Saturday, October 21, 2006

Powerful

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Kevin Tillman, brother of NFL player-turned-soldier Pat Tillman, has written an incredible indictment of the current status of the war in Iraq and the state of our nation.


You can feel the heat coming off of this one.

3 Comments:

Blogger Again said...

sorry to play the Advocatus Diaboli, again...

Kevin Tillman is right about the many "somehows" - about the little steps "so small, so inconsequential, so well explained or, on occasion, 'regretted,'" nevertheless leading to nowhere, because people forget Laozi: "A journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step"

but you know, i am more and more sceptical about the "think-positive"-thing - sure, it works - as long as no one else thinks positive. But look where it leads to, when everyone thinks positive! When everyone tries to be a "mental victor" by ignoring the evidence telling you, you may lose - but ignoring signals is always forgoing some information - and as Bertrands Paradox tells us, EACH and EVERY information, as little and un-important it might be, betters our prognosis

so think positive may be useful in sporting to convince your body to overstep your limits, when defeat is an option - or in negotiations about economic affairs to convince your body to send "the right signals" to your partner, when defeat is an option...

looking closely - it's all about YOU in case of thinking positive - and looking more closely, it's all about your BODY to be manipulated to support what your brain has decided, because of its goals and wishes - it's never ever about the other humans, negotiating with you, competiting with your or even about historical or natural events, because "You Can Do It" will never work in case you decide to fly...

but what happens if people succeed in negotiations or sporting with "thinking positive" for a while? They start to believe that they really can do everything - it happened some times ago, that a great tennis player, well known for his "mental strength" to win even in case of a nearly perfect defeat - had to pay for a newborn baby and called that "sperma robbery" - because despite his (hmmm) not that good appearance he believed to be "irresistible", not able to see that he was just a rich guy for a female chimp, serving sex to get something...

loss of sense of reality

and that's what happened to America, i fear - so much success in science, society and military must let you feel as invincible - as "irresistible" while you are only rich or the bully...

and that's why i think the last sentence of Kevin Tillman is dangerous:

"Luckily this country is still a democracy. People still have a voice. People still can take action. It can start after Pat’s birthday."

a nation without a working separation of powers is NOT a democracy - a nation without a working system to guarantee free elections is NOT a democracy - a nation where the weak are not protected is NOT a democracy

that's just wishful thinking, "positive thinking" - people still have a voice in America, yes - as long as they can pay for, people still can take action, yes - as long as they can pay for - and yes, the judges still are on your side - as long as....

i know why everyone (especially Americans) don't want to give up this wonderful principle of "thinking positive" and why they laugh about Europeans for being "fatalistic" - but Europeans had learned to live in poverty, to be ruled by Aristocracies (that's why the Brits could survive a King George III AND protect their Habeas Corpus) - and to fight for freedom without hope and money and future, Europeans had learned that it isn't enough to believe in the own strength and to believe to have the best science and weapons, that "one man" is never enough to change societies and that often MANY aren't enough to overthrow Aristocracy. Faith moves mountains only when there are enough hands to do the job

and look where the epoch of "positive thinking" of the 1990s leads us to - to Bush and the Military Commissions Act and the U.S. National Space Policy and 600,000 murdered innocent people - George Paine warned about the new American Way of Life, where only bullies can survive

but he thought "too positive", was not willing to react in an earlier time, when it would have been easier to stop it:

Guilt

I am guilty,
But not in the way you think.
I should have earlier recognized my duty;
I should have more sharply called evil evil;
I reined in my judgment too long.
I did warn,
But not enough, and clear;
And today I know what I was guilty of.


There is Such a Thing as ‘Too Late’

“Like Bonhoeffer, Haushofer was arrested for speaking out. The SS prison guards were required to extract a confession from prisoners before they were hanged or shot, but Haushofer refused. When they removed his body, though, a paper fell out of his pocket. It was his admission of guilt written in the form of a sonnet”

“A time comes when silence is betrayal.” - Martin Luther King

and more: A time comes when willing stupidity is murder.

Sun Oct 22, 02:59:00 AM  
Anonymous UT said...

but you know, i am more and more sceptical about the "think-positive"-thing - sure, it works - as long as no one else thinks positive. But look were it leads to, when everyone thinks positive! That is what I call "being pro-active" and I think it is really typical of the american psychology in politics, especially with Bush: he has to give the impression that he is mastering the situation on every front. That said, when I read the news, I don't really see a rosy picture in Iraq or Afghanistan; it only got worse the past couple of months over there. My brother inlaw who is at war since 2001 (Afghanistan first then Iraq now) has been spending almost 6 years, and he still has a couple of years before being retired from the army. Lately I heard he had been very depressed since he keeps losing his friends in Iraq. I already lost 3 relatives and I think I am not tough enough to lose a 4th one.

Sun Oct 22, 05:01:00 PM  
Blogger Again said...

ut
Lately I heard he had been very depressed since he keeps losing his friends in Iraq

wars don't make sense - but they are very, very long-lived, like cancer-cells. You know about the HeLa-cancer, living until today while the woman Henrietta Lacks is dead since 1951? War lives even longer - yesterday, Hitlers WWII actually killed a man

what a shame, that the warmonger are so far away, so cozily protected that they will NEVER lose someone - at least as long as they don't attack the whole world...

Tue Oct 24, 07:24:00 AM  

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