28 January 2011

Worship is appeasement

"... the fact that not only political propaganda but the whole of modern mass publicity contains an element of threat" (The Origins of Totalitarianism, Hannah Arendt, 1994; page 341, footnote 1). 
The refusal of those seeking harmony in the social order to engage in counter-threats is the source of much that comes across as weak-willed and appeasing. 
Worship is appeasement; and it implies the employment of threats in those settings where worship is not appropriate. The refusal to threaten is tantamount to a refusal to worship. 

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