Agreed - in spades !!!
I would like to focus on possible solutions,
or perhaps the thinking that will allow them.
First - a quote from Abraham Lincoln:
“It has so happened in all ages of the world, that some have labored and others have, without labor, enjoyed a large proportion of the fruits”.
This is wrong - and should not continue"
I am currently reading a new book (2016): “ISRAEL: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn”, by Daniel Gordis.
There is apparently a word in use among the Jewish community - Kishinev, which originated from the Easter Sunday pogrom in Kishinev (now Chisinav, Moldava), which was so horrific it added even more passion to the Zionist cause and the eventual creation of the state of Israel.
The word now refers not just to the city where the pogrom took place, but - well - let me quote from an inspirational leader of early Zionism:
“Kishinev exists wherever Jews undergo bodily or spiritual torture, wherever their self-respect is injured and their property despoiled - because they are Jews. Let us save those who can be saved.”
- Theodor Herzel, Sixth Zionist Congress, 1903.
For Jews - substitute all of us who have existed in civilization - i.e., ultra hierarchical societies, since the time of the Vedic and Egyptians at least, including our democracies, where one is lucky to have half the eligible population vote…
Then you have the observations of constituional lawyer turned individual anarchist Lysander Spooner:
“What then is legislation? It is an assumption by one man, or body of men, of absolute, irresponsible dominion over all other men whom they can subject to their power… of a right to banish the principle of human rights, the principle of justice itself, from off the earth…”
And of Herman Melville in the classic “Moby Dick”:
“Long exile from Christendom and civilization inevitability restores a man to that condition in which God placed him, i.e., what is called savagery… Your true whale hunter is as much a savage as an Iroquois. I myself am a savage, owing no allegiance but to the King of the Cannibals; and ready at any moment to rebel against him.”
Finally. there is the classic account “Life among the Apaches” (1868), by John Cremony:
…the Apaches are pure democrats, each warrior being his own master, and submitting only to the temporary control of a chief elected for the occasion."
Bear with me, if you will ?
I read a couple of years ago about an analogue to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, called “MORAL INJURY”.
“Moral injury is not a mental illness. It is realizing your value system doesn’t match your experience anymore, and the painful, disorienting process of building a new one.”
- from "Beyond PTSD: Some vets tormented by ‘moral injury’ "
by Justine Reichel, Epoch Times Staff, August 7-13, 2015.
I am thinking I finally understand why half of us don’t vote.
I am thinking it is not so different from the Jewish condition, displaced for some two thousand years - morally injured.
So badly that Theodor Herzel realized only “some” could be saved.
I understand why I left civilization to climb mountains for seven years, “for to see an’ for to admire”.
It restored me to my nature - that of the savage.
I prefer this way, having seen both sides - up close and personal.
As you note - solutions are unclear - but surely self examination in the light of history is useful.