- Hey Everyone,
To those on this list discussing all the merry-go-round of the
etheric bodies, and particulary to Stephen, I ask what do you make of
the comment from Mr.Brabant-Schmidt that Magdalene was one of
Lazarus' limbs? And assuming we are not talking about the penis I
wonder if this could be about the Sentient Soul that Bradford speaks
on? And then I am wondering if you have a thought as to how something
can happen like this when the person is still alive as was true in
Magdalene's case? She was called the earthly representative of Sophia
so could it be that as Christ hovered over Jesus of Nazareth if
Sophia hovered over Magdalene? And then comes the question again of
this John/Lazarus in that maybe ....well that's enough questions for
Thanks for any thoughts on this,
> I have it from a certain authority that Mr.Hi Stephen,
> Brabant-Schmidt is a
Are you also aware that he was the holder of offices
within the Anthroposophy society and a student for
over thirty years before his death?
I think his work may leave a few people worried about
where it coincides with the Doctors as his footnotes
are similar to the ones given by Mr. Prokofieff and
that seems to bother quite a few of the Doctors
students. But the Doctor left this trail for the
Sophist of his followers to help bring about an
> comparison would prove to serve his resolve to serveDottie: Do you recall the name of the book?
> mankind in the
> name of Jesus. Thus, he traded in his coat-of-arms
> for the
> sackcloth of Jesus.
> As for Mary M. we have talked before on this, thankDottie:
Are you the Stephen I interacted with off list at one
And it is
> a story that is largely unknown, yet actually veryDottie:
> well documented
> in the meager annals of the Apostleship and its
Yeah, I got the well documented parts that are of the
exoteric nature. These I care not for. However the
inner ones that are now being shown throughout the
world are the ones I am interested in. Specifically
you speak at times or so I note on various etheric
bodies of various peoples and who has whos and so
forth. I don't know of these things first hand so
prefer not to speculate, not to say that is what you
do, however as you are on this specific subject at
times I wonder how you or anyone might be able to
reconcile the fact that a supposed 'limb' of
Magdalenes was that of Lazarus. This thought comes
from Mr. Braband-Schmidts book and I give it credence
as to the rest of what he has written I have derived
from the Doctors work. So, do you have a thought how
one can be alive and still contribute a 'etheric or
soul body to another? I have a few thoughts but again
they go against the nature of most on this list so I
just want to see how it can be explained that this
might be a possibility: 'limb' given while still in
All my best,
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- Bradford comments;
What follows is part of an absolute Michael Indictment of Amerika.
Some would call it a Rant but since honest insights and reflections
into Amerikan society are so fragmented, this insight into the
undercurrent Sorathian stupor of Amerika and how an entire Karl
Rovian Lodge has placed Amerika as the prime suspect for bringing on
a full fledged hallucination of Armageddon, we might be wise to read
it all the way through, instead of my edited and shortened version.
As I have mentioned, the experiment with Germany was small potatoes,
imagine the fish that Sorath is thinking about catching. The famous
fish story, that Orwell wrote about, when Fascism came as sweet
amnesia and the tyrant was the OMEN of an evil boyscout disguised as
Jimmy Stewart in Mr. Smith goes to Washington. Hi! My name is
Ahriman and I was born in Amerika.
"....Our government is as much a terrorist as those in Beslam, Bali,
New York and Madrid. It is time we stop thinking ourselves the
enlightened culture we are not. It is time to stop a hypocrisy that
seems to validate the atrocities we commit while castigating those
made against us. Up to 30,000 Iraqis have died from our candy-like
cluster bombs, guided missiles, rampaging soldiers and hollow-tipped
bullets. In our name the government falsely imprisoned thousands,
raped hundreds and tortured untold numbers of innocents. In our
name tens of thousands have been injured and millions now suffer the
effects of our occupation. Let's stop the bull manure. Our silence
makes us all complicit in the state sponsored terrorism the Bush
administration and the US military have exported into Iraq. Iraqi
lives are not worth less than American ones simply because they are
Arab or possess darker skin or believe in a different religion.
