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 the stench of death being kept safe & withdrawn (a cultural idiosyncrasy flickering at the edge of the social contract) for the sake of our narcissistic anxieties.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?

14 comments:

Malagodi said...

How do you think we got to be at the top of the heap, just by being clever?

Alfredo Triff said...

malagodi, is ecological disaster the next paradigm of adaptive evolution?

Steven Bollman said...

I posted a video on my Facebook page a few days ago. Here's the link to it's original source. It's so horrific. You can't un-see it. The most devastating images are at the end. It's incomprehensible to me, how people can do this sort of thing in the name of commerce. Or in the name of anything other than wanton cruelty and unmitigated destruction. Those who filmed it must have permanent nightmares.The workers involved must be numb.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=244409832362352&set=vb.164652740239141&type=2&theater

Anonymous said...

it's sick.
Joel

Anonymous said...

I agree with Anonymous...

Rafael Lopez-Ramos said...

Amused to death... as Roger Waters branded our superior species stupidity

Alfredo Triff said...

steve: disgusting video. good point, we've become numb.
tx, joel.
tx, anon.
tx rafael, point taken.

thrutheretina said...
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thrutheretina said...

Historico-epochal one dimensional thinking justified by and through techno-capitalist rationale ( we've never had it so good) The unconcealment of being in enframing...beings disclosed as standing reserve.
Just remember that where there is a danger, there too dwells the saving power (or something like that.) Deterritorialize all striated State space and ride among the nomads! - Mike

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