Saturday, January 10, 2009

Happiness is a benumbed apathy

Dear George,

As Israel continues to teach the Palestinians how to respect their betters, some ask, “Where’s the moral outrage?” The reaction to Israel’s bombing of schools and mosques seems to be a collective yawn. At least, that is how it appears in the United States, where our coverage of the affair has been as minimalist as it has been pro-Israeli.

The strongest official comment, other than the usual platitudes urging a cease fire, has been a nonbinding Senate resolution supporting Israel.

Before there can be outrage, there has to be an operative moral gyroscope that tells us when things are out of balance, and that’s been bred out of us. A man can’t think outside the box when he is convinced that both thought and the box don’t exist.

How do you break a gyroscope? Simple! Cover the past with a miasma of ignorance until every event appears totally isolated from its antecedents and the only past attached to it is that which is approved by the elite. Discourage reading. The less a person reads, the less the possibility he will compare and synthesize events from the past that all too often results in clarity of vision.

How many people have read Sven Lindqvest’s A History of Bombing? Not many. The book sits at 366,450 on’s bestseller list.

I rest my case.

Thanks to our educators and media moguls, the American people have settled into a state of benumbed apathy in which life is little more than an abstract mosaic of buzz words and labels from which history has been eliminated. It is a sanitized environment in which the formation of community is impossible. Living in a community requires that a man be willing to see things he doesn’t want to see, hear things he doesn’t want to hear and smell things he doesn’t want to smell. For a people conditioned to a sterile environment, the give and take of a community has no appeal.

In such an atmosphere, information is reduced to the banal chatter of coiffured and moisturized news readers nattering on about the inane and the insignificant.

Besides, with a Senate employed by APIAC, why should the public get stirred up? In addition to nonbinding resolutions, the loyal senators will send Israel all the bunker busters and F-16s it needs. We are dedicated to the support of the Mideast’s only democracy in which the sole requirement for full citizenship is belonging to the correct religion.

Your admirer,
Belacqua Jones


Anonymous said...

F&$king brilliantly put Dear Case!

I'm going to Amazon to check out 'A History of Bombing' right now....

Case Wagenvoord said...

Please do. The book is an eyeopener.

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