Monday, January 12, 2009

Shakedown to Breakdown

When new vessels are first launched, they go on what is termed a shakedown cruise, to find out if any fastenings are loose. The new administration of the United States doesn't need one of these excursions, however, to tell what is unhinged.

The new occupants of Congress, the White House, and the Supreme Court are so enmeshed in militarism, that to be anti-war is considered un-American. In an earlier era, I'd have said the sanest solution would have been to burn their houses down and run them out of town on a rail.

But today, these corrupt institutions merely reflect a thoroughly corrupted society, and correcting this situation requires a more comprehensive transformation. Transforming consciousness to the point where the most corrupt and ruthless are imprisoned rather than handed the reins of power, however, might very well induce a national nervous breakdown. Still, with the very survival of humankind in the balance, perhaps better sooner than later.

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