They are human, like you and me, breathing air and bleeding red,
burying loved ones and living under constant fear, so stop the
Through the catastrophe we have created in Iraq our ignorance and
lack of knowledge can be witnessed. In our failure to learn alien
cultures, religions, beliefs and societies, by failing to understand
peoples beyond our shores and remaining oblivious to the hatred our
policies have created our lives have been made less safe, not more,
condemning us to a fear that has augmented our already paranoid
schizophrenia even more. The colossal mistakes in Iraq, Vietnam,
the continued support of Israeli dehumanization of the Palestinians
and our continued shunning of the global community are testament to
the decline of world knowledge and the exponentially-growing
ignorance that only serves to endanger our lives and further
alienate the billions who once admired what America once stood for.
Cocooned and protected by a bubble that insulates us from the truths
and realities affecting billions living at the edge of starvation,
suffering, indigence and under constant threats of disease and
death, we rejoice in our own arrogance and perceived omnipotence.
Unfeeling and apathetic humans we have become to a planet and its
inhabitants that more and more depend on the interconnectedness of
man and synergy of nations to survive from the disaster humankind
always seems to unearth. Yet instead of embracing the rest of
humanity we isolate ourselves from it, hiding behind our wealth, our
gluttony, our arrogance, our perceived aura of superiority and our
incredible and ever-growing ignorance both of ourselves and the rest
...In America, war is a video game, a Hollywood action movie where
blood and guts are spilled and the hero, usually the US, is always
declared the winner. The enemy, nowadays Arab bogeymen, are
ingrained into our minds as the propaganda used to condition us to
the war on terror is inculcated into society. In truth, the horror
of war and violence, excluding 9/11, is as alien to our lands and
cities as the sheer misery befalling billions of humans living
outside our shores. It is because our nation has been safe for so
long that we fail to understand violence and hinder war. Europe,
after centuries of war, finally understands that war and violence
are not a solution to anything human or a means to a viable end..."
"...Thriving off of human nature, feeding and growing from its
ability to dominate our animal instincts, our wants, needs and
desires, capitalism as we know it today has become an unrelenting
disease, jumping from host to host, contaminating a society that,
more and more, lives in utter disconnect from a greater world
community and that allows itself to be manipulated, dumbed down and
owned by elite capitalists whose control over our lives grows more
discernible every day. It is capitalism on steroids, a bulging
muscled beast that has succeeded in mutating American society,
transforming our culture to one whose assembly lines of human
procreation manufacture millions of consumers, producers, worker
bees, soldier ants and growing generations of unthinking automatons.
...In many ways, the Molotov cocktail of capitalistic unhappiness
has led to the enormous growth in, demand of and addiction to
pharmaceutical mind altering and hallucinatory drugs so prevalent in
society today that act as conduits of escapism from the unhappy
lives we portend to lead. It is these drugs, now pervasive in
American society yet nonexistent for centuries and millennia before
that have arisen along with the degrading stages of capitalism we
now find ourselves immersed in. It is the television, along with
the other tentacles of modern day capitalism, that is causing an
eroded conscious of human psychology through the indoctrination of
the human brain, from the time of birth, of seeking the perfection
that in the human condition does not and cannot possibly exist but
that thrives in the realm of television, movies and video games.
Seeking meaning and happiness through the possession of material
goods and wealth, becoming insecure of our bodies and beauty by the
incessant bombardment of human perfection and kneeling down to pray
to the Almighty Dollar in front of its altar called the television,
Americans are finding that the goals espoused by the corporate
Leviathan are unattainable...
...Methodically the attack starts in our youth as the marketing
vipers seek to incarcerate us into their vast array of products from
as early an age as possible. They know that once they succeed in
squeezing into their grip a young child the strong possibility
exists that a loyal and conditioned customer they will have for an
entire lifetime. It is the undeveloped, susceptible, easily
manipulated and conditioned mind, devoid of analytical thinking and
human experience that the corporate marketers drool over. It is
their Holy Grail, a virgin mind easily exploited and programmed,
naïve to humanity and ignorant of experiences, slowly but surely
becoming the mental and physical slave to those whose incessant
brainwashing fills the airwaves. In the most pure and innocent
among us the corporate sharks enjoy their greatest meals.
