Comfort and Conformity


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Someone sent me this video and it is pretty good especially if its intent was to get me thinking. I obviously agree with much of it and while I am not the conspiracy guy I used to be, (forgive me oh gods of common sense), I do not disagree with most, if not all of the themes of this video: the corporate elite acting as a sheep dog(s) to the huddled masses, us, the sheep. It has been like that for millennium. What got me to thinking was this: what is the feature or features of their plan that work so craftily into duping so many people into not only just going along with their agenda of control but defending those who question the power structure?

I got tickled a few weeks back when I read an article scathing a company for pulling all the jobs out of a region and basically leaving the area with nothing realistic for anyone to do, at least not 80% or greater of the workforce that had been working. That was not what tickled me, that made me sad for the people who lost their jobs, what tickled me was that below this well written article were several people, I assume from that region, defending the company when others commented things like “big corporations suck” and “they are money grubbers.” The main theme of most defenders comments were “these corporations make our jobs.” Well, sure they do, and they also take them away from you.

At what point do people realize that the power structure that is here now does not give one whit about anyone in the middle class? Everything is centralized to benefit one thing, the bottom line of the corporate coffers. They do not care if they turn America into one rural wasteland or urban prairie, terms I would have never grasped 10-20 years ago, which is what they are doing today.

But what got my mind racing is how we so willingly participate in their duplicitous behavior and then I remembered a quote by John Steinbeck I had read years ago which both explains and proves much of what is going on today, yesterday, the day before, the year before, the century before, millennium before, etc.

“Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.”
John Steinbeck**

 

*** Brief Aside. John Steinbeck wrote that at least 60 years ago. When you look at a humanistic issue, the division of wealth or resources, and trace it back through time and see the same themes reemerging, again and again, then that dog hunts. I dare anyone to prove me wrong on that one.

This is part of the rub I think: people actually feel a kinship with people who would not stoop down to spit on them much less let them into their club and letting others get a bit of the wealth that they are so accustomed to. In the video one of the speakers talks about how people come home from work, don’t speak to their children, and plant themselves in front of the television to be further programmed to think that they are a part of the big scheme of things or have a shot one day of becoming a millionaire. Which brought my mind to this. All this speaks to one central principle explicitly found in all of us: the need to feel good as opposed to feel bad. If you believe that no matter how mundane your existence is, that one day you will reach a level where you are a gabillionaire, then you can continue on within this charade, why? Because it comforts you. They are comforting you. “Sure Crash Davis you can play in the big leagues with us one day, just keep plugging!” But not really Crash you are doomed to the minors.
What is so wrong with the minor leagues? Middle Class?
The Middle Class was what people used to aim towards. Because with a strong middle class everyone got a fair shake. You worked hard, did your time, and were able to provide for a family, most of the time with just one parent working. Now with two people working full-time we can barely sustain even that lifestyle? Granted our consumption is through the roof but still not equal to a whole other person working full-time.
Is being rich bad? Not on its face value and especially if you are willing to shovel back the majority of your wealth at the end of the board game to causes which help others.
It is definitely bad and evil when it oppresses a majority in favor of a small, elite class just so they can have landing pads on their high rises. And it is damnable when it can take money from a pool created by the masses, stealing it and calling it a bail out, and then go right back to the same practices it was engaging in that caused the theft to begin with. It is almost like, well it is exactly like, laughing in the poor’s faces for being poor.

Am I for storming the Bastille? Not yet. But I think it is OK to hang around it just to remind them that all of us are still watching.

“The best trick the devil ever played”, if you believe the movies and this quote, “is to make the world think he did not exist.” The French Revolution, the American Revolution, heck the Fall of the Roman Empire, were all attacking the same thing, rebelling against the same thing. Just because Caesar did not have C.E.O at the end of his name does not mean that the same game is not being played today, and I would argue it is being played better and more craftily because most of us are too stupid to even realize it is even being played at all.

I do not worry about anyone being offended by the last sentence because most of them will never read this anyway.

 

** I want to make it perfectly clear down here at the bottom that I am all for a democratic society, a true one and not a corporate oligarchy masquerading as the same.

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