Archives for July 2007
Hot out of the oven this morning; minutes ago, actually.
Lew Rockwell puts together a nicely comprehensive overview (is that an oxymoron?) of China’s history. Take the 10 or 15 minutes to read it, and become, as Lew says, part of "a tiny elite that know anything about [China as a death camp]."
The sheer scale of the thing makes even the Soviet Union look benign, and we know that’s not true.
And yes, I have been cheerleading for China lately; and that’s because the people who perpetrated and perpetuated these atrocities are largely dead or no longer in a position to do what they did, anymore. And, there are now hundreds of millions in China born in the last two decades who know nothing of this and bear no culpability — if it can even be said that anyone subject to such insanity — such capricious and malevolent brutality — could bear any moral culpability for anything they did. A human being must have at least an environment conducive to human goodness. When human goodness is rendered impossible because there’s no ability to choose good over evil because there is only evil to choose from, humanity has vanished and we’re simply talking about non-cognitive animals operating on gut urges to eek out a survival any way they can.
Just got back from seeing this excellent film about the jam packed, tumultuous, exhilarating, and tragically short life of Edith Piaf. But as she sang and meant it near the end of her brief 47 years: Non je ne regrette rien. If you’re into that sort of thing you’ll want to catch it now if you still can, or definitely when it’s out on the premium channels and DVD.
A quick word on this. As a current two-dog owner and friend of dogs most of my life, I simply cannot comprehend — even remotely — how anyone could take any pleasure or enjoyment out of this kind of a bloodsport. Yet, people do. Lots of people do, and it just goes to show the vast disparity of values in this country, and indeed worldwide. That means: unless me or my dogs — or some person I may presume unwilling — is being harmed, or clearly going to be harmed, then it’s just none of my (or your) business.
Those who have various business dealings with Michael Vick — Atlanta Falcons, Nike, and others — certainly do have a moral standing in the affair. So do you, indirectly; if you go to Falcons games, buy products with the Falcons logo, or buy Nike. If those and other businesses do what you’d have done had you possessed their authority in the matter, then you’ve discovered another business that reflects your own values and you might happily spend even more money on them. But if they don’t do as you’d have done, then your business and the business of others like you is less important to them than their relationship with Michael Vick, in which case it’s up to you to decide whether their acting contrary to your values is something you’re willing to live with because you like the values they produce more, or you take your business elsewhere.
It’s all very simple, people. Why does everyone think jail cell? Why not do what and only what is exactly within your moral authority to do? Why do you insist on a claim to authority to materially destroy someone’s life, or sanction others to do so, when you’ve not been harmed in the slightest? Why do you, as does Michael Vick, behave so primitively and savagely?