What I Want My Readers To Know

Outright lying or quiet omission takes the risk of discovery which, when made, might arouse the reader to rebel against the writer. To state the facts, however, and then to bury them in a mass of other information is to say to the reader with a certain infectious calm: yes, mass murder took place, but it's not that important---it should weigh very little in our final judgements; it should affect very little what we do in the world.

No doubt. I won't deny or conceal that our leaders have courage, skills and extraordinary talents. But I want to reveal something about that which is too often omitted from the historical education of most Americans.

My bias is this: I want my readers to think twice about our traditional heroes, to reexamine what we cherish (technical competence) and what we ignore (human consequence). I want YOU to think about how we easily accept conquest and murder because it furthers "progress." Mass murder "for a good cause" is one of the sicknesses of our time.

And this is nothing new... but when will we listen?

Thank you for sharing,,,Art

Inspired by An except from Howard Zinn's Declarations of Independence Cross-Examining American Ideology pg. 57

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