Sunday, February 22, 2009

Lay the blame at the door of human nature

[Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Machiavelli, Tocqueville, Mussolini":
These two paragraphs sum up what the AEI, and ALL the other right-wing think-tanks, really represent in the world altogether, and what they thus loudly champion.
"The entire pattern and trend of current human culture, including scientific materialism, all modes of false philosophy, and everything relating to the current domain of consumer based politics, competitive social systems, tribal national systems, un-regulated economics, and archaic tribalistic conventional religiosity---is abouth death and the "culture" of death."
Plus a quote from Jules Henry from his Culture Against Man (1963).
"In Western Culture today one must make a distinction between the culture of life and the culture of death. In the minds of most people science has become synonymous with destructive weapons, i.e. with death....Where is the culture of life? The culture of life resides in all those people who, inarticulate, frightened and confused, are wondering where it will all end. Thus the forces of death are confident and organized while the forces of life--the people who long for peace---are, for the most part, scattered, inarticulate, and wooly-minded, overwhelmed by their own impotence. DEATH struts about the house while LIFE cowers in the corners." Posted by Anonymous to
Marketime at 5:53 AM, February 17, 2009]

The blame, instead of being directed at some abstract "right-wing think-tanks," should ideally lay at the door of human nature, with the admission that we are all complicit; we are all guilty in one form or the other. [TNM]

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