CHRIS HEDGES: The Price of Resistance -
 “…dumb, blind love is man’s meaning.” / and NASA Worldview: April 17, 2017

A curious “blank” on NASA Worldview the day after the Korean missile.



“…dumb, blind love is man’s meaning.

Apr 17, 2017 / This is a talk that Chris Hedges gave Monday at Princeton University in New Jersey

… To resist radical evil is to endure a life that by the standards of the wider society is a failure. It is to defy injustice at the cost of your career, your reputation, your financial solvency and at times your life. It is to be a lifelong heretic. And, perhaps this is the most important point, it is to accept that the dominant culture, even the liberal elites, will push you to the margins and attempt to discredit not only what you do, but your character.

… Ruling institutions—the state, the press, the church, the courts, academia—mouth the language of morality, but they serve the structures of power, no matter how venal, which provide them with money, status and authority.

… all of these institutions, including the academy, are complicit through their silence or their active collaboration with radical evil. And our own institutions, which have surrendered to corporate power and the utopian ideology of neoliberalism, are no different. The lonely individuals who defy tyrannical power within these institutions … are purged and turned into pariahs.

… this capacity to defy the forces of repression “a sublime madness in the soul. … nothing but madness will do battle with malignant power and ‘spiritual wickedness in high places.’ ” This sublime madness … is vital. Without it, “truth is obscured.”

The prophets in the Hebrew Bible had this sublime madness. The words of the Hebrew prophets… “While the world is at ease and asleep, the prophet feels the blast from heaven.”  … This sublime madness is the essential quality for a life of resistance. It is the acceptance that when you stand with the oppressed you get treated like the oppressed. It is the acceptance that, although empirically all that we struggled to achieve during our lifetime may be worse, our struggle validates itself.

… the only morally reliable people are not those who say “this is wrong” or “this should not be done,” but those who say “I can’t.” They know that as Immanuel Kant wrote: “If justice perishes, human life on earth has lost its meaning.” And this means that, like Socrates, we must come to a place where it is better to suffer wrong than to do wrong.  … this will require the surmounting of despair, not by reason, but by faith.

We have a power that terrifies the corporate state. Any act of rebellion, no matter how few people show up or how heavily it is censored, chips away at corporate power. Any act of rebellion keeps alive the embers for larger movements that follow us. …

Perhaps this will not happen in our lifetimes. But if we persist, we will keep this possibility alive. If we do not, it will die. … “The powerlessness of kindness, of senseless kindness, is the secret of its immortality. It can never be conquered. … Evil is impotent before it. … This dumb, blind love is man’s meaning.













Chile / April 17, 2017 (above)














West of Chile / April 17, 2017 (above)  –  These are close to the kind of micro filaments I now find inside my house.  Lithium?     

Gulf of Mexico (above) / April 17, 2017    














Gulf of Mexico (above) / April 17, 2017

Hokkaido Japan, Sakhalin Russia, the Sea of Okhotsk (above) / April 17, 2017

Hokkaido Japan, Sakhalin Russia, the Sea of Okhotsk (above) / April 17, 2017

Simushir Island on the Kuril Ridge (above) / April 17, 2017

Korea, Japan, China, etc. (above) / April 17, 2017














Shanghai (ab0ve) / April 17, 2017














DALIAN west of Korea (above) / April 17, 2017

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