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A Time for ‘Sublime Madness’ by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
January 21, 2013
Eugène_Ferdinand_Victor_Delacroix_006 Dante and Vergil in hell

The planet we have assaulted will convulse with fury. The senseless greed of limitless capitalist expansion will implode the global economy. The decimation of civil liberties, carried out in the name of fighting terror, will shackle us to an interconnected security and surveillance state that stretches from Moscow to Istanbul to New York. To endure what lies ahead we will have to harness the human imagination. It was the human imagination that permitted African-Americans during slavery and the Jim Crow era to transcend their physical condition.


via Truthdig

Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His latest books are Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, Death of the Liberal Class, and The World as It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.

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2 Responses

  1. I really like this piece.
    So I shall not dwell on certain aspects of the eschatologies of “inversion” to legitimate spiritual suffering, that I find inconsistent with evolutionary psychology ~ as I’m sure Rocket will be on to me like a laser! and this may not be the appropriate context for that reflection.

    No, I think Niebuhr had something really profound in mind, that Chris Hedges alludes to with immense subtlety, and great literary finesse.
    It is suggestive to me of the deep visionary experiences that mystics have always extolled and struggled to communicate. It immediately connects us with that sense of imminent significance that dwells sometimes in what might otherwise appear to be quite mundane, so predictable or trivial. It allows us to transgress our own “imaginal” boundaries; to forget prejudices and assumptions, and to visit unknown places with a wholesome heart.
    Vistas of the soul: planes of existence that do not surrender their secrets too readily, that must be accessed directly and negotiated with moral intent.
    I love that account by Black Elk. I read his published observations 42 years ago, and I am only now beginning to feel like I have absorbed its true import.
    “Driven by a vision,” says James Baldwin.
    Too many visions are stolen. Too many are relegated to the dream heap, whatever the President elect has to say to console us. Far too many ~ probably most ~ are suppressed.

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