One of the best posts I've seen on ATS in years. Thoroughly enjoyed and concurrent with my particular world view.
We are all aware, for the most part, of the ills of society. The corruption we've allowed to fester. Whether it be the corporate mindset that preaches
that products are an experience and people are marketable commodities with no real intrinsic value, or the entertainment industry and media which
pumps out through the TV a warped fun house mirror reflection of humanity, or the education system and the extremely poor job we do at preparing our
children for adult lives and situations.
For me, it reminds me of the chicken or the egg scenario, which came first? Did we ask for this prison in which we live in the name of comfortability,
entertainment, and easy access? Or was it fed to us, subtly or forcefully? Either way we've allowed it to continue, by not standing up to it and not
educating our peers to the dangers we face.
It's true that the buck stops with us, the People. All responsibility is on our shoulders, as it should be. As Americans we should take pride in this.
With that comes the responsibilities. While I wholeheartedly agree with everything the OP stated I often wonder how easy it would really be to throw
off the shackles. The prison of a society that has been built up around us is daunting, to say the least. I believe this is where most people have
trouble. Either their imagination or fear will not allow them to come to terms with reality, or they unenthusiastically accept their fate, convinced
they cannot change the System designed to enforce conformity.
There's a lot of awful people in the US unfortunately, as George Carlin so eloquently expressed quite often, but there are some tremendous people in
this country, as well. We're all aware of this, or should be. We all know people that disgust us and people who inspire and astound us. Could be a
schoolmate, a parent, a celebrity, whatever. But I guess therein lies the question. Why is it now a days, or some could argue always, that the evil
and dastardly are the ones who so often find themselves in the position of power? Where are the good people? Do the evil ones just do whatever it
takes, sacrifice everyone and everything to succeed at their goals? Or are good people lazy, uneducated, and not willing? That doesn't sound correct
to me, based on my own personal experiences with decent people.
I think President Kennedy is an excellent allegory for this. And anyone who hasn't should read "JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It
Matters" by James Douglas. We all differ on the small details and particulars, but over 90% of Americans believe our president died due to a
conspiracy. I happen to be a part of that majority. I believe John Kennedy, faced with the prospect of the total annihilation of our planet, turned
towards peace and worked with his perceived enemies to ensure it. He did not want to win the Cold War, he wanted to end it. This is our President, the
people's man, our representative - he is us. Kennedy's story is our story. For turning towards peace, peace for all mankind, and asking Americans to
concentrate on the vast number of similarities we share with our enemy instead of the minute differences, the People's representative was met with a
cruel and gory ending. Kennedy, and by proxy the people, had been sent on a collision course with a drastic force. What is that force? One tends to
think of it as external, but that force is very much a part of us, as well. Born from us.
So while I agree that ultimately it is We the People who must ensure a change for the better in our world, we must also come to grips with the fact
that there are people out there who will burn the world to the ground just to achieve their objectives. We must be ready and willing to confront the
Evil and banish it, either throw it in prison or treat it for it's ailments. As Jesus said, "Love thine enemies." But that doesn't mean let them walk
all over you and ruin your life and your children's futures.
I think the essence of the OP and the real truth of the situation is we must overcome our division. As Kennedy asked us to do, look to the
similarities we share instead of what makes us dissimilar. Whether the division is facilitated or just a part of human nature is irrelevant, it must
end for us to move in a positive direction as a whole. The more divided we become, through perceived and most often irrelevant differences - such as
political ideologies, sexual persuasion, ethnic background, favorite sports teams, gender - the more we forget we are all human, or all American, or
all share this Earth as our home.
I have faith we can do it.
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