https://www.facebook.com/anggos/videos/ ... 370353221/Smith, Warner and Bancroft did the wrong thing, there is no doubt about that and they have met justice of a sadly more punitive than restorative kind.
Of course that’s what happens with domination systems. What they do is scapegoat.
You can imagine the conversation (perhaps unspoken) in Cricket Australia. ‘This is bad (not the cheating) we could lose credibility, sponsorship, media deals, what will we do, what will the people expect, what will they demand?
The answer to that question is always the same.
Two of these young men have now publically repented and hopefully the justice meted out might be more restorative than punitive. It just goes to show how a bad culture can enable good people to do bad things.
The politicians went into overdrive with outrage at the behavior of the three men, not the cricket culture, by the way. Why?
Because sport is essential to modern politics, it is as essential today as it was 2000 years ago.
Around 100AD the Roman satirical poet Juvenal said ‘panem et circenses’.
… ‘Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses.’
Marx called religion the ‘opium of the people’ and in the context in which he wrote he was probably right, but that opiate is now sport and that has never been more clearly seen than in recent days. We must raise our consciousness above the anaesthetizing doses of sport and media to an awareness of a culture that causes good people to support if not actually do bad things.
A scapegoat will always satisfy a crowd whose appetite is only tuned to ‘bread and circuses’.
Crucify! Crucify! Entertain us! Anaesthetize us!
This is what happens when you try to promote a way that is the opposite to an opiate, a way of consciousness. Consciousness of the other, their pain, their suffering, their hopes and their dreams. Domination systems don’t like it. (The crucifixion scenario) had social, political and theological meaning. Socially speaking it was the Romans asserting what they believed to be their cultural superiority, while confirming the inferiority of the Judean society.
Politically they were confirming their dominance; ‘this is the pain we can inflict on you, we even have control over your bodies’.
Theologically they were saying; ‘our gods, which include Caesar, are far superior to your one tiny little god’.
Crucifixion after crucifixion those messages were meant to seep into the consciousness of the oppressed people until there was no consciousness left at all, just compliant surfs mindlessly feeding the imperial machine. Jesus offered a new consciousness and the system had to crush it and him.
We still live in a world that diverts the people with ‘bread and circuses’ while those who benefit from the domination system gather their power and fill their pockets.
They will feign outrage when someone, through design or misstep upsets the circus, while they show no concern for the poor, hungry, oppressed and marginalized. They are masters at crucifixion.
The Australian people have proven over and over again in recent years that we know how to crucify people and we proved it once again this week. We believe in crucifixion.
Smith and Bancroft held press conferences yesterday that could not help but move the viewer. This was the redemptive journey being lived out before our very eyes. They embraced the universal principals of confession and repentance ‘forgive us for we DID know what we were doing’.
Yes they did know what they were doing, and that it was wrong. But I very much doubt that they were conscious that they were being driven and manipulated and yes colluding with a culture that was being set in places way above their pay grade.
Good Friday is paradoxically both about bringing us to a consciousness that is awake to the ways of domination systems and therefore immune to their manipulations as well as a reminder of the consequences of addiction to the people's opiate.
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