I feel trapped in this world of superficial stupidity, ignorance and arrogance.
As I live, I witness many things that have and are happening around me and this world. I have noticed the rise of Corporations and Governments (Canada especially but of course, the U.S.) as they have seemed to merge into the same entity. I have observed the creation of many laws to protect "property", finance and industry along with many more for the obvious goal of control. They have become monolithic institutions which control every aspect of our lives and to whom we relinquish that power simply by accepting.
I have always thought of Canada as a great social experiment; seeing how far it can push its citizen by enacting laws for this, fines for that and permits for everything imaginable. A small population divided by geography, language and culture (the only real culture is that of money) making it that much easier to, manipulate, control and always be at odds. The people react predictably in different parts with envy and judgment and there is no real chance of them ever uniting. It is an ideal environment. I have also seen some of these ideas worming their way south. Hmmmm I have often wondered.
In the political mentality, Canada is a country which prides itself on not having a 2 party system (like its southern neighbor - we like to portray that we are better) yet enforces said system through "strategic" voting and defends it as the "devil you know versus..." mentality (fear of suffering due to choosing an unknown path). Guess what, the devils all have the same financiers. Looking at the current election which is happening in Canada, one can see that it is all about money and from reading and hearing what a lot of people most crave in life; financial security (and entitlement) is number 1. They ask "why shouldn't I care about money?" They are taught early in life about the difference in having it and not and they forever aspire to "having it". Funny how no party vows to "End the Wars".
I have seen the elevation of politics and economics to a level which has infiltrated every part of our being. I have borne witness to the rise of the Big Banks, Big Media, the Military Industrial Complex, the Corrections Industrial Complex, big Pharma, the Agriculture Industrial Complex, the Telecommunications Mafia, the Energy Cartels, Big Box Retails and many others along the way. I am still wondering how any of this helps "us" in the long run; how have we "advanced" other than materially (which includes the aspirations of material advancement or Hope)?
I have heard the people talk, party, love, cry, care, label, hate, judge, envy, fear but one of the things which I seem to have heard the most over the years, is people demanding more jail time; more punishment. I remember them talking about "3 meals a day", "medical & dental" and referring to minimum security as "country clubs".
They wanted harsh sentences for those who broke the "Rule of Law" (because once a criminal, always a criminal). "If I have to live by it, so does everyone else" I've heard them say (we are seeing this now with our "wars of peace" and expansion of "democracy"). With the popular cry of the people, more laws, more controls, more restrictions and harsher punishments have been granted but this also set precedence for more and more controls.
I have also noticed the barrage of "battle" terms which have been used to describe everything these days, increase over the years. Everyday conversations, kids, banks, entertainment, news, elections, schools et. al. Nope, this can have no effect on our psyche; we are "Free" to "Choose" our path in life.
I have witnessed the emotions of fear, envy, judgment and the importance of labels and "me" all become increasingly dominant within our expected "norms". I have witnessed the defensive stance taken when breaching a boundary set by a limitation of one's own intelligence and the effect this has on the "ego". To educate people is to point out that they may have received the wrong information and this cannot be; it is interpreted as an attack of their intelligence or a reference to their ignorance. People would rather stay ignorant as long as they "believe" that they are not.
It was announced by the CBC this week that Canada's electricity generation was for sale. They want to "privatize" slowly and allow for "competition" instead of "state monopoly" (there are private energy producers). They want to allow for smaller energy producers and bring "competition" (to give the "average Joe" some aspirations of a good investment). I remember this M.O. from the privatization of the Telecoms, guess we don't learn. The smaller operations get bought out (as we cheer the huge dollar amounts) by the larger ones and we are left with a consortium of Energy Giants (same Big Oil) which may give us a fair price at first but then gouges us through billing "techniques" and hikes. We end up leasing our own resources.
Essential services and resource management should belong to the people - Period. Just because it can make money, doesn't mean it should make it off the backs of the nation. We don't need to privatize our country, we need to take back what is rightly ours.
This is just a bit of the past as I have seen it and more importantly, the future as it is shaping itself to be. This is what future generations will have to look forward to because "Economics" rules the world. I don't know if "Human Caused Global Climate Change" is real but if there is a chance, we need to change; we need to stop prioritizing and idol worshiping money, having (oops) oil spills or dumping radioactive water into the oceans. There are alternatives but it begins with a different way to see things within all of us - a change from within.
If you need a revolution, guaranteed that if 10 million people didn't go to work or shop or drive or feed the system in any way for a week or a month, we could induce "Rapid Change" and start over; we can have a peaceful revolution and take back our sanity and morality. The Beast may reveal itself and punish us hard but we would finally know it for what it really is and its defeat would be inevitable from there. It is time for regime change in North America.