by B Wook
Alas, fiascos such as the invasion & destruction of Iraq WILL happen again….
And, AGAIN; the Sufis have long contended that the manifold entertainment (!) needs of the many contending segments of the human population that at bottom drive all of our History ARE indeed various & quite often DIRECTLY opposed.
In fact, that sort of head-on conflict IS rapturous for our particular ensemble of quotidian homeostases:
We NEED to fight & there are pay-offs all around for all of the spectator-participants apart from those maimed or killed.
The pay-off for our more kinaesthetic & hence more easily militarised young of course is the chance to KILL & to have DEEP imponderable emotions about ‘comrades’; this opportunity rooted in our bodily natures REMAINS more compelling after sixty-some years than ANY of the synthetic excitements of rock & roll.
The pay-off for the Poltical Class is to FEEL that seductive & sweetly illusory sense of world-historical ‘self-importancy’, whether pro-war OR in opposition; as the orator said at Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park at the August Bank Holiday in 1986:
‘Winston Churchill? SIR Winston Chur-CHILL? Why…we should ‘ave NEVER ‘ave ‘eard of ‘im an it ‘ADN’T ‘ave been fer…HA-dolf It-LER!’
Most dreary, perhaps, is the self-righteous experience of OURSELVES — it IS a sensation of a soi-disant ‘moral superiority’, too, to be repeated VERY often in any lifetime in the non-stop bloodbath of human existence — and that is the DELIGHTFUL sensation of ‘being Right’…over & Over & OVER.
AGAIN & Again &…again….
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[12 June 2014]