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Cinderella's Jealous Sisters and King Midas

As frogs came before corporations, prejudices, megalomania and myopia as prejudices could be steppingstones to sharing power in a multipolar world.
by Marc Batko www.mbtranslations.com,  mbatko@lycos.com

History is made capitalistically by the culture that attacks the poor, not poverty, and turns plowshares into swords. The challenge is to make capitalism history, to choose the human race over the arms race and people over profit.

Cinderella's sisters did everything to fit that shoe - including cutting off toes and heals. Caught by megalomania, the Bushies set "agenda" and "mission" over facts, reality, international law and elemental compassion. The Bushies rewrite history, refuse to admit failure and lies and trivialize the universal longing for freedom and self-determination. Allured by narcissism and myopia, the US becomes bloodied trying to fit into a shoe belonging to others. While his nose became longer, the American Pinocchio withers and demonizes critics as traitors. While King Midas discovers that money cannot be eaten and that the penultimate is not the ultimate, the world could become collateral damage of a sociopath with untreated blindness.

The empire must give way to sharing power in a multi-polar world without nuclear weapons.

Pan con Dignidad! No y contradicion Christianismo y revolution! (Bread with dignity! No contradiction of Christianity and revolution!) Rich in things and poor in soul, the US can begin again when it sees its neediness, mends its own pockets, reduces its footprint and values visions and long-term necessities instead of squandering resources and redistributing wealth to the elites. Selective memory and overreach like prejudice are stepping-stones to understanding and a new beginning. Can we become passionate about visions?

Americans see the Middle East as a mirror of themselves; they don't see a unique culture and civilization but a new New Jersey! We see what we want to see. We squander our resources like the Prodigal Son (Luke 15).

As frogs came before corporations, capitalism and plantation consciousness bridles the horse by the tail and sets the cart before the horse. Confusing part and whole, means and ends, public and private and real and imaginary, America acts out the Creole trick stylizing itself as the victim and decrying self-criticism and sustainability as weakness.

Harvey Cox in "Feast of Fools" sees overly consumerist hyper-individualistic America as bereft of memory and hope, festivity and fantasy. Can we see crisis as opportunity? Can we rediscover our visions and talents despite the economizing of all life and the selling-off of culture? Can we rejoice in a future of parallel worlds and a universe marked more by access than excess and open arms than clenched fists?

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