posted on Jan, 10 2011 @ 02:55 PM
America is headed for the abyss because it glorifies violence. We have a history of "solving" some problems with it, while ignoring the long-term
result of having more problems to "solve". Thus, the cycle of violence never ends, as America's brief history shows: this nation has been at war
almost nonstop since its formation.
I think it all started because of the way we handled the British problem. In the Revolution, we defeated the British in a glorious victory.
Predictably, ever since then, we have been a culture that glorifies war, military heroes, military weapons, victories, the righteous hammmer of
justice. How could we be anything else? We owe our whole existince to war. Thus war is our national god.
And we suffer. Oh do our people suffer.
I think it's high time to realize a fundamental truth about the universe. When you try to fight fire with fire, you just get a bigger fire. But if
you fight fire with water, even if you don't put out the fire at least you have a smaller fire.
Imagine if we had defeated the British through nonviolent civil disobedience. Think about what effect that would have had on our national mystique.
We would look back on our history and see salvation in peace, see brotherhood and harmony as the way, understand violence as primitive and barbaric.
And yet we would still revere courage. Just a different kind of courage, and arguably a nobler kind: the courage of martyrdom. "Land of the free
and home of the brave" could still be our motto.
Then maybe freedom would have actually worked, and maybe we wouldn't be so desperate to throw it away for a little bit of economic or military
Or perhaps I'm just drunk on idealism right now. I'll sober up soon.