Friday, July 04, 2014

Independence Day, again

One of the strange things for me is how many people think that the highest glory of this country, and those that serve it best, are the ones that kill people and break things.  I was reminded of this by a bunch of Unitarians singing the Star Spangled Banner tonight while watching the Disneyland fireworks display.  Yes, I well remember the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air - in Baghdad on March 19, 2003.  The Germans at least have learned to be ashamed of such conduct.

What I find especially strange about this is two things - first, am I the only one that realizes that breaking things is actually a whole lot less work, requiring far less ability, than building them?  I'm reminded of that every time I knock a bottle or a cup off the counter and then get to clean it up.

And isn't killing people, especially when you have fancy toys with which to do it, a lot easier, requiring far less ability, than healing people or building them up; and second, what is accomplished by such deeds?  Is vandalism and mayhem really the height of any nation's glory?

Why do they not instead glory in the effective teachers, or the speech and language pathologists, or bridge inspectors, or helpful and courteous clerks at the DMV, or any others that actually do something for the people of this country.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very true but are you sure that you did not mistake universalists for unitarians? Did they speak Hungarian? That would be a clue.

7/05/2014 3:57 AM  
Blogger Peter Attwood said...

Unitarian Universalist Church of Anaheim

7/05/2014 3:17 PM  
Anonymous bill zeman said...

Did me good to wander here tonight. I guess if we want militant heroes we can glorify the industrial workers of the world who raised the black flag against the massively unjust capilalist U.S. of the early 20th century, and though they were crushed they smoothed the road for the reformers of the progressive era.

7/05/2014 11:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That there are Muslims in the USA that are actually willing to fight for the US MIC is really a sad commentary on human nature.
Even seeing someone born in America of Iranian descent joining the US military because they view the Iranian government as their worst enemy is sad to see.
Thats it.
Curt

7/09/2014 1:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was reading the Juan Cole website this morning. I know that you read that one too since I have read your comments there before.
For the first time I saw in a little section where the most popular articles are listed the number of people who actually read the articles was also listed. It was quite discouraging. It seems that Juan Cole's reach is about 5000 people.
For the sake of simple math let us round that number up to 6200. What percent of 310 million is 6200? I am not sure but if a person were opptomistic that number could be muliplied by four since Amcerican society is divided in to families, or households, each of which have a head who makes decisions which are of course obeyed by the other family or household members.
So by using American mathematics it can be deduced that Juan Cole has an influence on .00008 percent of the US population. In a sane society his reach who be 100,000 times greater.
I suspect that in a sane society the reach of Peter Attwood should be somewhere between 1,000 and 1,000,000 times greater as well.
Curt

7/11/2014 3:41 AM  

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