"The trouble with self-delusion, either in a person or a society, is that reality doesn't care what anybody believes, or what story they put out. Reality doesn't "spin." Reality does not have a self-image problem. Reality does not yield its workings to self-esteem management." -J.H. Kunstler"The world does not reward honesty and independence, it rewards obedience and service. It’s a world of concentrated power, and those who have power are not going to reward people who question that power."-Chomsky"You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows."-Dylan
Saturday, August 8, 2009
8/7/09: The Cult of Heroism
I have yet to come to terms with the "noble knight" treatment of the police officer who Dennis killed “in the line of duty.” Colorado Governor Bill Ritter spoke at his funeral. It was a hero’s celebration complete with an antique fire truck taking the casket through Montrose. People lines the streets crying and holding hundreds of signs invoking the curious adjective “hero.”
Admittedly, my opinions are slightly skewed having been involved in the “Justice for Money” system once or twice, and because of my own recent experiences; bringing the treatment of Leif in Tennessee, and the cop in Kalamazoo to mind. My respect for the law enforcement culture has been steadily waning for years, and I find the on-cue, contrived, advertised, on-your-knees worship outright amusing. It is as though all the episodes of CSI have rotted brains, allowing some to devour the peddled propaganda.
Perhaps this cop WAS a great human being and Daddy of the Decade. But, these story’s are always portrayed the same: “Saint Killed by Monster!” It is as though the media is following a pre-conceived playbook.
My background has led me to suspect strongly that is indeed the case with most “journalists”, with the exception mentioned in the previous post.
I do not see these cops as “heroes.”
They were, I assume, storming Dennis’ garage while drawing a paycheck. I do not recall reading that they just happened by on their way to Baskin Robbins for sherbet and cake, spontaneously and selflessly choosing to get involved for the common good...personal safety be damned!
No, that was not the case.
They were law enforcement professionals. It was… their job. They chose their professions clearly knowing what the job may entail and, in my mind, are all too often little more than deified mercenaries who are contracted to uphold “The Law.”
Although I've yet to meet one, I'm sure there are wonderful, stand- up policemen and, not knowing this person, I do not presume to know anything about his motives. However, let's just keep in mind that an act of true “heroism” is NOT performed with a previous agreement of compensation. It is NOT an act initiated by the orders of others.
Many of the comments directed at Dennis obliquely reference his “personal responsibility,” and that is fine; I am all for it. However, let's apply it equally. There is an element of that same "personal responsibility" when choosing a dangerous profession; one that pays quite well. Many have lamented as to how his daughter is now fatherless, and while that is sad, some of that responsibility lies with the cop himself.
Using the litmus test applied to Dennis, one could ask why the cop did not take a desk job once his daughter was born. In addition, there is a big difference between NYPD’s heroes running into the collapsing twin towers, and running into a garage under the assumption that the worst this disfigured 50- something man can do is throw a hammer. What is heroic about believing you are running into little more than a fistfight when you outnumber the guy 3:1 with backup outside?
Heroism is something that requires a decision and action knowing your life is in jeopardy; not being shot because you were unaware that a person was armed when you were ordered, or gave the order, to rush him.
I know these views are not popular is a society desperately clinging to every contrived example of heroism presented (and defined) by the mainstream propaganda machine. Herds of people whose "reality" is interpreted while sitting on the couch viewing the world through approved electronic eyes.
I no longer care. This is common sense. I hope people are noticing this pattern. Right on cue, the media is blatantly enforcing the boundaries for the dialectic of “acceptable” thought.
That leads me to one aspect of this story that has not been addressed anywhere. Why were the police storming the garage in the first place? Obviously, they were acting on defective “intelligence” in assuming that Dennis was unarmed. Whose decision was it to run into this ambush? Where is the accountability here?
Was that person not thinking of this cop’s daughter?
It seems to me that using well- measured restraint; the situation could have ended much differently. Conceivably, Dennis could have sobered up and surrendered, or committed suicide alone. I do know that he had called his sons from the garage asking them to come to the scene. Possibly, they could have helped talk him out with an exercise in patience. I wonder if, with this patience, maybe a lengthy jail term would have provided an uninterrupted opportunity, and sobriety, needed to get a grip on his life. So many typical “maybes”. We will never know.
Finally, over the last week I have noticed a return of yet another of Morpheus’ Splinter in the Mind made evident by the re-manifestation of a well-known & gnawing negativity. Some of which are hovering directly above! I have decided to split this into separate posts, to make this a bit easier to digest. The next one will focus more on the future, and how I’ve been managing the sometimes-confusing process of digesting and incorporating all of this into the next phase, not just of the travels, but also perhaps on a larger scale.