Today is Inauguration Day. I have been having improper thoughts lately (I should go to confession), one of which is that such grand delusions as coronations are necessary. People need to imagine they elect their leaders. Why we were given a clown like Donald Trump, why we were forced to choose between him and an even less qualified person, is inside baseball stuff. I don’t know that answer.
Those who lead for real are far too smart to allow us to have real elections. If you travel the circuit of political blogs, if you are on Facebook, if you read Huffington Post or watch ordinary television, you see what they are up against. Self-government is not possible, not even desirable. People are not ready for it.
Noam Chomsky (yes, I know, a gatekeeper) was presented this same paradox – that we profess to believe in republican government knowing full well that the mass of people are too busy, uneducated, distracted, emotional and changeable to be trusted with important decisions. His answer was akin to “So’s your old man,” that while ordinary people aren’t capable, the elite leaders are making a mess of things too.
Possibly so. Our job as vigilant citizens (and I do trust the readers and writers on this blog as that) is to ferret out what is real and try to make sense of this world. It is not easy. What we have found is disturbing …
- Royal bloodlines coarsing through every person of note in politics and entertainment;
- Mediocre and unqualified people like Trump holding high office;
- “News” as a vast and organized body of lies and disinformation;
- Staged (fake) events (mass shootings, bombings, airline crashes, pedophilia rings, assassinations, wars, public trials), all to fill the 24/7 news cycle;
- Paranoia, fear, distrust spread everywhere to keep people in a mildly psychotic (and governable) state;
- Attempts to alter our basic nature by promotion of transexuality, homosexuality, destructuon of traditional sexual roles, essentially making men into metrosexuals and women into men;
- Promotion of drugs to shorten our emotional range, calming and neutralizing us – antidepressants, Ritalin for perfectly normal kids, marijuana everywhere and now being legalized and sold like alcohol;
- Consumerism, buying unneeded stuff promoted all day and night at every point of focus in our daily lives … TV, Internet, stores, roads, newspapers and magazines …
It is hard to stay sane. But it can be done. Turn off your TV, burn your newspaper, meditate, stay in touch with people of like mind, and take the following to heart: as bad as our real leaders are, as corrupt and perverted as they may be, they are not going to put us in a position where we have no escape.
Take but one example, food and diet. Sugar is promoted in all our food, and if we overindulge, as we are expected to do, we become fat and inactive. If we turn on our brains to basic nutrition, it is easy to avoid sugar, stay active and maintain a healthy body. It may be a trap, they may be promoting obesity, but an exit is provided. If you are smart enough to understand basic nutrition, you avoid the trap. No one stops you.
An exit is always available. Turn off politics, stop being afraid, assume that news is fake and try to figure out what is real. Trust other people to be good and honest, even if stressed and confused. Help them relax.
We live in grand delusion, but we are not in prison. I once heard a comedian say something so profound that I stopped and wrote it down. I’ve long forgotten his name, but here is what he said:*
“I was born and raised in Iowa. It took me twenty-two years to realize that I was free to go.”
So you don’t like the lies, consumerism, fake news, stupid politics, fear and distrust of one another, gender confusion and all of that? You are a free to go, anytime. Join us here at this blog and a few other places, but also create a place in your mind where everything is shut out. Develop that place, watch it grow. Enjoy life.
*Here is the actual quip: “I’m originally from Iowa. It took a long time for me to realize that we were free to go.” (Jake Johannsen)