(Article changed on October 10, 2012 at 05:25)
Average man is always a coward
I recently acquired
an interesting piece of information. I watched a semi- documentary movie about occupied France
in 1940s and suddenly found out
that in the Vichy
territory, the so- called Free Zone, they had a special card- a card of non-
belonging to the
If we put aside for a moment that there is no such thing as "Jewish race', the actual idea is fascinating. Just think about it. An average French citizen could approach the authorities with all his/her genealogy ( sort of like they search on ancestors.com) and present sealed copies of the documents, proving that within three generations he/she never had his/her blood tainted by even a drop of Jewish blood. Too bad the DNA does not have a specific "Jewish protein' or French chemists might have discovered DNA earlier. In any case, all those documents then were to be notarized and upon scrutiny and approval a person would receive a certificate of non- belonging. I bet the good Frenchmen had family holidays upon receiving such documents; they would invite the Monsieur Council on Jewish affairs and all his staff and toast to a triumph of the bureaucracy. Eventually, when Germans occupied the whole France I am sure some of those French folks got aware of the famous phrase by Hermann Goering, " I decide who is a Jew," but who could predict the future. For now let's celebrate.
When I found out about that nice invention of the people of Free Zone I wondered how would Joanne D'Arc react to the idea that all Frenchmen in then Free- From - English zone would have to obtain a photo- ID of non-belonging to the English heritage. I am afraid Joanne would behead an unfortunate councilman who would suggest such nonsense, rightfully noting that most of France had been under English for a very long time and vice- versa, so it would be unlikely to find some pure- blood Frenchman among the good peasants. Oh, yes, there was such attempt before. .That was called the selling of indulgences. The indulgence was a certificate of absolution sold by Catholic Church in the 16th Century in Europe. For a hefty sum of money you could get a piece of paper which absolved you for your future sins, sort of an insurance policy on the way to Heaven. That remarkable idea backfired so much that the Lutheran Church emerged.
But French, you know, they never recognized the experience of foreigners.
Turned out not only them. A certificate of non- belonging sounds familiar, doesn't it?
Right now, in the good ole US of A, a certain institution named TSA offers every citizen for a fee to get a proof on non- belonging. Just pay some money and surrender to a background scrutiny and you can get a document certifying that you are not an alleged terrorist and not a candidate to the no -- flight list, not one of those saps who stay in line. You can proudly enter the security zone and puff your cheeks like a eunuch entering a harem; look, you, suckers, I can see those women naked every day while you cannot even see their faces.
Inadvertently we expand this. Like for instance if you want to go into the public service you have to prove that you are not one of the following: an atheist, a socialist, a Communist, a Bolivarian, a lover of young girls, a Moslem (or if you want to be a Moslem, you have to prove that you are a eunuch), an angry black man ( angry white man is OK), an educated person, an illegal immigrant, an immigrant, a secular Jew, a non- mobster Russian, a person who can speak English, a chess --player, a person who hates baseball, a person who hates Oprah, a person who hates American football and (a carnal sin) a person who thinks Americans are not the best people on Earth, etc, etc. Oh, I forgot: you must not have compassion for any people killed by Americans. You cannot mourn the 100000 Japanese killed in one day and ABSOLUTELY cannot express horror when witnessing your President watching a killing of an unknown man on TV.
And boy, do we oblige. We do not want to belong to anything. It is now called being an "objective decider'. 90% of the statements we read start with the statement, 'I am not".. ( whatever, pick from the list above) but ". blah, blah." I sometimes have a temptation to post a template starting with "I am not' and listing all 666 features of being human, those we here are eager to betray as soon as we plunge into the swamp of adaptation to the so-called " reality' No, Sir, I am not this and I am not that, I am NOTHING, ain't it cute?
Nobody asks a person who he or she is anymore. The non- belonging had become a norm. It is easier that way, It evolved into a grotesque pathology. One of the most proclaimed species in this country is the fish called "fiscally conservative and socially liberal.'
I am afraid such interesting concoction would not fly with hiring for the harem management. Either you have the attributes or you don't. If you have some of this and some of that- it is time to finish the operation. What does that mean' fiscally conservative'? You don't like spending money? How about wars? Those are the wasters big time. You like them or not? How about donations to churches. They are tax- free. Why? You give money to the totally bogus organizations, the ones who do nothing and produce only noise and " no taxes on that? Charity? You don't need an intermediary for that. Give some money to a homeless. How about ANY MONEY GIVEN TO A HOMELESS PERSON ON THE STREET TO BE TAX- FREE. No? Why not? Socially liberal, what does that mean? You don't beat your wife regularly, only on Sundays? Oh yes, there seem to be a double- jeopardy explanation, "I am right-of -- center". That's a gem. What center and how right? If we adopt a Gaussian distribution, how many standard deviations to the right of the average or median are you? Come to think of it- if we assume the left --of- center as a separate area the two standard deviations to the right will cover about 47%. Familiar number? Mitt Romney already sealed your fate. Maybe you had chosen the wrong crowd?
In the history of this country there was a moment when the majority of the population suddenly was presented a certificate of non- belonging. That happened when someone came with the idea of the Middle Class. See, Marxism is still the only real economic and political theory which can be called scientific and it has a nasty feature of putting people where they belong. So in that theory there are classes defined by common interests, common goals and common areas of operation, identified by their place in the labor cycle and visibly distinguished by the level of wealth and power. Those classes struggle and the fight is eternal like the fight in nature and all the moral suppositions are associated with that struggle. Not cool. Our dear wealthy folks do not want to feel threatened all the time. They want to feel good. In order to feel good they needed some kind of all-encompassing chemical castration, a new category of people who would have no identity, no potency, no interest in power and struggle, the nation of eunuchs. That nation they called The Middle Class and anointed it with non- belonging.
Everything about the Middle Class has a negative sign. You are a member of it because the media says so, not you, not even some great philosopher like Marx. Middle Class does not have goals, does not have a level of wealth defined, does not have allies, does not have future; it has only present. It is a vessel full of ideal gas molecules whose interests are only individual. It is all- inclusive and all -- exclusive; a millionaire and a homeless person, a professional and a politician, a worker and a farmer- all can be proclaimed members of the Middle Class and also immediately excluded if necessary, There are no real features; a middle- class person is elusive and chameleonic; nobody knows where it starts and where it ends. Middle Class is defined by not what it is but by what it is not: it is not a working class, and it is not an elite rich, it does not like to belong, it does not like to take sides, it does not CARE!
It had been proclaimed by the new pundits that THE INDIVIDUAL SATISFACTION is the goal of every middle- classman and guess what, when proclaiming that they did not know that Leo Tolstoy defined such goal as " the one of animals.'