Out of its infinite variety of possibilities, nature has evolved a species of being so ingenious it has fashioned a technique to feed and pamper its naturally bloating population so well that only when the acceleration of its dependency on such technology finally worsens the health of the environment, their only real source of sustenance, within their memory span do they even notice. The technology has become so ingrained in their “stewardship” mythos that even the most ingenious among this species is powerless to apply the brakes.
Leaders of national policy, whose responsibility it is to protect the welfare of its citizens, have been bought, paid for and inserted by leaders of the very growth industry that has thrown the throttle wide open to guzzle the richest mix of paycheck fuel extracted from that citizenry, addicted to the prosthetic manna being whelped as the bastard child of earth’s raping. Being providers of such artificiality, industry rides a threshold of faith in its necessity. Here is where the advertising industry tips the balance from frivial luxury to staff of life, which political and product spin doctors call “improving ones standard of living , the direction of the modern world … come on along, the water’s fine!”
In olden days, when the citizenry realized it was more intelligent than its leaders its sheer numbers could physically storm the castle in revolution, evolving leaders who kept increasingly larger royal guards resulting in longer and longer periods of subjugation of other-minded citizens. The church served the same function as advertising does now by making a feeling of guilt for disobedience to god or crown punishable. The first democracy attempted to wrest control from royal/religious tyranny and handle national affairs through a committee of elected citizens. Less than two hundred years later the experiment finds that committee meeting in halls staffed with a permanent, anonymous, unelected bureaucracy that has been manipulating and serving the information which the temporarily elected citizens discuss on an agenda of which they are unaware, as the greed of the covert neocon royalty departs from the will of the people once again.
In modern days, when the citizenry realized it was more intelligent than its leaders it realized that to withdraw from its addiction to the artificiality they were offered was a more powerful way to stop the system than any opposition devised to go up against the monetary power of which they themselves were the addicted resource. They began living a life independent of the services whose fees fed the government’s power to dominate them. They realized the pilgrim’s dream of a royal/religious-free leadership had grown into an industry/advertising based leadership still able to make guilt for disobedience to the American Way of Life punishable, and they gladly took their punishment. Sure, they had to walk or ride a bicycle wherever they went but it really wasn’t necessary to go all that far. Sure they had to grow their own food, but it really wasn’t necessary to expend any energy to earn the money to buy it. Having the lesson of surviving the thingathon system they were able to appreciate the wealth of the things they could gladly live without and the bounty the earth offered freely when cared for.
I hope that last paragraph can be written in fact within the next twenty years, or no effort by the most dedicated population will have the power to cease the devastation being wreaked upon life on earth by an epidemic population led by pushers thriving on all the industrious new users they keep producing more food for.