Smoking Mirrors – January 28, 2008
One of the things that happen when you start writing on line- or anywhere- and if you happen to get read by some number of people is… you run into a lot of opinions about what you say and what you mean. Sometimes you didn’t actually say what provoked the opinion and sometimes you didn’t mean what got extracted out of it. It’s the nature of the beast. When you deal in words you have to accept that those words will impact differently on different people. We have the world as evidence that understanding is not a universal constant.
I consider myself singularly fortunate in the responses I get. One respondent said that I must have to filter a lot of trolls along the way. Actually, it is rare that I don’t post a particular comment. For some reason this site has not drawn the same acrimony I see rampant elsewhere. These are not easy times and they look to get less so. Right now it seems as if anything could happen. It is a very uncertain world.
All across the internet at the sites I visit I notice dire predictions. I see articles that tell us that we are locked into a terrible state. I’m told that every candidate in every election is a front for the same ruling elite whose intention is world wide enslavement. I’m led to believe that no one is who they seem to be and that we are screwed across the board. I don’t believe this for one minute.
I don’t believe this ruling elite has it all locked down. They may wish it were so but it is not. I believe there is darkness and devilry afoot in nearly every government on the globe but I do not believe it is triumphant. What I do believe is that evil tends to cancel itself out. These conditions have been with us as long as history has recorded it and before that too. There are always going to be those who want to prosper at the expense of their fellows.
We cannot blame all our problems on these predators among us who take advantage. You have only to look around you to see your fellows who have enslaved themselves to materialism and the pursuit of personal comfort at the cost of their ideals; though some may never have possessed much in the way of ideals. You can see it in the way they indulge their offspring as if somehow they were giving them a better life, only to equip them with ill health and a bad attitude.
If evil is the pursuit of self interest to the detriment of those around you then it can be said that there are degrees of this evil. It moves from the simple offenses of the brutish natures in our midst to the high intelligenced, calculating evil of those who do it for the sheer joy of it. Besides the rise of fascism and tyranny, ‘political correctness’ also stands as their equal in the damage done to the well being of the social order.
Some evils are more pervasive and among those are the common ignorance of the masses and the willful dumbing down that is epidemic in the mix. Zionism also is a terrible plague in that it infiltrates through every area of life via disinformation and suppression of speech and thought. This allows for the Palestinian genocide that continues from day to day as if it were an acceptable destiny. All that the Palestinians have ever done wrong was to be ejected from their homes and their lands, to be separated from their families and to object to their condition. Consonant with their terrible state is the constant false flag operations by their oppressors that make them combatants whether they want it so or not. It is despicable.
In the seven years that the present American administration has been in power and in which it was not legally elected once, we have seen more trouble come upon the planet than there has been in a long time. Corporations act at will with utter disregard for the well being of the population. The worst of us are in power and the best of us are reviled and shunned. It requires only a lack of principles and a slavish nature to do the will of the overlords in exchange for position to guarantee a position in the complex of oppression.
There are many of us who work to point out the inequities of the time and to offer what solutions we are capable of divining. Yet, often enough we are opposed and criticized by others of our kind for the cheapest sort of reasons; we’re not comprehensive enough, we’re not recognizing the real evil which they recognize, it’s not the Zionists it’s the Vatican, it’s not the politicians it’s the bankers and my personal favorite, we shouldn’t be saying it because we said it before you did… and they really need for us to know that they said it first so they are just brighter and quicker and more informed… although they’re accomplished nothing so far; any more than any one else has.
In my own case, I’ve been saying what I have been saying for longer than there was an internet, not just since I came online to voice my perspective. My tune hasn’t changed and it was the same before this internet came about as it is now. It’s more refined and maybe clearer but it’s the same.
We’re not going to get very far if all we’re concerned about is how much more right we are than those saying the same thing in a different way. I’m amazed at how many smug people there are that know the truth better than others do who think simple possession of their small portion of knowledge is enough to justify their scorn of those they consider less well informed than they when they haven’t accomplished a damn thing.
Changing the world has to begin with a righteous self-inquiry and it has to lead to collective effort. I noted during the Vietnam War just how many of the voices of opposition were more interested in their own political and social advancement more than they were the end of the war itself. I see the same thing today. We’re surrounded by people who may well be telling the truth but whose motivation is a bigger market share and more click throughs which puts them right on their way into the mass media and all the compromises which will surely follow along with their wider exposure.
It is the enemy within as much as the enemy without that is the problem. We won’t have much success with the latter unless we confront the former first and we won’t achieve real success if all we have to offer is to say that “we had the answer before we heard you speak the answer, so your answer is redundant. The truth needs to be said over and over again. It needs to be lived before it is spoken and it needs less conflict with its fellows to be effective.
Most importantly, we’re not totally screwed. We’re not in concentration camps, though some of our fellows are. We are not in global financial ruin. We are not fighting angry mobs and invading armies from our patios and cellar windows. We’re not there yet and there’s no guarantee we will be there. Let’s not create more evil in our imaginations than we already have present. What we have is sufficient and sometimes is misidentified as evil, given that we don’t always understand what’s going on or where it’s going.
The urgent condition we need to address is the disinformation that is stripping us of our freedom of movement, our freedom of thought and speech and causing distrust of each other. We need to realize that there is no Al Qaeda except as a bogeyman construct to prey on our fears and that nearly all of the terror activities are being designed and committed by those empowered to protect us against them. We need to work together because their biggest weapon is their ability to divide us against each other. Not one of us has said anything first and not one of us has said it better than it was said a long time ago. We are just the voices of the present repeating what was spoken long, long ago.
Last updated 30/01/2008