What is truly behind the words or slogans humanity coins in order to steer focus back to historical events of human cruelty?
Why do we want to remember the Jewish “Holocaust” of the 1940’s in Germany? Why do we want to “never forget” what happened to nearly 3,000 people died on September 11, 2001, when airplanes were flown into the twin towers in New York City? How could such lawlessness take place?
What is the true significance of a candlelight prayer “vigil” immediately following tragic murders of one or numerous people, killed by terrorists?
The word “vigil,” actually means “awake.” It has nothing to do with closing your senses to reality. Those “lit” candles in the dark are reminders to us of the value of sight in a dark world. Even if “official” ceremonies are contrived to divert discerning human focus away from nefarious activity, we look back on horrors of the past to identify the mistakes and the “evil” so, hopefully, they are not repeated, and, possibly, resisted.
We reflect on the past to help us “awaken” to our own times because history reveals humanity has a tendency to go “dark.” It will and does turn “evil.” And so, remembering the evil past entails much more than remembering the victims or heroes.
Have you ever read books or watched documentaries or films re-telling historical events such as the Black African slave trade industry, the Bolshevik revolution, World War I, the rise of Nazi Germany and any, or all, of the horrors of World War II leaving many nations in ruins, or the Soviet gulags following the rise of Russian communism?
Did victims or heroes cause these? What about villains and criminals? What role did the rest of society play in enabling, supporting and joining in the mass movement of evil?
Why, for example, in light of the Jewish Holocaust, did the Catholic Church and others stay silent about the prison camps and stay silent for so long? Is it really that difficult to speak out about the violence and evil of your own society, people and nation?
I am, sadly, finding in our day, that in fact, there is a social tendency by the masses to be slow or even deny reality. How easy it is to look back on distant times and historical events and “judge” entire peoples for being slow to correct the injustices of human slave trading, for example. For we are mostly repeating the injustices of the blind masses. Some of may not be turning a blind eye, but are active, chanting and cheering celebrants of crimes against humanity. What if we have become the new Nazis and their supporters?
Who was benefiting from these horrors and for so long? Why did societies allow them to persist for so long?
With this in mind, consider the following brief commentary of our times by Hiroyuki Hamada, an artist and social activist based in New York. He is a leading voice in self assessing the US and its own “evil” activity that too few Americans are willing to even entertain, much less, speak out against.
What nation do you want to talk about where the US military and CIA have been active in the last 70 years do you want to talk about? Or, if you dare, consider just the nations during the 21st Century? Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Sudan, Somalia and so on? How much further into this century will all of this be tolerated by Americans?How much longer will it be tolerated by the world?
In light of all the cultural importance our society places on “education” and “remembering,” how is it that have we omitted the discipline of evaluating the “goodness” of our society or its “evil,” – especially when so many people and nations are met with American “injustice?”
He continues, as he cites film producer and activist, Coleen Rowley, prior to posting the following article from journalist, Eva Golinger concerning former Venezuelan leader, Hugo Chavez (posted below):