posted on Jun, 10 2010 @ 10:14 PM
I am beginning to suspect that the once noble liberal agenda has been sabatodged, and that a hard-line totalitarian country is emerging from both
sides of the political aisle that is easier for the people in power to maintain where the members of society basically go to work, come home to their
rental homes, turn on the TV, and continue the next day... never actually doing anything that makes their life worth living. They might even have the
TV on as background noise, or mindlessly play games without caring, or do drugs as an escape - but gone is the America that was full of life and hope
that I knew even just a few years ago.
I have been sensing a change in this country towards fear - fear of speaking freely, fear of doing the job one wants, fear of having hobbies, fear of
having fun, fear of thinking for oneself, fear of truth, fear of making a better tomorrow. Those once loved and repsected values have been replaced by
a sense of duty. Duty to go to work, duty to excercise, duty to learn. That is terrible. We have essentially become slaves.
I have sensed this change on both sides of the political aisle. While at my liberal arts college for the past five years, I noticed a gradual shift
from people being rebellious, ridiculous, and learning because they wanted the knowledge and a chance to have a place of their own where they could
game, create rock music and have a wonderful life full of activity and **comradery** to a place where it has become a duty to learn, a duty to be
skinny, a duty to go to class, and where people judge each other based on how much they know and how successful they are rather than simply relaxing,
having some hobbies and working together towards a better tomorrow. People began to fall apart from each other as well, becoming isolated in their own
worlds and it was less likely you would be able to find people who trusted each other or were willing to be altruistic in a group.
So, I moved back to a conservative town and have found it has become a place where people simply go to work, come home, excercise or watch TV, go to
bed, don't engage in any intellectual conversation, don't seem to have hobbies they enjoy, and instead of thinking critically about their religion
and having the religious values I am used to - which basically amount to not judging others, turning the other cheek and being a good person while
still having a good time - have relgious values that have amounted to follow the code or you are excluded from the group.
In addition, gone is the laughter, gone are the hobbies, gone is the excitement of working for a better tomorrow. It seems to have been replaced with
a society where people do their mundane activities day after day, for no purpose, not even to save money for themselves or their family or to own
property, but simply because it is their duty.
I fully believe that how I percieve the world is related to how I am thinking at the moment. In the past, I was able to go with the flow and have a
great life because the people around me were having fun, gaming, caring about each other and doing interesting things. I am talking about the late
90's and 2000-2007ish. Ever since 2007, things have seemed to become progressively darker and more totalitarian in the world.
I completely expect that, if things continue to go the way they do, we will be facing a world in ten years where people really believe that being a
slave to society is their duty. If that doesn't happen, I might. This is terrifying to someone who grew up in a world dominated by free-loving
I learned one important lesson that you should all learn right now: for the past year, I have been cowering in fear, holding onto the precious few
freedoms that I had left as they drifted away. This is the wrong move. No matter how scared we are, we have to start creating new freedoms for
ourselves and a positive world to live in somehow. By cowering in fear, we let the people in charge take away our freedoms as easily as harvesting
fruit from a helpless orchard.
On the contrary, any step that each of us takes to make this world a better place - no matter how small - chips away at the establishment. The only
way to do this is by caring for people even if they don't care about you (you see they might not care about you because they are afraid you don't
care about them), by taking charge and creating a life for yourself that is the one you want and setting an example for others.
Attempt to make an example of yourself as someone who, even in a position of power, does not judge those who know less than you or are less worthy
Following a code similar to this will make your own life experience better as well, because if you can change your surroundings and bring light to
those around you, you might as well have changed the world.
Having just graduated college, I find it hard but necessary to transition from being a follower of someone else's creation to a leader and a creator
at this point, something that is much harder than I thought, especially without any good examples to follow in today's world. It is easy to have a
life of gaming and intellectual stimulation at college when it is handed to you, but much harder to make that for yourself in the real world.
I would like to know - how far off are my perceptions about the current state of the country? It seems like it might be accurate, seeing as the
devastated economy and terrible world events may have darkened the mood. Does anyone have any ideas or advice, or other thoughts?
[edit on 10-6-2010 by darkbake]