We the people own an obnoxious society

So, what are we actually going to do about it? So many are threatened and have reason to be threatened by what is taking place in government, the trading back and forth of allegations of corruption and the unwillingness of anyone to come forth and demand that we come to terms with basic issues of what is right and what is wrong, what is humane and what is inhumane, what is unconscionable and what is righteous, what is ethical and what is unethical, what is thievery, murder, assault, and harassment, what is sane and what is insane. That we cannot agree on basic definitions of what is good and what is bad tells me that we, as a society, are at a terrible impasse and that we will not find ways to compromise because the terms of such would have to force some to radically change the way they understand the universe.
I do not and cannot, if I want to think myself a good person, and it is important to me that I am able to do so, I cannot compromise with the Bannon legions or those who celebrate the rise of Trump and all he signifies. I cannot compromise with those who sell out people in order to be loved and rewarded by Exxon and Wells Fargo and Goldman Sachs and all those other companies that are so exploitive that, in a good society,would be torn from the face of the earth by its good people.
I cannot compromise with those who advertise and sell terrible products, gun manufactures for instance, or those who go for what the market will tolerate when people are desperate, as in medical care and pharmaceuticals. That little bastard who boosted the price of his medicine hundreds fold because people suffered greatly without a supply of his drug? That little bastard should have been put out on a gulag or somehow rehabilitated into an acceptable human being.
I have said before that Trump and, for that matter, all those big shot bosses who use their money to wield power over others and treat them badly are symptoms and not cause. Instead, it is acquiescence to an ethos that is, if thought about, disgusting, an ethos that not only gives a pass to, but rewards greatly, dominance by some over others, the powerful who step on the weak to acquire great wealth which they use to keep their power and use that power to amass even greater wealth. That power, that wealth has, for a very long time, come with license to mistreat others, to exploit, intimidate, harass, and yes, rape those dependent upon them for their livelihoods.
That is the fucked up society in which we live, the one we constantly find ways to make look better than it really is, the one the people who are being crushed by it have been taught to praise.
As human beings, as humane individuals, we cannot allow ourselves to tolerate what is truly intolerable.
But are we willing to change?We

By lafered

Retired professor of education concerned with thoughtfulness

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