POEM: Wee Civil Lies: They Brutalize

We are prone
Too civil lies
The most savage saving
Buy brutal lies
As assuredly
As they had
Been stood up
Just the same
For their own
Good
Won for us
None for them
Hidden as mirror
Human eyes
Unsettling
The score
One

Violence - The Cause and Solution to All of Our Problems PEACE BUTTONThis poem is about the we unleash in the name of the and against stateless that is often referred to as .   is with a bigger budget.   on is a shock and full escalation of seeking to end violence with more violence.  This poem is about the profound egocentrism that is scaled up to and exclusivist .  When we add our ignorance of “foreign” humans to the crucible of our own fears, we conjure demons.  A nation of partisans is blind to .

The man who speaks of the enemy is the enemy himself. Bertolt Brecht quote PEACE BUTTONWe prefer to believe that humans living in other nations and cultures somehow operate disconnected, even psychotically, from a cause-and-effect world.  “They” are aliens, or more literally, not human.  Their grievous experiences are viewed as illegitimate, or simply self-inflicted (unlike ours).  becomes just US.  We are good; they are .  We go long with the whores of in a costly and feudal tempt to psychologically project our own onto distant others and militarily project our own lust for and, of coarse, its ostensible .  Our “way of ” is inescapably intertwined with our “way of .”  This ever-popular though pathetic avoidance of assenting to the oneness of is an epic to own up to the costs of .   and are cheaper, like that cheap plastic crap from .  Why Is It Always US versus Them PEACE BUTTONWithout disposable people, the gears of and would grind to a halt in a -wrenching imperative to honor every human right.  A so-called civilization built around planned obsolescence and cancerous growth rejects, not surprisingly, the priceless sanctity of every human which would mandate a firewall to the carnage of war.   would go one better than human wrongs.  But at what accost?  Probably much less than war, but the distribution of pain would be much different.  By attending to our own shadow side, we preempt extracting the cost of our own from others.  Anything War Can Do Peace Can Do Better PEACE BUTTONOf course, this costs us — please note that is incurring a cost of one’s own, thereby demarcating what we value.  Further, a healthy human being replete with goes even further to absorb some of ’s cost from less healthy humans, thereby incarnating the example of .  This is the opposite of war, and, ultimately, the only scoring that matters.   perpetually extends humanity to each and every human, not amputating to those who don’t happen to be at hand.  For badder or worse, love will piss off virtually every in-group of which you are a part.  In-group members reliably err on their own over out-group members.  Human is necessarily .  	 If we were willing to pay the same price for peace that we pay for war, we'd have peace today PEACE BUTTONLove and kiss when we in-group toward securing for all.

May we know the score that is love, demolishing war-making.

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