“Oh, most unhappy earth! Wretched home of the human race, where barbarism not only still exists, but is taken for glory… instead of driving their weapons into the earth to benefit their fellow creatures, men plunge them into one another’s hearts to decide the ownership of the actual soil. Barbarians! Savages!” Charles Gounod
We may no longer don garish suits of armor or drag along unwieldy weapons of war, but to imagine that we have sloughed off our barbaric and savage attitudes and posturing is to falsely imagine that we have elevated our societies to a state of civilized enlightenment. We have already lived through an Age of Enlightenment, but it appears that we took away little from that illuminating and inspiring era during our brief sojourn on this planet.
While many believe the rise of technology and the expansion in medical advances to be indicators of our increasingly civilized society, while we continue to wage war against other human beings Continue reading “Barbarians and Savages”
“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.” John Donne
America is a prideful nation built upon falsehoods. One of our greatest lies is the image of the successful American as a self-made man (or woman). Granted, many inventions, innovations, and fashions have sprung from the tenants of American soil, but to pretend that a person can make themselves into a success without the support and use (and all too often, the manipulation) of other individuals is pure fantasy.
“Man is more ape than many of the apes.” Friedrich Nietzsche
“He doth like the ape, that the higher he clymbes the more he shows his arse.” Francis Bacon, Sr.
Since most Americans (especially males) are blind to the rape culture that exists, there is little willingness or interest in discussing this subject. In my opinion, we should really be addressing our ape culture, because I see the rape culture that certainly exists to be a subset of our ape culture. Perhaps by being willing to explore and examine our ape culture, we can better understand why our rape culture exists and remains an unspoken problem in our society as well as around the globe.
I like to think! Sometimes, my thoughts come in the form of ruminations, while at other times they dwell on the many remonstrances that plague me due to the dysfunctional society in which we live.
As you read through my upcoming as well as past posts, you will find different ruminations and remonstrances, some of which I trust you will be in agreement with me. As to those mental meanderings with which you disagree, hopefully it will spark your own thoughts and opinions which are obviously just as valid as my own.
Feel free to comment upon any of my posts; I welcome your ideas and suggestions!