Sorry for the lengthy post. This was supposed to be in response to the nationwide strike, but as will be seen here, it got a little
deeper than that. More towards the WHY of things, rather than the what do we do about it. Please give it a read though, as all of it relates...
A strike will never work, in the sense that we'd have no where to go really. Where would we go, Canada? Mexico? I'm sure Mexico wouldn't have us,
after all of the complaining that we're doing about the borders being so unprotected, and how their own are crossing over here illegally. I think
this goes a bit deeper than that.
To try to put things into a bit of a perspective is going to be difficult, but I'm going to give it a go. Please bear with me...
When this country was founded, the Founders knew that the only way to get enough people here fast enough to mount any sort of resistance to the
English was to open the borders to any and all that would come here. We offered them shelter and freedom, in exchange for their services in protecting
the "homeland" from outside influences that meant us harm. This worked out for them much better than they ever could have imagined.
In theory, the whole "melting pot" concept is a great one; give any and every group of people a fair shot at a new life, but make sure that they all
know that to live here, they must get along with those that they live with. Well, that's the way it was supposed
to be, from what studies
I believe that somewhere along the way in these past 230 years, we've somehow been led astray by a group of people hell bent on our destruction from
the inside out. That's made obvious by simply looking at society around us, and seeing the secularism that seems to permeate every corner of it.
We've been split into groups of quarreling separatists, for lack of a better term, and we've been pitted against each other, intentionally I
believe, to keep all of us from seeing the truth.
The hope was that we would all learn to live with one another, and be better able to deal with others around the world, since our society would be
composed partially of each of them. Also, we each have a strength that none of the others has, which makes each individual group of people a valuable
asset to this society. The problems came when people started to segregate themselves out based on ridiculous ideas of superiority. If we all could
have simply learned to work together, we might have been able to stop this sooner than later.
But did we? No. We allowed ourselves to be led astray by these people for whatever reasons, and have became the very thing that we were trying not to
become, slaves to a system.
Now, most would say that this is vastly off-topic, but I think it fits well here. I believe the Civil War was actually about these very things, and
helped to lead us to where we are now. I think it was partially
about slavery, moderately about taxation, and mostly about control of the
Just think about it for a minute...
A group of wealthy people (The North) were trying to oppress the farmers (The South) into a position of subservience, and the South wouldn't have it.
They told the North what they felt that they needed, and that if they couldn't reach an agreement, that they would secede from the Union. Now that's
not to say that there weren't wealthy men in the South, just that they had very little power in the political arena, as the politics were already
being dictated by the corporate interests, which all just so happened to be stationed in the North.
The North felt that they had all of the power and right to make unreasonable demands on the South, and the South fought back. Now, was this dispute
all over corporate interest? No, I don't think so. I believe that it was a matter of the Powers That Be, at that time, were fighting amongst
themselves to see who would lead this nation into a new direction. If we take a look at the history that's evolved since the Civil War, we've been
in almost a constant state of war since the end of it in 1865 at Appomattox. This is due to the fact that the North won, and therefore, we took a more
industrialized approach to our futures. The question naturally comes to mind now: what would have happened to the nation had the South won? There's
no way to know that, as we never got to see it.
This kind of reminds me of The Farmer's Revolt.
Perhaps these were the events that
began the problems that we are finding ourselves in right now. It was a shining example of what can happen, and will happen again, when the People get
angry enough to act. If you read just the first few paragraphs of that essay, you can almost see these same words being uttered right now, and they'd
make complete sense. Everything mentioned is relevant to today, and we have the very same complaints, as can be seen by vast numbers of threads
currently floating around ATS and PTS about these very issues.
Back up above, I mentioned something about the Powers That Be keeping us from seeing the truth. This truth is that WE, as a UNIFIED People, can
accomplish anything that we want. We are not all so different that we cannot get along. For proof of this, look at your fellow man/woman. We all seem
to get along under normal circumstances, when we're not being told how bad the other is.
Peace can be achieved simply; by just accepting you're fellow man for who and what they are, without malice. If you choose to listen to those that
claim to know what's right, then you've denied yourself the truth, and will continue to live a lie until you wake up. You must listen to yourself,
and what you know to be true about people in general. We are all the same inside; flesh and bone. We all break at some point. We shouldn't be looking
for that breaking point. Instead, we should be looking at the best things in one another, so that we can better ourselves as a whole.
If, however, you realize that this is so, and act on it, then the world could be changed forever. So, what will it be? Do we continue to complain
about what bothers us, or do we begin the long road of acting upon these complaints? I ask these questions to each and every person that will hear me,
in the hopes that someone, somewhere
will hear me and understand...
[Edited for clarity and context. Oh, and punctuation as well.
[edit on 3-8-2007 by TheBorg]