We are when it comes down to it, a funny sort of species. Birds and animals and fish seem to know that they need to fly or run or swim quite well, or at least those that survive appear to understand that. We though, prefer to elect someone who promises to save us having to make our own ways. Investing in scams is a human specialty, pretty much.
There is no shortage of parasites for all species but we’re the only one we can think of, that elects them into power. And in spite of milennia of bad outcomes, continues to do so and continues to be surprised by the continuance of the bad outcomes. Funny, that.
Come Sunday, Christians will celebrate Palm Sunday, commemorating the visit of Jesus Christ to Jerusalem, an arrival greeted by throngs lining the streets, tossing palm leaves and cheering, many of them the same folk who would stand in Pilate’s courtyard a few days later yelling: “Crucify him! Crucify him!” We’re a bit changeable.
We suppose that Christ was doubly disappointing to the Jews. Many seemed to think he was some sort of leader who would toss out the venal incumbents and make everybody rich somehow. Those incumbents feared that; it was why they plotted his death. And the crowd was disappointed in his advice that made them responsible for themselves. They expected to be saved, not to save themselves.
Ever since, we have performed that pattern and are still performing today. Obamacare was promised to save millions who had no health insurance while saving money and improving care for those who did have it. Now we’re upset that we have to pay for all those newly insured in both money and reduced benefits. We will crucify some Democrats in November to celebrate.
The Founders feared and hated government, founding a Christian nation on an anti-government Constitution to protect the future. Within 40 years of the Founding, Alexis de Tocqueville wrote predicting today’s overwhelming, nanny state in his “Democracy In America.” Europe has done the same, even before America. It seems to be in our DNA.
The Jews’ society crumbled and they were dispersed and despised. American society is being rejected while the American economy is being deconstructed from within, our odd species seems to construct things and tear them down again. As we continue to debase the world financial system, we must be in a tearing-down phase right now.
Then we have the Greek Phoenix that is reborn out of its own ashes and the Christian Easter celebrating Christs’ Resurrection as archetypes and we can hope that they are prophetic of human society … But for that, we’re somehow going to have to learn how to deal better with our pesky DNA. So far, all our societies have celebrated, died, resurrected newer and better, celebrated and died again. You;d think that for a supposedly intelligent species, there’d be an easier way! But then again, that”s the thinking that got us into this, isn’t it?