The descent has been nothing short of exponential. The results will be looked back upon with a keen eye and a head shake. No one will believe things went the way they did. History will define much of this period as a young nation in transition. I define what’s going on as insanity. The blame does not fall on church and state directly. The blame falls on the masses that buy in to rhetoric instead of reality.
The strings are many and fall across groups as diverse as can be conceived. There is a common thread here. And it has been wielded across time in so many similar manners that anyone on the outside looking at this would question our intelligence. And it seems we are endlessly doomed to repeat ourselves.
We’ve been lied to so much. Misinformed daily. Given every excuse in the book for the mundane and the ridiculous. Made to feel inferior, illiterate, unpatriotic, hopeless and witless.
That must end. And we all need to be part of this. The unfortunate truth is we are miles from that.
So what happens? When Dubya and Cheney tell us there are WMDs. When the Pope tells us pedophilia is mere gossip. When the Canadian government tells us that birth control doesn’t save women’s lives. What happens?
I am so sick of all of it. What really galls me, beyond the evil and idiocy of all these people, is the endlessly bleating of the sheep that believe the garbage being fed to them.
Is so much of humanity just stupid? Why aren’t more people holding those in power accountable? Why would any sane person take the words of a politician at face value. Why don’t people investigate? Why do they just accept it all?
There are many reasons. Some of the major ones include: laziness, lack of education, belief in institutions from birth that never get questioned and a pliant and pliable media.
People are lazy. They don’t want to bother getting off the couch. They don’t want to type a few keystrokes to see what the other side or sides of the story are. Within that laziness is a lack of intellectual curiosity.
It is stunning to see volume of poor quality education and how it contributes to a person’s inability to recognize things like strawman arguments and outright misinformation. An example. I say that 85% of Catholics support the Pope’s position on the accusations of abuse by priests. Sounds plausible. But I just made that up. I don’t have poll results any more than I have a list of who I polled, where they live. But you hear that on CNN from a church supporter and you go ‘okay’. You shouldn’t. Especially in the US, education is so limited to all things American. When you have americana drilled into your mind from pre-school, you start accepting things that require confirmation. People need to stop believing their country, tis of thee, and everything I’m told of it, must be true you see.
That constant drill of information from a young age, whether country or religion, has made people reluctant to question. I was raised a Christian. But I, to this day, have nothing but questions and few answers where God is concerned. And that faith, blind faith, in the assumption that because I’ve been taught it from birth, it must be true must be fought. It’s always okay to question. There is no limit, no statute that says you are not a patriot because you question your government. Bush and Cheney told it was so. But why do so many suddenly question Obama? I wonder what the reaction would be if Obama told everyone that they were unpatriotic for questioning him. Funny isn’t it? What’s okay for the right to question was wrong for the left, and in time, most of the country.
And there was a time when the media, the real news, was presented on a daily basis. But what we have these days are entertainment organizations who are always willing to make news out of nonsense. Why is the Tea Party so well known? Because they are noisy and media loves noisy. But if the president provides a thoughtful and eloquent explanation for policy position, we get Tiger Woods and his merry band of philandery for 3 hours after.
All these are major reasons why the public becomes so movable. It is why the political right has had an easy time of scaring the public that terrorism is coming to your door. Thanks for letting your government tap your phones, torture innocent and guilty alike and question the patriotism of any who dare question. Don’t get me wrong. The left is as guilty of influence peddling as the right. I just use the right as an easy example.
The same right that is now punishing the left for daring to take power. Plowing out lies as thick as manure about everything from Obama’s birth to death panels to his socialist, communist views. An oxymoron by any calculation.
And when religion refuses to deal in reality, is willing to abuse and hide that abuse, what should you believe. God’s right hand man was not made God’s right hand man by God. He was voted Pope by man. Man is not God. So why do you feel unable to question? Why would an incident of possible pedophilia be brushed aside as gossip and instead, investigated and any incidents prosecuted to the full extent, including excommunication? This is Jesus’ church? The man who was all about the poor and downtrodden? And his church is all about impossible purity, laughable really, and making sure it is above ALL men? What is that? And what would Jesus do? I’d bet he’d tear that temple to the ground and spit in Pope’s face.
At the end of the day hate and fear are just tools used by politicians and religions. Tools of what you may ask. Power. You may have thought money and yes, money is a part of all of this. But money is used to wield power. The masses are controlled by misinformation, poor education, hate and fear.
Power is the only driving force here. Controlling you and I so we’ll accept whatever we are given. Reality tv, entertainment media all just stupefy. When’s the last time you watched a documentary? Or read about Sunnis and Shiites? Or read some blogs from Pakistan, Israel, Palestine, Iran? You don’t because you think someone is going to feed you the truth. And the truth is no one is feeding you any reality. The only way to have a clue what is really going on is to do your homework. Ask questions. Make noise. Participate but don’t take any one group’s view as the only view. Understand both sides, all sides. Look at what makes sense. Understand others even if you disagree.
We were given brains so we could use them. Not turn them into Playdoh for people who couldn’t give a crap about us in any way shape or form other than control. So get off your collective butts and start questioning. Don’t be afraid. They want you afraid. Don’t hate. They want you to hate. Just understand all there is to understand so you can make decisions that are informed and thoughtful. That way the death panels won’t come for your grandma, the Pope’s Prada shoes WILL offend you and maybe we could have some real political discourse instead of yelling masses of Tea Party fanatics spreading hate and misinformation.
Power is abused. The only way to prevent it is to recognize it. Learn about it. Dismantle it. Distribute it. Because the power lies in you. When was the last time you felt in control? Felt like you had power over your situation? That will not change unless you do. What are you waiting for?