Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Bin Laden's Death

The triumphalism about Bin Laden's death is quite depressing. The simple fact is that the rise of Islamic fundamentalism has its roots in 19th century British imperialism, the baton of which was passed to America after WW2. People have turned to religious fanaticism in the Middle-East as an outlet for their despair in reaction to political exploitation. A shame that the cheering crowds outside the White House couldn't reflect on that fact. But that would assume that people were intelligent, self-reflexive moral creatures that could get outside their egos and biological/cultural programming, which is obviously not the case. Thus the horrible cycle of history, tribalism and violence continues. Nature rocks on; people are owned by the DNA molecule. The only answer: don't have kids!

17 comments:

  1. Very good!

    I appreciated the social and historical analysis. You are spot on. I´ll keep checking your blog, definately. And you have another one, right? Life is pointless.blogspot? =]

    Keep writing!!

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  2. Thanks, Shadow! Appreciate the comment, my friend. At least there's one person reading my bile:-) Think I'll just work on this blog and leave the Life is Pointless one alone. Given the nature of life, there'll be plenty more to come.

    And just to clarify, Bin Laden was as deluded and fanatical as anyone else. I was just pointing out how violence begets violence and trying to convey my disgust at the war-mongering that prevails all over the mainstream media today.

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  3. Karl,

    Congratulations for your new blog! I wish it a long life (no pun intended :)

    "Bin Laden was as deluded and fanatical as anyone else. I was just pointing out how violence begets violence and trying to convey my disgust at the war-mongering that prevails all over the mainstream media today".

    How true. And the western movie mentality that permeates this world: the mob celebrating bin Laden's death looked like a lynching crowd.

    Today everything is twittingly simple: good vs evil, revenge, and western clichés: "Now the world is a better place without bin Laden".

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  4. Josep, how are you, man? Great to see you here! Thanks a lot for your comment; I really appreciate it. "The western movie mentality". How true. For most people, violence is only ever seen on tv dramas or movies, never in real life. Hence their indifference to war, murder and so on. That photo of Obama and co. watching the operation in The White House turned my stomach. Pure pornography. What a lovely world we live in!

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  5. It's a pleasure post in in your blog, Karl.

    "For most people, violence is only ever seen on tv dramas or movies, never in real life. Hence their indifference to war, murder and so on. That photo of Obama and co. watching the operation in The White House turned my stomach. Pure pornography".

    But then they spare you the money shot, i.e. bin Laden's exploded head. In case real life violence could make people take pity even on the mega-villain's fate.

    A lovely world, indeed.

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  6. By the way,

    Did you notice a tabloid's headline: "He Rots in Hell"? That's a Catholic wet dream! Bin Laden must be in Muslim heaven now. Be more precise, for God's sake!

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  7. In the time that it took to kill this one crazy man, several hundred million others were born. This is an insanely inefficient way to rid the world of insanity...

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  8. Josep: Very funny! Yes, the stupidity and crowd-pleasing nature of the media in this part of the world is astonishing.

    Tim: Good to see you here, man. Very witty observation on recent events. My nightmare would be to granted eternal life as a cleaner in a maternity ward....

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  9. I couldn't agree more. You know what's kind of strange about the whole thing though? I'll call this hypothetical (because I never knew Bin Laden personally), but consider this: Osama Bin Laden supposedly had many children with many women, owned lots of land, had more money and friends than he knew what to do with, and was on a campaign to spread his views throughout the planet by force. This means, spreading his own views by doing all that he can to ensure that his progeny would ultimately have some semblance of control over everything. Aside from themselves, of course :)

    The other super powers of the world engage in the same behavior constantly. The only difference is that the bigger, crazier mob can scream back at their enemy with a louder collective voice, thus "validating" their own position.

    So, when the media moguls proudly stand in front of a camera and with hardly contained excitement, announce that yet another human being... one exactly like them in every fundamental way, has been violently ejected from this existence... the masses cheer! Perhaps they don't realize it, but they are celebrating the death of a clone of their personal character. Each and every one of them is absolutely convinced that they can create heaven from hell; that spreading their genes and memes will somehow alter the ultimate outcome.

    Yes, indeed... it's moments like these where I can lean back and think to myself "You are all insane." Thanks for being one of the outsiders, Karl. Sorry you had to come into this mess though :(

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  10. Garrett, thanks for showing up here, my friend. Your comments are spot on. The mindless celebration of violence, tribalism and swallowing of government propaganda is truly depressing, and, as you eloquently point out, the lack of any empathy or attempt to understand the perspective of those from a different tribe is grim, to put it mildly. Will it ever change? Can't see it happening somehow.

    And thanks for your condolences re.existence. I've often thought the same myself:-) And allow me to extend my sympathies to you for suffering the same plight...

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  11. I'll definitely be around. Yup... violence, tribalism, and propaganda. That's exactly it!

    My pleasure, and thank you :)

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  12. Most impressed with all the contributions thus far. It isn't often you see the truth expressed so wittily and eloquently;if at all.

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  13. lifehater, good to see you here. I hope to be seeing more of your contributions, as I know you've got a lot to offer in this area:-)

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  14. Thanks for your kind words Karl. There is certainly no shortage of unpleasant material on which to reflect,though perhaps the greatest contribution anyone can make is to make absolutely no contribution:)

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  15. Very nice blog; only found it now that Shadow advertised it. I'm happily surprised that it doesn't only share the antinatalist realisation we all came to, but the socio-historical I came to aswell.

    But then again, just as tribalism and pronatalism are branching from a single root, it might be evident that their opposites go hand in hand.

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  16. bazompora, thanks for the kind words and your comments. Hope to see more of you around here.

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