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23. It is the definition of power
Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:11 PM
Feb 2013

as 'power over' instead of 'power with'. Power over others, and thus safety and happiness, is the fairy tale we have to wake up from and grow beyond, if we are to survive as a society.

The gun issue is absolutely about personal power, people who feel the most 'left behind' in this changing world do not have adequate coping skills to shift with the times. Ironically the values of cooperation, community, tolerance, harmony with nature are very ancient and what is required is remembering who we are as Earthlings.

We are a part of the Earth, and the power-over myth that has been taught to humans through religious, racist, and cultural myths has interfered with us holding on to our ancient roots as human beings living in harmony with each other and our planet. The uses of fear and loathing to craft these myths has resulted in a very sick society, because they have a war mentality.

The myths that are harming this country and the world at large, are based on war and a form of Armageddon. This dystopian view of the future teaches people to hoard food, guns, land and an eternal vigilant state of fight or flight. It is a very destructive state of mind, and needs to be countered on every level and at every opportunity---and replaced with better ways of coping. I agree with Dennis Kucinich that we need a Department of Peace. Put as much time and effort studying ways of helping people cope, and the sharing of resources.

We as a country need to grow up past consumerism, exceptionalism, racism, dominionism and all the other destructive religious interpretations--and truly recognize these old assumptions as the toxic and harmful belief systems that are at the root of our identity crisis.

These myths teach us to accept 'power over' as a given--by those FEW people who have defined it, because their power mostly depends upon us BELIEVING and ACCEPTING this definition. As we believe in 'power over', we GIVE our POWER of CHOICE away to them. This has been going on for millennia, and today we are seeing the culmination of this belief system. This is how we have arrived to accept a piece of paper as more valuable than life.


The last paragraph really sums it up well ... and then people wonder why ... RKP5637 Feb 2013 #1
Something seems missing... Eleanors38 Feb 2013 #2
This sounds like a Fox "News" transcript Doctor_J Feb 2013 #6
Don't watch that stuff like some. Anything relevant, otherwise? Eleanors38 Feb 2013 #25
No, if that were it non-whites and non-males would have been massacreing people for centuries (nt) Recursion Feb 2013 #8
I sure have noticed that DU's who claim male victimhood BlancheSplanchnik Feb 2013 #10
Plus a gazillion... pkdu Feb 2013 #30
Care to name some examples? Blue_Tires Feb 2013 #15
And what brings Americans together? The Superbowl, a very violent game flamingdem Feb 2013 #3
I'm not surprised BlancheSplanchnik Feb 2013 #9
"The decisions to export American jobs were based solely on corporate profit... antigop Feb 2013 #4
Where is Hate Radio/ Fox "News" in the equation? Doctor_J Feb 2013 #5
yes, they give 'permission' (by example) to be callous and angry BlancheSplanchnik Feb 2013 #11
Is the gun a God Big_Harry Feb 2013 #7
I read here that 203 people were shot yesterday, were the killers all white? just1voice Feb 2013 #12
Article is limited to mass murders and even defines it. sinkingfeeling Feb 2013 #13
Do they explain why the mass murders done by those who are not white males don't count? Bluenorthwest Feb 2013 #16
You obviously didn't even bother to read the first paragraph. sinkingfeeling Feb 2013 #17
Yes I did. Bluenorthwest Feb 2013 #19
Ft Hood, Palestinian/American. DC shooters, African American... Bluenorthwest Feb 2013 #20
Slightly more are black than white... bobclark86 Feb 2013 #14
This thread was opened in 'good reads' to discuss the article. It's about mass murder. sinkingfeeling Feb 2013 #18
I have a simpler answer Demo_Chris Feb 2013 #21
I think you've summed it up. alarimer Feb 2013 #32
The white males who go postal are often highly intelligent. undeterred Feb 2013 #22
It is the definition of power felix_numinous Feb 2013 #23
What felix_numinous said. love_katz Feb 2013 #31
This sentence says it all: Brigid Feb 2013 #24
+100 lunasun Feb 2013 #28
Women and minorities are disproportionately badly affected by the economy. yardwork Feb 2013 #26
Styx, "I'm just a prisoner in a king's disguise . . . " patrice Feb 2013 #27
Pieces of Eight patrice Feb 2013 #29
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