Wilde Observations #17

A tossed salad of poetry, art and ideas.

A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.” — Oscar Wilde

Sincerity is not truth. And Might does not make Right.

“If our cause is just, then die we must,” becomes a pretext for sending young people off to war for any reason that the State determines will best serve its ends. How many immoral wars have been fought in the name of a theoretical “higher good”?

I think here of Pickett’s charge, men who gave their lives to preserve the lifestyles of plantation owners in the Antebellum South.

It’s interesting that the English Monarchy saw the Civil War as proof that Democracy was flawed. The slave trade in England had been terminated without a war.

The Founding Fathers put forth the proposition that “All men are created equal.” But this notion of Freedom for All proved to be an empty promise to many, not only for slaves but for the Native peoples who had been forced to give up their lands and their own freedoms. (See The Power of Imagery in Steve Premo’s “Free the Slave — Slay the Free”)

Lincoln’s presidency was devoted to helping fulfill the promises made by the Founding Fathers. He did not foresee the next century of Jim Crow laws, lynchings and the like. In 1963, Martin Luther King’s March on Washington was essentially an appeal to have the promises made by the Declaration of Independence be kept.

Unfortunately, legislation can only do so much. What’s needed are changed minds and hearts. How have we moved so far from those anthems that inspired us when we were young?

Come on people now, smile on your brother,
everybody get together and try to love one another right now.

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