"People movin' out, people movin' in,
Why? Because of the color of their skin;
Run, run, run, but you sure can't hide.
An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth,
Vote for me and I'll set you free;
Rap on brother, rap on.
The only one talking about love thy brother is the... preacher,
And it seems--no one's interested in learning but the... teacher.
Segregation, determination, demonstration, integration,
Aggravation, humiliation, obligation to our nation:
Ball of Confusion--
Oh yeah, That's what the world is today. Woo, hey, hey."
Ball of Confusion (That's What the World is Today), Norman Whitfield
The Temptations, 1970
Seven years ago, in the ninth article I wrote for OpEdNews, "Choosing the Hardest Thing" (16 June 2007), I made an attempt to define what I believed constituted human evil [Corrections, additions, and amplifications in brackets]:
"I bring up Star
Wars as an example for one reason only: the fall of Anikin Skywalker from grace
to become Darth Vader--mirrored by the simultaneous descent of the democratic
Galactic Republic into a fascist Empire--is symptomatic of the basic reaction to
fear that we all experience. This six-part cinema epic of the ascent, fall, and
redemption of Skywalker/Vader, has the advantage of being a well-known story
from popular culture, and does an exemplary job of demonstrating the ease with
which you can do evil, and the near impossibility of undoing evil. It is not
history, it is myth; but as Joseph Campbell made clear in his writings, myths
tell us a higher truth about ourselves and our world than any history or