The Daily Servant of Power

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Today’s servant of power is:aristotle

Aristotle

I always thought the reverence people had for ancient Athens and Aristotle represented a lack of genuine insight.

Ancient Athens is no example of direct democracy.  When women aren’t given the right to vote and slavery is a common staple of society, it’s still just elitism masquerading as liberalism.

Aristotle, himself, tried to find excuses for why slavery was justified for his own self-convenience – nothing more.

On top of that he engaged in the constant fear-mongering oppressors always use against the people they victimize.  The British fear of the East Indians, the fear European settlers had for the Native Americans, the fear Westerners have for Middle Easterners despite using their industrialized militaries to slaughter them in large numbers or various tactics to destabilize the region.

This mentality is pathological (in a way that makes it even more evil.) Here’s a perfect illustration: Tampa police: Marine reservist attacked Greek priest he mistook for terrorist

The Spartans were likewise “terrified” of the Helots, whom they had enslaved.  Aristotle compares the Helots to “an enemy constantly sitting in wait of the disaster of the Spartans”. [1]

Lying for the oppressors says everything about a person’s true character and, at the end of the day, character is all that truly matters in terms of alleviating human suffering and building a truly peaceful global community.

For me, Aristotle is like Orwell. I agree with many of Orwell’s observations and assertions and often make use of his ideas.  Nineteen Eighty-Four illustrates very well the use of a constant threat of enemy attack to justify endless, mindless warfare.  However, if Orwell were alive today, he might also be engaging in mindless fear-mongering and Islamophobia and would most likely have supported genocide in Gaza.  People become very different when it comes to power and easily do everything they originally purported to oppose.

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