College Republicans at San Francisco State University desecrated the name of Allah by stepping on makeshift Hezbollah and Hamas flags, charged school officials who brought the students before a hearing yesterday.It would seem that the so called squares of the 60's have mellowed out with the years, while the hippies have matured into the grim-faced enforcers of establishment values. What goes around comes around.
I'll bet the flower people turned mullahs wouldn't even think Vinnie's hilarious Weekend Cartoon was funny. Did I mention that just across the bay from SF, the Berkeley Free Speech Movement led to classifying burning our own US flag as "free speech".
My, how the prune differs from the plum.
There's still more:
If one hates something with a certain intensity and in a certain way, it is possible to become the hated object. The same can be said of fear. This is a form of old-time magic. Shamans, juju witch doctors, red Indian skin-walkers and shape shifters were said to do it all the time.
Most modern white cats aren't adept at this stuff, but they indulge in assuming powerful attitudes as hatred with naive impunity. Sometimes with such ferocity and single-mindedness that they accidentally turn themselves into grotesque caricatures of whatever it is they hate. It doesn't surprise me that some hippies have become like fascists.
I like to think of the 'you risk becoming what you hate the most' rule as a corollary of the basic iteration of Karma: 'what goes around, comes around', with a dash of 'if you keep making that face, it will freeze that way' added to suit Western tastes.