‘Midway on our life’s journey, I found myself in dark woods, the right road lost’….Dante’s Inferno
Like Dante’s descent into hell, where tortured souls finally reveal the reason for their presence there, an analysis of the current times and the ‘actors’ involved in today’s performances, would reveal the intricate and damning, state of our era. Why this vision? Why does Dante take all of us on that journey, some call an allegory?
When you try to analyse degrees of injustice, when you try to see through the mire of perhaps decades of planning, of businesses that have escaped, tax payments, and the rich who seek only to stay away from the burden of egalitarian politics. There it is staring at you. The fact that all the different individual’s in our society have only their own plans before them. What we do with a lifetime, how we manage our life on this earth will depend on what values, and what kind of love we were in receipt of during our childhood. And God set us free. Free and independent of His presence, to see how we perform, to see if we would turn back and to see if we might seek Him, out of our own free will. We are not enslaved to Him, unless we choose to be.
‘Through me the way into the suffering city, through me the way to the eternal pain, through me the way that runs among the lost’ …Dante’s Inferno
So instead of acting on conscience most of us, potter, or speed along with no idea how damaging, or uncreative we are, sometimes. We seem to always need prompts, where our conscience is concerned. Only ‘do good’ if, they ‘do good’ to you, some might say. And blow the rest of mankind? And what happens if we all choose that possibility of hard nailed determination no matter the cost? So there is no mercy, shown, for fear of some financial compromise.
‘My maker was divine authority, the highest wisdom’…Dante’s Inferno
It’s like the oil business, well any big industrial business, how many times, does planet earth suffer, until after many mistakes, spills, and explosions, do we choose to stop! Well never? BP, tried drilling where the crust was known to be thin in the Gulf of Mexico, and what happened. Ask the people of Florida and you will get the answer. A very big environmental mess, occurred, to beaches, wildlife conservation areas, and it’s true that there is an effort to clean, but this takes a long time. People, who are they? The ones manipulating market forces? Who are they, playing like Russian roulette with ‘our’ lives? Who will be hit next? And this is what has occurred to me. That if you felt powerful enough because of your wealth and believed there was no higher authority than yourself, then it would be an easy thing to think that getting rid of opponents need not have to be such a burden. So the devil in those people, has risen like some wild beast upon our present day. And all at the bequest of the ‘state’? I don’t want to think this is true. But, it would take the authority of people at the highest part of government surely to put a black ops into action. Or a mafia. So who is responsible for the events, that seem tied together by date code? Assassinations, silently, pervading the calm of our regular lives. We hear someone has mysteriously died, by drug overdose, or some armed robbery, the villain shooting all the family? The victims? Aaron Swartz, internet hacktivist, who felt public-duty enough to campaign for freedom of movement and rights of everyone on the internet. Apparently ‘took his own life’? Barnaby Jack, found overdosed with drugs, a week before an important conference and talk he was due to give. Barnaby was from New Zealand, a famed computer hacker professionally, who researched internet security. The creator of Grey State, David Crowley, and his family were found dead in their home in Minnesota, just recently. Grey State, a film whose subject was life under martial law with strict state control of everything. Charlie Hebdo’s magazine, four of the best cartoonist/satirists, shot dead, by apparently a band of extremists. Any one that seems to speak out, and confront the wrongs it would seem in society.
‘I reached a place where every light is muted, which bellows like the sea beneath a tempest….The hellish hurricane, which never rests, drives on the spirits with its violence: wheeling and pounding, it harasses them..…..Dante’s Inferno
Should we be afraid? Thankfully when you see the support and anger shown by the French, last week that four million marched to La Place de la Republique, I feel heartened to think the vast majority of the populace would not take this kind of action lying down.
Barrett Brown, sits in the court room today, tolerating, what I consider a system in turmoil. The fact that he spent two years in jail without trial seemed bad enough. I feel anger his rights were not protected two years ago sufficiently to allow for bail, and it seems because they fear he was a hacker, and capable of theft, this may have been the reason for his detention, without the right to access computers. His writing career, seems almost on hold, although he has been allowed to publish some articles, it seems, but, certainly, the refusal of the state to allow him near a computer says something.
What can the ordinary ‘citizen’ do? And it is probably the best thing to become a little more consumed with who a person should vote for and just what is being offered to the people. Grace is really the only answer in any situation the invisible good force of grace. But, again, I would have to turn to my God, and do the prayer needed, maybe fasting also, who knows?
I think the ‘thinking people’, need to definitely join together in support, every time one of our number is accused, or challenged beyond what would seem reasonable. To keep the press free, to keep speech free, and to honor everyone’s right to live in a properly democratic society. Yes the people have a right to their own opinion.