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Monday, January 13, 2014

Dennis Rodman: Weighing in

(Photo by Tuomas Venhola)
Even on a good day, it's extremely difficult to fathom just what the many layers of human motives amount to.  And most Americans are not calling Kim Jong Un's recent birthday a good day…

Nevertheless, Dennis Rodman is.  He's been celebrating this occasion for all the world to see.  His motives?  Here's what he recently told the Beijing Associated Press:  "I just want to do some good stuff, that's all I want to do…  This is not a bad deal.  I want to show people that no matter what's going on in the world, for one day, just one day, no politics, not all that stuff."

Assuming that there can really be "no politics, not all that stuff" even for one whole moment, let alone day – is this Rodman's (Kim Jong Un's, or anyone's for that matter) actual and complete motive?

Those who like to analyze Rodman's rainbow-colored hair and other such manifestations would probably issue a resounding "No way!" at this point.  They might point out his perceived need for attention, any way he can get it.  They might also mention the monetary benefits he is likely accruing from these trips.

Nevertheless, nonviolent activists have said time and time again that there is no such thing as an entirely good or bad person.  All humans – the best and the worst of us – are a mixed bag.  Even dictators with terrible human-rights records…  Even saints with alleged halos…

To round out the Rodman quotes, here is another from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:  Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit.  You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him… 


Copyright January 13, 2014 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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