Sequel to this first post here, this is part two of a look at our beliefs.
The Democratic Myth
We can change the world with our vote, just watch!
I’m going to vote for Bob, and then he’ll raise taxes, cut welfare, fail to enforce carbon reduction and ensure hand-outs for his real friends – Señor Big Business and Lady Riches.
Now, using my amazing time-travel device, I will go back.
This time I’ll vote for Stan, and then he’ll raise taxes, cut welfare, fail to enforce carbon reduction and ensure hand-outs for his real friends – Senorita Industry and Lord Wealthy.
See what a difference my vote can make! I am super-powerful!
|New president/Prime minister required. Candidates must:|
|Be able to represent the poor||Be wealthy enough to buy into our club|
|Be able to represent minorities||Be ‘white’ enough to join our club|
|Be charismatic and assertive||Do what their told to do by the club|
|Be a family man regular people can relate to||Be happy to cut education, childcare, and healthcare, raise taxes and reduce welfare|
|Champion the environment||Support industry|
|Be able to see the real problems of our world||Be happy to ignore them and toe the party line instead|
|Ah, who are we kidding. A sack of potatoes could do it – we write your speeches, design your policies, run your campaign – as long as you’re a pretty face thenwho gives a shit. These days you can do what you like as long as you look good.|
The Caring State Myth
Politicians would heal the world if they could. Seriously. They would slice their own arms open and bleed into the ground if it would provide crops for Africa.
Sadly, that we have enough money for everyone, enough food to feed the world and sufficient infrastructure to get it done is just not enough. Any right thinking fellow would tell you that just giving stuff away and fixing problems would destabilise everything, and we wouldn’t want that, would we, being as is all so good as it is.
Social problems are hard to solve. Don’t listen to loonies who say mad things like, hey, politicians have a vested interest in the threat of terrorism, as the fear it generates enables them to pass inhumane laws they’d never get away with otherwise, or, war is good for the economy, peace isn’t, or a broken education system ensures a gullible populace who will just work for a living and shut up, or, you can’t put homeless people in all the empty houses as the property would lose value and it would impact on our ability to keep increasing rents. That’s so silly, who’d believe it!?
These nut jobs have the idea that the whole system is just set-up to serve the rich and powerful. How insane is that? I mean, if that were true, the rich and powerful would have good universities only they could afford to keep them better educated, private healthcare to keep them fit, and nice houses, cars and good food even in the worst economic crisis in history.
Can you imagine!
The Reality Myth
Look at what you believe, only really look at it. Where did it come from? Is it real? is it actually based on evidence? Or have you, like so many of us, just kind of heard it and decided to accept it.
Do you believe the government is doing its best? Do you believe the problems of the state, the country, the world are insurmountable? Do you believe poverty is inevitable even in such a rich world? Do you believe that anyone can make it, get rich, be successful and have all they want if they just work hard enough?
We have bought in to so much illusion and propaganda that we can’t even see the reality behind it. We take the spin and speeches for the real thing, mistake the mask for the true face of things. Yet the way we have built society is not the only way one might build society.
Through propaganda, defeatism, spin and dogma our real human values have been eroded – love, compassion and care are pushed aside so we can focus on the ‘important business’ of making money.
Even new-age philosophy has been car-jacked. The ‘love’ books, telling us how to be nice to each other, have simply been turned into another industry, another money-spinner, another propaganda engine. The ideal life most of them promise is built on materialism and capital, on financial gain and security. The ridiculous notion of ‘being all you can be’ is based on some notion that you are independent of the world, no circumstance can stop you, no poverty or lack cannot be overcome, if you want to you can, alone, because you’re an individual.
It’s bullshit. We are a community. Individualism is a cancer to the health of a community, we must co-operate, not look out for ourselves but each other. We cannot be ‘anything we dream’ without crushing someone else, but we can be happy and in love, well fed and in a warm home. Co-operation and compromise does not mean sacrificing our dream, it means curtailing our ego, our greed. We cannot have everything we want, but we can have enough. Just not alone.
If we believe it.