This is a screen capture from a photo gallery at today’s LA Times (click to view full size):
I don’t want to pick on the Palazzo Las Vegas hotel: I’m sure they didn’t choose to sponsor this particular image. And in fact there are several sponsors of the photo gallery; the Palazzo just happened to come up on this image.
But I want people to see the juxtaposition of this photograph and this advertisement and take careful note. This is what Western democracy has sunk to, as capitalism now swamps every other social institution.
At local Junior “A” hockey games, I get a chuckle out of the “Goulbourne Sanitation power play”. A local business, sponsoring the local hockey team. There’s no harm in that.
But this? Where is the moral discernment of the LA Times? Where is our moral discernment? We are so bombarded with advertisements that we have ceased to be conscious of them, no matter what the context. And that’s a very dangerous state of affairs: it suggests that we have lost our humanity.
What would the Hebrew prophets say if they were active today? They would use every rhetorical tool in their arsenal to try to shock us out of our complacency.
Where is our moral discernment? The things that shock our consciences in most cases shouldn’t; and the things that don’t shock our consciences damned well ought to.
The rot has taken deep hold of Western capitalist-democracy and we had better repent. Disaster looms — I am increasingly convinced of it.