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VOYEURISM, THE INTERNET, AND BIN LADEN

Posted in Uncategorized by thecuriousmail on September 19, 2010

The internet, and saturation news coverage, has turned

us into voyeurs who see human suffering merely as some

kind of diversion, and despite the fact that the issues can

be found in our homes, on our tvs and monitors, often in

real time, we insist that we are only meant to be voyeurs.

How much suffering do we need to witness before we act?

The main defense of the ignorant –‘I didn’t know’– is clearly

not applicable here. We do know. And we choose to do nothing. Why??

Bin Laden says that all Muslims must be concerned with what is done to any Muslim anywhere, and to take

action to assist their fellow Muslims. To me the black South African boy, and the old Inuit woman,  Jew,  Muslim,

Christian, or Animist, and all in between, are my brothers and sisters, and I am obliged to treat them as such,

to respect them, and to take that action which is appropriate to assist them. And I accept that as I share, I likely

will have less myself. I don’t want to buy a pair of shoes made by a child working in a factory earning 50 cents

a day. We in the West selfishly demand priority, in resources and decision-making, and build our lives on the

toil of near-slaves. What is the difference between the terrorist’s indiscriminate bombing, and our

indiscriminate consumerism? A quick death or a slow death?

The Western tradition is based on three planks:  christianity, capitalism, and democracy.

The compromised morality of christianity says the world, including all animals,  is god’s gift to us to do with as we

please,  to exploit without restraint.

Capitalism subjugates everything to the single goal of profit,  as if that goal in itself justifes all actions and

decisions and inequalities, and will exploit any situation to its illogical or unreasonable or unfair conclusion.

Democracy gives us the opportunity to choose in particular those who we wish to lie to us and to deceive us,

but all the while knowing they will do anything to maintain their position in power.

Have we really come thousands of generations through history to be here at this point??

“The greed of gain has no time or limit to its capaciousness. Its one object is to consume.

It has pity neither for beautiful nature nor for living human beings. It is ruthlessly ready without a

moment’s hesitation to crush beauty and life.”

Above all, we need to act, and now.

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