A friend of mine shared my article about how the Biden administration is worried the pause in fighting will allow journalists into Gaza to show Israel’s crimes to the world, saying he knows he shouldn’t be surprised by how evil these freaks are but somehow he still is.
I told him I actually consciously cultivate the ability to stay surprised by such things. If you stop being surprised when you see the world’s most powerful people always finding new and innovative ways to make the world a worse place for ordinary human beings, it means it’s become normalized in your system in some way. It means that on top of all the other horrible evils they’ve inflicted upon our world, they’ve also managed to steal an important part of your humanity.
No longer being shocked by the murderousness of the empire is a counterintuitive sign that something unhealthy is happening to you, like when the body stops shivering as it sinks into the later stages of hypothermia, or when the hunger pangs go away in the later stages of starvation. It’s a sign that your system is no longer forcefully rejecting conditions it ought to reject, and has instead shifted into giving up and trying to conserve energy.
I spend all day every day staring into the ugliest parts of the imperial machine, but I refuse to let it desensitize me. These monsters have taken so very, very much from the world, and I refuse to let them take that too. I refuse to let them rob me of my humanity like that.
I see it as a sacred duty to keep a flame lit in myself which knows what a healthy world looks like, which knows what sanity looks like, which knows how things ought to be, and which naturally finds it jarring when the sickness of this civilization reveals itself.
I refuse to accept this as normal. I refuse to let the abuses of the empire turn me into a callused, jaded husk of a human who can only respond to each new monstrosity with a deep world-weary sigh. I make sure it still brings up a white hot rage in me. I make sure it still brings white hot tears to my eyes.
You can’t let them take that from you. You can’t let them harden your heart and darken your eyes. We’ve got to keep the flame burning for a sane and healthy world, if not for ourselves then for our children, and for future generations who we will never meet.
If you’re still finding yourself shocked and shaken by the actions of our rulers, that’s a very healthy sign. It means they haven’t got you yet. It means they haven’t succeeded in snuffing out your flame.
We’ve got to protect our sensitivity at all costs. We’ve got to maintain that visceral rejection of madness, because that’s what’s calling us home. That’s what’s calling us home to a healthy world. That’s what will guide our way as we fight our way there, one small, almost-insignificant victory at a time.
If they haven’t yet snuffed out your flame today, that’s one more small win for humanity. That’s one more tiny step toward health.
If there’s any positive that has emerged from this genocide, that it has awakened the humanity that was crushed within millions of souls. That it took the blood of thousands of children reflects the state of our collective conscience. - Like (35)
BJ -> Dr.Who
My sentiments exactly - for the longest time we had no regard for human life - this changed everything!!
More imperative is that Caitlin has not relented with her reporting while so many others have!
Happy Thanksgiving? Seriously? The way I see it this is a billion times worse than 9-11 ever was - Like (21)
感恩节快乐？真的吗？在我看来，这比 9-11 还要糟糕十亿倍
JennyStokes -> BJ
sorry but 9/11 was a blip in the Oceans of death caused by the US. - Like (14)
抱歉，不过 9/11 只是美国造成的死亡海洋中的一个小插曲。
Pauline P Schneider
As a child in my father’s country of Greece I recall the CIA led coup and Junta against our democratically elected prime-minister. I think it was 1973-1974. College students were being shot at from helicopters. I was 9 or 10. My guitar teacher, a Greek patriot who had lived through Nazi occupation and a civil war, was not interested in seeing more bloodshed and fled to Canada. I never heard from that sweet man again.
For years neighbors suspected my dad was CIA because my mom was American. Our school, American Community School of Athens Greece, had ongoing bomb threats. It became normalized for us and our fellow international students who included US Airforce military kids, and diplomats’ kids from around the world.
The US was smuggling guns from Greece to the Afghan Taliban back then in its endless war of attrition against Russia. Don’t ask how I know this from first hand.
My fellow Greeks are still reeling economically from US/CIA meddling.
The goddamed USA has been fucking people’s lives and countries for over two centuries.
No. We never REALLY get used to it. - Like (12)
作为一个在我父亲的祖国希腊长大的孩子，我记得中央情报局领导的政变和军政府反对我们民选的总理。我记得那是 1973-1974 年。大学生们被直升机射杀。 当时我 9 岁或 10 岁。我的吉他老师是一位希腊爱国者，经历过纳粹占领和内战，他不想再看到流血冲突，于是逃到了加拿大。我再也没有听到过这位善良的人的消息了。