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  • Mary Jo
    ... wrote: If we want a world that accepts and controls the choatic untoward events that bash our progress then stupid human tricks must be grossly minimized.
    Message 1 of 5 , Aug 8, 2007
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      --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, "bhvwd" <v.valleywestdental@...>
      wrote:

      If we want a world that accepts and controls the choatic untoward
      events that bash our progress then stupid human tricks must be
      grossly minimized. That goes for the leadership also as they think
      they are unbridled and unassailable.

      ***********

      Indeed. This past week I watched "Hiroshima Mon Amour" and "The U.S.
      vs. John Lennon." There was a subconscious symmetry in these choices.
      We should do whatever we can to affect positive change but
      acknowledge that we're headed for very bleak times. The wealth and
      power which fuel a reckless, greedy, and destructive global
      corporatism can't crush the intellectual momentum of existential
      humanism.

      We're on track for a one-world diluted democracy with a meager
      socialism and perpetual wars. Technology will continue to minimize
      war, terrorism and other crime. Econmically the need for small
      pockets of solidarity will be exigent; people will need pull together
      for survival. Non-traditional families could thrive, hopefully with
      government sanction, or at least without interference.

      Existentialism could be the pervasive philosophy when most have
      exhausted their pleas to the heavens. Fear and hatred of minority and
      displaced people must change, but this plea for tolerance is nothing
      new under our finite sun. For millennia humans have known or
      suspected a better way. I propose a new `liberal' activism that
      shifts its focus from the same old tired diagnoses to projects of
      humanitarian reclamation. The only revolution that's effective is
      personal, though painfully difficult. "Existentialism is a humanism,"
      and there is a "politics of friendship" which could eventually
      prevail, but obviously not all will embrace a more communal or even
      congenial path to survival. Certainly the solitaries are preferable
      to endlessly contentious.

      Many have believed and lived these ideals. I simply predict that many
      more will. The time for expecting political, economic, and abstract
      philosophies to solve our problems is ending.

      If the cabal are as clever as I suspect they are, they will 'elect'
      leaders capable of inspiring the people through the coming storm with
      compassion, pragmatism, and a profound sense of responsibility for
      one another. Am I seeing a new Eleanor Roosevelt for a new,
      manageable Depression? Don't expect a bail-out this time round — just
      encouragement.

      "Give peace a chance; the war is over if you want it; and imagine"
      have become strangely quaint for me.

      MJ
    • eupraxis@aol.com
      If you are quoting someone, please make that evident. I can t see who is saying what here. WS ... From: Mary Jo To:
      Message 2 of 5 , Aug 8, 2007
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        If you are quoting someone, please make that evident. I can't see who is saying what here.

        WS







        -----Original Message-----
        From: Mary Jo <maryjo.malo@...>
        To: existlist@yahoogroups.com
        Sent: Wed, 8 Aug 2007 9:40 am
        Subject: [existlist] Practical, not cynical

























        --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, "bhvwd" <v.valleywestdental@...>

        wrote:



        If we want a world that accepts and controls the choatic untoward

        events that bash our progress then stupid human tricks must be

        grossly minimized. That goes for the leadership also as they think

        they are unbridled and unassailable.



        ***********



        Indeed. This past week I watched "Hiroshima Mon Amour" and "The U.S.

        vs. John Lennon." There was a subconscious symmetry in these choices.

        We should do whatever we can to affect positive change but

        acknowledge that we're headed for very bleak times. The wealth and

        power which fuel a reckless, greedy, and destructive global

        corporatism can't crush the intellectual momentum of existential

        humanism.



        We're on track for a one-world diluted democracy with a meager

        socialism and perpetual wars. Technology will continue to minimize

        war, terrorism and other crime. Econmically the need for small

        pockets of solidarity will be exigent; people will need pull together

        for survival. Non-traditional families could thrive, hopefully with

        government sanction, or at least without interference.



        Existentialism could be the pervasive philosophy when most have

        exhausted their pleas to the heavens. Fear and hatred of minority and

        displaced people must change, but this plea for tolerance is nothing

        new under our finite sun. For millennia humans have known or

        suspected a better way. I propose a new `liberal' activism that

        shifts its focus from the same old tired diagnoses to projects of

        humanitarian reclamation. The only revolution that's effective is

        personal, though painfully difficult. "Existentialism is a humanism,"

        and there is a "politics of friendship" which could eventually

        prevail, but obviously not all will embrace a more communal or even

        congenial path to survival. Certainly the solitaries are preferable

        to endlessly contentious.



        Many have believed and lived these ideals. I simply predict that many

        more will. The time for expecting political, economic, and abstract

        philosophies to solve our problems is ending.



        If the cabal are as clever as I suspect they are, they will 'elect'

        leaders capable of inspiring the people through the coming storm with

        compassion, pragmatism, and a profound sense of responsibility for

        one another. Am I seeing a new Eleanor Roosevelt for a new,

        manageable Depression? Don't expect a bail-out this time round — just

        encouragement.



        "Give peace a chance; the war is over if you want it; and imagine"

        have become strangely quaint for me.



        MJ

















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      • Mary Jo
        Now I m confused. I thought it was evident. The opening is attributed to Bill. I wrote what follows the asterisks, and the closing is easily recognized as John
        Message 3 of 5 , Aug 8, 2007
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          Now I'm confused. I thought it was evident. The opening is attributed
          to Bill. I wrote what follows the asterisks, and the closing is easily
          recognized as John Lennon.

          MJ

          --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, eupraxis@... wrote:
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          >
          > If you are quoting someone, please make that evident. I can't see
          who is saying what here.
          >
          > WS
        • eupraxis@aol.com
          Quote marks or other indicators are best. This way, no one is confused. WS ... From: Mary Jo To: existlist@yahoogroups.com Sent: Wed, 8
          Message 4 of 5 , Aug 8, 2007
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            Quote marks or other indicators are best. This way, no one is confused.

            WS







            -----Original Message-----
            From: Mary Jo <maryjo.malo@...>
            To: existlist@yahoogroups.com
            Sent: Wed, 8 Aug 2007 10:49 am
            Subject: [existlist] Re: Practical, not cynical

























            Now I'm confused. I thought it was evident. The opening is attributed

            to Bill. I wrote what follows the asterisks, and the closing is easily

            recognized as John Lennon.



            MJ



            --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, eupraxis@... wrote:

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            >

            > If you are quoting someone, please make that evident. I can't see

            who is saying what here.

            >

            > WS

















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