A voice crying in the wilderness . . .
The one (and only) good thing to come from the Bush/Republican/DLC horror show of the last 7 years is that everyone on the planet now knows America is a textbook Dictatorship of the Rich.
Some things in life are so ultimate and terrifying they are not admitted into human consciousness. Death is probably the number one reality which each of us is pretending happens only to the other guy.
But the funny thing about denial is that you have to know what to deny. Denial of death, for example, doesn't "save us" from death; it's much more subtle than that. It's really a kind of double pretending. First we pretend we're not going to die, and then we pretend we're not pretending that we're not going to die.
Indeed, death for Freud was the "reality principle", i.e., not to come to terms with death is not to come to terms with reality itself. However, the heart of this writer feels that death is not the number one repression of our species.
No, our NUMBER ONE repression is the unimaginable agony and sorrow of the human condition. I think (please indulge the first person pronoun -- it's just a semantic convenience) if we opened our hearts to the suffering in, say Africa, our spirits would be burned to a cinder. God in heaven, those diseased and starving children and the monstrous scourge of aids (for openers) is a tsunami of misery that would break the heart of a God.
And beyond Africa is the Middle East and the loathsome clash of religious fanatics. May I say just as bit more? I don't want to short circuit this communication before it gets started, but there's also America's homeless (so greatly increased during the last 7 years) and untreated American patients who no longer have heath insurance, all thanks to the heartless greed of Bush/Republicans.
Also, the obscene rape of Mother Nature by Texas energy companies and the mortal sin abandonment of New Orleans.
Oh, the list is endless. It is literally endless. And it's a variation of suffering (human and otherwise) that is beyond anything we can cope with.
Like many of you, this author is quasi religious (may I put it like that?), but I think if we need a God for anything it's to protect us from opening our hearts too widely to the bottomless pain and sorrow of our human brothers and sisters. Some of us can endure an afternoon in a cancer ward for children, or being around broken middle and lower class families who have taken up the tax burden for the pig, pig rich and who are now supporting (with taxes and their children's lives) the Satanic Oil Wars of the Bush/Republican Administration, but such moral, spiritual heroes are few and far between.
We have learned during these last 7 years that politics is part of the problem. We will get no help from our ONE party system, i.e., the Democratic/Republican Party.
We have also learned that institutionalized religion is the bought and paid for lackey of Greek God like elites. This isn't only apparent in duh-brained religious cults like Armageddon twits who actually think the Earth is going to go boom in the next week or two, it's equally true for infinitely self righteous Zionists, the "invisible" Catholic Church (which never takes a moral stand about ANYTHING), and the Muslim "holy warriors", that ultimate contradiction in terms. A plague on all these murder in the name of God houses.
But the repression, the core, core repression of the human race which even surpasses our terror of death is what?
Oh how easy to talk about this infinitely self evident (and hence so easily repressed) truth. The core repression of the human condition is the infinite injustice between the "haves" and the "have nets".
Old fashioned language or not, this is the very heart and soul of human existence. The pig, pig rich are the literal devils of human existence and for every Paris Hilton, there are (and necessarily are!) thousands of compensating starving and dying children. This 1% (or less) of the human race is the nadir, the essence, the killing floor of civilization.