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No teddy bears for bug splat children killed by Obama in Pakistan …. time to reflect

In the introduction to his bookOrientalism’ Edward Said quotes “the only available English translation” of Gramci’s ‘Prison Notebooks’ verbatim when writing that “The starting-point of critical elaboration is the consciousness of what one really is, and is ‘knowing thyself’ as a product of the historical process to date, which has deposited you an infinity of traces without leaving an inventory.”  However, he then goes on to point out that Gramci’s Italian text actually concluded by adding, “therefore it is imperative at the outset to compile such an inventory”  (ibid:29).

This would appear to be sound complementary advice on our recognising that it is indeed our being in society which determines our consciousness and at a time when the manufacturers of consent are particular adept at subverting those consciousness it is particularly important that we sit down, chew the cud, and reflect.

In doing this we might come to conclusions not too dissimilar from those made in the article No teddy bears for bug splat children killed by Obama in Pakistan, which not only puts Obama’s Newtown speech into its proper perspective, but also forces us to take stock of the very way we see ourselves. Indeed, when we do this, we should also realise that it is only when we can relate to the those innocents who are being killed by drones as human beings that we will find ourselves in a world where deranged young men do not slaughter children in our schools.

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There are a lot of poor bastards out there being used and abused; it is just not cricket "old bean". Something tells me that ignorance is not bliss, but is, in fact, simply ignorance and in the global village we cannot look the other way.

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