Thursday, 17 November 2011

Never explain, never apologize?

Ever heard of this maxim of the powerful: Never explain, never apologize? It is what the people of power (advisors, bureaucrats, whole corporations, etc.) live by in the Inuit-government relations. Most Inuit advocates do not seem to know it, and when it impacts upon their work they start second-guessing themselves and their policy positions rather than hunkering down. It is because Inuit have this other philosophy that is the diametric opposite of "never explain, never apologize": that people in power are there to look after the interests of the community.

Marcus Aurelius said: "If someone can prove me wrong and show me my mistake in any thought or action, I shall gladly change. I seek the truth, which never harmed anyone: the harm is to persist in one's own self-deception and ignorance." This is pretty close to IQ philosophy.

The Occupy Movement is bumping against the unbudging "never explain, never apologize" philosophy. This unyielding position will not change as evidenced in the so-called Arab Spring. I'd say that the Tea Party movement of the right-wing was itself hi-jacked by the "never explain, never apologize" corporatism. Oh bitter-sweet irony. But if you dance with the devil you have to pay the price.

Someone will always find ways to benefit from political unrest and conflict like flies that feed on shit. The multi-national corporations thrive in such environment for their whole outlook tends to be that scarcity is a cash cow whose udders is a gift that keeps on giving. It requires a common enemy, a scape-goat, someone to demonize. This is unnatural for such a gregarious, social beings as humans. The "never explain, never apologize" worms would have us believe this is "social Darwinism" at work and is a natural state of humanity. But I ask you: are the Libyans, the Iraqis, the third world 99% really our enemies, our dehumanized inferiors, our cross to bear? Is China the frenemy? I don't know these individuals, and they have never given me cause to hate them.

When it comes right down to it, the high and noble ideals of the West prove just hollow, empty words - double-speak at worst, usurped and raped by the powerful interests who are by definition without nation-state allegiance. "Never explain, never apologize" is held by the venal in consonant search of conflicts to manage and profit from. Flies never complain about decaying corpses and shit holes. They've never found reasons to apologize for such things.


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