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Friday, April 25, 2014

The Armenian Genocide – Why Historic Revisionism Will Always Remain Inexcusable & Breed Animosity

This entry actually needs repeating around the current time of the year, because that's when the politically motivated folks get their collective nut sacks in a bunch. Unfortunately, the Armenian side of the narrative gets vilified and dismissed as some kind of 'century old', unmerited hatred for an entire group of people. In reality, however, it's more of a resentment towards the nature of the superficial olive branches--and denials of a very bloody genocide that is exhibited--by some of those people, including political pundits.

Because Revisionism Sucks
You see, this isn't about racism and bigotry or cross-cultural hatred. I'd rather not get into a monolithic interpretation of the Armenian or Turkish collective--or any collective for that matter--but one thing can be said with confidence. There isn't hate for much of anything other than the abject denial of a very brutal genocidal atrocity, as is the case with all genocides, which certainly took place in the region and against the Armenian people. No amount of platitudes addressing the presently unstable regional political climate--that everyone agrees could use serious improvement and genuine, across-the-isle, diplomacy--will address the inherent, cultural denialism and historic revisionism that has long engulfed this atrocity, resulting in the perpetuation of poor cultural stereotypes and animosity.

This was never about hate for any people or any nation; it's all one large region with a lot of common genetic and cultural history. However, there is a real sad and legitimately resentful disdain for the ignorance and historic revisionism that are shamelessly employed, and parroted, to avoid the more painful aspects of this historic atrocity and its accurate attribution to the cruelty of an empire long consumed by hubris. Efforts made towards such acknowledgement are usually rather weak, subtly dismissive and give the impression of a disingenuous olive branch, with even an audacious attempt at shifting blame and suffering. 

To really highlight the point being made, I'll confess that I do find the Turkish Prime Minister's condolence to the Armenian side, about shared pain, to fall well short of anything that could be considered a sincere gesture. When truly examined multiple times, and critically, it comes across as an appeal to political convenience and pretentious political correctness without the graceful admission of some harsh realities. I mean, really... shared pain? Come the fuck on, man; this pain was never shared. 

If people from both sides of the fence want to actually avoid the potential of cross-cultural bigotry, then this kind of ignorance driven by bondage with pride will have to be put aside. Furthermore, the realities of the blood-stained past will have to be admitted to the fullest, because for fuck's sake, an entire generation--and potentially an entire populace--of people were almost lost to the caprice of typical history, written by typical victors with a false sense of grandiosity.

I am definitely not pushing for blood-staining the hands of people who never had blood on their hands in the first place. The whole 'sins of the father will be visited upon the son' nonsense belongs in the confusion and idiocy of religious dogma and isn't my cup of tea; guilt by association is nonsense, plain and simple. However, we really need to stop washing the slaughtered life-blood of an entire culture off the fucking hands of the dead demagogic tyrants who've revelled in such sadistic elitism. Shame on those who are falling prey to the confusion that surrounds this serious matter and an even greater shame on those who're generating such confusion and obfuscation to support a distorted and revisionist narrative/propaganda.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Passing of Ultimate Warrior – Another Iconic Star of the Wrestling World Takes a Graceful Fall

I don't like to talk about wrestling all that often, since I have a complicated relationship with the professional wrestling world and its following. The business has undergone so many changes over the many eras, and with the internet age taking full swing and giving rise to the Smart Marks (SMARKS), it has become a bit of an argumentative hot bed for the intellectually challenged. It's tough to have a serious discussion about the backstage stuff, especially when it's become more apparent, but paired with the volatility and shallow cynicism of the typical internet SMARK who couldn't hack it in the critical thinking skills department at 4Chan.

Sadly, a good number of the outspokenly obnoxious wrestling fans are fickle and can't keep track of the facts. They're victims of historic revisionism, compounded by an unmerited sense of self-importance and business propaganda, as seen by the prevailingly sheer apologist view of the Montreal controversy that even publishers and paid writers cannot get straight because of the pervading white noise generated by this small but shrieking minority of wise crack banshees. 

Having that said, it was one hell of a shock to find out about the passing of the one and the only, Ultimate Warrior. My feelings about Warrior, also known as Jim Hellwig, have also been a very mixed bag. I've always admired the guy's spirit and gusto, but his politics, thinking and philosophy—for the large part—were an absolute turn off on account of the sheer dichotomy between said philosophies and this thing called reality. Nevertheless, character isn't about being spot on or right all the time, it is about being personal commitment, conviction and strength of will, and Warrior epitomised these traits at a level that few people could even hope to accomplish in their lives. 

Many wrestlers play a soap operatic gimmick on screen, but Warrior truly was one sincere character on and off screen, whether any of us liked the routine is beside the point; he was the real deal and he meant what he preached. 

Needless to say, I really liked this guy's spirit even though I could not agree with him on much of his politics or his utterly limited philosophical outlook. As I've already stated, I just I can't discount the fact that the world and the vast majority of an entire generation have lost one of their most fabled on-screen sources of inspiration; we've lost a real character and motivator. Jim Hellwig, truly, Warrior, exuded a king of gusto, confidence and empowering gimmick that influenced an entire era of youngsters and epitomised the individual battle cry spirit against the strife of life. Whether anyone likes it or not, he was truly inspirational to many and a strong voice in the community, which will not—likely for a long time—will be gaping at a big massive void of silence.

May his memory rest well, and may his words of inspiration—including the edgy and dangerous ones—provide delicate but worthwhile food for thought in future times to come. Very few could argue against or challenge the passion of the man's devotion to his ideals, which is something that we can't say for most these days; Warrior give rigidity a certain primal charm, and I'll always respect that strength of character.

Now I will say something in addition to what's already been said about Warrior's death. There's little rational and logical reason to assume that cardiovascular disease was just one of those infinitely growing coincidences that seem to plague the wrestling world. Calm down, you SMARK pricks, as this actually goes well beyond the sensitive issue of steroid abuse and the infamous scandals of the 80s and 90s—individuals subjected to an entire adult life span of persistent injuries, growth hormone changes, natural and otherwise, are not going emerge on the other side of that equation with the most bullet proof cardiovascular system. Sorry, wrestling chimps and gym rats: subjecting the human body to massive bouts of growth and body composition changes—that in themselves rival the weight of a small adult female—is going to result in long term problems ranging from damaged metabolic homeostasis to outright morbidity issues. Humans are ideally suited to being in good shape with basic fitness, which is not to be conflated with the madness of enduring a cataclysmic milieu of stress and growth hormones to develop an unrealistically large, beastly physique. This is likely a whole beast—pun not intended—of a topic for another time.

I'll close this on the note that Warrior did epitomise a kind of work ethic and strength of character that is rare in people these days, even among ideologues such as himself. The man even had this artistically tangential way with words and his fascination with concepts of universal majesty, and the minuteness of human life by contrast to its spirit, were often a very telling and even prophetic aspect of his worldly philosophy. One could even dare to question the coincidence and timing of his death, given his speech on WWE's Monday Night RAW show, where he talked about the very specific subject of icons and their lasting legacy in the minds of those who carry their ideas forward, even in the eventual face of death. So, on that note, Ultimate Warrior, Jim Hellwig, will be missed.

As always, your memory rests, but with your passion, Warrior.