Originally posted by Happy1
reply to post by Rockdisjoint
This is the problem of history being re-written. I don't know how old you are, but I'm almost 50 years old. The Che Guevera shirts make me want to
puke. He was a killer. He killed anyone who he wanted to. He killed anyone that wouldn't carry out his other killings.
How can one human being look at another and kill him, for ideology? Because "he" is "getting in my way"?
It makes me want to puke, too.
But not because of the "Che" himself.
He was a ruthless killer - and not a particularly courageous one - with no concept of the sanctity of life.
He was as despicable as his image is adorable (and I mean this in a very literal sense; more on that later).
If you want to honour such a person, fine. Just don't expect others to share your enthusiasm.
But you will often find his image plastered over those populating anti-globalist protests and throwing stones at sundry embassies. People who proclaim
they want a better world (much like Guevara did).
I'll give them the benefit of doubt. They don't know who he was.
And so, wearing a Che Guevara shirt not only shows a risible lack of information; it also tells me that that the person's ostensible "humanitarian"
ideals are a posture adopted by a feeble and shallow mind who is easily influenced and manipulated.
THAT's what makes me want to puke. The ignorance and hypocrisy of those loud, well-fed sheep who think that adopting a "stance" (because that's all it
is) suffices to make a valuable impact on the world.
And why are they wearing it, in the first place? Why his image and not someone else's?
Not only because he is still considered by all too many to have been a wrongly persecuted, inhumanely killed hallowed protector of the poor and the
weak, but because his image is iconic, in a very true sense.
But his undoubtedly photogenic image is borrowing its light from another figure: Christ.
Read Susan Sontag's essay on photography where she discusses this.
Guevara's image became iconic because people - mostly subconsciously - recognise him as a Christ-like figure.
edit on 22-9-2012 by Vanitas because: (no reason given)