There are three ways to rid a population of the will to survive.
- The Declaration of Independence
says it best:
all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms
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A content population is a population that will allow the powers that be to continue with their plans. It is difficult to question a status quo when
that status quo brings happiness (or at least the illusion of it). Thusly, the way to keep a people at ease and unconcerned about survival in future
circumstances is to keep them unconcerned about those circumstances. After all, why fight a war with a non-existent enemy?
- As people tend to have less and less control over their own lives, they will tend (as a matter of human nature) to concentrate on
the things they can control rather than rise up over things they cannot control. We see this in operation today clearly. Governmental spending is out
of control, a fact that the vast majority of Americans agree with. Yet, this spending is out of the control of the average person. therefore, most do
not concern themselves with a serious problem simply because they believe they have no control over it.
Obviously, this works best in conjunction with Complacency. As more and more is beyond the control of the populace, that populace will, when
complacent, turn to those things which they can control: leisure or recreational activities, technological pleasures, even such mundane activities as
shopping or sports. They may turn to certain minor causes which mean nothing in the larger picture, simply because they have a sense of control over
the minor issues. By the time the populace realizes that things have become unbearable, they have effectively given up so much control that they are
truly powerless to help themselves.
- Of course, there are a myriad of chemicals that will affect the mental outlook of individuals. Anything that placates or enslaves
an individual through addiction is a definite barrier to self-sufficiency. The effect does not have to be acute; a slight chemical influence over time
will suffice to enslave a population to the introduced chemical, or is sufficient to produce a general feeling of complacency. Fluoride is a good
example of this type of dependence, with known results including a loss of mental acuity in larger amounts.
Taken together, these three methods of control have the combined effect of rendering the individual helpless to resist oppression, and helpless to
survive without governmental intervention on their behalf. It is an extremely effective method of entrapment, one that was clearly shown on the TV
show Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
. The Jem'Hadar were a warrior slave race, kept in check by their creators using a substance known simply as
'White', a drug required daily to prevent automatic excruciating death. That was a TV show, yes, but the moral is true: people can be effectively
controlled by denial of those things considered necessary for life.
Today, we have all three control methods working simultaneously: complacency is encouraged by a corporate structure which produces new 'toys'
regularly for the consumption of the masses. Control is then utilized by keeping wages at a level to make purchase of these toys unavailable to those
who do not work long hours (preventing them from engaging in any activity that would produce independence). And finally, chemicals added to our water,
our food, even our air, all in the name of safety and security, keep any remaining rebellious tendencies at bay.
So who would want to survive hard times, when all they have been used to is air-conditioned comfort and ready food and drink, combined with the latest
large-screen hi-def plasma TV and a just-released Playstation N? The very thought of providing for themselves becomes foreign, alien even, and is
intimidating to say the least. So they feel helpless and unempowered to take their own survival seriously, preferring to simply lay down and die.
It's sad to see. but it's also prevalent in our present society.