> --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, TurquoiseB <no_reply@> wrote:
> > --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "curtisdeltablues"
> > <curtisdeltablues@> wrote:
> > >
> > > I am reading a book called : Worse than Slavery. Parchman
> > > Farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow Justice, as background
> > > material for my history of blues presentation. The reason
> > > they used to round up young black men and literally work
> > > them to death on contract labor projects and beat them with
> > > leather strops dipped in salt and sand, was because they
> > > had a core belief that black men were fundamentally inferior,
> > > more animal than man, so they needed physical punishment to
> > > be controlled. From the book: ""We must not be held to too
> > > strict an accountability,' a Southern penologist complained.
> > > 'We have a large alien population, an inferior race...'"
> > >
> > > This is the context that I saw the "division of the races
> > > by gunas" post and objected.
> > I think that's a sad but accurate representation of
> > the classical Indian thought that Maharishi represents.
> > Consider all his language about people being unable
> > to govern themselves, and needing an 'enlightened'
> > leadership. Superiority runs through the entire belief
> > system, from 'TM is the best technique of meditation
> > in the world' to 'Only siddhas can save the world by
> > doing their program' to "You can't see other teachers
> > because you'll become infected with their ideas.'
> > It's 'the white man's burden' reworded as 'the enlight-
> > ened man's burden.' And it's effective because it appeals
> > to the elitist in all of us.
> At its most benign, there's nothing wrong with the"enlightened
man's burden," because it
> simply means creating those large "coherence creating" groups and
keeping them going.
> Now, if you try to extend it PAST that, you might run into
And Billie tells me to take MY medication...
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