A reader writes:
I don't know Breitbart well enough to comment on him personally, but anytime I read about a man who 1) has not dealt with death, and his own fear of death, 2) violently suppresses his emotions, beginning with his deep grief ("I've created a horrific buttress of protections"), and then 3) apparently specializes in a war of rage against those "others" he considers "wrong", I can't help but suspect a case of arrested development, fueled by fear, marked by displacement and projection, and perpetuated by the inability or unwillingness to face himself. I might have every sympathy for the guy -- in fact, even the short quotes you featured were moving -- but I have to ask, why do we all have to suffer his rage while this man works his neurosis out publicly? As Rumi said:"You're crazy and numb.
You're drinking our blood,
and have no experience
of the nearness."
Don't we have enough of this everywhere we turn now?
We have a world in serious trouble, and a country that's become almost ungovernable. We need people now who are constructive, not destructive: sane adults who are fueled by a sense of responsibility, by courage and by love, not adolescents looking for the nest excuse to throw a neurotic tantrum. Rage can be very satisfying -- temporarily. But what gets "satisfied"? The whole man or woman, the adult? Or the fearful, angry child? Or the neurosis itself?
As I understand it, Breitbart is a "conservative"; whatever that now means, I've always understood conservatives associate it, above all, with taking responsibility for yourself, with being accountable. It might do Breitbart (and all the rest of us) a world of good if he'd put aside his rage and his war against the 'other' until he's dealt with his own issues. Then he might have something to say -- something real, something worth listening to.
This note was hardly worth writing -- especially, as I say, since I don't know Breitbart well -- except that our entire political discourse, national and international, now seems swamped by this kind of displaced fear and rage. We need to get a grip.
We need to start calling out those -- left, right or middle -- who are 'crazy and numb', and make their living (and perpetuate their 'horrific buttresses of self-protection') by 'drinking our blood'. We do not have to live lives, and govern a world, based on the mental illnesses of the most angry, the most fearful, the most self-absorbed. There are alternatives -- and we'd better start finding them, or we will all pay the price. The 'satisfaction' of rage is not free.