Saturday, October 5, 2013

When Will We Ever Learn?

What is insanity and who is "god"? These are two questions that we pretend we know in the United States of America.

I was recently deposed and asked to swear to the truth of my testimony "so help me god." Nobody asked me what I meant by "god." God is a generic term, based on what any one person worships. There are some, including many who call themselves "Christian" who worship a god of revenge that demands blood sacrifice for all transgressions. There are others who call themselves "Christian" who worship a god of reconciliation through retribution to those on earth who have been wronged. There are many other religions who swear to their gods that are much different in their demands than are the "Christian" gods with which I am most familiar. To which god was I supposed to be swearing?

The best definition I know of insanity is, "To repeat behavior that doesn't work, hoping for a new outcome." All of "sacred" Judeo-Christian writings say that fear of the lack of enough to go around breeds killing. Killing only leads to more killing, for at least five generations. And yet those who say they are "Christians" and Jews continue to kill. What is wrong with this picture?

I am considered by many to be insane because I continue to question the prevailing "wisdom."  I am not an anarchist; I know that all life needs some system of order. For 1,500 years, we have overridden the natural order of authority in the animal kingdom to allow men to control family and community life without the input of the givers of this life, their women. This experiment has failed. It is time to try something different.

Evolved humans are not subject to either physical might making right, nor to the election of leaders by "Divine" right. Communities are formed among humans by deciding what talents are necessary to reaching common goals. What are the common goals of an international society? To continue swinging the pendulum between socialism and capitalism is a definition of insanity. A balance of both are necessary to a healthy human community.

When will we ever learn? Oh, when will we ever learn? Words and Music by Pete Seeger (1955)
(c) 1961 (renewed) by Sanga Music Inc.

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