"As the world’s only ideology, the victory of the West has laid bare its own weakness: that it offers no greater cause than more consumption and a softer life. Islamism, like communism and fascism, is the latest incarnation of man’s desire to fill that nothing with something. The victory of no cause may have perversely begged the creation of some cause -- even a cruel and terrible one."
I read a story today about the crusades. Made perfect sense seeing how things are going in the Middle East. Basically, the author said that what is going on is a failure of states and the success of non-states (such as ISIS) in filling in the gaps left by the "success" of the democratic capitalistic pursuit of nothing but consumption. In that void, in which not all people's of the world find meaning, something eventually rises to provide the alternative. Hence, ISIS. So since the states in that region are failing to repel and eradicate the non-state, what will likely happen is that another non-state entity will eventually rise to fight them, like the Knights Templar fought during the crusades back when people were still on MySpace...oh, what? Oh, it was longer than that? 700 years farther back? Wowza!
In any case, the author writes that there are already groups of people from America and Europe starting to go out there to fight alongside Middle Eastern groups battling ISIS. What caught my attention after I started reading was the passage you see quoted on the side of this piece. Which brings me to the excerpt of a poem in my book that popped in mind. Check it:
Free Isn't Freedom
Thinner, drier, dehydrated, dead
The minds of my generation
Consumed in the fires of this modern
Silent Alone Lost
In the eternities of internet connections
Our ambassador to the world
MTV our church
Hollywood our Mecca
Disney World Paradise!...
Yes sometimes I stop and wonder: What is it we are all doing? What are we working toward? It seems only the perpetuation of the human race... Well, that and to keep making the rich even more insanely rich. Borrowed lives we live. We are owners of nothing except a treasure trove of illusions. No wonder some from our own communities are choosing to go out there and put their lives in danger to fight when they could just as easily stay home and enjoy the easy life and cash in on the rewards of this successful capitalism by shopping 'till they drop in an over-consumption coma.
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Gabriel H. Sanchez
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