Copied from organized religion, which for centuries has perfected
the formula for conditioning and brainwashing children into
controlled and subservient followers of archaic myths and primitive
fables, the systemic usurpation of innocent minds guarantees
loyalty, lifetime consumers, unthinking individuals, psychologically
fragile drones and easily controlled beings. With the twist of a
marketing campaign, corporations can dictate tastes, trends,
consumption patterns and the direction a society or a target market
takes. Through the television, we thus become putty in the hands of
those who are experts at exploiting our senses, feelings, emotions
Manipulating our minds and rewiring our thoughts, the television,
nothing more than the mechanism by which the corporate world
controls and dominates us, has transformed human thinking and
behavior like no other instrument in our history.
...By failing to teach history, with its plethora of lessons and
truisms for understanding who and what we are, our government is
making sure that it is repeated, once again to condemn entire
generations for the mistakes they will commit. For those who have
no concept of humanity nor its easily decipherable nuances and
behaviors that manifest themselves through the eons of human
existence will only repeat the errors of times past that perpetually
linger in the human condition.
By preaching and indoctrinating that our nation can do no wrong,
that it epitomizes the enlightenment of human thought, that we stand
on the moral high ground of human affairs and that our government
seeks only the protection of freedom, liberty and democracy is to do
our progeny a great disservice, for to live in delusion and fiction
only assures that all that is purged from history's texts will
resurface. The naïve assumption and distorted belief in our
grandeur and altruism, simply because the state makes it so, robs us
of understanding of why today the world hates America.
Instead of thinking on our own, demanding answers, seeking
accountability and questioning authority we acquiesce to the
terrorism the state spawns around the globe, its grip and control
over our lives, and the crimes against humanity committed in our
name. But because we have been trained to believe in the sanctity
and perceived goodness of the state, where it has our best interests
at heart, where it never lies and is incapable of the worst horrors
of human evil, we fail to halt the handful of miscreants that power
has endowed with our collective destiny.
...The so called `war on terror', and our indisputable belief in its
valid implementation by the state, allows us to see the blind faith
we place in a government that has mutated into a tool for the
corporate Leviathan and the military-industrial complex. Never do
we question or seek the truth to what might very well be a fiction
that only serves to enrich wicked capitalists through the
implementation of fear to control the populace and the introduction
of perpetual war for perpetual profit.
The fictional war on terror is designed to breed insecurity and fear
so that assembly lines continue spitting out profit and the
corporatist ideology of total power and control arises. Enemies are
thus manufactured, much like those Communist Reds we were once
conditioned to hate and fear, thereby planting paranoia and
schizophrenia onto a populace that blindly wraps itself around the
flag every time our elected leaders press the buttons of
psychological manipulation. It is because of our inability to stand
up and question the state that this `war on terror' charade will
continue to haunt our waking conscious and devastate our
exponentially-growing fragile psyches.
It is our government that is perpetuating the vicious cycle of
violence and whose actions will result in real terror being imported
to our cities and streets. It is our government that, through our
inability to question authority, will assure that perpetual conflict
never ceases and terror remains planted firmly in our minds. The
eternal darkness of the American mind is therefore helping to cement
fear, insecurity and psychological stresses on our present
population and future progeny.
American education has and continues to create unthinking automatons
trained to follow the decrees of the state and the mandates of
authority. Trained to never think for themselves, children are
today prepared for standardized tests while being denied important
liberal arts subject matter that instill analytical thinking,
creativity and inquisitive thought. Thanks to the evisceration of
educational funding and the appointment of George Bush to the White
House, however, millions of children are today being programmed like
robots, robbing them of intellect, knowledge and the power of
liberation that education engenders. This is not by coincidence, as
the corporate owners of government have succeeded in creating a
populace whose only function is to become the slave labor of the
Millions of children, many bursting with incredible talent and
ability, are being deprived of opportunity, instead destined to
remain fragmented in their allotted caste, becoming the work force
of the corporatist few, content to sacrifice the keys to mobility
for the comfort of exploitation. With minds that do not think or
question, the few controlling the reigns of our society are free to
implement the tools to further empower themselves at the expense and
degradation of the masses. It is when the people are ignorant to
what is being done to them that the powerful have succeeded in
spawning the eternal darkness of the American mind. This is our
...American society must escape the chains of bondage our minds are
presently trapped in. The dungeon that is our conditioned
psychology must be burned to the ground if we are to exorcise the
brainwashed demons that linger in our beliefs and society. We must
do this to free the young from the darkness encircling them. They
are our future, and our hopes, and must not be made to suffer the
pandemic presently strangulating our society. Let us not condemn
another generation of Americans to the virus destroying free
thought. If we do they will be made to suffer from a perpetual fear
and an incessant insecurity, forever fighting, killing and dying as
cannon fodder for the corporate wars for profit and power. If we
fail them they will grow up lacking the freedoms and rights we once
took for granted.
