Dependency on the State

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In the Time Machine, H. G. Wells imagines a future society which features the total dependency of one species upon another. The Morlocks provide the Eloi with food and a ‘carefree’ existence. The Eloi are the Morlocks’ food. The Morlocks represent the humans who went underground to survive the nuclear holocaust; the Eloi were those who could not afford bunkers but had managed somehow to survive on the surface.

That all changed once Wells’ hero devised a machine that could travel time and brought the knowledge of the past into the future.

The dystopia imagined by H. G. Wells left most folks incapable of looking after themselves. Unbeknownst to the Eloi, the Eloi were WIRED to go into a trance whenever the Siren sounded, and walk right into the ‘warehouse’ where the Morlocks stored their ‘food’ and left their ‘garbage’.

I wonder what H. G. might have written today? IMO, the exact same thing. He was writing about the gap between rich and poor, during the run-up to Act I of the Great War (now threatening to raise the curtain upon Act III) when, as Michael Piketty observed, the gap was becoming so extreme it became an impetus for war; capable of drawing in the whole world.

Here is the ‘evolutionary’ process:

  1. The advent of Neoliberal ‘democracy’ began the process of monetizing EVERYTHING.
  2. With everything monetized, nothing can be done without money changing hands. Those with the most money control the money supply. Therefore they control who does what with with what $$$ they make available to us.
  3. What is available to anyone is what the market is willing to provide and that is determined by wealthy people who own the production side of the market. The market is about $$$ and not the social good, unless there is profit in it. That is why our ruling class thought it a good idea to send our jobs and our opportunity to earn a good living, for ourselves and our families, overseas – unless it is cheaper for them to import permanent and temporary labour.
  4. What is given to anyone is what they can afford to pay for. NOW WE ARE INTO THE CRUX OF THE US-AND-THEM PHENOMENA, and partway to Wells’ dystopia: rich folks can shop ‘organic’ and their children can eat ‘organic’ BUT at the same time we leave poorer folks to shop $stores and their kids to eat JUNK. This leaves the rich to eat too well (leading to pathology) and the poor to not eat well (leading to pathology).
  5. With time, the affluent become portly and blind, unable to see in the Light. The poor live out their lives in a trance, hoping for better days, but, practically, waiting to be consumed by wars among the wealthy ruling classes of the World, or by disease, or simply by despondency in lack of opportunity to achieve something better, because that requires something they no longer have…$$$
  6. In the end, an enfeebled lower class will collapse under the weight of the upper class and all will be lost. Elon, Jeff, and Bill, et al. will be too busy trying to eat one another and the poor to be bothered any more with blathering about ‘saving humankind’…

This then is where the vision of the ruling class is leading the World. In exchange for an elevated lifestyle, rich folks would trade in the future of all humankind, even that of their own grandchildren…all out of greed…they think they won’t be around to suffer for what they do now…but IMO, karma is a bitch and will not go unrequited…see what happens to Hitler in Little Nicky if you want a hint of what is in store for anyone of Wealth who does not see their wealth as an opportunity to steward society…this could be why Jesus said, Blessed are the poor… poverty ‘purchases’ only lack of opportunity for the impoverished, EXCEPT FOR ETERNAL CONSCIOUSNESS…unconstrained by the ego of acquisition, their spirits will fly as high as the Angels of Light.

The poor suffer a short while because of the greed of others OF THEIR OWN KIND, but they will not be weighted down by the offence they have given others when they leave their own bodies behind to move on to another locale within the Beam of Light which continues to extend out from the Centre, where the Big Bang occurred. If I were Elon Musk, I’d be worried about how big a melon $44B could buy…

What is needed:

