“We as a people have never talked about how we vaporized hundreds of thousands of human beings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. So we are numb, or we scream, or we’re mindless with our collectively insanity, and we go on planning to vaporize more people.”
I find this frame morally impossible for two reasons:
First, it generalizes that the maniacs who run the Military Industrial Complex somehow reflect universally applicable characteristics as if there is no variance within the human race, neither a natural complementary aspect built into the Feminine Gender and intended to work as counter-balance to such extreme Yang shows of force.
Second, most people were not alive, no less of any age of consent in l945. I wasn’t born then, so I think it’s a form of passing on Original Sin as generic castigation of the entire human race to traffic in this all-inclusive WE frame.
Matthew Foxx had it right in challenging the Old Church (and risking excommunication) for replacing that generations’ enduring Guilt Trip with its antithesis: Original Blessing.
The Course in Miracles states that “Guilt grinds all progress to a halt.”
And as I find it necessary to so often remind, when the WE-frame is used to equate all human beings with acts of violence, it spreads culpability onto those who are not violent, would not choose to drop bombs, and perhaps do know a thing or two about peace, sharing, caring, and getting along with others.
The problem is one of patriarchal controls. In such systems, for all the allegations of Democratic representation and/or equality, old dynastic families, Old Money, Organized Crime families, corporate oligarchs, Military mad men with major “decorations,” Bankers, and media moguls RULE. It has been that way since the onset of History and the Biblical Old Testament Patriarchs reducing women to chattel status. Emphasis on the Yang side of what was designed as a dualistic equation, or what Riane Eisler defines as “The Partnership Society” led to an over-emphasis on the power to DESTROY.
So little reverence was (and this is still the case) given to the Divine Mother and Feminine half of Creation/Source/God-dess/the Infinite… that life has been made cheap, along with women’s bodies as sex trafficking, appalling levels of violence towards women, destructive forms of pornography, and child abuse proliferate. And how the female is treated extends to how Mother Earth and all of her creatures are treated. (Pope Francis has some insight into this and it’s refreshing!)
So enough with the WE clause that subsumes the Feminine counterbalance into the masculine dominant/dominator culture and in this way leaves no ideological room for The Alternative that has always existed.
This is not to say “all men are bad” and “all women are good” as some particularly spiritually retarded persons extrapolate from my far broader content and intended explanation.
The use of the atom bomb tore asunder what God-dess sewed together and as Oppenheimer articulated, “I have become death” (or something along those lines). In particularly damaged souls, this need to assert power through a god-like capacity to destroy has proven mesmerizing. Much of the military state is covert in its actions. When entities that allot themselves a license to kill and are not bothered by the moral barometers of an operational conscience decide to put THEIR objectives into motion, the peaceful citizen too often is gunned down, beaten up, tossed aside, jailed, threatened or disappeared.
That doesn’t mean that millions of persons don’t morally oppose the use of weapons. What is on view is how a dominator culture uses aggressive force to maintain its hegemonic controls over everyone else… and one tool in its arsenal is wiping out any alternatives to “its brand.”
Until such time as the dominators are no longer free to assert THEIR will over the rest of humanity, they hardly deserve homage in the form of conflating their dark deeds with Everyman or Everywoman. That excuses THEM and spreads the horrors to all.
I am 100% in favor of creating a peaceful world. I don’t see us getting there from reinforcing–or taking ownership of the most vile behavior. I think it’s far more therapeutic to dis-own these primitive, atavistic impulses and recognize that they have their genesis in armed military outfits and the elites who rely upon that martial muscle to further their grip on the control of this world along with its human, mineral, and animal “resources.”
Peaceful alternatives exist and in some instances abound. The Age of Warriors is over. The question is whether or not they take the entire living world along with them… as THEY show homage to their own Big Bang theory… and practice.