American society at the beginning of the 21st century is undergoing
a monumental transformation into dimensions bordering on the
surreal. As capitalism exerts tremendous pressure on parents to
become machine-like, efficient-seeking, Puritanical work ethic
slaves of the corporate Leviathan the television has become parent,
teacher, role model and best friend to America's youth.
It is manipulating, conditioning, brainwashing and programming their
minds, creating obedient drones and unthinking sloths. Attention
spans are being made extinct, collective amnesia is all-encompassing
and anti-depressants are replacing candy as our children's yummy
treats. Relevant news and valuable knowledge are considered boring,
not fast-paced or hip enough in a society born with a remote control
in hand. Reading, the great empowerer of minds, has been all but
abandoned by our young generations, replaced by the video game and
the television. If books bring knowledge, which enables power, then
television creates ignorance, which fosters mental indigence.
Parents have stopped teaching, rearing, raising, disciplining and
loving. Children have stopped learning the concepts of human
interaction; they are losing all semblances of empathy, discipline
and knowledge. The corporation now owns our youth's future; the
state now engineers their minds."
> Regardless of Brabant-Schmidt's tenure, he failed asStephen, he didn't fail in anything. And if you want
> all the others
> did in bringing a world commonwealth of schools for
> spiritual science
> to the world.
to surmise he did I imagine you must first look at
the teacher as to whether he failed or not. Now, what
we know is he did not. And what we know is that this
is a process. It is part of an ongoing evolution.
In fact, what Mr. Brabant-Schmidt did add to was the
idea of Sophia being here on planet Earth. He and Mr.
Prokofieff and for sure Mr. Kloceck(sp) are ensuring
that the work of the Doctor regarding our girl Sophia
is front and center at a time when She is making
Herself known to those so seeking Her. To say
otherwise and to suggest a failure on
Brabant-Schmidt's part is to show a complete lack of
insight into the ongoing process ocurring right before
our very hearts.
This was what Rudolf Steiner asked
> for exactly threeWell Stephen, we can all make absurd comments about
> years, two months, and one week before the Christmas
> Conference to
> Refound the Anthroposophical Society in 1923. And
> it has never
> happened, nor will ever happen as far as the current
> G.A.S., run by
> the "Association" is concerned.
what IS and IS NOT going to happen and truly not know
what the hell we are speaking on. And this shows a
lack of understanding the undercurrent, now coming
about from within the Doctors Anthroposophical
movement. Success depends now on the students
answering the call of the Being Anthroposophia. Many
may disagree with me, but I do not know how, given the
Doctors work and even the name of his initiative.
> As for Magdalene, yes we discussed in dynamicWell I dropped off because you refused to participate
> fashion and yet, you
> dropped off.
on list. I did not know who you were and Christine and
I both asked you to participate on line. I shared with
you that I do not carry on conversations off list with
those who are not known to me. And while some of your
comments felt good there were others that felt as if I
was being told what was true and what was not and
where I was mistaken and there wasn't a real open
I have not been mistaken in anything I have said about
Magdalene, well not that I am aware of anyway at this
point in time, and if fact have been mostly correct
against all of the hard words thrown at me by my
listmates regarding John/Lazarus/Magdalene. And mostly
because it was a 'well the Doctor didn't say that'
baloney. We now know through Mr. Prokofieffs work and
Brabant-Schmidt that indeed he has said these things.
