naive of us to assume that the barons of the new guilded age are unaware of the consequences of their actions. Oh yeah, they know exactly what time of day it is.

  5. tubularsock says:

    H3nry, excellent post. Your muse is in over-drive! This hits so many key elements in how we are all responsible. “It’s okay to buy the bullets if the liability is washed in the corporate machine.” That is priceless! Have to go and polish my pistola!

    And Jeff is so correct with his observation, “. . . it’s always the non-elite citizens that are the first and greatest casualties of these unending military and economic wars.”

    Yet the “non-elite” will sell out for an iPhone. An that iPhone becomes the tool to “. . . lull (them) into a tacit acceptance of atrocity.” Can we really rewind this clock?

    It appears to my muse that the future is just the past at high speed.

    FUI ………..

    • H3nry J3kyll says:

      Thank you my friend. I think if we rewind the clock we run into the danger of repeating the same errors again. We’ve gotta elevate our thinking and those we interact with to circumvent this dystopian march. Like yourself, I try to help anyone that’s interested in cleansing the dross but my hands are tied when people resist and choose to remain ignorant and distracted. If a person thinks that there’s a difference between Obama and Bush because Limbaugh or Stephanie Miller say so, and want to use an access point to the entire compendium of human knowledge to play hrs of Candy Crush, I hope that at least they enjoy the dream.

      I think your muse is rather perceptive- seems like the more things change the more they remain the same.

      – another FUI

  6. ptero9 says:

    Thanks for the inspiring post H3nry. It thrills me to see anyone daring enough to give equal criticism to all the many faces of elites gone wild, whether in the sports, entertainment, food industry or political worlds. Not sure where we’re headed, but it does seem like we’re on a fast track.

    Debra

    • H3nry J3kyll says:

      Hi Debra,
      You’re most welcome and it is nice to hear from you. Hey, it sure is easy to level criticism on those who deserve it. And I think we have an obligation to let others know that there decisions are not helping this human experiment progress favorably.
      With the fast pace of life, the need to stop and smell the roses becomes all the more important. And I think that’s a good thing. Just need to remind myself ever so often.

      • tubularsock says:

        Just a word of warning: more and more of the “roses” are made from plastic. The bright side is that they are edible and when you are finished so is your plant-based-plastic fork. Could that all fall into a future Monsanto product? Questions, questions, questions.

  7. I absolutely love your second sentence ( I know that is a strange comment to make) but you capture so much with so few words.

  8. Loved this post, Henry!

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  10. My friend and I were discussing just yesterday, what you have written so well! She is Canadian and I am the “bloody American” visiting her…Yes, it is hard to think of us as innocent…we are all part of it, one way or the other…I suppose it is easier to think the billionaires are the real devils–I guess the ONLY way we can stop them, is by NOT buying from them…but spreading these words of yours is also extremely necessary…educate…educate…educate….And it appears the government knows this, with its recent assault on American education — the average person is too caught up in survival to notice what is happening to our children and their education. I was a teacher for 36 years and I was driven out, as has happened to many of us who have felt that the questions the children ask or MORE important than the drivel that is being shoved down their throats with the sacred testing! Enough of my rant…
    Henry, your blog is great! And I am sharing it with everyone I know!

    • H3nry J3kyll says:

      Thank you for the compliments and for taking the time to share your thoughts. And btw, feel free to rant anytime. :)
      I think you draw an important distinction between working folks like yourself and the war profiteers seated on the boards of the transnationals like GE and Northrop Grumman and in Congress. As for suppressing the stimulation of learning in those unable to afford a private education, this is part of a more pernicious agenda imho. A revealed conspiracy is unnecessary to acknowledge that there exists a deliberate and concerted effort by the moneyed class to eviscerate the network of social services that benefit lower and middle income families. And this definitely includes the public education system.
      But it’s as you pointed out, people struggling to survive have neither the time nor the occasion to make these observations. When you restrict the avenues to develop critical thinking, you effectively suppress democracy as people are unable to meaningfully analyze the rhetoric delivered by the clowns on the nightly news.
      Thx for following and I look forward to chatting in the future.

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