I recently saw a video on youtube that I found disturbing. It may seem naive to some people for me to be disturbed that a mentally and emotionally ill person with below average intelligence would put effort into an untruthful attack on someone and post it on social media, but then again, maybe it isn’t healthy to take shameful acts of hate for granted simply because they happen so frequently.
Maybe they happen so frequently because we’ve taken them for granted for so long.
Call me unrealistic – many people that know me, do – but I don’t want to become immune to being appalled at such sordid behavior.
The video was about a talented actor, but I’m not going to name him. This rant isn’t about him, it’s about the cancerous individual – and others like him or her – who’ve learned to put aside decency and integrity in order to lash out at people who think differently than they do.
Even more so, it’s about the sadistic manipulators who manufacture these mindlessly hateful automatons like so many toys on a shelf. They then push the buttons and flick the switches they’ve placed in the emotionally charged minds of their army of defective thinkers in a war on the human mind (and heart) designed to convince more people to follow their directions and surrender the ability to think creatively and critically. It’s basically just one of the tools of distraction used to sedate the masses. (Though mindless anger mind not seem like sedation, I’m talking about sedation of creativity and logic, while enhancing and rewarding obedience).
“The public is not to see where power lies, how it shapes policy, and for what ends. Rather, people are to hate and fear one another.” – Noam Chomsky
The video associated this actor with the vile sexual predator, Harvey Weinstein. It showed him in various still photos with Weinstein, all of which showed other people involved in the movie industry as well. It showed the actor with scruffy facial hair in a couple of unflattering shots, something we subconsciously associate with being dirty and dingy. I was surprised at first because I’d heard nothing of this in the media and it would definitely be big news if there had been actual evidence.
Then, the reason for this pathetic farce became obvious: a short video of the actor saying something derogatory about donald trump.
The disingenuous yet persuasive aura of powerful respectability surrounding donald trump has reached a level of insanity that is surreal – and frightening. I find myself wondering how so many people can see something worthwhile in such a contemptible human being. There have always been public people who were respected and/or admired who turned out to be deeply flawed. This is nothing new. But this phenomenon with trump is something very different.
There has been ample evidence for quite a few years about his lack of compassion, vile behavior and obsessive desire for wealth and fame. It may not have been as obvious outside of the New York area (I honestly don’t know since this is where I’ve lived most of my life, I watch very little television and don’t pay attention to celebrity nonsense), but far more than enough information about this man’s wretched and loathsome character became public during his campaign in 2016 and I knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that he couldn’t possibly win the election. I KNEW it.
Holy shit, was I wrong about the country I’ve lived in my entire life.
“I did try and fuck her. She was married. I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married. You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful. I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. You can do anything. Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”
(I’m sorry to publish something so disgusting, but I’m making a point). The person who said that is the president of one of the most powerful countries in the history of the planet?
53% of the white women who bothered to vote in the 2016 U.S. election supposedly voted for that person? After that comment was made public?
He got 100% of the white supremacy vote and was (s)elected to the highest office in the land? Despite the fact that he ran against a person who supported a deeply racist crime bill while her husband was president?
What’s that? He’d be good for the economy?
“Oh, he’s a successful businessman. He’s made billions of dollars, he can run the country. He’ll reign in “liberal” spending.”
This man is the world champion of conspicuous over-consumption. CNNMoney reported that his only public company went belly-up & lost tens of millions of dollars for investors while he took in $39 million. He has had 6 bankruptcies & lost $900 million in one year.
Yeah, that’s who we want to reign in spending?
How have we gotten to this point? How can so many people choose not to care about truth? How can people who wave the U.S. flag and who identify with a political ideology that has a strong sense of nationalism wear t-shirts that espouse the idea that to be in the “other” political party in the country they live in is worse than identifying with the so-called enemy they’ve hated for decades? At the flip of a switch.
We need to talk to each other and address just how deep our fear and hate go. It is the root of the ideology of tens of millions of our fellow citizens. Can we survive this? It certainly can’t continue much longer. Lying to “others” has become commonplace in modern society. It’s an integral aspect of the system we live in, actually, the dominant belief system in much of the world. But it takes a lot of effort to lie to yourself. I think that most liars know they are lying. How much longer can they keep it up? The people who’ve sold their integrity and support this insanity don’t even get a share of the proverbial pie that the rulers consume every day. The only satisfaction I would think they get is having their “team” win the championship, having their fears and prejudices justified, being given a license to hate and feeling that they don’t have to apologize for it.
Too many of us have built a wall in our minds, a wall of dishonesty constructed from our crushed hopes and forgotten dreams. It’s time to expose the lies and address the cracks in our wall of manufactured reality. Those cracks are the ugly truths that frighten us. And they can lead us to a certain amount of freedom.
Noted author Edward Abby had some much needed wisdom on this:
“Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion.”