Monday, December 6, 2010

How innocent are you?

As we approach the darkest day of the year, and see the death of the vegetation around us, we, once again, become intimately aware of the cycle of the seasons.

I have become more intensely aware of the corruption and evil in our society. We are not innocent.

This is some of what Chris Hedges has to write this morning in his article "Happy as a hangman" which is well worth reading.

"Innocence, as defined by law, makes us complicit with the crimes of the state. To do nothing, to be judged by the state as an innocent, is to be guilty. It is to sanction, through passivity and obedience, the array of crimes carried out by the state.

To be innocent in America means we passively permit offshore penal colonies where we torture human beings, some of whom are children. To be innocent in America is to acquiesce to the relentless corporate destruction of the ecosystem that sustains the human species. To be innocent in America is to permit the continued theft of hundreds of billions of dollars from the state by Wall Street swindlers and speculators. To be innocent in America is to stand by as insurance and pharmaceutical companies, in the name of profit, condemn ill people, including children, to die. To be innocent in America is refusing to resist wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that are not only illegal under international law but responsible for the murder of hundreds of thousands of people. This is the odd age we live in. Innocence is complicity. "

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