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By Jim Kirwan
The world has become a very small place since our technology shrank the barriers of both distance and time. In bygone days people used to learn about life, from the living of their own lives. They learned about nature from working the land, they learned about people from those that they knew or met in the everyday course of living wherever that took place. And basically between family-life and usually from some difficulties they gradually begin to see where they fit in, or where they did not, into the much larger scheme of the real world.
And then began the cascade of technology from electricity and radios to the movies and telephones. Finally airplanes graduated from something for the few to something for the many and then suddenly nothing was ever quite the same again. After WWII the whole world wanted to be like Americans, or so many-millions of people thought. Then in the nineteen-fifties; television made its debut and virtually-overnight the whole world began to change.
The film world acquired censors and had adopted 'standards.' Films could not be made that pictured the good guys losing, or the bad guys ever winning. There were also very strict rules about the propriety of women (not-so-much for men). The problems began then when we began to be told what was acceptable and what was not, by the silver-screens before which so many were able to escape from reality for a few hours.
The problem was that the dragons-of-delusion were beginning to work their way into films and stories that could be made into films and the same people were controlling those films and magazines and publications, including newspapers and radio as those who still control what we see or read or hear about today. The world was beginning to shrink but few noticed because it was so gradual and because it took control almost without being noticed. However with Television that rapidly began to grow into a 24 hour industry where there was a lot of airspace that needed to have programs to fill all those hours and there were so many new sponsors that had to be found to pay for all that programming. As it turned out the programming that was to expand the minds of ordinary people, couldn't find enough sponsors; while the programs that were mean and small and made fun of everything in society were easy to find sponsors for. The major dramatic presentations that dealt with history and conflict; pride and prejudice, success and failure were just pushed side because it was the common people that loved to have themselves entertained and neither their vocabularies or range of interests were very wide: So television found its gold-mine in advertising, and the United States was BLINDSIDED by the new and shiny symbols of success. A NEW car! A bigger better everything, and of course all the personal products that anyone might dream of, along with better more expensive versions of everyday requirements like toothpaste and mouthwash.
But buried in this feeding frenzy of Madison Avenue was a hidden weapon: The ability to absolutely destroy the public's concentration on any story; just to watch the ads. Once attention became something that could always be interrupted: Then commercialism had accomplished what it set out to do; which was done to end our ability to track most of the things in our own lives that had once been so important to us. By the 1960's television had become a necessity in every household and every other place where people lived as well. By the nineteen-seventies television was the one thing that was seldom if ever turned off. Then it became "the babysitter" and we were finished as a people.
By the 1980's most of the young people were certain that they were indeed the stars of their own real-life movies and everything else was just a backdrop for the adventures of "The Self" which were always about either fame and fortune or power and money, but almost never were these dreams even remotely related to how anyone might actually go about attaining any of these fantasies.
The Walkman then entered the fray and soon after was followed by all the toys that so many can no longer live without from the cell-phone to the i-pod, from Facebook to twitter; most young people today could never conceive of life without television or indeed any of these absolutely unnecessary things. All this crap was created not to make your life easier but just to get your money in ever larger amounts. And of course it helps that in the process your life becomes as fake as the politicians that clutter up the airwaves everywhere. What happened? We were BLINDSIDED by the most dangerous drug of all ­ TELEVISION, the basic requirement for any house that keeps on killing us each and every day from all the fake news to the ads that promise eternal-youth or unlimited wealth but always where everyone lives happily-after. After decades of this hyper-babble, there is no longer very much left of what any life today might be all about.
People have forgotten that it was the stories about the dark-side and the glamour and romance of drugs and sex and booze that helped so many to venture into places that they should never have gone, without some guidelines. Sex is after all a fantastic addition to life, when it's part of something larger, and a drink now and then actually allows us some relief from the drudgery of too much work, too little money and almost no time to really play now and then. And drugs: Well there are so many of them in almost everyone's medicine cabinet, how could that be so dangerous afterall ­ So why not? There are thousands of movie-stars and sports figures that take drugs and engage in all kinds of exotic sexual exploits ­ and many simply want "to be like them" to just "live the good life."
