"Trigger Warning" This not an inspirational post.
Whoooo-eeeee. What price, knowledge?
I recently watched the 4 part series on HBO called "Exterminate All the Brutes." A gripping and crippling look at colonialism beginning in the 1700s in Europe. Spain, Portugal, UK, Belgium, and others raped the world's resources and killed (or enslaved its people) for financial gain, and framed it all in a picture of moral, religious and cultural superiority. Beginning with the Spanish Inquisition where blood purity was the standard for being favored by God and Man, all the way to Charlottesville and the killing of Heather Heyer by a white supremesist, the brutal history of the have and have nots is laid out in horrific detail.
Do we humans deserve to live on this earth? In church this weekend, the minister put forth the question of how we, as part of a humanist philosophy and organization, are supposed to come to terms with how devastatingly terrible humans can be. Such questions go unanswered. Except to say, on my part, I seek the stories that also highlight the best of humankind. It's the only way I can carry on in a world filled with hate and violence. When I connect with loving and kind humans, I know how the world at large could be, and how it falls awfully short.
|The kids going to prom, 2012|