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Petera has painted a bleak picture for the future and it saddens me to think that someone who can write so well seems to have lost hope. In saying so I am going to look at the following points and see if there is a silver lining that can be had from it all. i must point out that I am not saying Petera is wrong as my cynical side completely agrees with him, but from personal experience I know that once the only thing we feel is hopelessness, the war is lost.|
Global Consumeristic Oceania
So what we have today is a global consumeristic Oceania floating in a sea of poverty.The global empire
looks both omnipotent and vulnerable at the same time.Economic collapse is perennially around the
corner.Each downturn is fended off by bouts of bloodletting.
This I cannot dispute, the gap between the rich and poor widens with every passing year, the ideal life envisaged by the masses is not one where they have "enough" or even "an abundance" but one where they have "more". Ironically many scientists say that there should be more than enough to go round, it is just a matter of only taking what we need and allowing others to have the rest.
Both Orwell and Huxley were partially right and partially wrong.The Ministry of Love and the Ministry of Truth
are here with us in the shape of Faux and CNN and Homeland Security and Guantanamo and the
international network of "rendition" or torture centres.
The media is of course a mouthpiece for the most bloated and consumeristic individuals in society. I cannot dispute this. We are seeing an increase in the number of independent groups that are setting up more honest news services. Like the weeds that grow from discarded seeds they are a truer reflection of the nature of our world and should be looked to for guidance. this being said they are also not the extremist cancerous malcontents that puke their diatribe of disruption, these are simply the ugly alterego of the bloated mega corps.
Soma exists in the form of vast amounts of liqour and
other legal and illegal drugs distributed to the sheeple.
I have no trouble with the consumption of alcohol or other substances, the problem I have is the abuse of such. There is nothing in nature that is not poisonous in large amounts, nothing that does not alter us from what we should be. The task is to understand our limits, to realise that with selfcontrol anything can be enjoyed and learned from.
I am more worried about the legal drugs distributed to the people, painkillers to stop you feeling, antibiotics that only weaken us further later on.....it makes me sad that the old ways of simple medicine are ignored when they provide a faster cheaper solution to so many of our problems.
Everyone talks in the newest version of Newspeak
and unorthodox thought is treated with suspicion and contempt.
The political correctness that exists is failing, people are already tired of holding their tongues when faced with stupidity. This makes some people crass but allows those free thinkers to be respected for speaking thheir mind. I am thankful for this otherwise individuals like petera would not even be heard, I would not be heard, no discussion would take place and no resolutions could ever be reached.
Telescreens are everywhere as are
surveillance devices of all kinds.Vast electronic spying centers exist at Pine gap and Menwith Hill and
I agree, this is the price we must pay to keep the population in fear of punishment because we have stepped away from the idea of being raised to respect each other.
The solution lies at home in our families and it starts from the day we are born. Then we can put the cameras away and live again unscreened.
Personal information is fed to Income tax and other agencies.
I have no secrets to hide, my life can be an open book but I can see how some would be worried.
Perpetual war is openly
advocated and waged.
By the fear mongers on all sides, it is their marketing tool, to advocate destruction for political goals and wealth. The people simply need to stop listening. But who will drop their stone first?
The talking heads and shock jocks pump out their fascist messages of hate.
Beccause the nature of humans is conflict, we gain perverse pleasure out of the misery of others. We listen to these demogogues because we do not want to reflect on how we could be making the world around us better. But this has always been the case, it is not a new phenomenom, the grass is always greener on the other side of the bridge.
amounts of meat and dairy products and sugar are consumed and marketed to the detriment of personal
health and the health of the environment.
Again, we are told to consume, the dairy products are replacable and we need them for our health, but the amount of meat we eat is usually gluttony and a throwback to times when every scrap was a banquet. After thousands of years we will still gorge ourselves like starving wolves, but we can always say "enough" if we have the personal strength to do so,
Obscenely,corn will be used to make fuel and endanger the
already precarious food security.
Corn should be a fuel of choice, leave the oil in the ground, but a better choice is the sun and wind. harness what comes free and without effort and destroy the loop of profit and degredation of the planet.
Pornography and prostitution flourish.
Sex should not be thought of as obscene, sex is part of nature and should be a thing of joy. It is sad that this most basic of pleasures has been degraded unto an act of shame.
The automobile cult rules supreme
But what has it led to? nations full of fatties who are unable to fetch their own food? Again the weakness of individuals and the softness of their minds to fall for marketing is to blame. make the choice, walk.
and vast amounts of other "durable" and edible and wearable consumer goods and commodities are
thrust on those who can afford them.
Petera, I agree completely with this bit. Who needs a hundred and twenty pairs of shoes?
I have one thing I live by, much to my wife's consternation.
"From each according to their ability, to each according to their need."
My priorities are much clearer now.
Love, happiness, peace, understanding