Saturday, September 30, 2006

Chomsky On Human Destiny

1 comment:

Scott Starr said...

"Modern industrial civilization has developed within a certain system of convenient myths. The driving force of our industrial civilization has been individual material gain, which is accepted as legitimate, even praiseworthy......."

Please... somebody explain to me how this is not a conservative view?!

...Actually- Nowadays I am fond of saying:
"I have begun to understand that the whole conservative-liberal debate has become useless and the terms are meaningless. There is no left and right really - just authoritarian and more authoritarian. There is left and further left and right and further right so that they both really fall in approximately the same position on the dial I encourage my fellow men, Christians and citizens to climb out of those respective boxes and become discerning human beings again."

My favorite point he makes about ALL media in Manufacturing Consent is first establishing that ALL media is driven by advertising and/or the "corporate urge" to maximize profits and then rhetorically asks "what picture of the world would you expect to emerge from this?" It is a simple equation that is stunning in its clarity and quite baffling as to how we can be so blinded to such a thing.

I was reminded of some of that just last night when I ran across these verses.

James 5 (Amplified Bible)
Amplified Bible (AMP)

James 5
1COME NOW, you rich [people], weep aloud and lament over the miseries (the woes) that are surely coming upon you.

2Your abundant wealth has rotted and is ruined, and your [many] garments have become moth-eaten.

3Your gold and silver are completely rusted through, and their rust will be testimony against you and it will devour your flesh as if it were fire. You have heaped together treasure for the last days.

4[But] look! [Here are] the wages that you have withheld by fraud from the laborers who have reaped your fields, crying out [for vengeance]; and the cries of the harvesters have come to the ears of the Lord of hosts.

5[Here] on earth you have abandoned yourselves to soft (prodigal) living and to [the pleasures of] self-indulgence and self-gratification. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.

6You have condemned and have murdered the righteous (innocent man), [while] he offers no resistance to you.

7So be patient, brethren, [as you wait] till the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits expectantly for the precious harvest from the land. [See how] he keeps up his patient [vigil] over it until it receives the early and late rains.

8So you also must be patient. Establish your hearts [strengthen and confirm them in the final certainty], for the coming of the Lord is very near.

9Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you [yourselves] may not be judged. Look! The Judge is [already] standing at the very door.

10[As] an example of suffering and ill-treatment together with patience, brethren, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord [as His messengers].

11You know how we call those blessed (happy) who were steadfast [who endured]. You have heard of the endurance of Job, and you have seen the Lord's [purpose and how He richly blessed him in the] end, inasmuch as the Lord is full of pity and compassion and tenderness and mercy.(A)

12But above all [things], my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath; but let your yes be [a simple] yes, and your no be [a simple] no, so that you may not sin and fall under condemnation.