Disturbing and sickening.
Disturbing and sickening.
Sick and wrong..
Moral Collapse of a Nation :
What the war on terror has done to America.
That soldier is a sick, sick man.
Where is the rest of the article? I mean, what it here is interesting, but it has nothing to do with what the war has done to america. At least, that point isn't well defined.
Some sources would be nice too.
my question to the panel is simple. If the State has ensured that there is no legal way to prevent the government abusing its authority in this manner, then obviously morally concerned and aware citizens are obliged to find the illegal routes. At what point, I wonder, will the option of Assassination Politics (recently endorsed by the President himself) begin to look like the lesser of many evils?
It's impossible to look at this picture and fail to be struck by the expression on the soldier's face.
When a psychologically healthy person feels that he must kill, he does. But empathy will not make it easy for him, nor conscience soon forgive, for such a person can imagine himself in the place of any other person; this forbids callousness, and makes us human rather than automaton.
However, empathy seems no longer in fashion. A new ethos, emanating from a small but immensely powerful minority, slowly seeps down through the strata into which that minority has shaped us over time: the ethos of the psychopath.
To our despair, psychopaths cannot learn to feel empathy; to them, people are simply objects, no more sentient and no more entitled to compassion than is a bullet or a bayonet. This isn't, strictly, their fault: It is an inherited defect characterized by organic flaws in a brain structure called the uncinate fasciculus.
This defect -- perhaps unfortunately -- precludes empathy but does not impair intellectual functioning; only moral intelligence is missing. The more functional of these people can tell you, if they wish, exactly what the consequences of their actions are likely to be. But they can't feel those consequences; they are mere abstractions, and fail to move them against the promptings of reward-seeking of various kinds.
I say "unfortunately" because the most dangerous psychopaths -- sharing the central assumption that empathy is weakness -- tend to join together despite their fundamentally antisocial character and promote their thinking as justified by any of countless corrupt creeds. Lacking the restraints of conscience, they are very effective in gaining control, over time, of the apparatus of government, industry, finance, media and all of the other institutions that govern our lives.
In my country and many others, many alert observers think this has already happened.
Worse, we can't teach psychopaths empathy, but they can teach us calumny, corruption and callous contempt -- and do. Using the principles of public relations, as derived by Edward Bernays from the psychological precepts explored by his uncle, Sigmund Freud, advertisers both commercial and ideological feed us, all day and every day, the poisoned platitudes of a consumer culture that becomes a moral anesthetic and numbs us against the pinpricks of outraged conscience.
With this tainted tutelage is mingled its foundational thesis: that each of us need merely attend to his own needs and desires, and everyone else can go to hell. The trouble is, this is precisely how hell comes to be. One need only look at the soldier's face, as he holds his trophy for the camera, to see this. And today, most of the people of the world need fear no afterlife, for what hell they will experience is the stuff of their daily existence.
Time to stop the pathocrats is not unlimited. We should not seek to punish them for their crimes, as tempting as such a prospect may be. But we must call upon every source of aid we can find, even some that may be distasteful, to identify them and prise their fingers from the levers of power.
Really powerful photo.
I agree with the poster who said that there should be another choice---save, share, bookmark.
I think more folk should be aware of what is actually going on, that is why I gave it a thumbs up.
If interested, you can read the memo yourself here; http://www.docstoc.com/docs/5488275/OLCMemo1
Americans--taking trophy hunting to the next level.
From the page: What the war on terror has done to America.
Its not the united states fault, its the human races fault.