Naive? An Analysis

Yesterday I posted the following sentence. It was deemed unrealistic and naive and anyone who has watched 24 knows that the world is being more or less set up to believe that a sentence like the one I wrote is … the height of wishful thinking. Here it is in italics:

You fight terrorism by rising above its barbaric laws and enlisting all nations and all civilized persons to engage at a level that will isolate, divide and render absurd the entire edifice of terrorism, its thoughts, its beliefs and its actions.

My response begins with what I will call the Falstaff Ploy — remember in Henry IV Part One when Falstaff plays dead on the grounds that it makes more sense to live as he does than to die for a false honor.

Idealism and naivete are no match for anything, but the Falstaff Ploy is a different matter. That is the point of view that easily sees the testosterone-based honor politics of most inherited nationalist and patriot-gore thinking as simply stupid. It need not be argued. It cannot be argued. There is too much support that has nothing to do with reason. It is redolent of the sort of “strength politics” that we have in DC now. It is redolent of our war on terror which was lost the moment that a decision was made to ignore the advice, indeed the policy, above.

We should have differentiated ourselves from the barbaric code if terrorists. Instead we went lex talionis. Instead of an extended period of building an international structure of civilized support for civilized behavior universally — dividing, isolating and essentially ending the terrorist threat by something truly surgical — we chose shock and awe and unconscionable evasion of reasonable military tenets when there was a chance to get Al Queda at Tora Bora.

If the US wished to go into Osama’s Lair, it would have helped to do so with more than token force.

We need to create and act on a value system built on democracy, tolerance and helpfulness and anchored in the prophetic tradition of non-idolatry.

Democracy is not our democracy. It is every person universal right to have a voice. This is not a right that can be won at the point of a gun, nor when advanced in transparently hypocritical ways.

(Interests should be acknowledged and negotiated — oil, for example.)

Tolerance is not permissive tolerance. It is the recognition that our human family has differing understandings that need to be given enough slack to keep us from one anothers’ throats.

Helpfulness is not throwing first aid at problems but the sorting through of things that work to overcome the endemic crises in the realm of health, education and the overcoming of poverty.

The foundation of a value system for the coming millennium is a move beyond idolatry, a move beyond messianism and celebritization, the discovery of the person and of an understanding of public good that is universal.

Naive? You tell me what else will work. What else will not condemn us to more of the lethal brew that war creates?


Free Will

The irony is freedom is a choice
As much in mind as in the universe

Defy all expectations and rejoice
It is the power to choose that we rehearse

And thus we take responsibility
Save when it serves us to say we’re not free



See look he comes to us upon the shore
And simply says the kingdom is at hand
Repent believe and live forevermore
When will we see and hear and understand
He scuttled Sundays for the one in need
We take the fish and wrap it all in creed

— Stephen C. Rose


Harun Yahya, Darwinism and World Wars

A free documentary on the origins of the two World Wars of the 20th Century is well worth your time.

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Based on the work of Harun Yahya, it examines these horrendous wars, so redolent of hubris, from a Koranic perspective. The fault, the film suggests, lies with the failure to follow proper spiritual guidance. Specifically social Darwinism is the reason given for the rise of these world disasters.

Here is an article to get up to speed on this, because it leads to an understanding of the similarities and differences between our “intelligent design” proponents and Islamic critics of Darwin’s theories.

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Another article presenting the themes of the film noted above may be found here.

What is shown in all of these links is that there are deeper issues that need to be addressed and that the lex talionis approach to terror fomented by the Bush Administration is most likely counter-productive over the long term.

Violence did not begin in the 20th Century. And the resolution of the problem deep in our nature and practice will not come by a purely religious choice. But the path from religion to spirituality, from divisiveness to wholeness, from idiocy to reason, is not easy. To scope out the problem is a starting point. And these links will show us that we need a truly global approach if we are to succeed.

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"Genius Unobserved" Unobserved

POSTSCRIPT 19 September 2006 — Ironically, THIS piece comes up when you Google Genius Observed. I have pretty much given up on Search Engine Optimization. But I would still maintain that a blog called GENIUS OBSERVED deserves placement for the exact term.


A tongue in cheek analysis of “The Wizard of Oz” in a blog called Genius Unobserved on Blogspot which is Google’s very own blog component is not yet observed by the globe’s premium search engine which also happens to be Google.

A search just now for the rerm “genius observed” revealed that Google does not have any terms of that name save in one inaccessable stylesheet connected with Stanford.

Now it may be a matter of time or something like that.

And one cannot really be certain what affects what on the Web. I once had a spurt of traffic based on a reference to one of my pages — invidious — on the Wall Street Journal site. The spam hate mail so generated was an apt reminder that the fall of humankind leaves no soul untouched.

Nevertheless I am having fun. The blog is actually written by Adam Panflick, the hero of my recently-released novel “Panflick: The Boston Car Wars”. In GO, Panflick argues that Baum’s “Wizard of Oz” is one of the more profound theological works to have risen from American soil.

He is, of course, entitled to his opinion if not (yet?) a smidgeon of attention from the world’s primary search engine.


Candidate Phone Spam

When I pick up and there is a slight pause and a “This is” pause I know it will be Hillary Clinton or Eliot Spitzer (in New York Republicans know better) and I have nil appreciation for the intrusive spamming that they and a host of others are doing. I have nothing clever or funny to say except that my impression of them will be marred by their idiotic presumptions about how to win my support. I assume I am not alone.