Saturday, September 11, 2010
It's about a community of regular people who allowed their government to fall into the hands of a charismatic leader and his cronies who snake charmed the people into accepting that any problems they were having, as a country and as individuals, were the fault of others in their society.
This government convinced people to assign blame on "the others" and while they looked the other way and abdicated responsibility, members of their community began to be arrested for no reason, their homes destroyed and their property confiscated. The country fell into wars with the rest of the world and was ultimately crushed.
It really dismays me that there are young people today who do not understand the monstrosity of the expression "Holocaust deniers". I grew up next door to some elderly neighbors who once had numbers forcibly tattooed onto their forearms and that was probably the highlight of that day. From Max and Ethel Rosenberg and a man I worked with, Joe Weiner, I learned the stories behind those tattoos from the people who lived those lives and they spoke for those who did not live to tell their own tales.
History should not be a mystery. When are humans world wide going to grow up and stop being enslaved by religious and/or political dogma and the fear and narrow-mindedness that it breeds? There are so many other things we could be doing with our passions, energy and resources. Wonderful things.
I had a dream that a very scary looking alien sat at a table with a big industrial sized blender and piles of scrolls, Bibles, Korans and Torahs. With a manic look on his face he began feeding them into the blender along with a few raw fish - was it Dan Acroyd doing Bass-o-matic?- all the while he's describing how these books appeared to be the source of power of the puny humans. Gleefully, he hits the LIQUEFY button for a minute and then chugs the whole mess, wipes his face with a scaly green forearm and strides away shouting "NOW TO CONQUER THE EARTH!". Was it the burrito I ate for dinner or too much CNN?