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Today in the United States the same could be said — with one addition: “There are no longer any men in the U.S., there are only events and brands.”
In the recent case of Ray Rice, the NFL player involved in domestic violence, we see the “NFL” brand and the “NOW” brand (National Organization for Women) more concerned with their brands than with the persons involved. The result is comic book justice, driven by mobs, as the Justice League swings into action. “Rice has to go!” “Godell has to go!” “Assad has to go!”
If the National Organization for Women were truly coherent in their activism against domestic violence, they would also be working to end abortions. Over 1 million abortions are performed in the U.S. each year — the worst kind of domestic violence — with victims all around.
Herds (faceless numbers) and mobs (raging sex organs) tend not to embody the truth, justice, and unity that engender healthy persons and society.
The mounting mental illness in America is testimony to that.
In analyzing the Great War (1914-1918), one commentator described it as “a catastrophe that came from nowhere.” Actually the war stated, continued, and ended from darkened hearts and minds — driven by greed, pride, vengeance, and self-interest.
Sadly, today’s leaders seem even more lacking in goodness than their predecessors.
The patient needs to be helped to overcome self-centeredness, to be truthful, and to understand that real justice starts with respecting and serving others.
Every effort should be made to disarm the patient, but ultimately the change has to come from within.
“The fall of the Bastille marked the end of royal absolutism. It was a triumph for the cause of liberty, and for the Parisan mob. With this victory for violence the revolution had taken a bloody step forward.” Winston Churchill, The Age of Revolution (Dodd, Mead, 1957)
Analysis: The ‘liberty’ of the mob might be sweet, but it can’t sustain persons and society — as we saw with the Russian Revolution and the so called Arab Spring. Churchill’s view that liberty triumphs through violence (toward others) contributed to two World Wars, and the Holocaust, and the slaughter in Gaza today.
True freedom starts with overcoming ourselves.
Pastries by: Epicerie Boulud, at Bastille Day Street Fair, NYC
The show includes works by four contemporary Middle Eastern female photographers: Rania Matar (top photo) Reema Al Faisal, Boushra Almutawakel and Shadi Ghadirian, plus photographs by American Margaret Bourke-White from 1940 Syria.
Perhaps it can be said that ‘feminism’, rooted in egoism and materialism, leaves a vacuum in women and society—that is now being filled by PhARMA and militias.
The best antidote to egoism, and the key to satisfaction, for women and men, according to the Sufi writer Inayat Khan, is in understanding: “Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”
Photographs: Stephen Wise