— Not in our essential nature, no.
[Or might this town’s experience be an argument that healthy human settlements should not be over 1000 people? Good question.]
— Unless pushed against a wall.
Just in the past few days, these stories:
I know that the PTW (powers that were) want us to believe, and have drummed it incessantly into our heads forever through newsmedia, film, TV, etc., that humans are bad, evil, selfish and mean, when left to their own devices; that a Hobbesian world of “all against all” is what we face if we don’t have “police protection” — which, unfortunately, looks, in many places, more and like police militarization as this strange summer drags on.
Luckily, thanks to our technology, we do have ways to counteract police brutality, or at least show it in action. Until, that is, one of those bills that makes it illegal to film police in action actually makes it onto the books. What happens then? Are we to just shut up and obey? Somehow, I doubt it. Which is probably what unnerves the PTW. And which brings me, once again, to Howard Beale, and the movie Network. From 1976! What’s changed? Answer: Everything’s changed. WE ARE WAKING UP.