The American Bear


Have we perhaps in our self love become the angels of our own despair? The atomic bomb dropped on Japan was the founding myth of our national security state, and we have as Americans benefited from that. The bomb allows us to win by any means necessary; which makes us, because we win, right. And because we are right, we are therefore good. Under these conditions there is no morality but our own. And if we hurt or interfere in other nations, the bomb allows us to be forgiven and apparently live without the consequences of our mistakes. Thus life becomes the law of the jungle and the one with the biggest club feels good because he’s right. That is the law of brutality that governed Earth at it’s origins many thousands of years ago. Oliver Stone