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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Cages


Yet another mass school shooting this week in the U.S. and I have to ibid my missive of a few days back. Interesting that the media doesn’t pick up that more people have been killed this year by insane gunmen at schools than by international terrorists (excepting those troops put in Iraq and Afghanistan), and that this is simply a sub-category of the overall murder rate (my city has had something in the vicinity of the mid to 20’s in regards to homicides this year alone). To be direct, sod the hullabaloo about Al-Queada, and let’s address the urban terrorist issues and social problems saturating our communities.

Perhaps it is the deterioration of the “community” as a whole that is part of the problems. In my little suburban niche, though surrounded by people, we really only know 2-3 of our neighbours. The fact is, we no longer have the communities where people know each other, offering familiarity and safety. We can see this self- isolation everywhere in urban settings – people listening to ipods on the bus, socializing done through email and in chat rooms where we will dialogue with strangers who, should they have been encountered on the street without the microchip buffer to protect ourselves, we would never speak with. It’s a catch-22 really, the whole fear of being friendly, I suppose. But the question remains, what happens when we cage social animals such as ourselves?

5 Comments:

  • At 12:52 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    If our nearly-cousins, chimpanzees had ipods and hand guns, they'd be talking and falling out of trees, shooting monkeys for sport. Maybe we rise above this, not always... nodroggout stu'

     
  • At 1:16 PM , Blogger Real-E said...

    ...Bit like the PLanet of the Apes!

     
  • At 9:33 PM , Blogger auntiegrav said...

    "To be direct, sod the hullabaloo about Al-Queada, and let’s address the urban terrorist issues and social problems saturating our communities."
    One and the same, dude...one and the same.
    The Production/Consumption/Competition cycle has turned people against each other more than ever, where it used to be 'us' and 'them' with a border someplace that we needed to cross, now it's just 'me' and 'you' (and I've got my doubts about you).
    All because we fight each day to be the cheapest to sell our lives for a little money. The paper money represents people in such a way that the value of a life is less than the cost of the paper (and now it's all just virtual paper in computers).
    Humans have found that the only way to be valued any more is through inhuman acts. At least that gets them 15 minutes of Fame.
    My new slogan: "If you want change, keep it in your pocket. Your dollar is your vote and the machines don't count."
    Here's some reading for you: http://www.derrickjensen.com

     
  • At 7:58 AM , Blogger Real-E said...

    Auntigrav, you've nailed it in that ours is a culture of fear as most human societies have been (isn't that why religion was created, eclipsed partially by the advent of nuclear boms from 'godless enemies', and then drawn back front and centre by other's usuing the same god in a different context?). Artificial economic systems offer similar fears in poverty and those who seek to take away our consumption power. It's difficult to have a socialist culture when all the makings of that culture are egocentric. I went to http://www.derrickjensen.com , but all that came up on the screne was "Work In Progress"... unless that's meant to be deeply symbolic, I'll have a boo back there later.

     
  • At 8:35 AM , Blogger auntiegrav said...

    My mistake, Derrick's website is http://www.derrickjensen.org

    I get a newsletter about patent laws and intellectual property rights issues. There is always debate about intellectual property vs. physical property and the rights thereof.
    In our egocentric culture, people don't question this:
    How can we have such a thing a 'property' rights when the state can have eminent domain?
    It goes back to an old rant of mine that the only right granted to us by nature is the right to try and live. Everything else is a tradeoff with society. Freedom is just another word for 'nuthin' left to sue (or, from the inheritance standpoint, nuthin' left to Sue).

     

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