December 15, 2002 - Sunday
1. A person who hates another, and wishes or tries to injure them; foe.
2. A nation or force hostile to another; military or wartime adversary. Troops, fleet, ship, member, etc. of a hostile nation.
3. A person hostile to an idea, cause, etc.
4. Anything injurious or harmful.
"... the enemy of the black is not the white. The enemy of capitalist is not communist, the enemy of homosexual is not heterosexual, the enemy of Jew is not Arab, the enemy of youth is not the old, the enemy of hip is not redneck, the enemy of Chicano is not gringo and the enemy of women is not men.
"We all have the same enemy.
"The enemy is the tyranny of the dull mind.
"There are authoritative blacks with dull minds, and they are the enemy. The leaders of capitalism and the leaders of communism are the same people, and they are the enemy. There are dull-minded women who try to repress the human spirit, and they are the enemy just as much as the dull-minded men.
"The enemy is every expert who practices technocratic manipulation, the enemy is every proponent of standardization and the enemy is every victim who is so dull and lazy and weak as to allow himself to be manipulated and standardized.
"...We will destroy the tyranny of the dull. But we can't destroy it with guns... Violence fertilizes that which we would starve... but... we can't love the dull away either. We only pollute our own waters when we try to extend our true affection to those who don't know how to accept love or to give it. Love is very powerful, but it has limits...
"No, we will destroy the enemy in other ways."
—Delores del Ruby, at the end of the book
Even Cowgirls Get The Blues, by Tom Robbins
I finished the book (again), so won't be quoting from it anymore. Until next time I read it.