Barry Spector's Blog – October 2016 Archive (6)

Barry’s Blog # 176: Why Are We So Freaking Crazy? Part Four of Four

Be joyful even though you’ve considered all the facts. – Wendell Berry

I’m trying to get to the part where we talk about reframing this business of fear and denial, but I need to mention two themes first:

1 – This time of year will (or should) propel us directly into the absolute core of the issue: Don’t be scared! The roots of Halloween are in the profound depths of Old Europe – Samhain and All Soul’s Day. But for most Americans, it is a…

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Added by Barry Spector on October 28, 2016 at 2:48pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 177: Why Are We So Freaking Crazy? Part Four of Four

Be joyful even though you’ve considered all the facts. – Wendell Berry

I’m trying to get to the part where we talk about reframing this business of fear and denial, but I need to mention two themes first:

1 – This time of year will (or should) propel us directly into the absolute core of the issue: Don’t be scared! The roots of Halloween are in the profound depths of Old Europe – Samhain and All Soul’s Day. But for most Americans, it is a…

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Added by Barry Spector on October 28, 2016 at 2:08pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 176: Why Are We So Freaking Crazy? Part Three of Four

Denial and fear; fear and denial, all electronically mediated. Do you remember the anthrax scare of 2001 – and how it disappeared from the news once Congress passed the Patriot Act?

Do you remember how the government took this lunacy to its logical extreme with its color-coded alert system, how we all awakened daily to a degree of anxiety that shifted according to government “findings?” t1larg-terror-alerts-gi

 

Who determined the nature of these “findings?” How – and why? …terror_alert

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Added by Barry Spector on October 19, 2016 at 3:15pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 175: Why Are We So Freaking Crazy? Part Two of Three

The U.S. military coined the phrase “Shock and Awe” in the late 1990s and applied it to the invasion of Iraq a few years later. But I find it remarkably accurate in describing the American psyche.

Fear-mongering is the “shock” side. The “awe” side is represented by our old tradition of advertisers, real estate salesmen, stock brokers, hucksters, con-men and “public relations” specialists, as well as clergymen and politicians, who collude to reinforce our denial. Characteristic themes…

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Added by Barry Spector on October 14, 2016 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Barry’s Blog # 174: Why Are We So Freaking Crazy? Part One

On its surface, the myth of American Innocence sings of a people who were – and remain – divinely inspired, manifestly destined, to spread freedom and opportunity across the world. As such, we have always celebrated ourselves for our optimism, our practical, positive, “can-do” approach, our willingness to take risks and our sunny dispositions as we pursue happiness and model our success for all others.

That’s our story, and we’re sticking to it, because we are increasingly desperate…

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Added by Barry Spector on October 12, 2016 at 5:49pm — 1 Comment

Barry’s Blog # 173: Cultural Appropriation? Part Six of Six

I think I’ll just let the mystery be. – Iris Dement

Thea Faye’s nuanced approach to the subject of the Celtic Wheel of the Year is a breath of fresh air in an intellectual environment where accusations and stances of purity (“The blood of Albion flows in these veins,” boasts one stalwart) seem to be the norm. And this obsession with doing things right…

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Added by Barry Spector on October 3, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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