Monday, March 4, 2013
the banality of evil
the picture is sad enough to make one's skin crawl. the young woman in safari attitude, waving the victory sign with shades & the empty smile is not the culprit (she was hired to pose on top of the rhino). the fallen survivor of geological history now sacrificed at the altar of human greed.
this is civilization posing as self-destruction.
of course, with each passing year there will be less rhino horns on the backshelves of chinese pharmacies. the stench of death being kept safe & withdrawn (a cultural idiosyncrasy flickering at the edge of the social contract) for the sake of our narcissistic anxieties. animal extinction becomes as trivial as re-allocation of stock.
why are we so insanely destructive?