World media celebrate the first gene therapy approved by the European Medicines Agency, a decision which will open the way for more personalized treatments adjusted to each patient’s needs. [1, 2, 3]
However reading below the headlines reveals another truth. This is not the first gene therapy approved after all: the Chinese had approved a gene therapy well before that – in 2003. Why do we have such grandiose headlines then?
What is it with us Westerners that makes us so arrogant and selfish? Why didn’t we have such headlines when China approved that gene therapy so long ago? Why do we celebrate a success which is not a success but a sad reminder of West being always behind other cultures in medicine?
After we have denied ourselves the possibility of other kinds of treatments on the basis “we know better” (see the prohibition of American Indian medicine, the defamation of homeopathics or the attacks modern medical society attacks on alternative methods of therapy like acupuncture), we are now trying to convince ourselves that we are the best in genetics.
Our sterilized misguided society cannot stand what is real. Animal activists cry against bullfights. They torture the animals, they claim. But has anyone seen the terrible conditions under which the animals we eat everyday are kept and then slaughtered? Isn’t that “torture”? Todays people really believe that their food grows into the form of chicken nuggets on some magic tree.
The bulls killed in a bullfight are then consumed for food. What bothers us then?
It is that we are hypocrites.
We do not want to actually see what is really happening.
If another superior species stacked humans in a 2×2 m cages (see CAFO or here) and then selected them one-by-one for slaughter, we would consider that harsh. But this is exactly what we do every passing minute to chickens, rabbits, cows, fish et cetera… The bull in the arena has at least the chance to fight against the one who wants to kill him. Putting your life at risk to kill an animal for food, is the most honorable way to do so! But we prefer killing facelessly. We do not like the view of blood. We only like the view of a good fillet. And no! We do not want to know where it comes from!
Our society has lost its contact with life and death. We read about them in encyclopedias but do not wish to come in contact with them. We kill thousands of people in videogames (or in Afghanistan, isn’t it the same?), but we react really intensely to the killing of one bull (which we will eat anyway afterwards). We see our loved ones die but then hush quickly away in order to “forget”.
We are consumer-animals and we thing that death is for the “others” – the children in Somalia or the zebras which are devoured by lions on the Discovery Channel.
But even the bull in the bloody arena is a better philosopher than we are.
Life and death are here.
And they are more real and “violent” than any ten minute bullfight.
We live in 2012. And when you open your TV or open a news web page, you read a new article against Hitler almost every week. Why Hitler was bad, why Hitler did that, why Hitler did the other et cetera, et cetera… Every day you are bombarded with History Channel’s documentaries or reports of journalists writting something about the German leader who once made the whole planet go at war…
How logical is that, given the times we live in and the current star date?
Yes, we all know by now what Hitler did. BUT how logical is it to hear over and over again attacks against Hitler and special reports on how flawed he was, how utterly evil he was, how how how…
Recently a report from the person who wrote the book “Hitler’s Private Library” described the thousands of books the German leader had in his library [source]. And the report actually mentioned the vast number of books in an ironical way, stating that we should actually laugh at how Hitler was “ignorant” (and, thus, had the need to read so many book) !!! WTF?!? Really? Is that what you’ve got to say after knowing that the man had thousands of books and read every minute he had free? Really?!? How many books hane YOU read you idiot?
Similar attempts include people trying to tell us that he was not actually a vegeterian, that he did smoke secretely in his bathroom, that he did not pass the first laws to protect animals, that he did not pass the first laws against smoking, that he did not help conduct the FIRST research which linked smoking with cancer, that he was not faithfull to his loved one but fucked any woman he found (thanks History Channel for the so much INTERESTING documentaries!), that he did not found Volkswagen and that he did not create the autobahns…
Oh, and let me not forget my favorite one: Hitler made a “mistake” not to destroy the whole army of England at Dunkirk and not to invade England after that. And of course it was the “heroism” of England which made him not do that. (and in no way the fact that Hitler and all too many British Parliament members considered themselves allies against the communists!) …
Accusing Hitler as evil is one thing (and JUSTIFIED one, let me not be misunderstood). But this mass attempt to nullify his whole existence into something which was “bad” in every aspect is just… wrong and hypocritical!
Let’s all shout loudly once and for all: HITLER WAS EVIL!
There. Did that take care of your problems? Do you now feel better as citizens or as individuals? Have you taken care of your personal need for blaiming someone for everything bad existing in the world? DO you feel relaxed and pleased?
What is the REAL NEED of having someone to blame and point the finger at constantly? What is the REAL NEED of saying accusations over and over again for someone who has died for so long?
Didn’t we had other EVIL people in the past? (yes, Stalin, I am talking about you) Don’t we have other BAD people anymore? Don’t we have other EVIL people killing other people today? Don’t we have other CRUEL leaders leading their peoples into destruction just for personal gain now? Don’t we have LYING leaders leading their countries into unjustified wars as we speak? (yes, USA, I am talking about you…) Don’t we have other genocides which happened besides WWII? (yes, Turkey, I am talking about you) Didn’t we have other EVIL doctors performing atrocious experiments on innocent people? (yes, CIA doctors, I talking about you – see Doctors, Medicine, Horror) Don’t we have anything else to point our finger to?
Let’s face it.
Hitler helps us from seeing reality in front of our eyes…
In a sense, he is the excuse we always wished for…
An article [Source: web news] showing how appalled we should all be for the Chinese who pack together many dogs for slaughter. Why? Well. They just eat them! How horrific can that be?!? All those poor animals stacked together in the journey to their death…
Who are WE to judge the Chinese for eating dogs and for packing them together to slaughter them for dietary purposes? We also pack together all sort of animals, feed them anything non-healthy in order to grow them quickly (time is money), kill them in a industrialized inhumane way and then go on and… order a second dish! (let’s not forget: we eat too much in the West. It is the job of the Chinese to work for us so that we can have all those goodies we want)