File spoon-archives/lyotard.archive/lyotard_2003/lyotard.0302, message 26


Date: Sun, 09 Feb 2003 19:38:19 +1000
Subject: Re: fear



----- Original Message -----
From: "Don Socha" <socha1de-AT-cmich.edu>
To: <lyotard-AT-lists.village.virginia.edu>
Sent: Monday, February 10, 2003 5:18 AM
Subject: Re: fear


> Hugh writes:
>
> >> Things might begin to change if any of our political
> figures  begins to
> >envision the future.  The problem is, we have no  collective
> vision that is
> >not tainted by fear.
> >**Greed conquers fear.  Witness murders, theft, coporate
> malfeasance,
> >corruption of  watchdog accountants, the SEC,  Wall Street
> brokerage firms,
> >WorldCom, Enron etc., etc.
> >
> >regards,
> >Hugh
>
> Do you agree, Hugh, that greed is the result of fear?

It can be.  Someone whose body was damaged, or who lost a loved one in auto
accident might fear reckless drivers and be greedy for safe drivers.
Soldiers who have been in mortal combat fear war more than trainees.  That's
why Gen. Eisenhower wanted inexperienced troops (not inexperienced
commanders) to storm the Normandy beaches.  The inexperienced were curious,
if not greedy, about battle.

> To be  > content, after all, preumes that one has and is everything one
needs.  Greedy > people are insecure and so, afraid.

Again, there are degrees of greed and insecurity.  The insecure wealthy
person pays millions to experts, or  moves his corporate address offshore to
avoid taxes.  A different level from an  insecure single mom who is greedy
for a job..

> At present, I think that the leaders of US foreign policy are  not only
more insecure
> than perhaps anyone else in that  position, ever, they also seem, from my
perspective,  > to believe that only by insuring that others are
increasingly  insecure, will they begin to > feel what they recognize as
contentedness.

> I've a hunch that the last time they felt that secure was  during the
height of the cold
> war.  Yet this form of  security, one that seems to require an undeniable
enemy, puts
> any real, progressive vision in the position of a kind of differend,
wouldn't you say?

I doubt they feel much contentment.  Yes, they want to to win and want to
please GWB.   I don't think many of the present batch were top political
leaders during the Cold War.

regards,
Hugh



   

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