Wednesday, July 06, 2011
“Revolution of the Mannequins”
What follows is dated, almost ancient, at least in today’s world of Twitter and other instant gratification media formats, but I post an excerpt and link to it anyway, because ideas matter. From a David Warren piece titled Guilt & shame, commenting on the Vancouver riots after the Stanley Cup final game.
The children - and I call these “young adults” that, consciously intending to insult and demean them - were merely “expressing themselves.” They were never taught in school to trash streets, smash plate-glass windows, torch cars, or set murderously upon an individual who was chastising them. But they were taught to “express themselves,” and this is what they chose to express.
They were taught “self-esteem”; and they were taught that guilt and shame are evils. They were taught that they have “rights,” without regard to duty, and that they are entitled to “respect” which they need never earn. They were taught that religion is the principal oppressor of mankind, and that all forms of morality are bogus, especially the sexual.
And all of these ideas were expressed in the course of the rampage. To the older and more bourgeois, the principal imagery was of these children hamming it up before the cellphone cameras, and through all “social media.” Far from expressing anger and rage, they were striking happy poses. They were enjoying themselves, on a large scale, as we see them enjoying themselves towards closing time in almost any campus pub.
Poorly behaved, but also welldressed, and of course, utterly spoiled children. Several of my readers were struck by all the fashion wear, and symbols of easy money. You could not hope to find, elsewhere on the surface of this planet, a less oppressed tribe. Yet they were, instinctively, trashing the very shop windows in which such gear is displayed. It was as if the mannequins had come to life, and were staging a rebellion against being plastic.
For that is what we saw: the revolution of the mannequins. Outwardly the scene was the same as in any mob disorder. To the untrained eye, one riot much resembles another; but this one was, inwardly, unusually “pure.” It was violence directly expressing emptiness, purposelessness, ennui; a flash-inthe-pan violence, coming from nowhere, leading to nothing.
Well, It’s True
This is supposed to be an outraegous statement?