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Last Saturday, I
saw the Eugene Ionesco play, 'Rhinoceros'. I'd never actually seen the entire play
before. As I watched, though, I remembered that the 'rhinoceros' was a metaphor for
fascism. I took the opportunity between acts to share that reading with my
theater-party of actors and writers. From then on, seen
through the lens of historical reference, the play became even more disturbing and
Slowly, the fright and disruption of the appearance of the
rhinoceros in the small French village became 'normalized'. Intellectuals - the
talking-head commentators of the day - rationalized the events, dissecting
every aspect, atomizing its elements and boiling down the phenomena into a
palatable, if bitter, stew for public consumption.
The towns-folk, who had
been stricken with fear and confusion at the impossibility of rhinos thundering
through the town harming, wounding and killing those who crossed their destructive
path, began changing into rhinos. Normal people, up-right people of rational
temperament and traditional up-bringing became rhinoceroses - became fascists.
confusion and altercations of the growing stampede of metaphorical ungulates passes
from being exceptional and outrageous and becomes everyday. The destructive
presence of the rhino herd is accepted as a simple, unavoidable fact of life;
justified and rationalized. Then, reconciliation and accedence follows with one
lone hold-out, Berenger, questioning his own sanity and the verisimilitude of
his life, even lamenting his inability to morph into a rhino/fascist himself
before reaffirming his humanity at the play's end.
The reality of 'Rhinoceros' is
what played out so murderously in the mid-twentieth century and lead the world
to war and conflagration. 'Rhinoceros' is the plague of monsters which was defeated,
denounced, de-fanged and disemboweled at the Nuremberg Trials. 'Never Again' -
was the watch-word; the cry of defiance.
But... here we
are again. AGAIN! Stunned to witness Charlottesville. Shocked by the election
of Drumpf and his less flamboyant counterparts in Europe and Asia who clamor
for authoritarianism, using racism, xenophobia and hatred to inflame everyday,
normal people to morph into the mindless rampaging beasts of destruction
represented by Ionesco's rhinos.
We cannot allow
this to happen. Not again. Never Again!
We must not
allow ourselves and our social partners to acquiesce to the herd mentality. We
must be ever on-guard and vigilant in a righteous struggle to preserve our
humanity; that ethos of social beneficence which has developed over the course
of human history.
must never be allowed to ravage our society.