If this picture is any example, it shows that Americans don’t really care about politics —
However, I think the issue goes much, much deeper then this. I don’t believe Americans care about much of anything anymore. I think this is cognitive dissonance overloading. We’re all being permeated with disagreeable facts and events and news and we simply can’t soak up anymore. Not just on one critical, important issue, but dozens and dozens and dozens of critical issues.
Whatever sponge brains we once had for critical thinking, they’re overloaded, saturated to the point of useless mush. So instead of dealing with our problems, we do other things that temporarily hide our problems from our awareness by creating an alternative universe laced with drugs, alcohol and entertainment.
This is reinforced by a complicit media of course, and even the vast majority of our institutions. It’s kind of weird how there really is a global conspiracy to keep you brain dead, misinformed and constantly consuming useless crap you never need. All on credit, of course.
This ‘death’ verse only works as long as the problems don’t come around and affect you personally. But we’re long past that point now.
I’ve always believed that actions speak louder then words. It is our actions which define us, not our words. Anybody can speak big words and create highfalutin sounding phrases. So what? It is also our actions which will judge us — and it will be our actions that condemn us. Not only by the present generation, but all future generations to come (if any).
But what are our actions today? Are we standing among the protesters, mouthing our dissent into the uncaring wind and accomplishing absolutely nothing? Holding more rock concerts in the hopes that this will bring about ‘public awareness’ of our plight? Or writing more blog and journal entries in the false hope of ‘changing the world’ through awareness?
A huge percentage of mega-consuming Americans remain blithely unaware of the looming ecological catastrophe they’ve contributed to. Nor are they really concerned about any of the other issues facing them. Those that should be taking charge and leading the way, simply aren’t. Instead, we’re still being offered the same plethora of ‘choices’ that we’ve always had, which when you boil away all the dross and glitter and grandstanding is simply this – business as usual.
Humanity is facing global ecological Armageddon within a decade or generation at most. Responses to date have been half-hearted, and do little or nothing to strike at over-population and over-consumption as the underlying causes of a failing biosphere.
The reality is, we’ve little real choice anymore. We can claim otherwise, but we’re simply lying to ourselves.
So what are we doing, really? If we’re honest, we’ll admit that the answer is “business as usual”. Despite our half-hearted attempts at changing the status quo, we’re not really doing anything. We’re certainly not changing anything. Further honesty will admit that we’re really just here for the ride, and it’s headed straight to hell and there’s not a damned thing we can do about it.
I am convinced that it is far too late to do anything less then revolutionary action because nothing else works anymore. And there is no guarantee that revolutionary action will work either, but it is the last resort of an almost hopeless situation.
Revolutionary action is also the last resort of a desperate people who are trying to save themselves. Having exhausted all other forms of redress and accomplishing nothing, their only recourse is to force the issue directly against those that are causing the problems.
This is exactly what has occurred around the world when a desperate population is facing extermination. Or the right to self-rule. Or extreme oppression or poverty. We are facing all of this, and more, each and everyone of us and it’s getting closer and closer every day.
So what are we doing, really? Playing games? Pretending it will all just go away, somehow? Do we harbor secret “techno-fix” hopes that we humans can somehow solve these growing problems before it’s too late?
Or is it something else? That we’re loathe to take up arms and put a stop to our way of life, which is after all, the only way of life we know? Or to even put a stop to those that are taking our lives?
I think we each hide the hope in our hearts that “it won’t happen to me”, even though that day comes closer and closer. I know I do. I’m hoping that I’ll somehow find “a way” to avoid the pain and suffering that is coming. But logically, I know this is a false hope, based on nothing but wishful thinking. Logically, I can assess the future pretty clearly and I can see exactly where it’s going, or sufficiently enough to realize and understand when I’m not being ‘hopeful’ that it’s going to hurt — a lot.
I know this is true because of the points I raised above — what we are actually doing is fixing nothing, business as usual is the normal and planned course of events, and these combined will ensure our own destruction and extermination. It should be obvious that business as usual is what created the problems we are now dealing with. Perhaps I will avoid all of the coming pain by dying an early death, but my kids won’t and nor will yours.
This knowledge tears me apart. How could it not? I am not so inured to human suffering and pain, nor indifferent to what we are doing to always believe that we will “manage” our way out of our problems “somehow”. I doubt this very much. This is a false belief.
