Ya know. I don’t know which is worse. The normal sort of run-of-the-mill incompetence we’ve come to expect of Bush, Co., or a grown man in an incredibly powerful position within the US Government refering to himself in an email as a “fashion god.” I mean, c’mon dumbass. That’s why people get personal email accounts. So that when they get fired, the boss doesn’t know how much time you’ve been wasting at the office blogging and chatting with your friends.
Morality begins with the basic assumption that what one individual does, he or she does to the collective whole. While I will freely admit my Buddhist bias in this regard, I don’t think the idea of the basic interconnectedness of society is at all the exclusive purview of Buddhist morality or ethics. Wasn’t it Jesus himself who said “Do unto others what you would have them do unto you,” which presumes that we live in a symbiotic relationship with other people? Further, everyone’s favorite modern secular ethicist Imanual Kant was a big believer social morals versus personal morals wherein if what you were doing had no negative impact on other moral agents, more power to you. But when your actions have negative consequences on other moral agents, guess what? You’re being an immoral jerk.
It seems to me that this tragedy was not indiscriminate. That it hit the poor, the marginalized, and people of color harder than those of us who are privileged in this, the richest country in the world.
You can do everything for other countries, but you can’t do nothing for your own people. . . You can go overseas with the military, but you can’t get them down here.
I mean, c’mon now.