Thursday, March 24, 2011

"A Message Everybody Needs to Hear"

So writes reader Steven Cornett who sent along the above "video that, in a small but powerful way, makes the point of the way this once great country has declined. In some ways, too many people have become heartless, if not downright psychopathic, and their love of what is evil can only bring darkness."

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Blogger Manuel Marques Pinto de Rezende said...

Though very inspirational, the first part of this video kind of mentions that empathy depends on economical circunstances. Its a minor detail, and I believe it was not made on purpose.

7:45 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

I had a very minor quibble or two, as I do with everything, but found it pretty powerful, especially toward the end where it indicted my compatriots for being largely "drunk on pop culture."

The Americans and Canadians I know here in Korea would rather talk about sports teams or TV shows back home than serious issues. Like the narrator, I sometimes feel I'm in a parallel universe.

(The reader who sent me the piece has said, "They don't call it TV programming for nothing.")

One thing I liked is that the video transcends what we call left and right.

9:50 PM  
Blogger Enbrethiliel said...


I'm glad I watched this video. The opening quote is profound and the closing quote gives me even more food for thought. I do think that we've been sliding into a pit of awfulness for a long time now (and I present even the music and movies my beloved 1980s as evidence); what I don't know is how much longer we have before something gives.

I have thought for some time that we all are more caught up in the classic "bread and circuses" deathtrap than any civilisation can afford to be. I don't look as deeply into the political implications as does the maker of this video, but the cultural signs are hard to miss. Just a few months ago, a friend who is a father told me that his heart broke a little when his nine-year-old daughter came home from school singing a Lady Gaga song. I remarked, "Makes Alanis Morisette look wholesome, doesn't she?" And suddenly the 1990s looked like some golden age . . . which we who lived through it know it wasn't. =S

But is that really the best we can do these days?

My own blog is about pop culture and I'm now wondering whether I'm just being part of the problem. (I'm not fishing for reassurance!)

3:27 AM  
Blogger Francis Xavier said...

I used to get angry at all the people who refused to think beyond pop culture. And then, when I saw what happened when they tried to think, I came to grateful they didn't think beyond pop culture all too often.

Plato had already latched on to this consistency of human existence, and tried, whether successfully or not, to devise a state that did it justice.

I personally believe that one reason for the US's decline is that into the 60s while it was a democracy or republic on paper as a nod to its Calvinist heritage, in actual fact power was tightly held through informal means in the hands of the Northeastern elite, men who were able to think.

8:01 AM  
Blogger Dale said...

The video itself means little to me since I don't know who the speakers/authors are. However, the Matthean chapter (24) has come to mind often for some years. Because lawlessness shall abound, the love of many shall grow cold.

We should all ponder that.

9:46 AM  
Blogger Dale said...

St. Matthew 24:12

9:47 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Enbrethiliel, the way the video-maker edited in the scene of Lady Gaga before the worshipping masses was eerie. Funny how people think she's a rebel, when she's one of the major players in maintaining the status quo. We've got fools on both sides arguing about so-called gay so-called marriage while we're being enslaved to the Banks, Wall Street, and the Pentagon.

Francis Xavier, that's a good point people who refused to think beyond pop culture trying to think, one the colleague here who halfway gets it enjoyed. I'm not sure if I agree about your point about the Northeastern elite, or rather if I just don't want to agree. I always place the final decline in the year 1898 when the last Buffalonian (midwesterners culturally) left the White House. Ike was another midwesterner who offered a respite.

Dale, that is perhaps my favorite chapter of Holy Writ.

9:25 PM  

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