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Showing posts with label Culture. Show all posts

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Fear, Anger, Hate, and Violence - Part IV

Editorial, The Week in Review – Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

Our culture is filled with violence. We are surrounded by it, entertained by it, given a steady diet of it, as if violence were like water, the universal solvent, apply it to any issue. Violence will wash it away.
We are confused about this, and most of know the axiom, violence does not solve anything, but most of us fail to live up to this principle, either because we ourselves are engaged in various forms of violence, or because we stand by and watch without protest the violence perpetrated against others, friends, opponents, strangers, and we do nothing.
Physical violence is easy to speak against, but it is hard to stop without the application of violence against it, even the energy required to simply restrain someone can be violent and it often is.
Violence in our rhetoric is another matter.
We have come to accept it; the casual insult, the course words, pandering to base and the basest among us.
When we do this we lose.
I understand the impulse to fight fire with fire, to not turn the other cheek, but to instead return the slap of an open palm with the power of a closed fist.
This will only prolong the struggle.
We cannot keep digging downward, we will never arrive at a level field that way, never be able to engage in an honest-open exchange of ideas.
When we are on the defense we are not in dialogue, when we are contemplating our next assault we are not in dialogue, we are at war, and in that state our hearts and minds are empty, we have nothing to share, nothing to win, nothing to gain.
We are all losers at that game.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Election Last (2012)

It happened in a time not much different
Than our own, not too distant
Four years past, a day in Arizona

The man did not vote in the election
On the 6th, though he was eligible
He was registered, he merely opted out

He was married to a woman
She thought it important that he vote
She was angry President Obama won

She voted for Mitt Romney
As most in Arizona did
“Red-state,” reliable, Republican

His vote, would not have changed a thing
Arizona would have gone to Romney
The nation to Obama still

It happened three days after the election
He in the parking lot, walking
She is in the pick-up, driving

It happened in the middle of the day
She, circling him in her truck
He feeling threatened; and then

Feeling front bumper smashing into him
Feeling the grill in his back, the pavement
In his palms, in his face…slamming into it

Soon, he was in hospital
Soon, she was in jail
Lives changed forever

She was angry that he did not vote for Mitt
For Mitt, she ran him over in her car
Because he did not vote at all

It happened in a time not much different
Than our own, not too distant
Four years past, a day in Arizona

Four years past, is not much time
We have coarsened much since then
A country more divided, cultures more at odds

What will the future bear?
Shouting tales of woe, and violence
Tyranny, and treason

                                    A divided nation