on 27/11/07 12:28 rick said the following:
This comment gave me the footing to reflect on this discussion.
personally found the last 11 years more offensive than the original
I perceive the human landscape of the world to be a very wrinkly thing,
with so many corrugations that it is beyond any human perceiving what
the hell is really going on anymore.
As such governments are now more than ever compelled to just "do stuff"
that we don't know about. It's supposed to be for our good. I could
(past tense) wear that as a pragmatist.
But I just stopped believing anymore.
Somewhere about when children were being thrown overboard, and then not
so, and AWB was trucking billions of dollars to Saddam Hussein, and
when interest rates were *our* doing, and then not so, and when Iraq
was all about WMD, and then not so, and then the children in the NT
needed to be saved ... and all the while millions of voluntarily
immobile rich beings can watch from gucci lounge chairs while millions
of involuntarily immobile poor beings die, then just flick on another
Hollywood KillEmAll video to reinforce the moral relativity of
I just stopped believing.
Everything ... Howard and the Anti-Howard alike ... are just ones of
billions of wrinkles in the human landscape. Forever jostling for
personal space. Constantly picking each others pockets. Howard is
just the one in front of the cameras. That's all that distinguishes
him from so many others.
Those who intend ironing out wrinkles in the human landscape better be
prepared for an endless and conflict-filled journey. That might be a
worthwhile journey, but it *will* be endless and conflict-filled.