Sunday, July 17, 2016

Je suis sick of it.

"'Liberte, egalite, fraternite' worked in a country 
with a cultural unity, but with cultural diversity, 
is this triangle still effective?" - Lucy Williamson
(Photo by Getty Images)
Horror, terror, carnage, loss of life, nonsensical. These are adjectives too frequently emblazoned in stark lettering across headlines throughout the plethora of written language media outlets in the plurality of the planet's languages. Long have we wondered aloud have to follow that age old adage: "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," in relation to a multiplicity of violence inducing themes. France, reeling from a series of bloody attacks: Charlie Hebdo, the Bataclan, and now Nice during one of their most cherished holidays, wondered collectively if the Enlightenment Era social experiment of "Liberte, egalite, fraternite" was still a culturally identifiable belief system, or if the country had wandered so far from its Revolutionary principles as to be unrecognizable to the phrase framers' ideals.

But this problem is not unique to France, and encompasses a wide range of cultures and societies whose populations traversed the global empirical expansionism, enlightenment, and industrial/post-industrial mechanization, especially of war and its instruments. Where we have arrive is a notable undeniable regression to a period of bellicose tribalism wherein each major archetypical clan battles each other for financial, military and political dominance. This terrifying finality was engineered a priori by practice and golden fleeced country reconstructionists taking cues from some of history's most ill-reputed social architects.

The resounding questions incessantly repeated is: how do stop this now that it has started? The research thesis itself is erroneous because it's very precept is false. False because the premise whereby our current globally overmilitarized, surveillance saturated, brother-turning-in-brother thought matrix was originated in falsehood. A regime that utilized an inordinate amount of manipulative chicanery to fix and election forced the wholesale invasion of of an entire geographic region based on falsified, inaccurate evidence with no cohesive attack strategy, no exit strategy, and no appropriate estimation of the consequences.

The appropriate thesis for the time, is not how do we prevent a certain ethnicity, or nationality, or religion, or sect from creating large scale slaughter and mayhem. The question is not how do we recognize mentally ill individuals who are more prone to perpetrating unconscionable acts against fellow citizens? The question we must be asking as a collective is what is so endemic to our collective societies that creates radicalization within our associated populations? Given the armed insurgency that has recently erupted throughout the United States, ought not we reassess our preference for hyperbole and the proliferation of small arms?

In the United States right now, the leading box office movie features a roving band of criminal psychotics released from prison and employed by the government to resolve a dispute between the country and a larger enemy. At the same time as the Dallas police massacre was occurring, preview posters for the upcoming release of the purported last installment of the Bourne Identity: Matt Damon's head roughly matching the size of the automatic pistol pointing out to the crowd, blanketed New York City declaring "You know his name." An insinuation that a secretly trained super-weapon to counteract terrorism that evolved into its own terrorist element: an anti-heroic, former sin-eating, now terror inspiring ghost assassin could be a career objective for the young and yet impressionable has psychological consequences.

A popular meme across social media currently.

In the same way that the American Psychological Association irrevocably linked violent video games to violent behavior, so too does our everyday speech: hard-lining against terrorist states, xenophobia, homophobia, economic disparity, racism, sexism, lack of treatment for the mentally ill - all of it funnels down to build a mentality prone to perpetrate abhorrent acts. Therefore we find ourselves at a crossroads: we can continue to grow our arsenals, to become increasingly polarized, to ignore damages to our environment in lieu of 'security', and deepen our fright. We can absolutely abdicate all manner of democratic viability to egregious militarization. Or, as the, video says, if you believe "that fairness, justice, and freedom are more than words, they are perspectives..." then we ought to start immediately to make alternative choices. For the cause of all this carnage, 'you need only look into a mirror.'

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