  1. Invest in educating and facilitating parenting. One parent at home, full time, but can work from home…
  2. Invest in educating and facilitating family-based eldercare at home, rather than sticking our elders into cold, clinical settings…our elders worked their whole lives…to take away what is left of their independence in their last days is so heartbreaking sad…In my own experience: I know my dad prayed to die at home. I was frightened to have my dad living with me. My dad ended up in hospital and died there. We thought he was going to recover and make it home again, but we didn’t think he’d be able to go back to living on his own…I flipped back and forth between bringing him to live with me and sending him to the LTC, depending on the day. I know I would not thrive in an LTC setting. You have wonderful working for you but that’s not enough…you will feel alone, out of your space…
  3. Community and individual survival skills should be taught again at the lowest levels, for citizens to be able to function independent of $$$-status…knowing how to:
    1. mend clothes
    2. perform basic maintenance: electrical work, wood work, plumbing work, automobile and bicycle repairs
    3. identify edible plants and homeopathic remedies – gardening skills
    4. know basic healing/triage techniques
    5. know how to prepare healthy meals in the kitchen and in the forest or otherwise
    6. learn to question, to explore, to challenge the status quo, MEANINGFULLY
    7. learn and be guided by THE GOLDEN RULE, rather than conditioned by the rule of gold into a state of quasi-contentment, that is, until wealth pulls what is left of the foundation out from under the poor…
  4. Public Housing should be carefully thought out. Anyone renting knows that ‘official’ folks can just walk in and out of your living space so long as they give you a day’s notice, as often as they like and feel they need to. Everyone needs ‘space’, a buffer, in between: you can bet that your neighbours will complain if you are too loud, or cook strange dishes and make strange smells…smokers juxtaposed with nonsmokers, BBQ-ers with non-BBQ-ers, newlyweds juxtaposed with old folks…dog lovers with folks who are scared to death of dogs…the differences are endless…and guess what, your rights and independence will be sacrificed to the rights of others…NAMELY, THE OWNERS, in this case, the government…so, the public units should be equipped such that smokers can smoke inside their units (a designated indoor spot with proper ventilation), walls between units soundproofed, and, WHENEVER ANYONE PASSES A BYLAW THAT RESTRICTS SOMEONE ELSE, they provide an alternative. ‘YOU CAN’T DO THAT’ IS NOT AN ALTERNATIVE.
  5. GUARANTEED BASIC INCOME is in order. Everyone must have a living income. GBI can be used as the government’s share of responsibility to the Social Contract; organized community service/environmental remediation (tree planting, for i.e.) can be the citizens’ portion.

Remember, Maslow identified the levels humans must navigate in order to bring out the best in us. Our creator wants that too.

It’s our ruling classes that don’t. We are one body and one species. But our ruling classes know they cannot fly on a lark into low earth-orbit unless they fractionate the society and the World the creator gave them to steward into a world of us-and-them, and if they do that, they know we will become more and more enervated, less capable of helping ourselves, and much less able to contribute to, maintain, and extend society/creation.

Neoliberalism. The society of Wealth’s creation is an artifice. It cannot withstand the test of TRUTH OR TIME. It is a narrative told us to put us to sleep.

Life lets no one dream forever. We will awaken. Humankind will rediscover the Golden Rule. Wealth will reconcile itself WITH ITS GOD-GIVEN DUTY to STEWARD.

At least, IMO, that is what our creator is hoping.

 

The Institutionalization of Hell on Earth

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Here is the situation in a nutshell:

neoliberal democracy + authoritarianism = 2X (where ‘X’ represents either ‘neoliberal democracy’ OR ‘authoritarianism’) 

Whereas neoliberalism is a contrivance of our ruling class to steer democracy away from ‘the people’, revered by leaders like Abraham Lincoln and Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and authoritarianism is the naked truth of ‘behind the curtain’ regimes, both are simply the way in which corporations conduct business.

Whereas the ruling class of Putin doesn’t bother to hide it’s sordid ways and values (not to mention how they value their own citizens), we of the West are content with our ‘leaders’ telling us ‘what is’, when ‘what is’, plainly, is not. We allow our Western leaders to tell us a bedtime story and we go to sleep AND DREAM OUR LIVES AWAY, while they live off of the misery they create at our level, that they may live at a higher level.

For example: WE ARE TOO MANY, already. Opportunities for work at home are taken by people from abroad because IT IS CHEAPER TO DO IT THAT WAY IF YOU ARE THE ONE HIRING OR PAYING THE BILLS. And so, people leave vacuums in their own countries, needing to be filled by their own, and take up jobs in Canada, say, creating a dearth of job opportunities for folks already living in Canada, already looking for work, and not finding it. But our government paid lip service to training…

We are too many, globally. The thing is, the greater our numbers, the more we consume and the faster we consume…

…and the faster our ruling class folks get richer. The more complete and solid is their hegemony over us. We are not ‘citizens’. WE ARE SERFS. The window of opportunity is closing on us becoming anything at all LIKE WE ONCE WERE, after WW II ended and before movement conservatism really got going in the US and then made its way into Canada’s West, as The Western Alliance, before Mulroney decimated the Progressive Conservative Party and it became ripe for the plucking by the Movement Conservatives.

WE KNOW $$$ = Sociopolitical POWER.

WE KNOW $$$ = OPPORTUNITY

(WE KNOW THE LACK OF $$$ = LACK OF OPPORTUNITY)

NO OPPORTUNITY -> (‘leads to’) DESPERATION

DESPERATION -> DISAFFECTION/ANXIETY/DESPONDENCY -> MENTAL ILLNESS on a massive scale.

There is an approaching social collapse because there is a big chasm where the middle class once existed. The existence of the middle class isn’t something governments create, as our PM would have us believe and perhaps believes himself, but rather something THAT EXISTS AS A FEATURE OF A WELL-BALANCED NORMAL DISTRIBUTION.

Tax laws would fix this in a second, simply by ensuring that the Wealth and Income (of any individual) in Canada, say, never exceeds 2sigma of the mean AND THAT returns on investment never equal or exceed GDP growth. BUT THERE ARE NO SUCH TAX LAWS.

