September 29, 2006

Globalization quote of the day

"The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much."Joseph Conrad, Heart of DarknessFor more on the subject, see Globalization:  Exporting the American Way and Globalization According to Gilligan. (Yes, Gilligan.)


writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
What none of the writers of all these articles fails to realize is that 'Americanization' is far less older than America itself. Before America, it was called 'conquest in the name of the King.' America is but the newest example of such 'imperialism', superceded only by the Socialist and Communist movements since 1900. Imperialism, Socialism, and Communism are only world influences that matured in the 20th Century. Entry into the 21st Century means that the older forms of imperialism have become anathema. Yet, all of these forms strive to maintain themselves and very much deny that they are about to be replaced.
What are the replacements? Look at Millennialism; just as in the year 1000, it failed miserably because there was no 'Second Coming' to legitimize it. Even the most recent form of 'ism' also failed because the year 2000 (read: 1997 by corrected calendars) flew past and there was no'Second Coming' or 'rapture', and certainly any asteroids causing threat to planet Earth whizzed by without impact.
This is the crisis being encountered by 'globalists' because the factors that would vindicate their teachings simply have not come to pass. Which is why the oldest form of influence, astrology, experienced an upsurge it simply could not justify. The human race sits disappointed, and Islam is struggling mightily to take advantage of that disappointment to their own advantage.
HEART OF DARKNESS painted a picture of aboriginal innocence being re-directed into satisfying civilized wishes by becoming a threat to the origins of innocence. One only has to watch Francis Ford Coppola's epic film, APOCALYPSE NOW, to realize that his character of Kurtz had set into motion factors that he then could not control, a jihad that would overcome and destroy the civilized portions of the earth. The film leaves the viewer asking the question, have our motives then undercut our existences?
Joseph Conrad may have been asking, do our desires and intentions about the rest of this world only become forces usable by those we seek to subjugate as power to overcome the initiators?
Think that our society has become so dependant upon abstracts, such as computer control, that the removal of such a factor would cripple our society completely? Think that our civilized existence has become so dependant upon external factors that the removal of any one of them would cripple our society completely? Therefore, have we not made our inherent weaknesses the very means by which we can be conquered, as revenge and recourse for past misdeeds comes home to roost? APOCALYPSE NOW, indeed!
All Best
Russ Bates

Rob said...

I think you mean Apocalypto now! If we don't shape up, we may go the way of the Maya. (That may be the point of Mel Gibson's movie, although I wouldn't bet on it.)

From On the Beach to I, Robot, science fiction has addressed how overreliance on technology may be our undoing. This is a multicultural issue because Western and indigenous cultures don't necessarily see eye to eye on technology. I linked to some interesting articles on the subject at Technology vs. Native Values.

Incidentally, you have two double negatives in the sentence, "What none of the writers of all these articles fails to realize is that 'Americanization' is far less older than America itself." I'm still trying to figure out exactly what it means. :-)

Not a Sioux said...

I find arguments for the elimination of television to be akin to arguments for burning books. The ultimate irony would be a TV show called "Four Arguments for the Elimination of Jerry Mander".

Rob said...

I doubt Mander seriously expected to eliminate TV. Rather, I think he was playing the Devil's Advocate.