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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Shudder And Grieve

Daily Draw: Sacred Sites Tarot ~ Seven of Wands

I've been reading a lot of ancient history this past year, not school history but concentrated bits by scholars;  the Crusades, the European family unit from 500 BC-1500 AD, how Earth was formed and how both time and cataclysmic events change it, China from 1930-1950, the American SW from 1850-1900, Australia from 1600-1900, The Maya, Inca, and Aztec; and on and on. One thing pretty obvious is history books gloss over much. The further in time from the event, the more gloss is applied. And myths grow up to reflect the cultural mind think.

I'm reminded by this card places like the Great Wall were not built for enlightenment or as employment projects but for war. All the pretty stories about fallen builders being buried in the wall to add the protection of warrior spirits is hokum. Slaves built that wall and death was the only way to get away from the torture and misery of the work. On this anniversary of America's independence I shudder, thinking of the wasted lives fought in old men's wars. Wars that always result in bankrupting the republic and put billions in the coffers of those same old men.


"The myth of violent solutions as the ultimate solutions maintains itself." ~ Stanley Crouch 1945-

1 comment:

  1. Amid the celebration, I think we also need to gain some perspective on the reality about war.I just finished my humanities course this week, and there was something similar to be said for going to war. People thought were getting too advanced for it, but, of course, that soon changed after the first world war. It did shatter hopes of living in a utopia, which were supposed to have reached last century. :\

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