Of Apple, Nonsense And Flags

It's not a coming Dark Age.

It has arrived.

Apple bans Civil War games. 

Yes. We've arrived to the point where significant parts of a nation's history should be scrubbed. This is how shallow we've become as a species.

This is not the first CEO Tim Cook takes a specious if not vapid position on social issues. Recall his opinion siding with a couple of whiny, petulant douches who wanted a cake baked for them under the banner of 'human rights'. Maybe a certain pound of perspective would do these prats some good. Like, say, seeing what real human rights abuses for gays are like under ISIS? Then again, the left's take on Middle-East is filled with contradictions, hypocrisy and downright stupidity.

Anyway. Amazon and Wal-Mart disappointingly also piled on the irrational reaction to one nut job's killing spree.

All feel better and safer now? Are we closer to a post-racial society?

Back to rotten Apple. Wonder how they will handle the Nazi symbol that show up on WWII games. I'm pretty sure they don't mind rap music lyrics, rape and murder in many video games, right?

These sorts of myopic decisions open up all sorts of doors that shouldn't be open.

But it goes beyond this. The history of a nation can't be undone by removing symbols. It won't even start a healing process. It's hard to believe people in position of power could be so vain as they are profoundly ignorant. Which only reinforces my belief we suspend rational thought for appeals to emotions. We value superficial action over acts of substance.

For a thoughtful account of the Confederate flag go to Reason.


In many ways, we haven't much evolved from the Dark Ages. That the actions of one individual likely gripped by mental illness is somehow correlated and funneled into a flag is a stretch for a reasonable mind. Alas, we live in extremist times where progressives hold irrational opinions on economics, climate and freedom of speech. Freedom of conscience is a value to be subjugated to other groups and not the individual possessed of personal moral agency. We've been, essentially, stripped of our individualism.

It is interesting to look at history. The parts we dislike especially. For instance:

"Segregation is not humiliating, but a benefit, and ought to be so regarded by you gentlemen. If your organization goes out and tells the colored people of the country that it is a humiliation, they will so regard it, but if you do not tell them so, and regard it rather as a benefit, they will regard it the same. The only harm that will come will be if you cause them to think it is a humiliation."

Who said the above?

Hint. He was an intellectual, progressive tyrant. The same group who thought, moreover, eugenics was a great idea. And if you think that was a monetary lapse of reason among the left think again. Notice how the irrational Gaians often speak of 'population control' in the context of climate change.

So where does it end? We just want to ban the flag. Nothing more. We promise.

Crowds that utter such evil shouldn't be encouraged in my view. But they scream so loud we're bound to fall prey to their howls. It never stops at where they say it will.

They always want more. Give them an inch, they will want it all.
See. We're already hearing people call for the removal of the Jefferson memorial because he owned slaves! Never mind the gigantic intellect of a man that would tower above most middling minds we see today. Nope. He had...slaves. Ergo, be gone!

It's how petty, little tyrants operate, you know?
Never mind that Lincoln is untouchable even though the Civil War had little to do with slavery and was essentially an illegal war as Lincoln seemed to admit. 
Martin Luther king? Yeah, he was an adulterer who supported the NRA and gun rights.

What to do with him?
Hey, look. Surprise, surprise. They want to ban the flag on the General Lee on Dukes of Hazzard
The NY Post -a conservative leaning paper - had a writer assert Warner should pull Gone with the Wind from the shelves. Because? You got it. Confederate flags.
Does one not see the utter degenerate idiocy of such positions? Do one believe Mark Twain novels (novels that were meant to humanize the negro) be banned because of the word 'nigger'?

How thoroughly anti-intellectual and dehumanized we've become!

Should Americans unpresident and unperson such people? 
You can't scrub history with empty gestures. You can't revise it  by applying contemporary views.  For people who claim to be so nuanced they sure have a concrete outlook.
Scrub history and you get, well, deception.

And deception is what will condemn us to a mediocre future doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past.

1 comment:

  1. We need to also embrace even the dark and sordid aspects of our history and existence-in-general, if only in the name of honesty and of staying in touch with reality itself.


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