marriage is a testimony that love is inadequate
technology is a testimony that nature is inadequate
insurance is a testimony that oneself is inadequate
government and religion are testimonies that the golden rule is inadequate
police and armies are testimonies that humanity is inadequate
Inadequate for what?
Love, nature, oneself, the golden rule, and humanity are all inadequate to serve a civilization that establishes such artificialities. But they sure do thrive where such notions aren’t being made mandatory. If you haven’t noticed, you haven’t pulled your head out of …
The Devolution of Democracy as the United States becomes the Unscrupulous Stetsons, or as Eisenhower put it, the “Military/Industrial Complex”ification of freedom. When bean counters take over government the exchange rate of quality for quantity is at its prime and cheaper. Talk about a philosophy of winning by dying with the most toys!
I have met only one or two people in my comparatively sedentary life who I could say were born here and never swallowed the hook of addiction to the “american way of life”. The public education system and its graduate assistants, the parents, are amazingly efficient at the initiation to the belief in the US myth of the carrot on a stick and the increasingly horrible job of stifling the truth about the reality of life in other lands and the effects of the “american way of life” on them. It doesn’t matter whether one is benefitting from it or feeling cheated, misrepresented or oppressed by it, one is either among the few plunderers or the millions of wannabe plunderers at various degrees of dissatisfaction. The game is on so long as the leaders control the media, the adult equivalent to public school, to frame politics and war like a 24 hour sports channel with their hand picked spin doctors embedded on the sidelines obscuring injuries and the cowardly coaches calling plays from half the world away. It is quite permissible to bitch any time you like, as long as it doesn’t describe the nakedness of the emperor in terms that bring too much attention away from his stick pin and cravat. One of my all time favorite people used to admonish me, when I would be mumbling my myriad realizations about the cancer the system resembles in my more arrrrgh moments sitting around our perfectly placid pond, “Aren’t you glad we don’t live there?”. Bless you, Erica. I knew that.
We all know that when we forget the TV, or having leaders, or affording to acquire the latest craze to end up in the garage in two years and a landfill in ten, or driving five blocks instead of walking, or retrieving a stack of bills and junk mail with no word from a friend. We all know that when the cat crawls up in our lap or we play with the baby or meditate until we forget why we needed to or weed and water the garden and eat a meal harvested from it or take a walk in the wilderness and sleep under the stars. The return to the real reality, the one that is here whether humanity is or not, is the carrot Western civilization, as perfected in the US, puts on the stick sixty-five years long. The investment and preoccupation in whittling away at that stick completely blinds us to the enormous contribution of our wealth and energy and devotion to a system that more than ever shows its imperial face to be of fascistic warlords misrepresenting us, determined to sell the system they perfected on us to the world or label them terrorists and eliminate those who don’t buy it. It’s a very bad play on a very beautiful stage of which we are the prime production support and actors. The directors sell the tickets and we even pay to watch what we already paid for, such is the completeness of this prison without bars. The pot laws are a prime example of the government spinning up a demon, attracting sycophants to their lies, and imprisoning a group of people who have great likelihood of being dissenters. The effect of the media first came home to me when I noticed that if I missed the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson the night before, I was pretty much out of the conversation at work the next day. Enough examples and ranting. In closing I’d like to say that we don’t live in that world and don’t have to but we certainly love to act like we do no matter how much it makes us and the rest of the planet miserable. Join the latest trend, as many have and are doing more often every day: Cough up the hook, it won’t kill you.