Our political leaders are right. They are indeed magnanimous and omniscient while we are nothing but buffoons, ignorant of the ways of the “real” world for the world is, as they persistently tell us, not as it seems.
But we’ll all be fine because they have invented a System for this, a Programme for that, a Schedule for the other and a Structure over spanning the realm of possibilities or as American politicians prefer, probabilities and outcomes. There are Belief Systems, Social Structures, Economic and Political Programmes . . . blah, blah, blah! Oh, and the best one of all, a Theatre of Conflict, more accurately, several Theatres of Conflict.
So I guess that proves it. Warfare is one big game, one global sized pantomime where death and destruction – subjugation and genocide by stealth – are all somehow sanitised by presenting it as people dressing up in other people’s clothes and speaking other people’s words. Roadside bombs are theatrical props and roadblocks in Gaza are all pretend.
They’ve read the market and concluded that your average, everyday ordinary person is persuaded more by celebrity and deception than substance and truth.
Phew, that’s all right then. BULLSHT!
Last week we learned of the death of a true celebrity, someone who truly lived – not by their rules, but his own – and in so doing highlighted their hypocrisies. His name is Vittorio Arrigoni and he was a brave and selfless pacifist mindlessly killed by the very people he was trying to help.