My thoughts about culture and our present conditions. As Dianne Moore says in Learning to Love a Wounded World, "This requires a willingness to feel everything…. the horror and the beauty of what is here…. the fear and the Love.”

Homage to the People Without History

The reality and the ideal tragically clash when soldiers and Marines
return home. These combat veterans are often alienated from the world
around them, a world that still believes in the myth of war and the
virtues of the nation. They confront the grave, existential crisis of
all who go through combat and understand that we have no monopoly on
virtue, that in war we become as barbaric and savage as those we
oppose.

This is a profound crisis of faith. It shatters the myths, national and
religious, that these young men and women were fed before they left for
Iraq. In short, they uncover the lie they have been told. Their
relationship with the nation will never be the same. These veterans
give us a true narrative of the war — one that exposes the vast
enterprise of industrial slaughter unleashed in Iraq. They expose the
lie.

From "Collateral Damage" –by Chris Hedges

The People Without History

Collateral damage neuters the unintentional dead in war,
objectifying their nameless corpses
washing their blood from the damned
who use violence itself as the means to quell their conscience

Objectified people without history
nameless and voiceless to the lords
who make war from perches atop pyramids
sucking power from the planet
through holes at the point of their great inverted funnels
blendered through the objectified collateral bodies
of the people without history

This power they suck
like the floating effluence of sewage settling ponds
is the raw material of mass cultivation
an assemblage of debris called civilization
a symbolic artifice of which the lords harangue ceaselessly
as if it were theirs

History is then the story of this accumulation
and rearranging of debris as property
the rantings about which can never belong
to the people without history
for they are only the objects on the stage
or the stage hands in the wings
for the theater of wealth
the collateral exchanged for power
and damaged without regret

Ren Huntsinger June 3, 2008, 5:14pm

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One response

  1. Karen

    I think I am glad to be without history, to be without the baggage of accumulated wealth or ‘power’. I feel light and free and nation-less. – Though that is not to say without culture, just without nation. (And yet, I have to admit, I do own my nationality, my national identity!)I think that we without history are more powerful than we realise. We are active creators, largely unconscious of the creative role we play. I hope that more and more become conscious of their powerfulness and their freedom to be.I would not be a ‘lord’ of all the surplus  this beautiful planet has to offer. Being free to BE is too wonderful an experience to exchange for history. – As long as one realises what one has in being, it is a gift.Love ya Ren. Hope you don’t mind my input. I thoroughly enjoyed this blog. xxxxx

    June 7, 2008 at 11:52

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