When taking a stand for the safety and security of the citizens of this nation becomes vilified and those who would raze said nation into the ground for their belief in their superiority is lauded by the leader of this nation, we have to ask: What happened?
Were the ideals of this nation merely lip service? So often we are left to wonder who is in control of this mutually agreed upon experiment which is the United States. In my more cynical moments, I admit to believing the nation is in the hands and pockets of those with the money to direct resources of this nation to where they see fit. 250 of the world’s richest individuals control 90% of the world’s wealth. The world as you know it, broken as it may appear to you, is the result of a relative handful of individuals working toward their own aggrandizement, which in correspondence, impoverishes the rest of us.
Though many will say: it’s not that simple. In essence, it is. They grow richer by the manipulation of tools, ideals, technologies, services, structures, and infrastructures manipulated by their wealth. Every aspect of this society hinges on their decisions. Even when you think you are in control of your decision-making, you are vulnerable to their powers without even realizing it.
The money you make is decided by market forces dictated by how those individuals want to pay for labor. The less they want to pay, the more they manipulate systems to ensure you make less money. They eliminate unions, first by damaging their psychological appeal, then by using legislation to remove, reduce or undermine their capacity until they are nearly powerless to alter the capacity of labor groups to fight for more fair wages.
Wage stagnation is real. While corporations have increased in their economic productivity, wages for the common worker have remained trapped in 1970. Executive wages, however, continue to rise, creating a new and elite upper class whose economic power ensures they have more control over society than its individual members do.
While most people have heard of gentrification, they do not know what it is, what it does, or how it empowers the rich further. The media engines of America are completely in the hands of the rich, ensuring most Americans never know anything important, anything useful, or anything which might alert them to the state of the world at large.
How ironic that late night comedy shows now embody more news than modern news media which has become unable to reveal to you the state of the world, through no fault of their own. Their masters do not empower them to make you aware, but to increase your fear, increase your anxiety, to make you vulnerable to the authoritarian mind control being established which makes Joe Arpaio a hero and Colin Kaepernick a villain most foul.
Your world is in the control of people who have only one agenda, to strip-mine the wealth, the labor, the efforts of everyone living being on the planet to their benefit. There is no end game. There is no referee. There are no timeouts.
Are you properly distracted? Do you have five hundred channels of television to choose from? Of course, you do.
Do you have the capacity to text everyone you know, engage in mindless and useless conversations which do not increase your opportunities in the world in any way, endlessly sending selfies to everyone you know? Of course, you do.
Though you have access to the world’s greatest supply of organized knowledge in the history of mankind, most of you will not search for anything outside of your comfort zone. Most of you will refuse to learn anything you don’t need to. If it doesn’t deal with your work, you simply don’t think you want to know it. It interferes with your psychological sanity.
Thus you refuse to read the news, even if you can find someone to present as many of the facts as can be responsibly gathered and reported. It’s too stressful. You already have enough stress. Working two jobs. Dealing with angry, overstressed coworkers who don’t make enough money and are doing the work of two or three of their previously fired coworkers. To make it worse, the company will never replace those workers as long as you can do the jobs of your former friends.
And they know you dare not quit. They have ensured no job pays more, and most pay less than you are making now. They know this because they helped engineer the state of the world you are living in.
You are a prisoner in a very nicely gilded cage, with razor-wire all around it and no perch for you to rest on.
You have to fly until you die.
No rest for you. No time to gather your wits. No time to see the machine in all of its terrifying manipulative glory. No time to figure out if there is an alternative to flying all the time. No alternative to waking early, going to bed late, undernourished, overworked, terrified of losing your job and hating every damn minute you are at work. Hating your boss, hating your two-hour commute, hating your family for making more demands than you have the capacity to process. Knowing you aren’t really there for them anymore.
And yet: what can you do differently? Can you step outside the system and expect the same quality of life? Can you create something for yourself which can give you a degree of security, at the cost of being even more vulnerable to predation? Can you do this while you race against the social clock which may be impoverishing everyone you know without ever revealing this is happening? Fortune Magazine revealed the racial inequality gap between Whites, Blacks and Hispanics is so great and growing so quickly, soon a majority of Blacks and Hispanics will be effectively penniless in two decades or less when compared to the economic earning power of whites who have greater occupational earning power and greater generational wealth.
