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|Alternative Norwegian King's New Year's Message (standard:non fiction, 477 words)|
|Author: Rattan Mann||Added: Feb 11 2009||Views/Reads: 1737/0||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|A few thoughts about where the "Political Ape" (Morris' "Naked Ape", if you prefer) stands today.|
Alternative Norwegian King's New Year's Message Noble Cyberdenizens, every year, beginning this year, I will give an "Alternative New Year's Message" as a counterbalance to the Norwegian King's New Year's Message. The reason for this apparently "rash, even ill-conceived" step is that in Norway, like in Stalin's Russia, not a leaf stirs, or a word uttered, without "official approval". This has to change if the west is to remain a vibrant society in the 21st centuary, instead of tottering on its feet as it is doing now. If this is not the time to stand up to "official truth", then that time would never come. This year, thanks to the lifelong struggles of many, many people like me, the Norwegian King has finally admitted in his New Year's Message that Norway has a big race problem and people are openly and publicly hounded for their race and color, especially if they dare protest against it. Unfortunately, within minutes the Norwegian media shot down the moon - killed the glimmer of hope the King's words had given to many like me - when TV2 paraded a non-white husband and wife jumping and screaming that Norway is "perfect". Here is my "Alternative New Year's Message for 2009" : Those who forget history (like TV2) do it at their own peril. Apartheid South Africa spent almost 100 years parading terrorized nannies and forcing them to call South Africa a "just society". Nobody looked at that horror-show twice. People like me fought for truth, suffered, and died, and it is because of them that South Africa changed - not through forcing frightened people to sing the "State's Truth". Norway, pay heed to history and your own King, if not to me! Now a few words to the rest of the world: The present and sudden economic meltdown is nothing but a manifestation of the gradual meltdown of faith and communication between the privilaged and the non-privilaged, the powerful and the powerless. Never since the eve of the French Revolution has there been less communication between man and man then in our so called "Age of Communication". The only communication channels protruding out of the present day corridors of power are an unimaginative and third-rate copy of Marie Antoinette words - if they don't have bread, let them eat cake. But as a Buddha, a Christ, a Lao Tse pointed out long ago, the true channels of communication are not technological but the same "old-fashioned tools" called hearts and minds. And never in the history of man have Krishna's words - Oh Arjun, fight for justice without fearing defeat - been more relevant than today. Finally, I dedicate my first yearly message to those bold and unknown cybercitizens who, right now as I write these words, are fighting with Hamlet to set wrong things right without expecting reward or recognition. Rattan Mann Tweet
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