A few days ago, there was an OP about the effect that conspiracy theory websites were having on culture, and perhaps actually fueling the violent
times we're in the middle of. It was a good thread, IMHO, and for me, at least, worked as the OP intended it to: got me thinking a lot about
Obviously, I think and hope, that because I began the OP as a "hypothetical, because I was attempting to get the subject matter past the usual "stop
doing drugs," and/or, "see a psychiatrist....and the most obvious and oft mentioned, "Yes, that's called schizophrenia," I was deliberately trying to
get to a place of more safety, where members would feel comfortable enough to share their experiences. You know, whenever I write this sentence, I
purposefully stop myself from using the word "stories," for "experience." And when I give that some thought, I have to nod to the fact that I am
writing from a definitive standpoint for myself, as some threads just pose a concept and ask for opinions, in a more general sense; while here I was
clearly, though couching it as a hypothetical, admittedly, not just asking for personal experiences to be shared, but it is a clear effort on my part
to not only convince the unconvinced, but really get to the central issue: this being, for me--again--how profound what this means to humanity, as a
species, "the family of man," and the planet, the universe and all life within it, and what I consider to be the last border crossed, which could
literally mean the end of everything.
Sentience and consciousness are, from both a philosophical standpoint all the way to a physics standpoint, are the defining of life itself, and how it
will either exist or cease. On so many levels, this is how important I view what this may come down to--not just freedom vs. slavery, and quality of
life, but life in and of the universe, itself. Now, I know that is sounding, perhaps, melodramatic to some, but I have a foundation for that, though
I have really not even begun to address that here at this point. Partly, because I wanted to see if it was even possible with this subject matter to
get beyond the above referenced comments, for people who are suffering to feel safe enough to share personal experience and for this to be taken
seriously, before I was willing to try to go beyond the hypotheticals and suspension of disbelief, so that it would be clearly understood what the
nature of living with this is really like.
Because it is quite simply, and literally, torture. And it is not visible.
Which, of course, is what provides the plausible deniability I keep
referring to, Understanding this is essentail, because I believe we have already perhaps reached a point of no return with it, and the threads I kept
seeing mostly were still bickering about what I would describe as ancillary issues. And it is driving
so very much of the violence and
disintegration we see happening right now.
But then there is the responsibility aspect, I brought up that this thrread had me thinking about. The ironies of these times just continue to
astound me. People out trying to be healthy, running marathons and losing legs, and lives..... It's becoming increasingly a situation where you feel
as though the more you try to fighrt what is happening in the world, the worse it seems to get. I experience this on a personal microcosmic level,
and then equate it to what I see happening, at large, in the macroscopic level.
So what is the goal, people have asked.....just control and ultimate domination? People working together, bonded with the same ultimate goal: a
peaceful, relaxed existence with the freedom to be themselves, as long as they aren't hurting anyone else, express themselves, either creatively,
productively, whatever floats your boat, and have families and make memories of a life well lived, without fear of either being hurt by an oppressive
governing body or by one another....
When there isn't electricity, food, fuel, communication, medical supplies, etc., as I have said before, a suitcase full of cash won't do you any good.
It either brings out the best or the worst in people. I've experienced those situations after a few hurricanes, and I can tell you first hand, that
survival is about coming together, protecting each other, looking out for your neighbor and their neighbor, and helping each other. Otherwise, the
soulless anarchy that then ensues, very few survive, and many will suffer through such horror they won't even care if they survive.
I know it's hard for a lot of people to accept, but --the willingness to conceive of, build, and institute such a pervasive, insidious and all
encompassing level of control, well the domination part of that is already over, in a way. And what I see is an increasingly consuming, sociopathic ,
egocentric and narcissitic force
that has already hijacked, for want of a better word, life, and is affecting it to such a point
20-4-2013 by tetra50 because: (no reason given)