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May 25, 2009

It's him not me, right? So it's off to war we go

Here are two quotes that concern enemies, outer and inner, one from Eric Fromm, one from Mohandas Gandhi. You may think they are diametrically opposed to my previous post's content below about Memorial Day and how we celebrate it...and you'd be right:

"Another nation is made out to be utterly depraved and fiendish, while one's own nation stands for everything that is good and noble. Every action of the enemy is judged by one standard - every action of oneself by another. Even good deeds by the enemy are considered a sign of particular devilishness, meant to deceive us and the world, while our bad deeds are necessary and justified by our noble goals, which they serve." Eric Fromm

(Fromm describes a basic tenet of propagandizing the people of a nation into accepting war through use of an emotionally rationalized agenda of double standards and the human trait of projecting onto others what we're desperate to deny within ourselves. ID the monsters!)

"What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty and democracy?" Mohandas Gandhi.

(Indeed. It makes no difference whatsoever. jc)

1 comment:

clymela said...

Love to you dear one for these thoughtful passages. Greater truth you could not have published on this day.
I for one wish we would go back to celebrating "Decoration Day"on 5/30 itself. The young ones don't know what this is for and it has become the first long weekend of summer. True it was always the first holiday of summer but the solemness was there. The better to hear words such as you have shared.