Rather than reveal this, they give you the myth of entrepreneurship. This myth says: you can do it. Just find a thing people need and create, sell, design, master, understand, and deliver this thing and with your superior mousetrap, they will beat a path to your door. Unfortunately, everyone will not be able to do this. To be able to think outside the box, when you have never even understood the existence of the Box, means like most small businesses, 65 to 70% of them, will fail. This is also due to the System not training you for anything other than serving as a cog in the Machine.
This Machine is broken. It thrives on war and the destruction of nature. It thrives on the exploitation of Human resources. No statement has ever been truer than the conversion of the Personnel Department to the Department of Human Resources. You are a thing to be exploited. To be harvested. To be used, until you give up, are forced out, are over-extended, are driven into a stroke or heart attack or you fall asleep at the wheel or are distracted by a micromanaging boss who demands you answer your phone, no matter where you are.
You know who you are. On both ends. How does this ballet of death and destruction end?
Will the existence of humanity be, as the Bard said, “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing?” Will we be able to overcome our elite lords of financial power and judicial control and save ourselves, somehow, restarting the core of Human decency?
I leave that in the hands of men and women smarter than myself. I no longer have the strength, desire or capacity to save humanity. I thought I might have once. I thought I might find a way for people to help each other more than exploit one another but I think that time is past. Honesty is dead. Treachery, malice, greed, mistrust seem to be holding the day.
If there is to be any chance to save ourselves, we must break free. We must find a way to see past the machinations which keep us bound to our toys and our technology. The same tools which deny us privacy, invade our sleep, alter our perceptions of ourselves, keeps us fearful, and destroys any chance of having a relationship with nature, our world, or each other.
You smarter, more connected, more capable citizens of the world, wherever you may be, this call is for you. Find a way to free us from the Wheel, to free us from the Machine steady grinding us to dust for its wealth.
The Machine stealing the rights of women to choose, the rights of men to love their families without fear of expressing that love, the lives of individuals who march to different drums whether they be of gender, of religion, of different forms of love, we need to allow people to express themselves without fear.
To stop using fear as a means of dominating others. We must lose this desire to exploit the weak. This is not a 4X video game. This is real life. Games where the practical process of play include: eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate taken to their extremes in the real world equals the destruction of the Human species, not just the end credits signifying of a video game.
Right now, the world is poised on a knife blade. It apparently depends on the goodwill of a clearly senile and deranged maniac voted into office through fear, pandering and psychological manipulations, and a despot, who has murdered his countrymen for the sake of power, oppresses everyone within range of his weaponry and has stolen the will of a nation to do anything other than sit and wait to die. I will leave you to figure out which nation is which.
We can do better. We can prevent our Leaders from selling us back into healthcare slavery. We can free ourselves from the oppression which says we are little more than cattle turning wheels for the benefit of a gentry so far removed from us, they may as well live on another planet. Which may explain why they are destroying the Earth at a breakneck pace. They seem to think they are not part of nature, not part of the natural order of things.
That their money will protect them from Nature and the backlash such exploitation of her bounty must inevitably unleash. Don’t believe it. Stop believing the lies. Nature doesn’t negotiate. She obliterates. What does not obey natural forces, is erased.
You don’t have to believe me.
Wait for the firestorms.
Wait for the waves of hurricanes, one after another as the oceans heat up. Wait for the trawlers to return without fish.
Wait for the coral reefs to die.
Wait for the animals to migrate and not return.
Wait for the deserts to grow.
Wait for your crops to reduce their yields as temperatures rise.
Wait for your water supplies to dry up.
Wait for your cities to become plague-ridden as healthcare becomes unaffordable.
Wait until infrastructures stop working. No roads. No streets, no electricity, no water, no sewage.
Wait until the End is near. You see, the people in power don’t see this. They don’t have to. They have you to buffer them from the reality of the horrors to come. Trust me. They will be coming. Not because I said so. But because the people in power are doing everything in their ability to ensure you don’t notice them until it is too late to do anything about it.
Until you are too poor to escape.
Until you are too tired to reason.
Until you have given up trying to understand.
Until the media has you believing everything they say.
Until the tail wags the dog.
And then it’s too late for anyone to do anything. That day is coming. Sooner than you or I can imagine.
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