The inner work points exactly to what I discovered
three years ago and will show itself to be true the
more the Doctors students open up to the Feminine
aspect of the Christic story. And we're not talking
about the Mother we are talking about Her daughter and
Now, I must recover my notes on the
> subject. Our majorIt is very clear that if read with an open eye, and
> point of depature, if I remember, was whether the
> beloved disciple
> was on the boat, or on shore. I said he was on the
> boat with the
> others, all named, and you said he/she was standing
> on shore with
> Jesus. This is an impossibility, but you seemed to
> be adamant for it
> being this way.
not what we have been conditioned to think, the
disciple is on the shore just a few feet away from the
boat. The disciple whom Jesus loved called out from
the shore as that is how she was able to see it was
the Lord. And up until that point the only other
person who had seen the Lord of the disciples with
almost the exact coinage of phrase was Magdalene when
she encountered the Lord in the Garden. The convoluted
mess of the John gospel as it tries to hide the fact
that Magdalene was the first to see the Lord just goes
even more to show the nature of the redactors. BUT
this is not the most important way of knowing a thing;
the inner sight of the moment is the most telling. And
if one cares to see versus listening to what has been
said one will see Magdalene at all important points of
the Bible where Christ is concerned. And there is a
reason for this: without the Female the Male can do
not a damn thing. This point harkens back to the days
of the Lotus representing the Feminine Divine and even
before I am sure. And all the Gods of worth are so
seated on this Lotus. This is because without the
female the male is immovable: without the spirit the
body can not function. If one wants to dispute this
that is fine however one would do well to look back to
the beginnings of time to see who was the progenitor
of consciousness: Eve grabbing that damn apple and
saying 'I Am like unto Him'.
Either way my question to you for the third time, and
I am not trying to be rude but would really like to
know, is how can a persons spirit/soul/essence become
entertwined with another while alive? Enough so that
it is considered to be a limb? You have spoken on
various etheric bodies being others and so forth. Do
you have any way to reconcile that while a person is
alive a aspect of that person can be given to another
Or is it possible, by your comments on Mr.
Brabant-Schmidt, that you do not consider him
credible? In that case the point is mute. But if you
so wish the book he cowrote with a woman whos name
escapes me would be a good read. I shall forward the
name if you so like as it is not on the tip of my
tongue as I write this note.
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Thank you, Bradford, for signalling the excellent article which appears in
- Eulogy for America
The epitaph reads:
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Born July 4, 1776 - Died November 2, 2004
"Ladies and gentlemen, we gather here today to mourn the passing of
the United States of America, a nation that once stood as a beacon
light of hope for the world.
America was betrayed and murdered on November 2, 2004. Also killed
during this time of madness were the following virtues: truth,
justice, integrity, freedom, compassion, brotherhood, tolerance,
faith, hope, charity, peace, and respect for other cultures and
nations. These virtues are survived by their antitheses--deceit,
injustice, hypocrisy, fascism, selfishness, hatred, fear,
hopelessness, greed, perpetual warfare and arrogant hegemony.
Also murdered were seven platitudes, which parents once used to
convince their children that America was a rational and honorable
1. HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY died during the coup of 2000, when
Americans nonchalantly stood by while an election was stolen. This
death provided the Bush dictatorship with the incentive to test the
accuracy of Alexander Hamilton"s belief that, "Those who stand for
nothing will fall for anything." That accuracy was authenticated
when both the American media and the American public unquestioningly
embraced the lies that led the nation into the war against Iraq.
2. VERACITY IS THE HEART OF MORALITY (by Thomas Huxley) has been
replaced by these words from Robert Burns: "Morality, thou deadly
bane, thy tens o" thousands thou has slain."
Ironically this platitude was zealously enforced when Bill Clinton
was President, after he was caught lying about his affair with a
White House intern. During the debate leading up to his impeachment
trial, right-wing pundits incessantly chanted, "It"s not about the
sexual activity. It"s about the immorality of lying."
