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On Not Shedding a Tear   Mar 7 2011

Filed under feature, Misanthropy by Ewen Shearer

What in the human condition blinds you to stumbling weakened neighbors fading beneath your overladen dinner table?

Here we stand, a species stubbornly enigmatic, gluttony unattenuated in paucity’s face.

And what passes for deep self-honesty on this glittering blue-green globe would earn derision in the cosmos’ lesser garrisons.

One can only gaze sombrely at images of human disparity fornenst.

What sapient creatures are so unwilling to feel empathy, or concede every acquisitive grasp resounds through the planet’s shimmering curve to leech sustenance from the impoverished.

As my childhood view of the world dissolved, our bestiality uncloaked to ghasted disbelief. Greed, avarice, and callous indifference lurks behind our daily cheer. In this disquieting mix we stand like beasts bereft of choice, or even self-awareness.

At the simplest personal level, except a few praiseworthy, all shirk the simple act of sharing with others more destitute. Minds so dishonest they dismiss charity, blame victims, and never concede a link from their own vileness to the suffering wretched.

Organisations governmental and corporate embody greed as creed, inculcating a falsity that economics trumps compassion. We, the alleged managers, mysteriously sculpted these two primary tools of social progress as mindless masters to which in cowardice we acquiesce.

Decade after century of corrupt and craven creatures crawl from cess pits of social decay to perpetuate the stench that passes for civilization on Earth. Yet, at this horror they arrived innocent.

And still, armaments, inordinate luxury, and criminal waste starve our faltering progress.

Has education failed us? Should this gross deformity be fed funds to excess, would its flawed directives gain little for its fodder, our young? In more than a century education has gained little of value to offer its charge: children, our future’s only hope.

Unless simple honesty emerges, nothing can keep our offspring from the muddy pen in which we gorge.

What part of avarice do we not understand?

Down Under


Ink Irresistable

Not the NYT Montaigne's what would I know? Huxley's almost anything about almost everything. Or Bierce and nothing matters. Codifying life's inimitable impromptu inclines irrestistably to essay.

Civilization ..

   defiles itself

Times past when warlords, priests and royalty hoarded luxury, life was a short grim struggle. Today most want for little yet still deny dignified survival to working poor, and ravage entire countries as collateral to our laissez faire fiesta.
double arrowOn not shedding a tear ..

A Century of Imperialism

     ..hasn't dulled the urge

American foreign policy never a pretty sight, finesse of the mobile crane chase from Terminator 3. Export democracy? Cure worse than disease. double arrow Read more ..


~ its own reward

And what's going on in Land of the Free, Home of the Brave? As 40% of kids fail graduation the Iraqistan wars suck $2.4 trillion [CBO 2017 est]. Imagine this staggering sum applied to rebuilding The Great Society. Think of others.
double arrow Where Charity Begins

This lazy unemployed

..crack-smoking welfare queen ran up U$15 trillion debt

lazy homeless scum
Odd how the ultra-wealthy gull even working poor to blame unemployed, disabled, weak, and vulnerable while but for the grace of God go all.

If he's a welfare leech then your soul is with the sociopaths and predators who own Warshington and its minions, the Repugnicans and Dumfocrats, gutting a once noble nation that aspired to equality.

This elite will survive the US economic train wreck, land softly on 300 million plundered taxpayers, then from fortresses of luxury and privilege prey elsewhere for spoils.

The dawn of civilization was greatly exaggerated.

Munch Montage

Painters, such a sad old bunch
None it seems more so than Munch
Upon that bridge with skies afire
A meme took flight to never tire.
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