Look At The Idiots Fighting!
By Steve Wardrip
Published in “Rosine Magazine”, I’ll have a medium, please.
“Power corrupts. The beast hidden in the soul of man, and released from its chain lusts to satisfy its age-old natural instinct–to beat, to murder. I don’t know if it’s possible to receive satisfaction from signing a death sentence; but in this, too, there is doubtless some dark pleasure, some fantasy which seeks no justification. ¶I have seen people –many people–who had ordered the shooting of others and who were now themselves being killed. There was nothing but cowardice in them as they shouted: ‘I’m not the one who should be killed for the good of the state. I too am able to kill.’ ¶ I don’t know people who gave orders to kill. I only saw them from a distance. But I think that the order to shoot another man derives from that same spiritual strength, that same psychological foundation as the actual shooting itself, as murdering with one’s own hands. Power is corruption. The intoxication of power over people, irresponsibility, the willingness to mock, to degrade, to encourage all these things when necessary–all these are the moral measure of a supervisor’s career.”
–Varlam Shalamov, from Kolyma Tales (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)
“LOOK AT THE IDIOTS FIGHTING”
— BY STEVE WARDRIP
“Picture this… You are cruising in outer space looking down on a planet… the planet has two people on it… upon further examination, you see the two inhabitants are fighting with each other… kind of makes you want to move on, away to visit a better planet, doesn’t it?” — steve wardrip