Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Today I stumbled across an article in the New Left Review with a catchy little trailer I couldn't resist: "In an era of serial war, Rawls, Habermas and Bobbio [are] theorists of a perpetual peace...."
These three dudes (Rawls, Habermas & Bobbio) wonder if there isn't some kind of a priori basis for human rights, that would, in turn, be a basis for universal peace.... "Hmmmmm," says, Habermas, "Well, yes, there is a basis: it's in the 'world religions.'"
Well! Perry Anderson -- the article's author -- jumps on Habermas with both feet flying:
"...[T]he vacancy of the claim that human rights are validated by all world religions is laid bare. The slightest acquaintance with the Pentateuch, Revelations, the Koran or the Bhagavadgita—replete with every kind of injunction to persecution and massacre—is enough to show how absurd such an anachronistic notion must be."
You couldn't be more on the mark, Perry. The God Boys (Yahweh, Allah, Vishnu and Brahma) are chocked to choking with dictates that we all hurt, maim and kill each other. (The Eskimos have a hundred words for snow; we people of the God Boys have a hundred words for "hurt," "maim" and "kill"....)
But deep in their guts, these dudes (R, H, & B) know there's SOMETHING out there that gives humans "human" rights! Wake up, dudes!! Human rights come from a deity the God Boys tried to smash and bury: The Great Mother. After millennia of hibernation, She's finally waking -- just as Sleeping Beauty promised She would.*
When She's fully awake, She'll restore the awesome world the God Boys smashed so long ago: an old and endlessly fascinating world of "perpetual peace."
Go HERE to read Perry's article.
*There's evidence that Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, among other so-called "children's stories," are actually coded messages prophesying the return of the Goddess.
Thnx to Ravennce for the foto of Sleeping Beauty