For starters, it would be a historical anomaly. Collapse of civilizations that destroy their environments is a fact. Collapse of civilizations that destroy and kill their citizens is a fact. Collapse of institutions that practice waste, abuse, fraud, deceit, theft, murder, assassinations and tyranny is a fact.
But the deer in the headlight syndrome continues. We still stand frozen in place, unable to act when action is exactly what we need the most. We’re still permitting the plantation owners to govern our lives, our thoughts, our very actions. They get to dictate what we think, what we eat, how we live, how much money we make, where we live, who lives, and who dies. And we do nothing about it.
We’re refusing to overthrow these monsters and stop their raping of the planet, it’s people and it’s resources. Our lack of actions is virtually guaranteeing the slavery of the human race and all future generations.
Let me put this another way — if we are not free from any of these things, how can anybody else be free? How could any future generation be free? Especially since we are spending their inheritance as fast as we can?
Every generation is built upon the achievements and wealth of future generations. But this is far more then material or monetary wealth, it is also ideological wealth. If you wonder why teenagers today simply don’t give a shit about anything it’s because their generation built it’s values upon your generation. And your generation stopped giving a shit about the time you were in your 30’s. By then, we figured that most of the world’s problems were being sufficiently handled by our institutions and leaders and we more or less stupidly forgot about them. A corporate controlled media helped coach us along the way to forget about our problems and our responsibilities.
Further honesty will reveal that our cushy comfortable lives are the willing price we’ve paid to ensure that we were well taken care of all the days of our lives. This American dream of ours has come at a very high ecological and ideological price, but like George Carlin said, “You’d have to be asleep to believe it”.
We knew something was wrong as ecological systems and human institutions broke down and failed us again and again. But we were at a loss on how to “fix it” and willingly tossed more and more money at it when they broke. We never really questioned the underlying paradigms of the systems themselves.
We’ve been pretty good at fixing things by the way. Human ingenuity has been able to fix quite a few things and we’ve only gotten better at it. But we’ve never really examined what this might mean in the long run. Like an experimental drug, there are certain side-effects that has created huge ecological imbalances. Our technology has both saved us and condemned us. It has also enabled our total slavery.
We’re now at that point where fixing our problems simply isn’t in the cards anymore. We’ve dealt out the entire deck, shuffled and reshuffled, we’ve even built temporary fixtures from them. But a high wind is coming and our card built house is crashing down around us. And there’s not a thing we can do about it except shuffle some more.
But it’s still the same deck of cards, it’s still the same finite level of resources, except now, they’re well worn, torn and faded. Quite a few have been discarded due to overuse. And there are many, many more players we are having to deal to now. In fact, there far too many, we simply don’t have enough cards left.
So what are doing about it? Discussion of population control and population reduction is simply taboo. So is reverting back to a truly sustainable lifestyle. Instead, we have the so-called “Green Revolution” which only enriches big businesses even further and ensure even more ecological destruction.
This isn’t the type of revolution I’m talking about. A real revolution wouldn’t be written in words. A real revolution would be inscribed into individual lives. A real revolution wouldn’t tolerate the crap we are putting up with. A real revolution would put a stop to all of it.
But we’re afraid to even discuss this, let alone contemplate it’s necessity. But our plantation owners aren’t. A freight-load of legislation has been passed against Americans for this very reason. They’re not all stupid, they can see that the natives are getting restless. They’re making sure that every American is browbeaten into total submission. And still we stand effectively silent while we watch this all going on.
They’re very happy to have every American believe the lies they spin — that they are looking out for our best interest, that our security and freedom is at stake, that they alone understand the problem and know what to do, while we stay at home, infotained to death, medicated and saturated to death with terrible foods and bloated guts.
Be quiet — say nothing — do nothing, we will take care of all this for you.
Shut up — stay put — work — consume — produce — die.
Got a complaint? Then “vote” for one our candidates we’ve provided for you and “do something” about it while we go about our business as usual. Yeah, right.
And so we live our increasingly desperate lives, watching other lives being taken, stolen, abused, murdered. Our planet is choking on human excess, greed and gluttony, and all we’re concerned about is the price of gasoline.
What are we doing?