The slippery slope of making decisions to accomodate to a world that is “not that bad”

It’s the end of the weekend, and I just watched a really good movie with my 12 year old son.  It’s a very good movie and the title is Good. [ ]  It’s a story about how an ordinary, somewhat progressive professor is caught up in the slippery slope of what feels to him like a series of a slightly uncomfortable decisions over a period of a time–beginning in the mid-30s in Nazi Germany to then eventually finding himself a member of Hitler’s “elite” SS in the early 40’s.  In watching this movie, I was reminded of a comment made in response to my initial post on this blog, by my friend of 40 years, Harry Butler:  “When I consider the state of the world today, I must admit that I get a very eerie feeling that my wife and I will not escape the horrors that are occurring in America and the rest of the world.  It reminds me of various movies showing life in Paris just before the Nazi invasion.  People are shopping, going to nightclubs, and living somewhat luxuriously with an indifference to what is occurring in Europe.  Unlike those days, we face no real threats from others, 9/11 notwithstanding.  The threat is within our society.”

Go see this movie, and join with me in asking, do we face any similar, seductive dangers in our American society today?  What strengths, within ourselves and within our society, can we draw on to avoid sliding down the slippery slope of decision-making depicted in the movie, Good?

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About John Bilorusky

John Bilorusky is President of WISR and Member of WISR's core faculty. John was one of WISR's four founders in 1975, and WISR has been, and will continue to be, the hub of his professional and community involvements. John received his BA from the University of Colorado (cum laude in Physics and cum laude in General Studies) in 1967. He received his MA from the University of California at Berkeley in 1968 and his PhD in Higher Education from UC Berkeley in 1972. He has also held major faculty appointments in the College of Community Services at the University of Cincinnati (1971-73), in the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Studies at UC Berkeley (1970-71) and at University Without Walls-Berkeley (1973-74). He has actively written and published in the field of adult learning and social change. He lives with his wife, Janet, and 18-year-old twins, Kyle and Nicole. Janet is a nurse at the Regional Center of the East Bay, serving and supporting people with developmental disabilities. Kyle and Nicole are currently enrolled at Berkeley City College. He has an adult son, Clark, who has a Master's in Asian American Studies from San Francisco State, and who lives with his wife, Donna, and their two children, Ilaw and Tala, in Vallejo, CA. Clark provides Tech Support in the Union City School District.
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2 Responses to The slippery slope of making decisions to accomodate to a world that is “not that bad”

  1. Hi John Sir!! Thank you very much for inviting me to join this wonderful group. I hope to be always connected to share with you all. I have been so busy with the planning and organization of our winter semester final exams which begins today the 3rd of May 2011 and will hopefully finish on the 15th of May, 2011. God bless you all.
    Che Kum

  2. Hi all!! I am very happy to be connected to this wonderful group. I have been so busy the whole of last week with the planning and organization of IUT’s winter semester final exams which begins today the 3rd of May, 2011 and shall be finishing on the 15th of May, 2011. I hope to be back on the net after a couple of days. Thank you all.
    Che Kum

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