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Wed Oct 7, 2020, 12:02 PM

"A Twist of Lennon"

"I think our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think thatís what I sussed when I was sixteen and twelve, way down the line, but I expressed it differently all through my life. Itís the same thing Iím expressing all the time. But now I can put it into that sentence that I think weíre being run by maniacs for maniacal ends. If anybody can put on paper what our government and the American government etc and the Russian, Chinese, what they are actually trying to do, and what they think theyíre doing, Iíd be very pleased to know what they think they are doing. I think theyíre all insane. But Iím liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. Thatís whatís insane about it."
- John Lennon, June 8 , 1968


In the above quote, John Lennon expressed the essence of a book that had been published thirteen years earlier, Erich Fromm's "The Sane Society." There can be a loneliness in being "sane" in an "insane" system, be it a family, a workplace, a community, or a country. Fromm defines the "insanity" of a system by its levels of things beyond "mental illness," including various types of violence (including all types of domestic violence, community violence, and state-sponsored violence), substance abuse and addiction, poverty, racism, sexism, serious illness and/or death, etc.

In the field of social work, it is recognized that if one family member suffers from one of these issues, that family experiences dysfunction as a system. This includes if a parent -- let's say a single parent of either sex -- loses their job, the family will experience serious pressures. This does not mean those features resulting from the pressures will always be there .....if that parent, for example, gets another job within a relatively short time, the family system will regain its balance.

In the case of a family that has one sick parental unit -- let's say a violent, unpredictable, unhinged father, just for the heck of it -- there are few options for healing so long as Old Dad remains a toxin within the household. Healing within the family requires either the old man making major changes in behaviors (possible, but not common), being removed from the home -- including being incarcerated, or, as some of the other family members may hope, dies.

Malcolm X focused his ministry on bringing healing to the victims of a sick social system, one that contained all of the factors that Fromm identified. One of his teaching methods involved symbolically placing a sparkling, clean glass of water next to a glass of filthy sludge, and trusting that a thirsty people will make the correct choice on what they want to drink.

Tonight, in the vice presidential debate, we will see our sparkling, clean glass of water named Kamala Harris, next to the filthy sludge known as Mike Pence. We know that the sickest among us will favor drinking from Pence's toxic glass. The white nationalists, the superstitious religious right, and their ilk. But the majority of Americans, desperate for healing, will see that Senator Harris is the best choice.

Enjoy the debate! I hope to participate in some fun conversations here tonight!
H2O Man

P.S.: I borrowed the title of Cynthis Lennon's 1978 book for this essay. Thank you, Cynthia!

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Wed Oct 7, 2020, 12:34 PM

1. this is the empathy ticket

...with two policy wonks running together. Both proficient in serving the people with intellect and innovation, not for politics sake, but to make a real difference in people's lives.

The contrast on the republican side is an on-brand, middle-school conservative who came to power on a corporate dime, cynically playing on social themes and hiding sins behind a piousness devoid of spirituality.

What Trump has accomplished is to strip the veneer of reasonableness and morality from what have always been cruel and heartless attempts by the right wing to take away hard fought-for protections and defenses Americans use to fend off republican corporate masters' chicanery and greed. It's gotten so bad that republicans have come to believe their nonsense about supporting smaller government, freedom, or democracy.

Trump called their bluff and took republicanism to it's logical conclusion: anti-American (as our population stands), isolationist, and fiscally irresponsible. The emperor has no clothes, and his court has stripped themselves bare as well.

All they know is hurt, how to take from Americans with one hand, and stuff taxpayer money into their pockets with the other. All they can do to support their avarice and greed is tear down and dismantle what they don't yet possess.

The contrast will be like a ray of sunshine illuminating a moldy wall.




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Response to bigtree (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 01:18 PM

3. Well said!

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Response to bigtree (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 02:01 PM

4. Very well said!

Thank you for this.

Despite all the madness saturating so much of our society, I'm encouraged by both the Biden-Harris ticket, and how good people are responding to the threats of Trump-Pence.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 01:18 PM

2. What would Lennon say today?

He was outrageously funny during the Nixon era. He would freak out over 45.

Kamala is going to teach Pence a lesson tonight canít wait!

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Response to coeur_de_lion (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 7, 2020, 02:03 PM

5. Good question.

I see that Yoko, Julian, and Sean are all encouraging the American people to vote. I assume that John would be saying much the same. And as you note, he had a unique way of communicating!

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