Tuesday, May 02, 2006

One more thought...

about the David Byrne piece I quoted below: the phrase "Where we see difference they would see similarity," resonated with me like someone had hit me like I was a gong. I keep coming back to Chris Hedges' War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, and his insight into the generation of perception-of-difference/uniqueness as essential to nationalism and war-making.

It's a dynamic you also see in dysfunctional and/or alcoholic families, the sense that, "we're separate from the rest of the community because we're special/better-than-them; we're misunderstood, and oppressed at all sides so we have to stick together and be loyal to each other above all else."

What holds us separate? What keeps us separated? What, after all is done, still connects us?

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