It has been a difficult period for me as I have watched half of our country viscerally attack other half through the proxy of President Trump. Some would say justified attacks in response to those against President Obama but I find these attacks possibly more damaging to the country as a whole. Perhaps the most problematic is the refusal to even listen to the other side, turning your back on a perceived problem does not make it go away. Now it seems that one half of our country is picking at every scab it can find while the other non politician half largely sits and quietly watches. Not unlike the scenario we saw before the last election when surprises were not uncommon. It seems dangerous to me how quiet 1/2 of America has become. Either they are as a boiling pot covered but raging and ready to boil over or perhaps like a wounded animal sulking in the dark licking its wounds and preparing for revenge. Either way the silence is troubling and possibly a bit dangerous.
Our two major internet news services have switched places one that used to be filled with light and hope now filled with dark innuendo while the other by comparison seems to have become less extreme and more reasonable. Is it possible that good and evil in America are now defined in political terms or on late night “comedy” shows rather than moral terms as they should be. That seems a dangerous path.
For guidance I turn to Nietzsche and Marilyn Manson and others , Manson and Nietzsche it should be noted are not often quoted together anywhere..
“It should make you just a bit nervous when your onslaught of attacks provoke nothing from the people you are attacking”. R. Safris ( note I am talking like the Chevy commercials about “real People” not politicians.)
“He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee.” Nietzsche
“The tormentor becomes the tormented.” Nietzsche
“How do people become what they hate” Anon
“It is as a hall of mirrors folding in on itself.” Anon
Is it okay to bully a bully? R. Safris
“And the more he struggled against the tar the more he was covered by it and stuck in it” Br’er rabbit and the tar baby,
“With him finally surrendering to the matrix to destroy it.” – The Matrix
“Remember, a Jedi’s strength flows from the Force. But beware. Anger, fear, aggression. The dark side are they. “ Yoda
“Take your weapon. Strike me down with all of your hatred and your journey towards the dark side will be complete!” The Emperor Star Wars
“You want this, don’t you? The hate is swelling in you now. Take your Jedi weapon. Use it. I am unarmed. Strike me down with it. Give in to your anger. With each passing moment you make yourself more my servant.” The Emperor Star Wars
I became persuaded, that my love of mankind, and of excellence for its own sake, had worn itself out .”John Stuart Mill
“And what is inside us, we cultivated.” Anon
“Minds so undisciplined they created whatever they feared.” Michael Crichton
“Is it okay to hate the hater because they hate?” R.Safris
“Many people get co-opted into evil Such as Eve and the temptation. We are seeing that in many facets of society today but the political and religious ones are still the favorites for people losing their souls.” Anon
“Addicts always start out with a view they can tempt the abyss and not be caught. Every addict ends up saying: Oops!” Anon
“There are none so blind as those who will not see” Bible/Various
“I hate what I have become to escape what I hated. “ Marilyn Manson
“We have become as teenagers looking for any weakness to torment apparently not aware that it may become a permanent scar” R. Safris