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Dot 0008 – Can the Mind Comprehend Its Own Annihilation?

Yesterday I was reading from Chapter 5 of Robert Jay Lifton’s recent book “The Climate Swerve: Reflections on Mind, Hope and Survival” (link), the chapter on Malignant Normality. What I took out of my reading was that most people are unable to realistically envisage the destruction of their culture and global environment. Drawing on US history, he found that when we were faced with the prospect of what later got to be named “mutually assured destruction” resulting from nuclear war, we tended to “normalize” what we felt powerless to change. As a result, we as an informed citizenry accepted as normal and sustainable some of the most artful but fundamentally unrealistic dodges that our leaders offered up. In my related blogpost, I relate some examples and offer my thoughts about them

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Dot 0007 War and Meaning: A Paradoxical Relationship?

At the outbreak of the Iraq war, Chris Hedges, a graduate of the Harvard University Divinity School, wrote a book about his decades long experiences as war correspondent in Central America, the Balkans, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning is a must read, even if a harrowing one. The linked post (click here) is a first in a series that I propose to share with you. Through these posts I hope to cast some light and provide some backdrop for grappling with issues that are coming to dominate our socio-cultural context, including nativism, nuclear war, global warming as well as multiple forms of terror being adopted and perpetrated in the name of salvation.
Edmond

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