It has been one of those weeks for me when a quote from Jiddu Krishnamurti, the Indian speaker and writer, came to mind many times: 'It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society.' But that is what I see all the time - people well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society and as the quote in the headline says: Insanity is a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world.
We have had a story running in Britain for the last week or so about a football manager called Paolo di Canio. He is a former player in this country who went on to manage a lower-league club, Swindon Town. But then he was hired by Sunderland in the Premiership and suddenly what had not been a major problem and hardly ever mentioned became a national story.
Di Canio had made the fascist salute during a match when he played for Lazio in Italy and had described his political views in terms that he was 'a fascist, not a racist' in 2005. He has also said that Italian dictator Benito Mussolini was 'basically a very principled, ethical individual' who was 'deeply misunderstood'.
Now in my world, although I profoundly disagree with him, he has a right to those views so long as he doesn't force them and the consequences on anyone and there is absolutely no evidence of that. They are just his views and he's a football manager, not standing for Parliament or starting a political movement.
The media storm over Di Canio's appointment as manager of Sunderland in the North East of England was triggered by the resignation from the club in protest by non-executive vice-chairman David Miliband, the brother of Ed Miliband, the leader of the opposition Labour Party.
David Miliband resigned in protest at the views expressed eight years ago by Di Canio, a football player and manager who has done nothing to put what he believes into political practice. Miliband, the 'man of principle', wanted to make a statement (he is moving to America anyway) that he abhorred fascism - not least as a member of a Jewish Marxist family whose mother lived in mainland Europe during the Nazi era.
Yes, very principled. But wait. Isn't this the same David Miliband, a British Foreign Secretary and former close advisor to Tony Blair, who supported the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq which killed and maimed for life millions of civilians based on lies?; is this the same man who taped his mouth and sat on his hands in the face of the ever-unfolding genocide against Palestinians by Israel when as Foreign Secretary he could have loudly and continually condemned and exposed what is happening?
It surely is.
The same David Miliband who resigned very publicly in protest at the views some years ago of a football manager who, to my knowledge, has never voted to bomb and slaughter anyone. I may not agree with Di Canio's views, but I know which of the two has done most to put fascism into practice and who therefore is the greater danger to the world.
But Miliband will not for a second see this gross hypocrisy because he is well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
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