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Thursday, July 16, 2009

A Little Ethics ?

Retribution Is Good - But Who Qualifies ?

The Raging American was a walking IED .

He was a threat to himself and others.

He was lucky to find Shri Keillor - a reader, thinker and writer with obvious self esteem issues.

He could have found one of those multitude of Americans who pack guns and are itching to test them.

He has probably dehumanised his wife to "quivering jelly" or worse.

His children are probably growing up as potential Michael Jacksons - defenseless against the "normalities" of existence.

He either was or will soon be fired.

Do we "forgive" this carrier of calamities or do we show him some tough love?

But how many among us have any idea what love is?

I was well into my thirties, before I lucked upon a Rabbi's son who could explain love, psychoses and related issues, with a perspective that I found appealing.With only marginal and clearly awkward traces of ethnocentricity or hubris .(Erich Fromm - start with Man For Himself).

Justice is brilliant and necessary, but why is it that 21 centuries after a martyrdom considered significant by a large mass of the ruling elite of the planet and ages of human experience and wisdom we are unable to cast stones and deliver healing and life?

The moral of Shri Keillor's complex parable appears clear - Tat Tvam Asi - That Thou Art and we have a lot of growing up to do.

Welcome to Divakar's Sathyagraha - News and views from Divakar S Natarajan's, "no excuses", ultra peaceful, non partisan, individual sathyagraha against corruption and for the idea of the rule of law in India. Now in its 18th year.

I would love to hear from you.

And what's with this software. Shri Keillor's name goes unnoticed but all non anglo saxon stuff is underlined in red !

-- divakarssathya
[Read divakarssathya's other letters]
July 15, 2009 10:36 PM

Where's the anger over cruelty?
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