If Hope Remains Dormant, Freedom Remains Elusive

Look at the things we teach our children: that it’s OK to do horrible things – just don’t get caught.

Imagine someone was caught teaching their children it’s acceptable to torture, but not acceptable to talk about it because people would then hate you. That person’s children would be taken away.

However, when the CIA tortures people for nothing more than the suspicion that they MIGHT have done something wrong (according to the “moral” code of the dominant war-machine culture) and corporate media hacks complain about the people bringing up the issue instead of complaining about the torture itself, something is seriously wrong. We’re obviously being conditioned to accept violent, aberrant behavior and to exist in an amoral society.

Is American exceptionalism merely American expressionism? Or American Impressionism? Corporate Media paint pictures of the U.S. that no one else sees. (Of course, you’ll always have your mentally ill dystopian fantasy freaks like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh who see ludicrous images that seem as if they’ve come out of dysfunctional comic books written for violently narcissistic adolescent boys who get off on hurting girls and animals – and basically anyone or anything they don’t understand).

Corporate tools like these pompous clowns of ignorance have caused a desertification of culture in our society that should terrify everyone – yet they’ve become wealthy through the mass distribution of their bile sermons of irrational banter and bizarre rants.

Perhaps American Reactionism would be a better description. The automated mouthpieces of the U.S. Fear Industry love to react animatedly to ANYTHING that supports compassion, tolerance and inclusion, then to use fear and hate speech to induce violent reactions in the masses. The better to keep people misdirected through fighting and struggling so as not to see the structures of society collapsing all around us. Even as they walk their pathetic walk of the living dead, people don’t notice their own footprints in the dust after the collapse.

Imagine a society in which more money is spent on incarcerating people than educating people. Or imagine a nation spending more of its resources on a military than on housing, food, education, energy, the environment, science, transportation and basic community services combined.

Oh wait, we don’t have to imagine that. We DO that here in the good ‘ol U S of A (according to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget).

No wonder we’ve become a nation of sterile, soulless automatons who’ll trample women and children to death for the latest new toy or electronic device, but won’t take the time to exercise our constitutionally protected right to have a voice in OUR government.

Stimulating conversation has degenerated into a mindless ritual of swapping cliches. Creativity has been contaminated by the mediocrity of an obedience-obsessed desire to appeal to the largest number of people from something natural and vibrant into something barren, impotent and comfortable (making it easier to sell violence and dysfunction packaged as music, art and storytelling).

If a society loses the right to be honest, it loses the ability to distinguish truth from myth. And, it loses something vital to being human. The ability to express one’s own ideas is one of the basic necessities of civilization. Without it, we are caged animals who don’t have the sense to see our self-enforced limitations or the courage to attempt to free ourselves from certain slavery.

Censorship of any kind is a definite sign of the degradation and eventual collapse of a society. That includes the disingenuous practice of sellouts in the media being paid to “express” what appears to be dissident opinion but only goes far enough to get people to scratch the surface of their discontent. If it rings true in your caged mind but doesn’t ring true in your heart, then something is missing.

(The Truth, the whole Truth and nothing but the Truth…) 

The educational system of a civilized nation would stimulate (not simulate) creative thought. It would encourage diversity instead of throwing everything into the vaunted melting pot to come up with a homogenized brew of bland sleeptalking baby food designed to instill obedience and complacency into our children.

It would tailor education to address the specific needs of all of our children instead of relying on standardized tests that are inherently biased against non-white students. Instead of fortifying the school to prison pipeline with class warfare, racist legislation, building more jails and hiring more prison guards; we could invest in quality education by using creative teaching techniques which have been shown to spark the imagination of a child. This would allow a child to enjoy learning and arouse a healthy sense of curiosity.

We need to take a close look at the drab insipidness of our current educational system and instill a vibrancy that will generate a higher level of thought worthy of a civilization. Truth can be buried by the tedium of vapidity and bland, lifeless discourse. This causes a putrifaction of the human race which inevitably leads to a lower level of consciousness. We all need to be inspired to achieve our potential.

Inspiration can come from many sources, but not from selling our minds to the highest bidder as if we’re nothing more than objects at a twisted auction of humanity. To ignore this truth and acquiesce to a barren state of stagnancy is brutally criminal for the manipulative slaveholders and suicidal for the masses who welcome it.

If truth is obscured, life loses meaning. And if hope remains dormant, freedom remains elusive. And, after all, what is life really?


21 comments on “If Hope Remains Dormant, Freedom Remains Elusive

  1. This is one of the best pieces I’ve read against torture. Thank you for bringing the educating of our children and youth into it.

    Let me know if I can republish on Dandelion Salad.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  2. Of course you can repost it. 🙂

    Thank you for kind comment. I’m glad you liked it.

  3. I don’t think the primary motivation for the torture was to get information – for decades now all the research has shown that you don’t get good information that way. I think the number one motivation was to terrorize recalcitrant Afghans and Iraqis that opposed the US occupation of their countries. Secondary motivations included psychological factors such as grandiosity and sadism. The people who ordered the torture and those he carried it out got a fantastic adrenalin boost out of the immense power they held over their victims – I’ll bet a lot of them really got turned on sexually, as well.

  4. Make that: Thank you for YOUR kind comment. 🙂

  5. Thank you very much. Is there a name you’d like to use for the by-line? I will republish in its entirety with a link back to your blog post.


  6. Sorry for replying so late. I don’t go online regularly.

    I guess you can use my wordpress username. It doesn’t matter to me. I just like putting a perspective out there that isn’t seen often enough (in my opinion).

    Thanks, again, for reposting this. I don’t write to receive attention, but do enjoy seeing other people agree with my views and helping to get dissident voices heard in this obedient society of sterile-minded automatons.

  7. I see a number of reasons for the torturing of “dissidents” by the military propaganda industrial complex: to punish those who don’t conform to the dominant culture, convince others who might be entertaining thinking for themselves to choose slavery over freedom and to increase hatred of the U.S. both as a way to increase business for themselves and show the ignorant masses how important they are in protecting them from the perceived enemy.

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  9. There are 2 comments (other than mine) on the post, if you’d like to respond to them, or at least read them. It’s really a great piece and getting many views today.

  10. Wow. I hope this comment gets posted. I just took the time to reply to a comment on your posting of this essay and as I tried to post it, I was kicked out. Then, I logged in again and saw it wasn’t posted. I’m spending time with my daughters right now so can’t go back to comment at this time. I’ll go back tomorrow.

    Thanks again for publishing it and getting more people to weigh in on this issue. Peace.

  11. Tomorrow will be fine and maybe more comments, too. Please enjoy your time with your daughters. Sorry about the technical difficulties; happens to me all too often.

    Peace, always!

  12. I left comments over at Dandelion Salad. Please forgive me…I also outed you as a musician. Another pitch perfect essay on the regression towards savagery taking place in our society. Hope your doing well, my friend.

  13. Thanks, Jeff. Sorry about replying so late. I appreciate your addition to the conversation. I’ll be taking a look momentarily at Dandelion Salad to reply to comments.

    I’m doing well, the universe is giving me precisely what I need. It’s an interesting journey, to say the least. I hope you and your family are doing well. I know you were going through some turmoil regarding employment a while back. Hopefully, that worked out well.

    Thanks, again, for your kindness and for your provocative essays that so inspire all of your readers. Peace, my friend.

  14. Thanks. I haven’t been online lately and just saw this. I appreciate you helping get this type of opinion out there.


  15. A pleasure. I also mourn the subversion of our civilised values.

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