As a society, we're armed and dangerous -- and always at war, both collectively and individually. We're endlessly declaring bad guys (officially and unofficially) and endlessly protecting ourselves from them, in the process guaranteeing that the violence continues. And the parallels between "them" and "us" are unnerving.
"Technology was invented by Satan." So said Norman Mailer at a book event in Los Angeles in 2007, just half a year or so before he passed away. Mailer, who is the subject of a new biography, Norman Mailer: A Double Life, by J. Michael Lennon, also contended late in his life that God was "an existential God."