In my previous post, I explored the notion that we live in a shared illusionary state that keeps us from truly understanding the reality of our situation.
Americans have convinced ourselves that we have zero control over our country much less the direction it takes or the policies it imposes on the rest of the world. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth as the choices we make on a daily basis have a direct impact on our society and promote those ideals we would see flourish despite a flurry of words to the contrary. Our actions as a nation, as trite and tired the saying, always speak louder than our words.
Eating the typical diet in this country will make you sick and fat and miserable while at the same time ensuring the companies who make and distribute those heavily-processed foods control the supply chain from seed to shelf. Ignoring voting and politics as some sort of game for suckers and fools will kill you as well, it just might take longer depending on your specific resources and circumstances. The country we live in was created by our personal preferences and predilections as both consumers and citizens over the course of 230 years.
How long until Americans remember that We The People starts and ends with Me The Individual?
We fight the same battles for the same hills only to retreat into stupified apathy as soon as the firing stops. We must take personal accountability for the part we play in the American Empire, good and ill, rather than shirking that duty. Not accounting for our failures as a nation ensures we make the same mistakes each new generation. The chain must be broken if we are to progress beyond our current benighted and barbaric state into something resembling progress and sustainability.
Loving what America could be and being disgusted by what it has become needs to be part of the conversation if We The People are to break free from this Möbius strip of societal devolution.
It doesn’t take a grand conspiracy to control a free society. All it takes are a people willing to trade thier freedom for ignominy in exchange for fast food, fast cars and fast facts. A prideful people, full of anger and envy and fear, who can be easily shifted this way or that. A confederacy of dunces has kept Americans under control for years without even bothering to hide their incompetence. Good thing they aren’t as smart as they are cunning or we would have been beyond saving decades ago.
All we would get from the Internet today would be our Two Minutes of Hate and morning calisthenics.
I am stunned it isn’t already too late given the totality of control. That we are actually beginning to see the emergence of a counter narrative to off-set the lies and half-truths from our official one is another shocker. Many people are using the plethora of historical information and analysis at our finger-tips to better educate ourselves in ways that were previously impossible. The system is pushing back with all its might, but the Internet may be the wild card no one accounted for when they designed our modern propaganda machine more than thirty years ago.
We possess the power we need to effect an immediate and permanent cure for our malignancies yet most Americans choose the illusion, refusing to use its weaknesses to create a more logical and equitable reality.