reply to post by GENERAL EYES
I understand the majority of the "not my problem" is most likely a defense mechanism to the reality of such types of news and our inability to
really do anything about - heck, I'm guilty of that cop out myself from time to time. I'm not perfect either.
We are more or less living in the stone age. Having fancy toys, that have blinking lights, and noises that go beeb, hasn't kept too many people from
not hitting each other over the head with the equivalant of a rock.
It hasn't always allowed us either to put technology to a good use.
The X-box for instance. There is an entire generartion of Americans that you practically need a suregeon to disconect them from it. Young men
especially are so addicted to electronic games, slickly packaged for their stone age sensibilities, that feature war, theft, murder, rape and
violence, that half the young men addicted to it would rather play with it, than their girlfriend or young wife.
A young wife that in many cases by the time she is 40 would rather sit on her own computer blogging and forming virtual social networks than talking
to her husband who 20 years later, still hasn't really found a way to get off the couch or disconnected from the TV.
That is if he didn't end up getting disconnected from the TV because after 6 straight years of playing Heilo in virtual teams of 4 he is wired into
electronically by audio communications through his X-box to communicate with, against other teams of 4 to do the same, he has decided as a result of
this passion to try out the real life version in the U.S. Army or Marines, and has sadly found out that real war, with real rocks, isn't always quite
as fun and nonlethal as the rated m for mature video interactive virtual version, that his brain far from being fully grown in his essential frontal
lobes, which does not happen until the age of 26, was not really as mature as the m on the box suggested it was.
Yes, technology it sure does produce some wonderful things.
Propoganda being one of them of course.
Ultimately we as a society permit the X-box, and it is all tied in to free speech. As recent years have shown us, you are freer to speak about some
things as opposed to another. No one puts a gun to your head, or a noose around your neck as of yet for it. Yet the people most easily swayed by
propoganda seeking their own validation in life by ascribing to it, find the ultimate validation in deminishing others who don't, through ways often
just as intimidating to many though as seemingly benign as an X-box.
Over the years, voicing my own humanity has caused people to accuse me of all sorts of unwarranted and justified thing, when my right to free speech
and free and independent thought does not mirror what the anchor on CNN, the politician on the Bully Pulpit, or the Priest from another emparts to
In Iran's case they have no right to free speech because of the theology by which they govern themselves by. A choice that they made at first through
a revolution to cast of the idealogy we in the U.S. had imposed on them with rocks, for the sake of a plentiful cheap oil, and to ensure it's flow
because of our support for another psuedo theocracy, psuedo democracy in that same vital oil producing region of the world.
Even then we marched right back in, with rocks of our own, and allies with rocks of their own too, to bash their heads some more, until we forced
their ousted dictator back on them, only to have them revolt and overthrow him not even a year later.
I would wager the CIA backed and installed regime of the Shah, and the bloodly and rutheless reign of the Savak is still far ahead of the Ayotallas on
the X-box score.
The people chose a theocracy with strict laws that the majority had faith would govern them without the corruption of a weak foreign vassal and his
that were based on more whymsical and harder to identify things.
Just as here in our own country we can foolishly elect a zealot to the right, or a zealot to the left, to give us the illussion that we might safely
and securely live under the rule of the laws they too impose.
We have our dissidents, just as they have theirs, and while our fundamental government style is very different, each with flaws that can be
imprisoning, deadly and stifling to some, each one of these two nations, the U.S.A. and Iran share something important in common.
Any American is free to emigrate to another country, just as any Iranian is free to emigrate to another country. Yes, economic and family ties might
make us virtual prisoners, but those prisons exist solely within our own minds.
The person who yearns for freedom can always have it, or die freely pursuing it, that choice is each human beings alone.
There are things I am legally not allowed to do that if I had my druthers I would, that I feel hurt no one, but my government here in the United
States feels that they do. Where you might say, should you be on the outside of this system looking in this is terribly unfair and come to alter this
by force of arms, or commerce, this does not mean the new law or system you created just for me, because you would have it for you, works well for the
majority, who allowed it and favored it.
It made you feel better, and me feel better, but it made far more many people feel worse and less safe, and secure in their future.
Just like right here in our own country some to the right worry that their future is less secure and they are less safe because they are ruled by
every changing laws that come from the left, just as the left feels less secured when ruled by the right.
Ultimately each human being has a decision to make in regards to living in the stone age or moving beyond. Do I put down the rock and first find peace
and perfection and pure love in myself, and accept that my journey to this was born of my own right to determine and as a result was quicker or slower
than some other who might have voluntarily resigned to put down their rock and throw it no more, or do I put my rock down but keep it close at hand in
case I haven't quite figured out that real change towards peace can only happen one rock and one person at a time, because I feel I am there or close
enough to there, where that rock still might come in handy to bash the other human who has not quite reached my stage, to prod them and punish them
individually or collectively for what I still see as an offence, because I still have not reached the perfection I imagine, nor truly feel the pure
love I purport to feel and have and use wisely, or do I just keep clutching my rock looking for reason after reason to bash someone else into the
level of flawed thinking I have dellusionally created an illussion that is perfect in me, but is really just perfect for me, and my rock kept in hand
or close by my side.
People are damned if they do and damned if they don't in this process, and in reality we each just seek a level of hell where the heat is comforting
enough to keep our rock from being to hot to handle.
There is no doubt yours and my own, and everyone's heart is trying to seek the right direction.
A direction to a place we will all get to in our own volition, by our own path, all in good time, and you will know when you get there when no rock is
tempting, or judgement is forthcoming, but just the love in your heart that is there ready to listen and show it and give it to that person who asks
Iran isn't asking for our help. Neither is the majority of it. In fact our help collectively as a nation is what turned them to theocracy.
Should anyone really want my help to leave behind their rock I am happy to oblige, and lend a hand up or over, but to carry that wait one has to put
their own rock down first, and ask the one they help to leave theirs behind.