In Brief—Some readers have sent emails questioning the author’s critical stance on pieces relating to America’s governing policies as well as his piece on Pat Tillman. He replies.
Reality or Illusion—
The red pill or the blue pill? Which do you choose to take? Which was taken by Don Bay? A number of readers have seen the film The Matrix and its sequels. The hero, Neo, is given the opportunity of taking the red pill that leads to learning the truth about what is real or the blue pill that allows the person taking it to remain in the world of illusion.
The author long ago chose to see the world as it really is rather than the illusion embraced by the majority. His choice of the red pill has expanded his awareness of reality over the ensuing years, an expansion that continues with each passing day. It’s that reality that guides the author’s writing.
One of the readers of this blog raised several good questions about “The Murder of Pat Tillman” that was posted on March 28, 2014. Among the questions raised are not only my rationale in dealing with a military death that took place ten years ago but, more importantly, the appearance of “anti-American” bias in my views that may be potentially perceived by some of the readers. What follows is the author’s response to the issues raised by that reader.
We must be aware that we are all fish swimming in a sea of propaganda. It makes no difference where we live in the world or what views we hold. I live in Sweden and my views set me apart from the crowd not least because I am both a freethinker and a skeptic.
I hold the belief that every informed person on Earth should live for a minimum of two years in a country other than the one of his/her birth. And that does not include a military base or a foreigners’ compound in places such as Saudi Arabia although that is better than staying put. It permits one to see the country of birth through different eyes as well as providing a different perspective on the country one chooses to live in.
I am an American who swam in the American myth until I was sixty years old. It is important to understand that every country has its own political myths: there are Swedish myths, Russian myths, Saudi myths, etc. These myths color our views. Since most of my readers are American, I write material that my readers can relate to without much difficulty. Whether they agree with my views is another question.
I believe that America holds views of itself worthy of emulation, but the policies that I write about are undermining what I believe to be the best America can be. Since the mistaken “anti-American” perception may exist in some minds because of where I live, it deserves to be put to rest.
I have repeatedly said in the blog that I write pieces that are critical of those beliefs and policies I think are undermining the America I lived in and admired. If I were not of that positive view, I would not write some of the pieces I do. Many readers are already aware of some problems I discuss but are unable to be aware of others. Thus, I may be presuming too much, but my living in Sweden has nothing to do with my choice of subject matter or tone. In fact, a number of American policy critics are much harder on the flaws than I have been.
As should be obvious by now, readers are free to accept or reject the criticisms I raise…but they have to ask themselves if they’ve taken the blue pill. A good beginning antidote to the blue pill is Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States plus any of Zinn’s other writings.
As for the Tillman piece, Pat Tillman has been an interest of mine for ten years. Sure, he has been dead for a decade, but a careful reading of the piece will show I have clearly stated that there is no statute of limitations on murder.
Assuming many readers will be unfamiliar with Pat Tillman or feel that there is nothing they can do now, I closed with the proposal that publicizing the circumstances of his death via Facebook or other social media is something important that can be done to right a crime and a tremendous injustice. Maybe I should have leaned on that involvement harder, but it’s there.
It makes no difference whether Pat Tillman was famous on the football field, he was a human being deserving of life, and given what I believe is the crime against him, is deserving of justice without regard to the passage of time. He can still get that justice despite the passage of ten years. I hope that is clear to my readers.