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“…Grieve at the falling away of ‘the things’ which had once been the repository of the Spirit and are now being ousted by an empty ‘doing’ done in the image of nothing…” Erich Heller, The Artist’s Journey into the Interior (Random House, 1965)
It’s become fashionable, even for Democrats, to say “no” to Hillary. Where were these people when she was saying “yes” to destroying Iraq, Libya , and Syria?
Photographs: Stephen Wise
The Bernie Sanders rally, in Washington Square Park yesterday, drew thousands of concerned Americans, from a cross-section of humanity, eager to see their country saved from ruin. That will be difficult given the deep-seated “I am King” mindset present in the 1% and 99 % — which undermines America, and is a clear and present danger to the world. The way people walk down the street of any American city (with knives out mentally and literally) is proof of that.
Another sign of progress in America, is the large number of patriarchphobes willing to break ranks with their establishment to support a septuagenarian, white-male. Would that he shared their willingness to break ranks with the ‘Democratic’ machine, and put Hillary away. Her record as Secretary of State (participating in the destruction of Libya, Egypt and Syria) qualifies her for nothing but a cell in the Hague.
Primitive + Modern — “the disenchantment of our culture with culture itself…the bitter line of hostility to civilization …the discovery and canonization of the primal, non-ethical energies…” Lionel Trilling
Artwork (bottom): Barkley L. Hendricks
In last night’s Republican debate, Donald Trump tried to present himself as a ‘strong leader,’ saying: “we should go for waterboarding and we should go tougher than waterboarding.” But then he turned to jello, refusing to mention “Saudi Arabia” (saying instead “a certain territory”) when referring to the destination of family members of 9/11 plotters, departing the U.S. in the days before and after the attack.
A truly strong leader would be talking about delivering W. Bush, Obama and Hillary to the International Criminal Court for their roles in destroying Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, and Yemen — and ultimately enabling ISIS.
Photograph: Stephen Wise
One of the many lies parroted by news organizations is that partisan bickering has kept Washington from ‘getting things done’ — when in fact the status quo, that is undermining America and the world, is highly bi-partisan and getting truly bad things done (see neocons & humanitarian interventionists in action).
The checks and balances built into the democratic government of the U.S. have not kept it from becoming malevolent, nor have they made it self-correcting.
Photograph: Stephen Wise
“Let’s not burn America down. Let’s take her like she is and rebuild her. We must maintain and advocate and promote the philosophy of non-violence…we must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” Martin Luther King
MLK understood political liberation emanating from truthfulness and spiritual liberation, all of which would be lost in an “I am King” world.
It is the truth of the mystery of salvation at work today in order to lead redeemed humanity towards the perfection of the kingdom which gives true meaning to movements of liberation in the economic, political, and social spheres, and which keeps them from falling into new forms of slavery. Instruction on Christian Freedom and Liberation, 1986