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The following essay was written in 1994 and placed online at after the web site was created in the fall of 1995 (six years prior to the faked attack on Sept. 11, 2001).

Till the slow sea rise and the sheer cliff crumble, 
    Till terrace and meadow the deep gulfs drink, 
Till the strength of the waves of the high tides humble 
     The fields that lessen, the rocks that shrink, 
Here now in his triumph where all things falter,  
     Stretched out on the spoils that his own hand spread, 
As a god self-slain on his own strange altar, 
                      Death lies dead.
from A Forsaken Garden by Charles A. Swinburne


SARASOTA, FL 1995: The slow sea rises, sheer cliffs crumble, and powerful tides humble the sands of Lido and Siesta Keys. Our solons here in Sarasota debate the problem and legislate accordingly, against the sea and in favor of littoral property owners. Laws, in response to the tide of violence inundating the commonwealth, are a similar matter. Although the effect of law upon participants in such activity is problematical, we demand to have "tough anti-crime legislation" enacted. "It isn't the whole answer but it won't hurt", goes the argument. Perhaps our city council ought to make the Gulf of Mexico culpable for environmental havoc. Clearly, something needs to be done.

For years I have been baffled by Plato's "Republic". It seems incongruous that the author of the other dialogues and a disciple of the kindly philosopher, Socrates, would take up the cause of the ideal State in totalitarian and elitist terms. My own years with corporations persuade me that the probability of despots manifesting benevolence is nil. In addition, philosophers worth their salt make ineffective kings; they just don't have the stomach for the job. On the other hand, the fun I had, in my younger days, bartending and cab-driving persuades me that culture, as defined by a totally democratic electorate, consists of absurdities and inanities.

Some claim that TV and video-games are responsible for waves of violence in our society. Could the Nazi government's Gestapo and SS have been more brutal had they been tutored by "Miami Vice" and "Mortal Combat"?

If there are to be changes made, let's start with school-books. To my mind, the meaningful steps in man's ascent are art, literature, music, science, invention, and philosophy. My history texts in lower education focused upon wars, empires, political thugs, alliances, battles, flags, crowns, bombs, assassinations, and conquests. Religion contributed execution, martyrdoms, and divine involvement to this edifying list, but is now woefully banned from our governmental schools.

If it is true that today's youth don't read, the books don't need to be burned; we can get on with the job of improving TV. How can it be accomplished? No advertising executive in her right mind should spend a dime sponsoring "Hamlet" in the same time-slot as "NHL Hockey". Besides, the former might violate governmentally approved criteria for entertaining the minds of a next generation non-violently. Those delightfully entertaining war-movies made for the government by Hollywood, calculated to arouse a previous generation's citizenry into paroxysms of international ethnic hatred and patriotic ferocity, seem never to go out of style. If national interest justified them at the time, what explains their anachronistic popularity today? - John Wayne? Chickens come home to roost.

I am as averse to being mugged, shot, stabbed, and blown to bits by misguided souls unduly influenced (by anything) as the next person. Shaw's cynical Devil claims convincingly that man's real heart is in his weapons. Marketing data of video games tend to confirm this hypothesis. Could many of the absurdities and inanities of the human comedy be accounted for by the bestial ancestry of mankind's brain? Is this trait one and the same with that which thrills to media mayhem? Do primitive or hormonal factors in human nature demand control, worship omnipotence (a bewitching blend of wrath and righteousness), and glorify conquest? Do they explain the tiresome preoccupation with two ordinary physical capabilities, violence and sex (for their own sakes), to which entertainment producers pander incessantly for profits?

Clearly, as I said before, something needs to be done. While musing on these weighty matters it occurred to me to read again "Brave New World". Instead, taking my cue from the final admonition to Candide, I went fishing, making my own peace with a calm and patient sea.

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