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The Attack of the ‘Isms’

Friday, November 11, 2016 11:01
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The isms are swooping down upon us like a flock of feral scavenger-birds, feeding on the carcass of the human mind.  One after another, the isms (feminism, multicuturalism, socialism, progressivism, Marxism, radical environmentalism, globalism, etc.) are promoted as the cure to perceived injustices, but these isms quickly dole out a savage “justice” of their own making, tolerating no opposition in their ruthless manipulation of language and society.  Dissenters are swiftly called a mean-sounding name and slammed into silence, as one ism befriends another and creates a chain-link fence around our thoughts.  Faces are contorted by an exaggerated and misplaced rage, matched by bulging eyes and an endless series of increasingly vociferous protests.  It doesn’t seem to matter to the ists how trivial or misguided the protest is, for the need to protest far surpasses the reality of what is being protested.  

The isms constitute, all in all, the pastime and preoccupation of disturbed and defective minds, minds which swing into dark alleys that never know the illuminating light of truth or wisdom.  The isms are the invention of an evil and divisive political agenda which acts as a giant bulldozer, bulldozing all lovely, graceful things in the name of of an impossible and ridiculous ideal.  At times, I can feel the isms tearing into my own flesh with their sharp, man-eating beaks, and I swat them away with the strength of my fiery and rebellious spirit.  I feel almost like Tippi Hedren in The Birds, but I am battling a force more menacing than even Sir Alfred Hitchcock could have imagined.  Swat!  Swat!  Swat!  As I swat away the isms, they scatter like frightened cowards, shocked by my ferocity and fortitude.  For I have learned a valuable lesson: the only way to deal effectively with the attack of the isms is to attack them back.  

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Note to Readers:  Hello, friends!  I write impressionistic writings about the relationship between self and society, and other such matters.  I offer these to you magnanimously, with the hope that the words will settle into your minds and release any lingering tensions from this troubled era.   

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