a reply to: TrueBrit
My parents lived through the Blitz and the stories are nightmarish. I'm sure the stories from the those in positions of power aren't quite so graphic
from their concrete bunkers and stately homes (i wonder how many stately homes were bombed in the war?)
As for the IRA, i lived in London throughout the whole of their campaign - a bus i sometimes used was blown to smithereens. I'm well aware of the fear
they incited and exactly how life continued under this fear. It was never a case of "We're carrying on because they won't beat us...
Don't be fooled by the MSM voxpops the channels repeat to make this reaction appear to be the public consensus. I've been privy on many occasions to
the process of selecting these voxpops and there is always a directive from on high as to what the message should be: Be very afraid, but go to work
and keep the money wheels turning. Many alternative views would've been recorded, but the one presented is always highly produced and manufactured.
I'm not claiming that revolt has a happy ending - most 'democracies' began with revolt of some kind and look where they've ended up - all equally
beset with greed and poverty. What if during the blitz, or the IRA bombings the masses had decided not
to 'keep calm'? Chaos; business' unable
to function; authority called into question. Criminals would've surely exploited this. Not a good situation - a mess. But the nature of life is messy
and an artificial order imposed upon it seems to always lead to a wealth divide... We're frakked either way - It's quite the quandary.
As individuals we can only deal with what's n front us and therefore above all we must prize our common sense and fight to choose our own path. It's a
struggle to stay alert to the real and present dangers posed to ourselves when newspapers, whose owners are far away behind gilded gates protected
from danger use intoxicating slogans to tell us that we need to 'CARRY ON...
You may be sold on the 'keep calm and carry on' pitch, but from first hand blitz anecdotes and personal and shared experience of 'The Troubles' this
stiff upper lip nonsense is a cultural phallusy spun by those who spin. The reason real people carry on with their lives is because they have no
choice; they have jobs they can't afford to lose because they have mouths to feed. So every day they gamble that it won't be them that falls
They don't leave their homes for work each morning waving their fists at the sky and saying to themselves "I'll show you! I won't let your terror
alter my day-to-day routine...
They leave the house bloody scared and praying it doesn't happen to them - wishing there was a house in the country or a concrete bunker for
family, instead of being forced to risk everything in order to eat and have shelter under an inadequate roof.
Thinking of the mantra of Keeping calm and carrying on as something to be proud of - something 'cool' - suggests to me that person has never truly
been in a situation of such fear incited by blitz and terror on one's very doorstep.
As for heroics with a beer in hand, there's a more fitting tagline than 'Keep Calm...', it's called 'Dutch Courage.'
The Beachy Head incident, imo, does not illustrate neither the calmness, nor the courage of 'Brits', but their neurological paralyses. A state of
indecision; unable to take sensible immediate action, because their critical thinking has been sent to sleep by a lifetime of social and cultural
conditioning (such as sloganism) in which we are trained to take orders, do as we're told and under no condition think
, or use our
initiative... Despite seeing the danger and being obviously concerned, the Beachy Head sunbathers were waiting to be told what to do about this clear
and present danger - awaiting orders.
They were Keeping Calm and Carrying On. They were conditioned. They were victims in waiting.
'Keep calm and carry on' can mean many things, but it's use in popular culture is imo an insidious presence used to control mass consciousness in
order to maintain the class/wealth divide.
Austerity cuts = Keep calm and carry on
No school places = Keep calm and carry on
High tuition fees - Keep calm and carry on
NHS cuts = Keep calm and carry on
Fewer police on the streets = Keep calm and carry on
Disability allowance cut while Amazon and Google get tax breaks = Keep calm and carry on
0 hours contracts becoming the norm. = Keep calm and carry on
Energy and transport allowed to profiteer = Keep calm and carry on
Keep calm and carry on Keep calm and carry on Keep calm and carry on Keep calm and carry on...
edit on 29-8-2017 by McGinty because: (no reason given)