This just-in post from Barry Hopewell in the UK is the perfect follow-on from my earlier post today about power and corruption. As he says, the goodies can win, but vigilance is needed from the heroes within the people. Thanks for your insights and movie analogies, Barry.
I’m sure that one of the formative influences of my life was watching Westerns on the new medium of TV. You know the story. It was always about the goodies and the baddies. The baddies got together in gangs, and got more of their share by force, imposing their will on the goodies, who were well meaning but ineffectual. Then along came the hero(es), who sorted out the baddies and gave them their just desserts. The goodies won.
Can the goodies win in real life? If we look at history who were the goodies? The indigenous peoples who lived a sustainable life over thousands of years in sympathy with nature? They lost bigtime, their lands and precious artifacts, even their lives, stolen by Europeans over hundreds of years, who look suspiciously like baddies.
The winners of wars against the likes of Napoleon and Hitler? So many baddish acts to rid…
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