A State of Exception . A State of Grace . A State of Denial

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How are we to make sense of this ongoing war of words?  How do we understand the cocky swagger, the egoism of this continuing and unabated national self-importance of American Exceptionalism? The bobbing-head-doll leading this parade — our charade of international self aggrandizement — continues to demonstrate why such an attitude is so very dangerous — for our own health and the health of the planet.  To take oneself so seriously as to thoughtlessly LORD it over the rest of the globe is dangerous in any hands and in any framework.

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With a doctorate in religious studies from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, Sandy had a ten-year academic career, with appointments at University of Virginia and the Colorado School of Mines. He spent the next twenty years in executive ranks at several of America’s largest international firms, including Computer Sciences Corporation, Ernst & Young, and General Electric. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe and North America, as well as parts of Eurasia and Africa. For the past five years Sandy has been living in Western Siberia with his wife and young child, teaching at the Pedagogical University and the Altai Institute for Law and Economics in Barnaul, Russia. Published works include VERONIKA: The Siberian's Tale (a novel), (Islands Press 2011) Apocalypse Of The Barbarians: Inquisitions On Empire (Islands Press, 2010), The Recovery of Ecstasy: Notebooks From Siberia (Booksurge, 2009), Recollective Resolve: A Phenomenological Understanding of Time and Myth (Mercer University Press, 1987), Ethical Decisionmaking Styles (Addison-Wesley Press, 1986), and Gandhi in the Postmodern Age: Issues in War and Peace (CSM Press,1984).
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One Response to A State of Exception . A State of Grace . A State of Denial

  1. Jack Waddington says:

    I agree with what you stated … but that does not begin to address how we might change it … for the better.

    I have two suggestions … but I fear that I may be considered a crank. The first is to abandon the notion that America and it’;s system of governance is in any way exceptional. We are just people occupying space on the planet.

    The second suggestion is one that has been thought of before … but fiercely dismissed and that is to abolish money and all means of exchange. We come into the world TAKING as babies and we leave it having to GIVE it all back. Between times we could be more giving and taking making it cooperative and less competitive.

    If this notion was to be thought through by a critical mass of the people of the planet and implemented it would solve 95% of all our human problems. Alas, the idea get dismissed with the flimsiest of reasoning’s.

    It’s not such a crazy notion if only we (humans) would sit down and think through the idea.

    Jack Waddington.

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