Mind the Gap in The Fence
We all know the promises, don’t we?
Those earnest, sincere declarations of how things will be made better.
How many years? How many decades, now? …Lifetimes, even?
“We will make this more efficient.”
“We’ll make that fairer for you.”
“Believe me, I’m here to save you from that other guy’s evil plans.”
Words are cheap – and election time is the Black Friday and January Sale of the spoken word.
Election after election goes by. Are things better or worse?
The essentials of a healthy, functioning and inclusive society include:
Nutritious food and clean water
Hearth and safety
Mental and physical health and well-being
Unfettered access to learning and information
Freedom of thought and expression
Is it not true to say that, today, the availability of these staples of a meaningful life are increasingly dependent on wealth and social status?
We see around us now a society with no privacy. Technology even makes mind-reading possible, now. Will this nascent, very worrying technology be used, at least, to prove, as genuine, the stated motives of those who seek the power to make important decisions about millions of lives…?
Popular voices, the views and interests of those most impacted by these decisions are irrelevant, at best.
So many prefer their lives simple, hassle-free and, understandably, involving as few calls as possible to make those sticky, greyish, moral and ethical decisions. Let someone else make that call. Please.
That soma-infused teat is all the sustenance they know or want.
The very concept of genuine freedom of choice is terrifying and they would rather give that liberty up to those they have been conditioned from birth to accept as superior representations of the species.
Oh, sure, they grumble and criticise the actions of those they choose to place above themselves – from the safety of their cattle pen.
But, point out any gap in the fence leading to that wide horizon of self-determination, where freedom of choice naturally comes with associated responsibilities, and how many have the balls to step through? How many would cope?
Let’s be honest, here.
The self-styled ‘elites’ have just about given up all but the most superficial pretence that they have anything but their own interests at heart. The drive for power, control and profit dwarf all other concerns.
The idea of humanity being a priority, or even acting within any moral/ethical boundaries, hasn’t just taken a back seat – it is, at best, hanging on for dear life to the back of the trailer or, more likely, left in a lay-by several miles back down the road.
From where I sit, government no longer exists for the purpose of working to provide equally for the needs of the people it serves, (Note that word: ‘serves’. I could just as easily have written ‘rules’ and I doubt many would have noticed. It goes without saying there is a gulf of difference between the two terms and a revelation there, to be considered by those whose minds can accommodate both words interchangeably when considering the concept of government).
I would suggest that those who ‘govern’ us today act as if they are simply seeing how much they can get away with without triggering a popular uprising. Considering the increased militarisation of domestic law-enforcement officers, that contingency is demonstrably being prepared for, too.
In my darker moments, I would hazard that, right now, they can pretty much go the whole hog anyway with only minimal bleating from the livestock.
Here’s another, possibly more apt, animal-related analogy:
The general citizenry of today can be described as a pet dog, beaten, abused, starved and exploited since puppy-hood to the point where such mistreatment is an accepted part of everyday existence.
It thinks: “Life is hard. That is the way it has always been. I am being fed. What more could I possibly need?”
The owner, confident that any inclination to bite, or even snarl, at the hand that feeds it is fully beaten out of the poor creature, revels in the added bonus that their animal even shows a marked inclination to snarl at, and even savage, any person who would dare to attack its master.
How else can this be, when the evidence of all the corruption, lies, greed, power and resource-grabbing of those few arrogant, self-righteous criminals is right there before us in plain sight?
The only excuse anyone has for not seeing it all is that they make an active, conscious decision not to look.
That gap in the fence is still there, though.
Come on, let’s go!