I hate those moments when once again I’m confronted with cowardice and ignorance that masquerades as humility and wisdom. It utterly diminishes me. I just swell up with a surging maelstrom of anger, sadness, defeat, despair and shame for my fellow man who lives by facsimiles of virtues. A life filled with nothing but moral circumspection without any cognitive direction. To believe anything without allowing its discussion or challenge is a fanaticism which abdicates something of what it is to be human, to be made in the image of God. It sacrifices our ability to doubt and reason upon the altar of assurance. And it is a sacrifice that I could never make.
Today everybody is talking about the fact that we live in one world; because of globalization, we are all part of the same planet. They talk that way, but do they mean it? We should remind them that the words of the Declaration [of Independence] apply not only to people in this country, but also to people all over the world. People everywhere have the same right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. When the government becomes destructive of that, then it is patriotic to dissent and to criticize – to do what we always praise and call heroic when we look upon the dissenters and critics in totalitarian countries who dare to speak out.
~ Howard Zinn, Artists in Times of War and Other Essays
The casual and almost fatalistic acceptance of collateral damage as a doctrine of both war and economic reform by many epitomizes the institutionalization dehumanization. The elimination of the innocent, either through violent means or the more insipid, malicious method of class warfare by tax code manipulation and institutional discrimination further entrenches the disassociative plague that is rugged individualism upon a free society.