For years we’ve heard about all the atrocities that have occurred in “Red” China. The People’s Daily English Edition has just published an article that exhaustively chronicles the atrocities that have occurred in the U.S. It’s interesting to see a view of our country through the eyes of a foreigner. The rhetorical strategy of demonizing every incident for maximum emotional effect seems misplaced when applied to the U.S.
For some reason that article reminded me of a piece in George Carlin’s new book When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops:
Dear Political Activists,
All your chanting, marching, voting, picketing, boycotting and letter-writing will not change a thing; you will never right the wrongs of this world. The only thing your activity will accomplish is to make some of you feel better. Such activity makes powerless people feel useful, and provides them the illusion that they’re making a difference. But it doesn’t work. Nothing changes. The powerful keep the power. That’s why they’re called the powerful.
This is similar to people’s belief that love can overcome everything, that it has some special power. It doesn’t. except one on one. One on one, love is incredibly powerful. It is a beautiful thing. But if love had any power to change the world, it would have prevailed by now. Love can’t change the world. It’s nice. It’s pleasant. It’s better than hate. But it has no special power over things. It just feels good. Love yourself, find another person to love and feel good.
And on that note,