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There is a difference between us: in all likelihood there is. That difference is simple, consistent.
The average civilized person believes that their institutions do what they’re touted as doing: the post office delivers the mail, the cops scare the drunk driver into behaving at least some of the time … the Pentagon keeps us safe … The Church keeps track of what God tells us, the school propagates knowledge …
I see the opposite. The teacher teaches the kid A, B, C and 1, 2, 3: I acknowledge that. But that’s not all they do. The FBI arrests the kidnapper, tracks across state lines … the Jesuit serves the Pope … but at the same time: the teacher fails to teach science, fails to understand science! the Jesuit sabotages non-church knoweledge, the Jesuit fails to tell the flock how error-filled the bible is … and the FBI beats the bushes for hints of anarcchism, people who don’t genuflect to power, and sabotages them.
I heard once that the FBI’s original budget was to identify anarchists and to throw a wrench into their monkey.
I do acknowledge however that those employed by the instutution: the pope, the priests, the cop will ardently believe that they’re what they’re supposed to be. Cops know when they’re taking payola, but believe that they’re protecting the child, the woman, the worker … The judge thinks he’s the last flimsy bulwark between civilization and barbarism.
Look at the Bosch painting: