Well, here we are in an era in which suicidal tendencies are accepted as normal business practices. Don’t worry about the lack of fresh air and clean water. Go shopping! Everything is OK.
Oh, you mean to tell me we’re killing innocent people in sovereign nations because they don’t have the same priorities in life as we do? Oooh, that’s bad. Hey, I’m hungry. Got any artificially sweetened, genetically modified quasi-food to munch on?
Damn, we’re putting people in jail for defending themselves against vicious police brutality? Wow, that sounds crazy. I’m bored. Hey, what’s on TV tonight?
Wow, we’re allowing corporations to purchase legislation that poisons EVERYONE and adds even more to their obscene bank accounts? Hey, I don’t like the color of my phone anymore. Let’s go to the mall so I can buy a new one.
We’ve finally learned how dangerous our addiction to burning fossil fuels is and our business “leaders” fight aggressively to make sure we don’t do anything to divert from our path of self destruction. And, most of us acquiesce.
We know that it is wrong to make war under ANY circumstances – never mind simply for the purpose of increasing the profits of a minuscule percentage of the population – yet we fill our government with sociopaths who obey their corporate masters and allow the manufacture and sale of products that not only kill, but burn, rip apart and torture (in various other ways) fellow human beings.
And, then, we feign surprise when the rest of the world shows fear and hatred toward us.
We make it nearly impossible to eat food that nourishes by allowing industry to poison the soil and water and, then, scratch our collective heads when incidents of cancer and other debilitating illnesses become so commonplace we actually expect to suffer and die from them.
We complete the vicious cycle of ignorance and self-loathing by drowning our sorrow in more toxic food, drink and entertainment. Yes, quite civilized.
Don’t you think so?
Yes, the corporate indoctrination process is very powerful. It has been tweaked for many years to work on many levels in many ways on different types of people.
However, that doesn’t mean that we have to kneel at the altar of greed and desire and pretend we’re civilized. It doesn’t mean that we should give up on Life and allow the discount sale of our rights as human beings. Everyone should be alerting any and every person that will listen to the dangers of giving away our hearts and minds. Slavery of the mind is not much different than slavery of the body. Not really. You don’t have to see the chains to know they are there.
And, speaking of indoctrination…
… choosing between thirty brands of toothpaste and twenty brands of soup isn’t freedom.
Being able to watch hundreds of channels on the behavior instruction box isn’t freedom.
The ability to collect unlimited amounts of money (most of it just numbers on a computer screen) at the expense of fellow human beings is not freedom.
All members of a society have to enjoy the benefits of freedom – or it isn’t freedom.
That would be like putting a price tag on free speech.
The manipulation of language is a powerful tool in the art of mass deception. It should not be taken lightly. There’s a reason why so much effort is put into seemingly insignificant things like changing definitions in the dictionary (a good example is how Merriam-Webster has redefined Socialism and Capitalism – very interestingly) and the associations made between certain terms in clever and, sometimes, heavy-handed ways.
It’s amusing how Capitalism is constantly associated with freedom and achieving technological progress while social programs are associated with debt. Never mind reality:
Capitalism is nothing more than the state religion of corporatocracies.
Tax payer money has driven most technological breakthroughs in modern history – including the internet – not private business.
Billions of dollars in taxes labeled as social programs go to corporations engaged in unconstitutional cartels: insurance companies.
Billions more in taxpayer money go to the wealthy sociopaths running the oil and coal industries despite the fact that they have raped the environment as well as the working class for over a century while leaving toxic waste and disease in their wake.
More than half of the U.S. funding of scientific research and development goes to the Department of Defense – military “progress”, not human progress.
Civilization means society progressing toward a more humane and compassionate world. It’s vibrant and life-oriented.
A society based on war, oppression and the encouragement of predatory behavior is far from civilized. Far from alive.
A single individual putting a gun to his or her head or a society allowing for the wholesale destruction of life on the planet in order to collect as much “wealth” as possible – there is very little difference (except in volume).
Suicide, by any other name, is still suicide.