The insanity now abroad

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The most thought-provoking thing in our thought-provoking time is that we are still not thinking. ~ Martin Heidegger

If ever there were a clear example of the tendency for human beings to let themselves be run by “the ought”, it’s on full display in the reactions to Trump’s executive order preventing entry to the US by certain groups.

Instead of simply acknowledging the feeling of helplessness and leaving it alone, human beings use the “ought” – I ought to do something, someone ought to do something, we ought to be able to do something – to try to get away from the feeling.

That’s when the ability to think goes out the window.

Thus we have people demanding denunciations from governments and other citizens as if they are the issue, rather than the original act of discrimination and its summary execution. Witness the former US ambassador to Australia, Jeffrey Bleich, who is reported to have declared that the “hottest place in hell” is reserved for those “who remain neutral”. Not for Trump or anyone else in his administration the hottest place in hell. No, it’s for those who do not perform a denunciation of him publicly and to the satisfaction of the watchers and evaluators everywhere.

The original issue is pushed aside for something in which we feel no impotency: parades of self-righteousness.

It’s one example of the insanity now abroad.

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8 thoughts on “The insanity now abroad

  1. One of many examples of insanity abroad. Oh wait, I mean, in my own country. There will be lots of cause in the next four years to practice deep breathing and accepting what is, while fighting for the rights of all.

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  2. Just found your blog and really like it! I’m from the U.S. and we are terrified.
    It’s humiliating to have someone like this pretending to lead the country.
    And what he did recently to your prime minister!
    Please know that most of us are busy marching and organizing against him.

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