Flimsy Sanity: Somebodies and Nobodies

Flimsy Sanity

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Somebodies and Nobodies

Fuller describes the various forms of rankism: scientists taking credit for the work of assistants, nursing home staff treating elderly patients poorly, priests sexually abusing churchgoers, etc. Rankism is an assault on personal dignity and should not be tolerated, says Fuller. According to the author, the condition exists because "rank is linked to power and power protects those who hold it" and "high rank inhibits protests and shields perpetrators." Fuller provides numerous examples, from family dynamics to corporate settings.
- Publisher's Weekly Review of the book Somebodies and Nobodies

I enjoyed this book but I don't think he went far enough. You really are a nobody if no one even counts you when you die at the hands of the powerful. No one knows how many native North Americans were killed, they didn't count the African slaves that died on the ships and were tossed overboard like chum, no one erects monuments to the 6 million non-Jews that the state considered defective (Jehovah Witnesses, homosexuals, mentally and physically hurt etc.) that were also starved and gassed in camps by the Germans, the history books don't mention that Stalin imposed a famine-genocide on the Ukrainians which took 10 million lives in 1932-33. So those of you who list the dead American soldiers in Iraq, how about a total of the citizens of that country who breathe no more?

ps. I just read a book about the Ukrainian genocide and the Russians killed the cats and dogs and even the birds in the trees so that these people would starve. Ah, humans are God's pride and joy, that is why he made them in his own image!!!!


  • At 2:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Is it possible that the hidden agenda is to wipe the people in oil rich areas off the face of the earth - both in Iraq and Iran as we did the land-rich Indians?

  • At 2:36 PM, Anonymous michael greenwell said…

    apart from the activities of a very few brave and courageous journalists and historians there are so many things we wouldnt have heard of.

    for example, i wonder how many people have heard of the chagossians. this is something that has happened and continues to happen in our lifetime.

    follow the links to find out..

  • At 4:16 AM, Blogger United We Lay said…

    You keep adding books to my list of things to read when I get the time. hanks1

  • At 4:48 AM, Blogger Flimsy Sanity said…

    Michael: Really interesting video.
    United: This book has been out for a long time and is commonly at thrift stores. The author's main purpose is to introduce the word "rankism" into our vocabulary.

  • At 8:24 AM, Anonymous anan said…

    I was depressed for about a week after reading about the Ukrainian genocide. Didn't know they also tried to wipe out other species.

    Nonetheless, i don't think it's really fair to judge the Creator by the stupidity of His creatures (self included, of course).

    Now i am going to go out and commit as many senseless acts of kindness as possible to cheer myself up.

  • At 9:24 AM, Anonymous RJ Adams said…

    I haven't read this book, but surely rank is something humans need in order to remain secure? Structures are vital to our wellbeing, and you only have to listen to the venomous mouthings of various 'party supporters' to realize their very lives seem to depend on it. It is part of human imperfection that we require what we cannot handle. Those who rise to the top are not there because we, the people, put them there. They achieve their ends by climbing over our backs - sometimes stabbing us in the process - to attain their rank. Then, we either worship or despise them, depending on how well or ill we do from their high office.
    A couple of points from other commentators: wiping the Arabs from the face of the earth is counter-productive. They are needed to serve their - soon to be - western masters. Only those who object too strongly will be wiped out. (A bit like the Kulaks in 1932-33 Ukraine). The Chagossians were just another example of western imperialism (mainly British at the time). Fifty years later, yet another British prime minister (Blair) saw the possibility of reviving British influence in the world by hanging onto the coat-tails of America. This time as US imperialism accelerated into the Middle East. In a sense, he succeeded, though only temporarily, and the pricetag was much, much too high. Finally, at the risk of upsetting my good friend, Anan, I would ask why, given that we judge everyone else by their achievements, we should not also judge the Creator by His? If He worked in Japanese industry they'd have fired Him long ago for producing a substandard product.

  • At 9:13 PM, Anonymous anan said…

    Damn that free will thing, R.J.!

  • At 4:34 AM, Blogger Flimsy Sanity said…

    I should have included these also (taken from Wikipedia's definition of mass murder):

    Armenian Genocide, the Burundi Genocide, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Darfur conflict, Béla Kun's ethnic cleansing against Turkish and Crimean Tatars and other minorities in 1921-22, Killing Fields of Cambodia,the Hama, Jallianwala Bagh,and Tlatelolco massacres.
    Deliberate massacres of captives during wartime by a state's military forces, such as the Katyn Forest Massacre of Polish citizens, the Nanjing Massacre during World War II, The Wounded Knee Massacre by the U.S. 7th Cavalry.
    More controversial examples are:

    Mass killing of civilians during total war, especially via strategic bombing, such as the Blitz, the bombing of Dresden, or the Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. According to the doctrine of total war, civilians are legitimate military targets because they contribute to the war effort.

  • At 4:39 AM, Blogger Flimsy Sanity said…

    RJ and Anan: Funny about God, how he always does the right thing. I have to marvel at the perspective of people they interview after a natural disaster. They always thank God they lived as they stand amidst the rubble - no one ever questions the disaster propriety.

  • At 11:40 AM, Blogger Graeme said…

    looks very interesting.


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