I felt like posting this because I was flipping through the channels on the tv the other day - no I don’t sit around watching cable, that’s the least favorite of my activities actually.
TV is a waste of your time, it blends all reality and truth, adds a thick underside of bullshit, and dispenses it to you in fourteen and a half minute servings between broadcasts of greasy and self deprecating advertisements the happenings of the world which become at that point - explosions, fucking, eating, and more explosives and fucking.
But I was browsing and came onto the National Geographic’s presentation of the event as it unwinded “historically”.
What we don’t unwind is the cultural history of apartheid, gender and class inequality, the history of imperialism and the West.
But of course history doesn’t begin until an American flag has been planted, correct?
There’s also an old quote that smirks “India’s history didn’t begin until British feet walked on her soil”.
In that statement alone we’ve already projected a gender onto an inanimate piece of earth and attached to it a Patriarchal overseer.
Thing is for many of the people close or about the same age that moment in our history is akin to Pearl Harbor for our parents. But our cultural view and stereotype of “The Other” whether it was the Japanese for our parents or Middle Eastern culture for us, we’re still placated with the perspective that these individuals and their people are all atrocious monsters that refuse and will stop at nothing to bring “terror” to Americans.
We are on the verge of another bullshit conflict only it’s currently with Syria. Isn’t it funny how the attitude of how horrible war is changes when something threatens the “economic interest” of America.
Other countries can still engage in war, revolution, whatever it is they fancy. But suddenly, when the tide turns, and something threatens the ability for Americans to buy 5$ sweaters and eat cheap, oh, oh, oh, you fucked with the wrong empire.
And maybe that’s why a group of people who could have just the same been turned on to critical thought and actual peaceful revolutionary thought were turned onto something that caused massive pain and heartache to so many that never really asked for it to happen to them either.
For every bomb that landed on the front lawn of a political or governmental district the same had to have been dropped on the homes of people who just at their least want a day where they can eat, shit, and sleep in peace without this bullshit, comeon, you know it.
However if we choose to selectively listen to history and edit out all of our own grievances Western “Civilization” has imparted on others - then it makes perfect sense to embroil oneself in anger and spite toward what we call “the enemy”.
But what about the Pogo cartoon? “We’ve seen the enemy - and he is us!”
It just seems all to easy to point one finger at one group of people when historically remember what we did to the Native American’s that were here? I wonder if they had cameras how different their comparative photos would be to the landscape they traversed verses the atrocious rape of the land with subdivisions and highways.
All I’m saying is that it’s very easy to make one culture out to be the beasties and ghoulies of the world without excavating the other half of history that contributed and influenced their culture. For all the people that had the sad and humbling experience of having to die at the idiotic fallacy that violence gets a point across - that sucks, no, really, that’s total bullshit - hands down. But we can’t also eradicate our own hand in history, a history that created a wound and we allowed it to fester, and this is what happens when the historical infection spreads.
It was just a thought.