Ernest Becker’s The Denial of Death contains some profound insights:
“Mother Nature is a brutal bitch, red in tooth and claw, who destroys what she creates. We live, he says, in a creation in which the routine activity for organisms is “tearing others apart with teeth of all types – biting, grinding flesh, plant stalks, bones between molars, pushing the pulp greedily down the gullet with delight, incorporating its essence into one’s own organization, and then excreting with foul stench and gasses the residue”.
I’ve never seen it better put. It makes clear just how deluded the politically correct view of the world is. Not everyone wants to be friends. Some want to hurt us and wipe our civilisation from the face of the earth:
“The subject of this book (Civilization and its Enemies) ,” says Harris on the opening page, “is forgetfulness.” Modern civilization has forgotten how it became civilized in the first place; it isn’t knowledgeable of the long period of cultural evolution involved; and it doesn’t remember the tremendous amount of labor, cultural and intellectual, that went into the development of civil society. Moreover, modern civilization has forgotten about a category called “the enemy.” This concept of the enemy — someone who is willing to die to kill another — had been discarded from our moral and political discourse. And that fact, according to Harris, has left modern civilization vulnerable to attack by those who are the enemy of civilized society”. (Dr. Jonathan Dolhenty, Customer Review)
Reality always wins, usually on the battle field. Our elites will discover that there are worse things in the world than Sarah Palin, conservatives and libertarians. Hopefully the rest of us will not suffer too much when reality punctures their perception bubble, just as it punctured that of Joseph Goebbels:
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”.
Goebbels found out that reality always wins. Rudd in Australia also discovered that a sycophantic press and relentless rhetoric can only maintain the lie for so long. A lesson Obama is in the process of discovering. Gillard with her multiple faux programs may discover this fact in record time. The Labour Party sultans of spin were thrown out in the UK. The Australian Labor Party will also come a cropper in multiple state elections. Hopefully their replacements will be reality based, or at least sufficiently based in reality as to make things better rather than worse.
But back to Becker, he truly has a way with words:
“It is our altruistic motives that turn the world into a charnel house – our desire to merge with a larger whole, to dedicate our lives to a higher cause, to serve cosmic powers”
Eric Hoffer’s The True Believer: Thoughts On The Nature Of Mass Movements effectively makes a similar point. The evil outcomes that will flow from environmentalists gaining power must not be underestimated. Socialist “altruists” always end up creating a charnel house.
The next quote is not for the faint hearted:
“The shocking details of humiliation and suffering in these personal accounts makes the book a more difficult read than the aforementioned Black Book, which for the most part is written in a fairly dry, scholarly tone as it recounts the numbers repressed and killed in various Communist dictatorships. Clearly numbers alone, and we’re talking tens of millions, don’t tell the full story. We learn firsthand that Khmer Rouge soldiers occasionally sliced open the bellies of pregnant women, in front of terrified spectators, and ripped the fetuses from them. In Castro’s Cuba dissidents are subjected to horrific abuse in psychiatric prisons (similar abuse happened in the USSR, China and Romania). In Mengistu’s Ethiopia during the “Red Terror,” bullet-ridden bodies of men, women and even high school students were left lying in the streets or publicly displayed. In Enver Hoxha’s Albania prisoners at the Nizhaveci camp were tormented and ultimately drowned in muddy swamps filled with leeches. In Nicaragua under the Sandinistas prisoners were subjected to brutal beatings during interrogation, mock executions, believable death threats against family members, food and water deprivation and extremely harsh conditions of confinement. And in North Korea’s prison camps public executions by hanging and firing squad (often of inmates attempting to escape) are commonplace.
Clearly these selections from victims all over the world prove that repression and terror, with varying degrees of severity, were common practices in all Communist states.” (C.J. Griffin, Customer Review)