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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Steinbeck. A Post From A Ghost Long Past

He knew, he saw it coming.

From East Of Eden
John Steinbeck, 1952

Our species is the only creative species, and it has only one creative instrument, the individual mind and the spirit of man. Nothing was ever created by two men. There are no good collaborations, whether in music, art, in poetry, in mathematics, in philosophy. Once the miracle of creation has taken place, the group can build and extend it, but the group never invents anything. The preciousness lies in the lonely mind of man.
And now the forces marshaled around the concept of the group have declared a war of extermination on that preciousness, the mind of man. By disparagement, by starvation, by repressions, forced direction, and the stunning hammerblows of conditioning, the free , roving mind is being pursued, roped, blunted, drugged. It is a sad, suicidal course our species seems to have taken.
And this I believe, that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world.
And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I would fight against: Any idea, religion or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about. I can understand why a system built upon a pattern must try to destroy the free mind, for that is one thing which can by inspection destroy such a system.
Surely I can understand this, and I hate it and I will fight against it to preserve the one thing that separates us from the uncreative beasts. If the glory can be killed, we are lost.

1 comment:

  1. Even though the below is from 'Ziopedia,' I can't see much difference in what's taking place in Egypt and here in the USSA.

    While in office, [his son Alaa] political corruption in the Mubarak administration's Ministry of Interior has risen dramatically, due to the increased power over the institutional system that is necessary to secure the prolonged presidency. Such corruption has led to the frequent imprisonment of political figures and young activists without trials, illegal undocumented hidden detention facilities, and rejecting universities, mosques, newspapers staff members based on political inclination. On a personnel level, each individual officer can and will violate citizens' privacy in his area, using unconditioned arrests, common torture and abuse of power, depending on simply brute force, rather than law, to enforce order in the officer's designated area. This has resulted in the common belief that "A policeman is more dangerous than a criminal".

    Mubarak has come under criticism for extending Egypt's Emergency Law (the country has been under a state of emergency since Sadat's assassination in 1981). Under that "state of emergency", the government has the right to imprison individuals for any period of time, and for virtually no reason, thus keeping them in prisons without trials for any period.

    We're paying for the rope that will be used to hang us, mostly due to stupidity, ignorance and apathy.

    Our kids and grandkids will look back on these times as the 'Good old days.'