“Uncompromising Photos” is only one in a long series of revelations that make you ask, “What in hell has happened to our humanity?”
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My old mantra: in order to bring a disintegrating system back to health,
- Address the root cause.
- The intervention has to be “timely”.
- If you remove a symptom but not the cause, the system will continue to disintegrate.
- When descent reaches the tipping point, the resources for recovery are too depleted. The system collapses. The collapse accelerates as things fall in upon themselves.
On that cheery note, it’s time to step back from “the battles” to assess the situation.
There is a multitude of citizen actions to bring about correction – do they address cause?
Cause is not easy to figure out.
And it is only one of the steps toward salvation!
Hannah Arendt dug up roots of the disintegration of European humanity in Nazi / fascist Europe.
I felt compelled to type up excerpts from her writing after receiving “Uncompromising Photos Expose Juvenile Detention in America”. Both are posted at http://sandrafinley.ca/?p=5019. I read, I under-lined, I typed the words, I re-read them and I get turned on all over again! Hannah Arendt is insightful. I love her!
We have to see through the jumble of events and discern what is happening today. “Uncompromising Photos” is only one in a long series of revelations that make you ask, “What in hell has happened to our humanity?”.
the political crises of the twentieth century (the Nazis, etc.) can be viewed in terms of a breakdown in morality
We are experiencing a breakdown in morality in North America today. Arendt’s observation: the danger in morality is that it changes. It is not a secure and stable guide for us.
Salvation does not lie in morality. We had better understand where it does lie; at this point there is no time to make mistakes! I am not anxious to do a repeat of Nazi Europe.
” . . . the ability to think, which Eichmann lacked, is the precondition of judging, and that the refusal as well as the inability to judge … invite evil to enter and infect the world.
..the strictly moral power of judgment . . she wrote that judging “may indeed prevent catastrophes . . . (Arendt uses the example of the Danish people in Nazi Europe. See http://sandrafinley.ca/?p=5019 )
ROOT CAUSE: It seems to me that morality in decline is a SYMPTOM then, of our failure to stand up and say, “This is wrong”. AND FURTHER “These actions of this specific person are at fault.”
I love this about Arendt. She goes on to address the WHY WE DON’T carry through on the public statement. Which brings me to the theme “Figure me out. Figure you out.” And if we don’t there will be no salvation from the deterioration that is happening around us.
Her judgment of the pope raised the further question of why we avoid our responsibility to judge the failure of a particular man . . to act; and why, rather than exercise judgment, we prefer to throw out two thousand years of Christianity and discharge the very idea of humanity.
I’m signing off! before I repeat everything that is already posted at http://sandrafinley.ca/?p=5019
Some of the next emails will apply the lessons learned from Hannah Arendt.
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