reply to post by pajoly
Extraordinarily well said! There is not much I can add to that!
Education. A population of ignorance is the easiest to control and steer. Free thought and critical thinking do not serve the agenda of mass
Religion. Having a foundation of morality is wanted and expected. However, the whole idea of separation of church and state is so that those
particular principles cannot be "dictated" to another living and thinking human being.
The greatest country on earth. Beautiful catch phrase isn't it? To question such a concept is to be UN-American...where in truth we fall further and
further behind the rest of the developed world in education, healthcare and overall standard of living.
Freedom. America was essentially founded on a philosophy not so dissimilar to Libertarianism. If they saw today, the founding fathers would most
likely vomit and then go to fists with the leaders in our hallowed halls of Governance.
Capitalism. It can be traced back to the end of the Great Depression to a gentleman named Edward bernays and his Uncle, Sigmund Freud. The idea that
"consumerism" is a means of self expression and self value... rolls quite well into the hands of the elite manufacturing and importing corporations.
If they make you "want" or "lust" or "envy"...then the greed is a normal consequence. I am completely for capitalism...just not "crony
Media. Nearly alll media outlets are owned by somewhere around 5 major corporation/conglomerates. It is essentially a monopoly of information. They
share what they want you to know and slant it in such a way as to draw out a pre-concluded opinion/reaction. The "powers that be" invest billions
into the subtle mind games of marketing and propaganda...they sell you down the road on an idea and you walk away with a glazed look in your eyes,
convinced it was "your" idea.
The military industrial complex. We were warned decades ago about this sleeping monster. It strikes me as amazing how certain parties will wail
against government monies to the people yet the mega corporations that supply our latest and greatest weapons have been sucking on that teet for
years. It is but another scam to pull the wool over the people's eyes and bleed them of their hard earned revenue. "There are threats
everywhere...we need to spend your tax dollars." Then, after stockpiling a tremendous amount of destruction, someone decides we must draw the
supplies down to justify buying/spending more...so they strt another conflict...beware the word "war"...that is blasphemy.
I don't think you are pessimistic, I think you are being quite "realistic".
This country has been bought and paid for while we watched sports and entertainment...while we kicked each other in the head at the stores the day
after Thanksgiving to buy the newest and shiniest "toys".
No, there isn't much we can do. We can hope, and try to work at the local levels to bring about some change...at least change in our own neighborhood
is better than no change at all.
I'm afraid I am even more pessimistic than you. I try to have hope, I try to be a positive thinker but my cognitive thinking turns in on itself and I
find myself praying for cataclysm...only a complete wipe out and re-boot from the stone ages is going to fix this abomination...sorry...at this point,
I see no other way.
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