Mural in children migrant detention center:
“The odd thing about demonic inspiration and impetus is that it in no way enhances the purely intellectual stature: it chiefly affects the mere will.”
The Bible is extremely clear about damage done to children. It’s a theme that traverses both the Jewish and Christian texts. Crimes against children are of such a nature that damnation is practically guaranteed (Matt. 18:6).
Yet we hold these children as hostages. We intend to continue. Our erstwhile leaders cherry-pick scripture, (Romans 13), to defend themselves against the condemnation that naturally follows. It’s a penetrable shield. Evil is as evil does.
We’ve moved well beyond normal political discourse, as much evil as could be found there. We are now on a trajectory toward the purely Satanic.
That is why all improvers of our situation who merely concentrate on health are so petit-bourgeois and odd, the raw fruit and vegetable brigade, the passionate herbivores, or even those who practice special breathing techniques. All this is a mockery compared with solid misery, compared with diseases which are produced not by weak flesh but by powerful hunger, not by faulty breathing but by dust, smoke, and lead. Of course there are people who breathe correctly, who combine a pleasant self-assurance with well-ventilated lungs and an upright torso which is flexible to a ripe old age. But it remains a prerequisite that these people have money; which is more beneficial for a stooped posture than the art of breathing.
— Ernst Bloch, The Principle of Hope
(From Jacobin, №28 / Winter 2018)