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Friday, June 26, 2015

Man's Inhumanity

I'm puzzling over this word:
1. characterized by tenderness, compassion, and sympathy for people and animals, especially for the suffering or distressed:
humane treatment of prisoners.
2. acting in a manner that causes the least harm to people or animals:
humane trapping of stray pets.
    mid-15c., variant of human (compare german/germane, urban/urbane), used interchangeably with it until early 18c., by which time it had become a distinct word with sense of "having qualities befitting human beings." But inhuman still can be the opposite of humane.
Given the barbarous and savage history of the human race, using the word "humane" to describe caring for those less fortunate, is laughable. Conversely, “inhumane” is used to describe heinous acts perpetrated by shitstains of the highest levels of fecalhood. Huh.
Fer Bast’s sake, here in the good ol’ US of A alone there’s been (short list!):
Americans don’t have the corner on despicable words and deeds though, on any given day, O’Reilly, Limbaugh, Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Jeb can be counted on to spew idiocies, inanities and callously cold-hearted packed cretinisms.
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”
~Upton Sinclair
Who’s paying their bills? To whom are they on the take? When did their souls take the highest bidders mark? What happened to all their respective centers? Were they born without? What derailed them into Opposite Land, where down is up and backwards is forward, full speed ahead.

Are they all incapable of making an honest dime? Have they, at long last, no sense of decency?

IF there is a devil, IF Hades actually exists, these folks will have seats at the big fuck’s table.

After the gross insanity, cruelty and ruthlessness of the Bush/Cheney reign, it's taken Obama eight years and counting to restore sanity, some semblance of dignity and, yes, humanity. Has he been appreciated for it? Lauded as much as he should be for this heroic and, seemingly, impossible task. Only by those who voted for him. The Republican/Tea Party and their paid shills (Fox DUH) continue to cry—Obama’s the anti-Christ! Obama’s a Socialist! (how/why, if true, would this be bad?) Obama’s a Muslim! (again..bad why?) Ad nauseam.

So then, to me, “humane” is a laughable term.

“I am constantly amazed by man's inhumanity to man.”
~Primo Levi, If This Is a Man / The Truce

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