Yet commensurate concerns over the immorality of lying about the
existence of "weapons of mass destruction" in Iraq have been
conspicuously absent. And while Clinton"s lies wrought neither
death nor destruction, the lies of George W. Bush have, to date,
resulted in the deaths of over one thousand Americans, and the
slaughter of over one hundred thousand Iraqis, many of them innocent
men, women and children. Yet, under the bizarre morality that
recently caused the death of America, Clinton"s dishonesty is viewed
with more disdain than Bush"s. Ironically, if this "new morality"
does not prevent a lying mass murderer from holding political
office, then convicted killer Charles Manson has the credentials to
It was allegedly this "new morality," that swayed the recent
election. But what does it truly entail? Besides the egregious
belief that lying about a sexual relationship is more immoral than
lying about the motives for war, this "new morality" also claims to
defend the rights of the unborn, yet is blissfully unconcerned about
those already here. Millions of children throughout the nation
suffer needless pain because their parents lack health insurance and
cannot afford to take them to the doctor. Millions of the elderly
suffer similar pain because they cannot afford the prescription
medication they rely upon to survive. Yet while universal health
care is derided as a "socialist" concept by politicians bought and
paid for by the insurance and health care industries, all Iraqi
citizens are being provided with universal health coverage.
This "new morality" vociferously rebels if taxes are raised even a
single dollar to supply impoverished school systems with computers
or up-to-date textbooks, or to feed and clothe the homeless and
destitute. Yet the expenditure of billions of dollars on a war based
on nothing but lies does not even create a whimper.
Under this "new morality" a block of granite is more important than
a human life. The indiscriminate bombing of civilians and the
torture and "disappearances" that occurred (and are still occurring)
in United States controlled detention camps throughout the world did
not inspire outrage, but the removal of a Ten Commandments monument
from government property does, even though this monument can be
openly displayed on private property.
While so-called "Christians" exploit this "new morality" to
pontificate about "family values," and to condemn the "intolerance"
shown by other faiths, they furtively seek, in the wake of America"s
death, to establish a dogmatic Social Darwinistic theocracy
themselves, building their so-called "faith" on the pillars of
hatred, egomania, greed, lust for mortal power, and the selfish
desire to force their beliefs upon others, many of the very evils
that Jesus, the founder of Christianity, condemned.
3. CRIME DOESN"T PAY holds true only when the crime opposes or
offends the power structure. It does not apply when stealing
elections or waging illegal wars.
In fact, as the Bush precedent has demonstrated, all an incumbent
president has to do to maintain office is dupe the people and the
Congress into supporting an illegal war, mismanage this war until
election time, then tell the people they should not change
the "commander-in-chief" during wartime.
4. ALWAYS LEAD BY EXAMPLE has been replaced by, "Always be willing
to shed anyone"s blood, except your own." When the opportunity
arose for Bush, and his partner-in-crime Dick Cheney, to personally
participate in combat during the Vietnamese war, Bush instead used
his family influence to perform some still nebulous National Guard
Service, while Cheney obtained five deferments to avoid being
drafted. Yet today they stand on the decks of aircraft carriers and
behind podiums in some of the most fortified buildings in the world,
telling Iraqi insurgents to "bring it on."
5. PATRIOTISM IS THE LAST REFUGE OF A SCOUNDREL (by Samuel
Johnson) has been replaced by the verity that patriotism is the
FIRST refuge of a scoundrel. The build-up to the Iraqi war
illustrated how easily the Bush regime, through the repetition of
words like "freedom and democracy," could distract people from the
reality that the greatest loss of freedom Americans suffered in
recent years was not because of some overseas enemy, but through the
passage by lawmakers of the deceptively named "Patriot Act." Now
that America is dead, the "new morality" is determined to destroy
what little remains of the Bill of Rights.
The irony is that patriotism is only expected of the poor and middle-
classes, who make up the bulk of America"s military personnel.
Multi-national corporations, who outsourced jobs and threw employees
out of work, and who retained ornate office buildings in the late
United States while profiting from virtual slave labor in other
nations, were never asked to be "patriotic," nor were they chastised
for disloyalty when their practices harmed the national economy.
Instead they were rewarded with tax breaks and the financial
windfalls that Bush"s warmongering spawned.
6. WORK HARD AND YOU WILL BE REWARDED must now read, "It is not
what you know, but who you know that matters." Although Bush and
his supporters have stridently condemned as "preferential treatment"
affirmative action policies designed to help minorities who have
been historically victimized by discrimination, no one condemns the
fact that Bush has profited from preferential treatment his entire
life, as have countless other politicians, pundits and celebrities.
