Now, in the twenty-first century, human equality is a technical possibility. And yet, we humans, led by the elite who govern ( ie oppress), continue to wage war on one another, even within our own country. Small-town America has somehow become equipped with military-grade weapons and TANKS, for chrissake. How can such a thing have come to pass?
The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labor. War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking into the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent. Even when weapons of war are not actually destroyed, their manufacture is still a convenient way of expending labor power without producing anything that can be consumed. —1984, George Orwell
George Orwell knew what he was talking about. He warned (and yes, continues to warn new generations) against the mechanization of humanity. Turning humans into automatons, showing nothing but adoration for Big Brother and hate for The Enemy. The purpose, the why? of it all, is power. Pure power. That is the motivation of the Inner Party in 1984, and for all this military equipment in the police force: Pure Power. The sherriff drives around in a tank because he CAN. It makes him feel powerful; important, but without having any real accomplishments other than brute force. His unconscious frustration at not being able to produce anything of value, of beauty, finds an outlet in terrifying minorities and carrying a gun.
Raised in small-town schools (links to different terrible things) where bigotry and hatred continue to run rampant, and where the most desirable achievement is blending in with the group, does this really come as a surprise? In this situation, the sexual and intellectual frustration kids (particularly teens) SOURCE American Savage are feeling expresses itself as aggression. This leads to bullying, rape, unprotected sex, and results in young adults who have little or no capacity for expressing their emotions in a constructive way.(Source=> cosmos? Increase in violence when sexually repressed). Kids are more violent when they can’t share their emotions. So talk to them. Ask whether anything interesting happened in school today. Don’t have a tv. Play frisbee together. Paint something. Give lots of hugs. And be outside, riding bikes, whenever possible.
Good nature is, of all moral qualities, the one that the world needs most, and good nature is the result of ease and security, not of a life of arduous struggle. Modern methods of production have given us the possibility of ease and security for all; we have chosen, instead, to have overwork for some and starvation for others. Hitherto we have continued to be as energetic as we were before there were machines; in this we have been foolish, but there is no reason to go on being foolish forever. —In Praise of Idleness, Bertrand Russell
Diff article: sexual frustration kids feel from being in big schools (reference/quote from American Savage) since kids these days are told unequivocally that sex is basically going to kill them, but not given any alternative activities.
The happy truth is that if we work together as a body of people caring about our country — this country on the planet we’re leaving behind for our children (or your nieces, nephews, friend’s adorable babies), then we can continue to make Earth a better, happier place for future generations. Otherwise, I suggest you read 1984. It might get worse before it gets better, and if we stop paying enough attention, it will. The corrupt will always be paid off. Our goal should be to minimize corruption through the raising of happy, healthy, non-consumerist children. Children capable of enormous love, who have access to nature, and pets to take care of. Read the Little House books if you don’t believe me. Human kids need to grow up outside. Their brains actually work better when they get more exercise(SOURCE)! Their little growing bodies aren’t made to sit down for long periods of time. They’re made to learn, to absorb all the knowledge they can, to soak things up like the amazing little sponges that they are.
So. Go vote. Read about the people trying to represent your community in government. Are they old, bigoted, homophobic white men who care a lot about gun rights and dictating what women can do with their bodies? Then do something good! Vote for someone who can make a difference in the lives of our children. Better yet, raise those babies to be happy little individuals through financial independence(MMM), and help them to develop their passions! At the very least, make sure to give em lots of hugs and kisses. Every day.
. Better yet, can you run? You seem like you care!
Well, lack of representation of the people, first off. The government officials who “represent” the American people are not representing a majority of the population. This is supremely evident when comparing statistics on the race of Governmental leaders, versus their constituencies. The government leaders are mostly white, mostly male, mostly old.