None of the parties, Liberal (more accurate to call them ‘neo-Liberal’), Conservative (no longer Progressives but just as neoliberal as the Liberals), or the NDP(let’s see if Andrea Horwath can at least try to in Ontario), are advocating for such a tax regime.

ALL ARE KOWTOWING TO THE POWER OF CORPORATIONS, which are in and of themselves a means of expanding ruling class control over ‘the people’ to global level. Don’t forget that it was a corporation’s malfeasances that sparked the American Revolution!

Corporations are placing desperate nations at odds with one another, out of their desperation to create GDP, in a race to the bottom. The globalized investors just move on when the bottom is hit, and the desolation they leave in their wake must compare with what the Russian army is perpetrating upon the innocent in Ukraine.

There’s Putin and Xi, who are intent on dragging the World down into war, WITH THE MONEY WE GIVE THEM. Our $$$, and our jobs, were shipped off to China BY OUR RULING CLASS PEOPLE AND GOVERNMENTS and now CHINA AND RUSSIA HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE US DOWN, instead of us, you know, ‘the people’ ol’ Abe valued so much, being given that opportunity and those $$$ to make our livings and raise our kids AND BE PREPARED TO DEFEND OUR NATION AND OUR KIDS AGAINST ANY THREATS.

Now, if missiles start to fly, why, our ‘leaders’ will be bravely ‘leading’ from bunkers, that is, if they can’t fly away to New Zealand or something…just like they bravely applauded Zelenskyy, looking fine in their business suits and safe in their Parliaments…[Aside: I can’t get the comparison to ‘arfing’ walruses begging for fish and clapping their front paws together, out of my head].

We are compartmentalized and demoralized from the pandemic and how our leaders chose to handle it. It became very clear to me where our governments’ priorities truly are and THEY ARE NOT WITH ‘THE PEOPLE’ unless you happen to be someone who is still contributing to GDP in the way the ruling class ego wants. Even the move to public housing has a Trojan Horse.

Plainly, our ruling class folks serve themselves, their egos. Ego serves Satan (that’s what we call him in our tradition).

Milton’s Lucifer would ‘rather rule in hell than serve in Heaven’.

Ditto for the ruling classes around the World, our world, until its creator takes it from us. Our ruling class, made stupid by ego and the blinding allure of $$$, is institutionalizing hell on Earth without realizing. This cannot culminate in anything other than disaster for EVERYONE, even the ruling classes. The ‘feet of clay’ will crumble  under the weight of that which is above and the whole structure will come crashing down…unless we find ourselves and our path once again.

Until that time…

If our ruling classes do not get it together of their own volition, ‘THE PEOPLE’ are the only ones who can help. We will need to collaborate. We will need Gandhi’s satyagraha. We will have to be strong for a ruling class that was not strong for us. ‘The children’ will have to ‘parent’ the ‘parents’.

It is the nature of natural societies to have hierarchies. IT IS NOT THE NATURE OF NATURAL SOCIETIES to suborn division by $$$.

That is entirely a CONSTRUCT OF WEALTHY PEOPLE. The 1%.

Howard Hughes showed us all what that kind of wealth, and the power it purchases, can do to peoples’ heads and spirit. I don’t believe Mr. Hughes died a happy man.

It is up to us. What is going on today is not who we are, unless you are one fighting the Russian Army or helping with the Ukrainians fleeing Ukraine or donating to their cause in some way…in that case you are a hero. Anyone who does violence for violence’ sake, is not a hero, but rather an opportunist.

Slava Ukrayini! (every minute of every day, the Ukrainians and their President glorify themselves in the eyes, mind, heart, and soul of the Creator…).

I believe our creator is going to show her/himself in Ukraine, very soon. All my prayers.

Ego Is the Problem of the World – LYRICS

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EGO IS THE PROBLEM OF THE WORLD

I

Ego is the problem of the World, Ego is the problem of the World,

Every time you get bitten, you’ll retaliate, sure as shittin’

Ego is the problem of the World.

II

Ego is the problem of the World, Ego is the problem of the World,

Anytime you feel driven, to kill yourself just to make a livin’

Ego is the problem of the World.

III

Ego is the problem for Ukraine, Ego is the problem for Ukraine,

Have a look at what Putin’s doing, his very own cousins, that ego’s screwin’

Ego is the problem of the World.

IV

Ego is the problem in the West, Ego is the problem in the West,

‘Good’ is neither ‘left’ nor ‘right’, just ‘f’ the politics and do what’s right!

Ego is the problem in the West.

V

Ego is the problem of the World, Ego is the problem of the World,

It’s time to choose with no confusion, to be the problem – or solution,

Ego is the problem of the World.

VI

Children bring god’s Promise to the World, Children bring god’s Promise to the World,

The adult World is full of strife, with the World of Children comes the Promise of Life,

Children keep god’s Promise for the World

Children bring god’s Promise to the World

Ego is the problem of the World.