No Easy Answers…

It would be nice to believe in easy answers, but I don’t think there are any. The imposition of capitalism on nearly the whole world is at the root of our problems. The idea that money is what the world revolves around is central to how most people live to ay. We have lost sight of so much that is central to making us feel worthwhile, making us feel good about ourselves.

If we were to remove the current government from office, what would they be replaced with? We have seen the disasters that have followed revolutions in the past. And always in violent confrontations the most violent wins out. This is not what we need.

If we were to disband the IMF (oh please, I wish we could) how long would it be before the governments that it has infected with it’s capitalist corporatism realise that it has sent them down the wrong road?

What we need to do is not be violent, nor be passive and accepting, but to educate… to work to get people from as many walks of life as possible to see that there is nothing more valuable than a human life (or any other animal); that we need to value each other for who we are; that economics is just a way of trying to understand the movement of money, not a value system to run the world.

Empathy, kindness, compassion, love and understanding are what we need. The ability to see that people make bad choices, not because they are bad people (most of the time), but because they don’t understand what is happening for others, or why other people are important. They lack the emotional maturity to understand that other people are both real and important, not just tools to be used and the discarded.

We don’t need money to have a good life, an abundant life, full of love and laughter, we need people for that!


Tipping over…

It’s all distraction and exhaustion, the more pressure everyone is under the less likely they are to challenge the system. Until… you reach tipping point… they’ve gone too far, both in America and here. People, even the most unlikely people, are starting to think.

We have rising unemployment balancing against people working stupidly long hours. Many of those who are in work are stressed because they are over worked, under appreciated & terrified they will lose their jobs. And many of those who are unemployed are stressed because they have totally inadequate income, the media attacks them all the time, they feel they are failing in their lives, they are terrified they will never get a decent job.

What this picture lacks are two things: common sense, which would tell anyone this is an insane situation and is possible to remedy; and, respect… respect from employers to employees, respect from the media for those who have to struggle with our twisted benefit system usually through no fault of their own, and finally self-respect. I have worked for my self respect. No bastard is taking it away from me. I am a worthwhile human being whatever my employment situation is… and so are you!

We have media that oversimplify, stereotype & trivialize. They demonise the poor & powerless, at the same time deifying “celebrities” (who they have created in the first place).

The criteria used to decide what is newsworthy is not just biased, it is warped, increasing feelings of powerlessness, fear & alienation in the naïve, uneducated (wait til that rant appears), & unwary.

The entertainment media predominantly concentrate on themes of deceit & mistrust to the point that dishonesty seems normal. To want or expect honesty & decent considerate behaviour is viewed as, at best, idealistic &, at worst, naively stupid.

“Soaps” are the worst offenders in all ways. Stereotyping characters in the most negative ways possible. Trivializing & poking fun at those who most need sympathy & understanding. They also underline their own myth that every happy experience will inevitably lead to tragedy. All in the guise (for many watchers) of reflecting real life.

Much of the media treat all their followers as if they are stupid or naïve. They offer little in the way of mental stimulation but much titillation, then wonder why fewer & fewer people engage with them. In attempting to always grab the biggest market share they have forgotten we are all individuals. We will swallow their nonsense for a while, then, inevitably, one way or another it makes us sick.

Life itself, as well as being mundane & tragic, is richer, funnier, more rewarding & unexpected than anything the mainstream can imagine. The stories passing around the social media certainly illustrate these points.

The inhumanity of governmental behaviour at this point is very worrying. It’s like they believe their own propaganda. This is scary to say the least. Bear in mind that “power” often attracts those who feel inadequate in normal life, very often they have sociopathic tendencies (the need to manipulate, absence of compassion, etc). This means there are a disproportionate number of politicians who have these qualities. Obviously there are those who go in to politics because they are so horrified by the behaviour of the sociopathic element. But it does explain the cruelty of much of what is going on at the moment.

Protest marches are a great way of getting people to realise that they are not alone. But if those marches are misrepresented, or not reported at all, by mainstream media do they have the intended effect? We need to look again at the tactics of resistance. Tactics which worked in the recent past aren’t necessarily going to be particularly effective now. The establishment have developed ways of dealing with predictable resistance…

Any ideas anyone? It’s time to tip over this government that is destroying everything we have and hold dear.