Rupert Murdoch, friend of Roy Cohn and his protégé, the previous occupant of the White House, lost big in court two days ago to the tune of $787.5 million. And more than that—the truth came out of how duplicitous he and his employees were for years while supporting a certain president and his very big Lie that tore at the fabric of American democracy.
One wonders if, at age 92, Murdoch has learned anything about shame from that loss.
Shame has to do with failure to do what is right and not doing what is injurious to others. Or to oneself. It seems not just people but corporations can be completely lacking in shame.
My concern with this court decision is this: How is it that a corporation can receive ¾ of a billion dollars for being lied about and lied to, but citizens who have suffered grave consequences for these same deliberate media lies—including the desecration of the nation’s capitol, murderous attacks on capitol police, attempted attacks on legislators, and above all the disintegration of democracy in America—don’t get a penny?
Is our government not capable of suing a media company that sells Big Lies to make money and gain power and win elections? If not, why not?
Has capitalism come to this in our time? That it feels emboldened to tell any lie, spread any virus, hide behind mass hypocrisy, in the name of a bottom-line fetish, and pay no consequences? (Because it owns politicians and courts.)
The same holds for the refusal to pass basic gun control legislation. Power and money are patently more important to some than lives of innocent children in schools, worshippers in houses of worship, or customers in stores who are being gunned down daily.
Shame is missing when conscience is missing and idols of money and power trump the common good.
A healthy person, when they offend others, feels some shame. Those who do not are close to being sociopaths. People who kill with impunity and feel no guilt or shame are considered to be profoundly sick. And corporations too?
Media corporations which claim to bring information to the public and instead peddle lies and throw truth out the window–Does anyone feel the shame?
Murdoch and Company, I am asking you. Do you feel any shame?
See Matthew Fox, The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine, pp. 51-57; 285-294.
And Fox, Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transforming Evil in Soul and Society.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: Scenes from anti-Trump pro-Democracy protests in Washington DC on November 4, 2020. Photo by Geoff Livingston on Flickr.
Queries for Contemplation
Should American citizens sue Fox “News” too for the injuries done our democracy that are traceable to their lies and hypocrisy?
The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine
To awaken what Fox calls “the sacred masculine,” he unearths ten metaphors, or archetypes, ranging from the Green Man, an ancient pagan symbol of our fundamental relationship with nature, to the Spiritual Warrior….These timeless archetypes can inspire men to pursue their higher calling to connect to their deepest selves and to reinvent the world.
“Every man on this planet should read this book — not to mention every woman who wants to understand the struggles, often unconscious, that shape the men they know.” — Rabbi Michael Lerner, author of The Left Hand of God
Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transforming Evil in Soul and Society
Visionary theologian and best-selling author Matthew Fox offers a new theology of evil that fundamentally changes the traditional perception of good and evil and points the way to a more enlightened treatment of ourselves, one another, and all of nature. In comparing the Eastern tradition of the 7 chakras to the Western tradition of the 7 capital sins, Fox allows us to think creatively about our capacity for personal and institutional evil and what we can do about them.
“A scholarly masterpiece embodying a better vision and depth of perception far beyond the grasp of any one single science. A breath-taking analysis.” — Diarmuid O’Murchu, author of Quantum Theology: Spiritual Implications of the New Physics