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Tim Wise on “Nice”

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Nice people change nothing. They never have and they never will. Those who are nice are so invested in their niceness, in their sense of propriety and civility, that they rarely raise their voices above a whisper, even in the face of sweltering oppression. 380 more words

Politics

philstanfield reblogged this on materialism, mysticism and art and commented:

An excellent article. And I am glad to have read it on the same day the Australian media is choked with hypocrisy and 'niceness' after the Lindt cafe hostage-taking in central Sydney.

'Niceness' and the narrowest understanding of 'decency' are basic ideological tools.

This hostage-taking has lifted the lid on an immensely powerful lie of the dominant class in Australia - that 'we' in Australia are one nice, decent, happy, inclusive community (the Melbourne Cup, 'the race that stops a nationTM', proves this!) with the great good fortune of being distinct, because of Australia's geography, and, dare I say it - affluence for the great majority, from a deeply troubled world.

The ideologues of capital have gone into overdrive with voices at times soothing, at others emotional or resonant and knowing, to silence comments such as I heard on the radio this morning from a 'decent' Aussie gentleman - 'I thought Australia was far away from all this. It's a wake-up call.'

No, No, No - back to sleep all you nice and decent people. Who could forget The Chaser skit (which they repeated) in which nice and decent Australians descend on an escalator and are directed by a person in the modicum of a uniform at the bottom to go back on the 'up' escalator. Each time I saw that skit the people all behaved the same, nicely and decently, without question, doing as they were told.

The ideologues of capital are using the hostage-taking, initiated by one who was 'mad' and 'bad' (so often the 'analysis'), from a nation and region exploited, brutalised, betrayed and ripped apart, particularly over the last century, by activity engaged in, supported and condoned by Australia, to reinforce the self-centredness of 'niceness' (the capitalist ideology of 'nice' consumerism) and the most myopic, nationalist 'decency'.

Dorothy, over the rainbow, would be pleased with the purity and simplicity of the message.

Not only the complicit and servile Australian media, but the world's media will be all over this. I look forward to what will inevitably come out.

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From the Twittersphere

Murderous, uncivilised Islamic State terrorist:

* ‘The world must stand for the news of 13 Australian hostages but it would sleep for the news of over 130000 Muslims killed in Syria’

* ‘Gaza is under siege, Homs and Damascus are under siege the café in Sydney is Not.’

Tender-hearted, civilised Rupert Murdoch:

* ‘AUST gets wake-call with Sydney terror. Only Daily Telegraph caught the bloody outcome at 2.00 am. Congrats’

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The Retrospective Perspective

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Philosophy

To see things, there is always another way

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Blacks

Did Jesus Claim To Be God?

Is Jesus God?

Have you ever met a man who is the center of attention wherever he goes? Some mysterious, indefinable characteristic sets him apart from all other men. 3,190 more words

Religion

Geoengineering - a sad state of affairs

I have just finished reading this article in the Guardian and I encourage you to do the same for the simple reason that it is interesting – for two reasons… 272 more words

Climate Change

From Hebrew Bible to Christian Bible: How was all written

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In his teaching, Jesus often quoted the Jewish Scriptures; after his death, his followers turned to them for clues to the meaning of his life and message. 2,265 more words

Religion

Morality of modern civilization has surpassed that of the Bible

My path out of Christianity began 30 years ago when I realized that evolution was a fact- that we evolved from very simple organisms that lived 4,000,000,000 years ago. 6,673 more words

Religion