Affirmative action is not being attacked because it
provides "preferential treatment." It is being attacked because it
intrudes upon the nepotism, cronyism and sense of entitlement
exploited by those born into wealth and power.
7. ALL LIFE IS SACRED was a common platitude in the late United
States. But the massacre of November 2, 2004 has replaced this myth
with a paraphrase from George Orwell"s classic book ANIMAL
FARM: "All lives are sacred, but some are more sacred than others."
In truth the lives of the expendable and exploited were never as
valued as the lives of the expenders and exploiters. And while the
Iraqi war is a constant reminder of the absurdity of this platitude,
the ordeals of Dr. Jack Kevorkian and Maurice Carter have
graphically underscored its hypocrisy.
Dr. Kevorkian is currently imprisoned in the State of Michigan for
helping the terminally ill end their lives, allegedly because his
actions violated "the sanctity of life." Yet, just over three months
ago, an African-American man named Maurice Carter was also in a
Michigan prison, serving a sentence for a crime that many believe he
did not commit. At some point during his twenty-eight years of
incarceration, Carter contracted a liver disease that became
progressively worse because of the inadequate medical treatment he
received in prison. When Carter supporters filed a petition to gain
him a new trial, the judge hearing the case condescendingly joked
about the severity of Carter"s illness.
Although Maurice Carter was ultimately released after being granted
a medical commutation by Michigan"s governor, it was too late. He
enjoyed only three months of freedom before he died. Yet few have
condemned the hypocrisy of a government that makes it a crime to end
the suffering of the terminally ill, yet causes terminal illnesses
itself through inadequate medical care.
So rest in peace America. As St. Paul said, "You fought the good
fight." But the majority of your people did not keep the faith.
Your dream of "checking and balancing" the corrupting influence of
power to prevent the rise of evil was a noble endeavor. But history
has shown that evil can never be checked, that tolerance often sows
the seeds of intolerance, and that the majority of people will
always be susceptible to the machinations of madmen.
You have been ravaged by hatred disguised as "morality." You have
endured those who argued that the enslavement of Africans
was "moral," who agreed that counting these slaves as three/fifths
of a human being for census purposes was "moral," that stealing the
lands of Native-Americans, either through bloodshed or fraudulent
treaties, was "moral," that destroying Native-American traditions
and cultures was "moral," and that placing women into insane asylums
for demanding the right to vote was "moral." Now the hatred of
the "new morality" is directed towards gays and lesbians, towards
those who work for peace, and towards those who don"t simply blather
about freedom, but exercise it through dissent.
I know there will be some, perhaps many, basking in the afterglow of
their pyrrhic victory, who will dismiss this eulogy as "sour
grapes," or the sentiments of a sore loser. But let it be said
America that we who truly loved you did not strip away one freedom;
we did not endorse one modicum of religious bigotry or intolerance;
we did not place your fate into the hands of liars, thieves and war
criminals; we did not brazenly abuse the resources of the American
military to "play cowboy" or to appease our father; we do not have
the blood of one American soldier or one Iraqi civilian on our
hands. Because of this we did not gain the world, but we also did
not lose our souls.
To those in other nations who read this eulogy, who are still
mystified by how swiftly a once great nation was transformed into a
neo-fascist nightmare, and how easily a man as hateful,
hypocritical, venal, bloodthirsty, warmongering, sadistic and
deceitful as George W. Bush was converted into a paradigm for "moral
values," all I can say is that millions in the late United States
are pondering these same questions. Perhaps the answer resides in
three disturbing, yet immutable, laws of human nature.
The first law is that human beings are obsessed with bringing about
their own destruction. Ever since the first caveman picked up the
first stone and bashed in the skull of his first enemy, humankind
has been devising more sophisticated ways to kill. Even though the
atavistic instincts of the cave dwellers are currently masked by the
veneer of neon lights and skyscrapers, the grim reality is that
human knowledge has always outpaced human wisdom, and it is rare
indeed when new technological advancements or discoveries are not
explored for their potential use as weapons. As long as this
obsession continues, it is inevitable that warmongers will always
prevail over peacemakers in the realm of political power.
