Brian Willson: We are not worth more, they are not worth less

Während der Recherche über DU-Munition bin ich auf die Website von S. Brian Willson gestoßen. Er ist ein United States Air Force (USAF) Veteran, der in den USA ein prominenter Pazifist ist. Er war eines der ersten Mitglieder Veterans for Peace. In seiner kurzen Autobiografie schreibt er am Ende:

I deeply believed in the myth of the American dream: that one could grow up as a Christian from modest circumstances and become economically and politically successful. I did not know, and perhaps couldn’t have known, as a kid, the lies, and the unspeakable pain, upon which this myth of the „American“ civilization has been built. Being a WASP (White, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant) male — no matter the modesty of original economic or political circumstances — provides a tremendous advantage for achieving success as defined by the prevailing societal paradigm. Personally, I have come to realize that this ingrained arrogance and privilege, in effect, imperialism, is itself a sickness on the earth, a sickness within myself, and has required a healing and liberation recovery process in which I will be engaged for the rest of my life. In my journey from naivete to new levels of awareness that have emerged from various life experiences, I have had to feel, intensely, the pain of letting go of my addiction to the myth and the comfort that is associated with believing in „America“ and its Way Of Life. In the process of letting go, I have chosen to walk, difficult though it is, on a different path, striving to free myself from imperialistic assumptions and thinking. This enables me to evolve as an authentic human being experiencing the new joys that accompany awareness of my sacred interconnectedness with all life. We are not worth more, they are not worth less.

National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee: Brian Willson and the Problem of Obedience by Dana Visalli

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