More horror with James Foley headlining the news this week; 153,000 people die every day, yet these two lost to ISIS in the last month have stirred more fear, have incited more rage, have captured more MSM presence globally, than any since Michael Brown (oh wait, that was only a month ago–or is it already down the memory hole?). I hear Stalin’s words echoing, “When one person dies, it’s a tragedy, but when a million people die, it’s a statistic.”
A tragedy indeed. As I mentioned in my last post, the true crime here is not any beheading but the repeated broadcasting of those horrific images across every medium. It is a psychological crime and our collective consciousness is the victim. The searing into our collective eyes of a new nightmare, like the twin towers falling over, and over, and over…
In 2004, Karl Rove openly mocked a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist (emphasis mine):
Guys like you are “in what we call the reality-based community,” where people “believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality. …That’s not the way the world really works anymore. We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.
Rove hints here at truths deeper than any we typically see from members of the cryptocracy: it simply does not work any more to study objective reality (he even calls it “discernible reality”), draw conclusions, and act accordingly. We must approach our conscious experience and act from a deeper understanding.
We have no option but to look away. To refuse to respond to what is being force-fed to us, and instead focus on creating the reality that we want to experience, and that we want our children to experience. I don’t for a second mean to imply that we should turn a blind eye to what is going on in the world. Quite the opposite, I feel we are obligated to remain informed–knowledge is power, after all. But as always, with power comes responsibility. The responsibility that comes with a deep understanding of current events involves rising above them, and soldiering on in spite of them towards a better reality.
And that is how we can change the world: neither by acquiescing to nor protesting against the reality imposed upon us by others, but by creating our own.
“Turn towards the sun, and the shadows fall behind you.”