However none of the literal costs of these kinds of lives seems to ever penetrate the young when they are just beginning to explore the whole panorama of the forbidden side of life. And of course by now, all that stuffy old stuff about plans and hard work has evaporated in favor of any and every shortcut to the FANTASTIC-life that can be created or discovered. Where their grandparents had discovered the value of hard work and the joys of sweat in pursuit of lasting changes in their lives; the last few generations have failed virtually every test of themselves, as human beings, mostly because they've never been exposed to that side of life. Their motto could easily be: 'Instant Gratification Takes Too Long"! And ironically the parents faced with this frustrating outlook; don't seem to have any answer that can challenge that quirky comment: Because they too skipped the hard stuff and now they have no idea of what to tell either their children or their grandchildren. Many frequently mumble about television being the bad-guy, or that education failed their kids, but what really happened is that our lives were grossly interrupted by television and virtually all the wrong things; if our lives were ever to be fulfilling or even possible any longer.
In England today we can see this being played out across the board. The decades of poverty and societal isolation of those that are not privileged because the segregation which is being practiced is the isolation of the rich and powerful from more than 90% of the population. Now the global-new-world has decided to call for global-austerity which translates to starving the poor and simultaneously taxing everyone who are not elites to death. To ensure all of this, apparently the iron boots of Fascism and Police-State brutality are mandatory everywhere now; because the poor and disadvantaged (of all colors and faiths) don't want this new set of rules that will end not just their way of life but their lives as well.
Hence the backlash of revolt and resistance that sometimes ends in riots and looting. Instead of understanding what this all means the rich and the shop-owners want their damages covered and the demonstrators prosecuted to the fullest extent of the so-called laws that created this now-permanent inequality in the first place. The state and its elites want everyone that dared to burn or loot or demonstrate against them severely-punished: Without realizing that what they have done and continue to do is hundreds of times worse for those they do this to; than was any of the damage that was done to them by those that now have NOTHING, precisely because of their own extreme polices over the last fifty-years!
"An online petition demands welfare-dependent rioters convicted of offences linked to disorder sweeping the country should surrender their state handouts. The petition, which has more than 78,000 signatures, says: "No taxpayer should have to contribute to those who have destroyed property, stolen from their community and shown a disregard for the country that provides for them."
If 100,000 people sign the petition, it would trigger a process that could end with MPs voting on the plan. All petitions hitting the landmark total are referred to the backbench business committee, which decides certain motions for Parliamentary debates. The Government website hosting the petition was so popular it crashed under the strain tonight. A notice posted on the page said: "Sorry if you're experiencing problems accessing e-petitions. There is currently a much higher level of demand than we expected."" (1)
Which brings us all to today: "America is still in deep denial which is still the first stage of the Awakening. This denial will be wiped away when the dollar collapses. For now the economy is still functioning with food and fuel available. Americans still have the illusion of wealth and normalcy. They still are stuck in the false left right paradigm and think some other sock puppet will turn things around.
When the dollar collapses, all American illusions will collapse with it. Deep denial will turn into deep anger. The violence I expect in the other 3 areas on the list and all urban areas in the US, will make all other global riots pale in comparison. America is deeply infused with arrogance, denial, narcissism, drugs and violence. There is no other society that I know of that has the degree of intensity and combination of these factors."
This article includes a George Carlin video called American Bullshit 2008, which seems to sum up (A lot about America and being BLINDSIDED) with some humor and some truths you might not have heard lately. But this article also includes The Five Reasons for this article: Arrogance, Denial, Narcissism, Drugs, and Violence. (2)
It would seem we have a long way to go in a very short time, but maybe, just maybe if enough of us haven't given up yet, there might still be a path through this minefield!
1) Call for London Rioters to Lose Benefits
2) Five Reasons Why American Riots will be the worst in the world
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