When The Respectable Become Extremists by James Petras

“All forms of extremism permeate Western regimes and find justification and rationalization through the ‘respectable’ media whose function is to indoctrinate civil society and turn citizens into uncritical accomplices…” – James Petras, Bartle Professor of Sociology at Binghamton University, New York.


Read in full here: Voltaire Network, When the respectable become extremists, the extremists become respectable by James Petras


Origami Wings

My thoughts are like paper birds breaking away from the fading windowsill. I loved origami as a child. Like love, the dream of flying lay in wait at my fingertips, an endless array of insightful exploration and opportunity breaking away from the rigid exhibition of plastic toys most children clutter shelves with…

Fanciful Fables

All the answers to happiness
Are a lie!
A single kiss
Dying as if it were said.
Bluish stone loneliness
Reviews us with
Windchime chanting promises
Philosophy that puts us to sleep
Lullabies submitting us to slumber
And other things will die – the heart.
In a field overgrown
Colours bleed artistically
The trees growth
Is a prayer
Paper lonely poems drawing God’s
In damp breath’s
And I, watch the tree’s prayers
Survival dawning autumn hues
Bleeding jazz notes
That I tilt my mouth towards.
This is how I caress the earths survival
Remembering the memento
Cupping the hiatus in my hands
And carrying the remains
To the pilgrim heart.
How easy we are made homeless.
All the ways to death
Carefully pillaged truths!

Symbolic Reality

Sifting through thoughts scrambled into the far recesses of my mind, I began musing over the unique and powerful symbolic structures attached to our perceptions. In their simplistic state symbols are used throughout our daily lives; media, advertising, sales, politics, education, poetry, music etc. In their more naturalistic and artistic state, symbols represent complex ideas and concepts, a representational construct, if you will. In their more beautiful form they require logical analysis, or our perception of “reality” to be placed aside for an internalised interpretation. All things are internal to our being… what I mean is, reality is not external to the individual, is not a presupposed state of being sitting independently of the person, objects just waiting to be explored, understood and interacted with. Symbolism allows the individual to convey meaning not only to self but directly to others which in turn creates or produces a reactionary “feeling” or internalised interpretation. In this sense, symbolism and emotion hold a delightful systematic relationship, each dependent on the other, affording us a deep and comprehensive understanding of our individual self, that is, the only way to attain an all-encompassing awareness of the complex human experience is with an abstract concept. Reality is a figurative representation of the personal experience.





Further Reading:

Alchemy and Symbolism

The Language of Symbolic Logic

Nietzsche and Symbolism

Susanne K. LangerĀ  1895-1985

Contemplating Cause & Effect

Musing: with Plato