It’s Not Okay For Grown Adults To Think This Way About Ukraine

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It’s not okay to be a grown adult in 2022 and believe the US is pouring weapons into a foreign nation to defend freedom and democracy.

It’s not okay to be a grown adult in 2022 and believe serious military conflicts consist of Good Guys fighting Bad Guys like a children’s cartoon show.

It’s not okay to be a grown adult in 2022 and believe a war is being fought between an evil monster who is the same as Hitler and a virtuous sexy comedian of surpassing bravery and wisdom.

It’s not okay to be a grown adult in 2022 and believe the same western media institutions who’ve lied about every war are now telling the truth about this one.

It’s not okay to be a grown adult in 2022 and believe we’re seeing an unprecedented wave of censorship because the European Union, Silicon Valley megacorporations, and TV service providers want to protect everyone from “disinformation”.

It’s not okay to be a grown adult in 2022 and believe a government the US doesn’t like is behaving aggressively for no other reason than because its leader is evil and hates freedom.

It’s not okay to be a grown adult in 2022 and believe Ukraine is just a scrappy little underdog acting completely independently of the dictates of the largest power structure on this planet.

It’s not okay to be a grown adult in 2022 and believe the globe-spanning power structure centralized around the United States is merely a passive witness to this war and not a key player in creating its emergence.

It’s not okay to be a grown adult in 2022 and believe the US empire is ever the innocent little flower it pretends to be.

It’s not okay to be a grown adult in 2022 and believe that governments who’d have every incentive to lie to the public about what’s happening on the ground in Ukraine are simply choosing not to do so.

It’s not okay to be a grown adult in 2022 and believe the politicians who’ve demonstrated ice cold indifference to their own citizens dying of poverty and disease care passionately about the plight of the Ukrainian people.

It’s not okay to be a grown adult in 2022 and believe the most powerful and murderous government in the world is orchestrating the economic collapse of a nation it has long targeted for destruction in order to defend Ukrainians.

It’s not okay to be a grown adult in 2022 and believe the “anti-war” position is to support pouring weapons into a foreign country and cold war brinkmanship that could lead to World War 3 while shouting down anyone who advocates de-escalation, diplomacy and detente.

It’s not okay to be a grown adult in 2022 and believe anything which doesn’t align with what the TV tells you about this war is “Russian propaganda”.

It’s not okay to be a grown adult in 2022 and believe anyone who disputes the TV narrative about this war is defending Putin or thinks he is awesome.

It’s not okay to be a grown adult in 2022 and accuse people who disagree with you of working for a foreign government.

It’s not okay to be a grown adult in 2022 and find it strange and outlandish when someone criticizes the most powerful empire that has ever existed for its role in starting a war.

It’s not okay to be a grown adult in 2022 and not understand that starvation sanctions are acts of war deliberately designed to hurt civilians.

It’s not okay to be a grown adult in 2022 and be fine with only knowing one side of the story.

It’s not okay to be a grown adult in 2022 and still not know that extremely powerful people have a vested interest in manipulating your understanding of what’s going on in the world and are doing so constantly with varying degrees of success.

It’s not okay to be a grown adult in 2022 and view a narrative being pushed in perfect unison by all the most powerful government and media institutions in the western world with anything other than white hot skepticism.

It’s not okay to be a grown adult in 2022 and still believe your government is on the side of truth, justice and righteousness.

It’s not okay to be a grown adult in 2022 without reflecting on the possibility that things are not as they seem.

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I write about the end of illusions.

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