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An Odd Thing to Enjoy

Later today I will be photographing a local dignitary and as I was entering the Skytrian station something occurred to me: the gear that I am carrying looks very much like I could be carrying a bomb and a rifle. This morning I find myself thankful that I am living in a city and a country that haven't lapsed into complete paranoia.

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embraceyouth
Sep. 5th, 2006 12:55 am (UTC)
If we continue to allow these bad things to happen in other parts of the world, they will indeed happen in our own back yard soon too. Where is the love for Humanity?
mbarrick
Sep. 5th, 2006 03:49 am (UTC)
Yes. Sitting by while our neighbouring country slips into fascism is a dangerous thing, especially when their propaganda spills over our borders and infects young minds here with false ideas.

In the United States... recent public opinion polls have revealed that an actual majority of young people in their teens, the voters of tomorrow, have no faith in democratic institutions, see no objection to the censorship of unpopular ideas, do not believe that the government of the people by the people is possible and would be perfectly content, if they can continue to live in the style to which the boom has accustomed them, to be ruled, from above, by an oligarchy
--Aldous Huxley, 1958, Brave New World Revisited

by means of ever more effective methods of mind-manipulation, the democracies will change their nature; the quaint old forms — elections, parliaments, Supreme Courts and all the rest — will remain. The underlying substance will be a new kind of non-violent totalitarianism. All the traditional names, all the hallowed slogans will remain exactly what they were in the good old days. Democracy and freedom will be the theme of every broadcast and editorial
--Aldous Huxley, 1958, Brave New World Revisited

And make no mistake: I know what you meant, and chose to intentially misinterpret your comment as a rhetorical device.
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