If Western Civilization were a person--
If Western Civilization, which blankets the world now, as far as I can tell, were a person--
If Western Civilizations, which surely now includes the Soviet Union and China and India and Pakistan and on and on, were a person--
If Western Civilization were a person, we would be directing it to the nearest meeting of War-Preparers Anonymous. We would be telling it to stand up before the meeting and say, "My name is Western Civilization. I am a compulsive war- preparer. I have lost everything I ever cared about. I should have come here long ago. I first hit bottom in World War I." Western Civilization cannot be represented by a single person, of course, but a single explanation for the catastrophic course it has followed during this bloody century is possible. We the people, because of our ignorance of the disease, have again and again entrusted power to people we did not know were sickies.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
The Worst Addiction of Them All
By Kurt Vonnegut (Need I say more?)