Thursday January 23rd 2014 Tim
There is a debate about the extent to which
modern Germany is defined by the holocaust and in the same vein modern
USA is defined by slavery, Russia by the gulag, Mongols by the
slaughter of Chinese Peasants and the list can be kind of long.
It's difficult to think of Germany without also thinking about the
holocaust, and it's difficult to think of the USA without also thinking
about slavery, and on into the history of time. The things come
together in a mind in the way that clouds and sky produce what might be
called an emotional weather. A full blown rain storm, sometimes.
Or sunny. And for the sake of non-partisanship, amongst the English the
legacy of colonies is a moderate drizzle, it's Lion and chained Unicorn
hung up like sun hats brought out now and then for pomp.
You can call emotional weather myths if you like. Not
because they don't contain droplets of fact, but because of
the lingering nature of the scars the sins of the father
hand down to generations of children without them every
actually being stated and yet informing so much in the day
to day and the this and that and whatever it is people think
it is they are doing with their time on earth. And if
you want to feel better about it, you can become all high
and mighty and decide what is right and wrong, and you can
go on to make some kind of a statement that goes something
like "children should not be blamed. for the horrible deeds
of their parent." And then you can completely dive off
the high board into the Cancun swimming pool and start
talking about "socio-economic group" instead of
"class." Then if you actually want to go insane you'll look
at yourself in the mirror and say, "I am God."