The second law is that evil is the primary motivating force in human
affairs. Although George W. Bush and his minions personify all
that is loathsome about human nature, they are merely the
reflections of a self-loathing people repulsed by the
responsibilities of living in a free country. Edmund Burke once
said, "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good
people do nothing." But the madness that murdered America on
November 2, 2004 proves that evil will always triumph, regardless of
what good people do.
The third law is that humans are exceedingly receptive to appeals to
their basest instincts, which often compels them to act in ways
harmful to their personal interests. Karl Marx believed that
economic self-interest inspired people"s actions and reactions in
capitalist societies. But this is only partially correct. Although
economic self-interests consistently influence the rich and
powerful, they frequently fail to influence the poor and middle
classes, particularly when other interests are given priority.
In the antebellum American South, for example, many white residents
earned their incomes working as skilled laborers--such as
blacksmiths, silversmiths, cobblers and carpenters. But the wealthy
owners of large plantations normally possessed slaves who were
equally proficient in these skills. Consequently there was no
incentive to pay for work that slaves were required to perform for
free. Yet, when the Civil War erupted, many of these same white
laborers lost their lives fighting to uphold the very institution
that was impoverishing them.
This practice lingered into the civil rights era of the 1960s, as
evidenced by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."s conversation with his
white jailers in Birmingham, Alabama. When they informed King of
their opposition to his efforts to desegregate the city, King
inquired as to how much these jailers were being paid. He then
remarked, "You are just as poorly paid as the average [African-
American] man. You should be out marching with us!"
In those few perceptive words King encapsulated how the rich, white
establishment had manipulated poorer whites into accepting the
concept of "white supremacy," when in reality they were being just
as exploited as their African-American counterparts.
This practice continues today under George W. Bush, the modern-day
Nero who fiddled while America burned, and who now enriches his
cronies with tax cuts, oil profits and lucrative "rebuilding"
contracts, while deceiving his supporters in the poor and middle
classes into believing their friends and relatives are dying in Iraq
for "freedom and democracy."
It would be easy for those of us who loved America to be apathetic
in the wake of its death. Why should we care how many have died and
will die in Iraq when a majority of people are so willing to
sacrifice their loved ones? Why should we clamor for truth, when
this majority is satisfied with illusion? Why should we be
disturbed about Halliburton profits, when this majority is gullible
enough to believe Bush"s lies about the war? Why should we protest
the bloodlust, butchery and bellicose braggadocio of a cabal of
bullying cowards when such behaviors do not offend the "new
morality?" Why speak out at all when history has proven that
activism and compassion usually destine one for scorn, blacklisting,
false imprisonment, suicide or assassination?
But please resist this apathy. There were many who believed the new
millennium signaled the end of the world. But with the corrupt
ascendancy of George W. Bush, maybe what the new millennium heralds
is the beginning of the end. Perhaps all we can hope for is that
the day after the apocalypse enough of the earth will be
salvageable, so the species that replaces humankind can understand
the price of folly and realize that even in humanity's darkest days
there were prophets and visionaries who recognized the face of evil
and warned the world against it, but whose words fell upon deadened
souls and hardened hearts.
Since this is a eulogy, permit me to end on a religious note. I
believe that one of the most unjustly maligned figures in history is
Judas Iscariot, the man who betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of
silver. Judas, after all, acknowledged that he had betrayed
innocent blood, and returned the silver before killing himself in
remorse for his deed. Yet the betrayers and murderers of America
have not only kept the money, they have laughed at the suffering
Christ advised his followers to ignore the specks in the eyes of
others until they have removed the timbers from their own. But, in
today"s "new morality," far too many of those professing to
be "Christians" deceitfully fabricate specks in their neighbors'
eyes, so the world will remain oblivious to the timbers in their own.
So in our grief let us not forget that, just as America was finite,
the perpetrators of evil who infest the halls of power are finite as
well. If there is atonement in eternity, then those who do evil,
and those who enable them, will ultimately have to pay for their
crimes. But dark days are ahead my friends, and perhaps the best we
can hope for as this maelstrom of evil engulfs us is that we do not
succumb to its allure, lest we become, like those who murdered
America on November 2, 2004, people without souls."
David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor PRAVDA.RU