Dominance Games: A good peace

Parity.  Fairness.  Xenophobia.  Heartfelt compassion.  Good people all with thin skins.  The world is not an easy place.  The whining of poor babies echoes loudly from here to the Martian sunrise.  The stiff cries of hold my hand are deafening…..and often time a counter weight.

Too much the demeaning, the demonizing.  Too much the self righteousness, the closed mindedness, the self importance.  Too much the liberalizing efforts of the universal comforters.  The store gets given away to those who work it not.

The fierce battles rage on.  The rights of the group and the membership therein.  Membership is a thing open to passions and reasons and fears and such.  The melting pot of old does not always melt.  It does not always blend.  It is at mercy to the ingredients in the stew and the stew often has uncooperative parts, the main ingredients rancid, the diced additives being not of a combining kind.

Staunch defenders of the faith are oftentimes intolerant.  The non narrow us is the over ripe other.

Battlegrounds.  Power is often to save face and place, often a trip for the hard relentless.  The power is not me…diffuse it, challenge it, break it.  the enemy.

Cohesion not when there are prizes to be won, sacred cows to be hidden, ridden, enemies to love to hate.  Thugs can marshal the forces of the club…bring harm and grief… trump peace and joy and love and understanding.  For a good peace the thugs have to be noble thugs.  A good peace … not often.

By Matthew Gray, Foreign Affairs  CNN World

The Economist

Elizabeth Arrot  Voice of America

politics, news, commentary

The dumb …… the honored creed. The rancid bastards …… the true…..the thrill..


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