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– photo by Mitch Waxman

One of my pedantic philosophies, oft repeated to European relatives and acquaintances, is “We all know the uncomfortable truth of America, but it’s the myth that we need to believe in”.┬áThis sort of sophistry has always been the provence of artists and bohemians, radicals and writers- not the average joe.

Lately, it seems that the myth has been left out of the curriculum, and that it’s the patients who are running the asylum. Everyone I talk to, it seems, is disillusioned- in the literal sense of the word.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

As slave masters go, the fellow depicted in the sculpture above- which sits at the foot of a bridge in Brooklyn- seems to been an ok one, at least according to oral tradition and learned opinions.

Can you be a good slave master though?

That’s the truth.

Cannot tell a lie, honor and fealty, liberty and justice for all.

That’s the myth, and I’ll take it.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

It would be childish to not discuss the state of perpetual and unending war, or the inequity of a system that punishes the weak and wounded. One may not forget about original sin, or betrayed friends, or the vagaries of jingoism. What we may not forget is the myth.

I think it’s really important to try and remember about Superman, and Captain America too.

Written by Mitch Waxman

January 14, 2012 at 5:58 pm

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