Posted by shar on July 2, 2000, at 1:55:19
In reply to Seeing Forest and Trees in another light..., posted by dj on July 1, 2000, at 16:17:43
You have brought up another important issue in the myriad of issues we face. LIES.
I came of age in the BIG LIE era of Vietnam, Cambodia, Nixon, LBJ, Watergate, etc. It still continues to amaze me when another BIG LIE is uncovered. I don't think they will stop happening.
The young woman who spoke at Cornell talked about the tragedy that was closest to her heart, and the evolution of the truly awful events transpiring. She was willing to take a stand then and there, and pour out what she considered more important than her planned speech.
The military-industrial complex is larger than Ms. Albright's power to change international policy, and since we are looking at the forest and the trees, I'm sorry Ms. Albright was the subject of derogatory comments as she sat there after making an invited address.
Hardly anything in the real world is linear.
The young woman's commencement remarks probably provided information to the crowd that they (the crowd) did not already have. Perhaps someone in that crowd will end up doing something that will radically change the situation.
Someone could asassinate Ms. Albright feeling justified because she has let this go on and needs to be made an example of. Or someone could organize and educate the public, and "the people" could effect a change in the policy.
There are, of course, an infinite number of possible outcomes.
IMHO it comes down to personal responsibility on a global scale--what one chooses to do with our personal power, what action we will take, letters we will write, voting we will do, stands we will make--for some, who will they kill and how many and how often?
How will we (each one of us) deal with the horrors in Iraq? The other horrors that exist all over the world? The atrocities that take place in our own home towns?
We all of us have a choice about what we will take on, and how much energy we can/will put into that area of our lives.
You provided a good example of this.