I recently finished listening to the audio version of the book, "A World Lit Only By Fire" and found it very illuminating. (No pun intended). It depicts European history, not so much from the usual perspective of the hero worship of kings and generals, but from the perspective of the rest of the population. You know, everyone. Us. The world.
The rift between us and them has been around since the first 'them' types came into being. The 'them' types being those who would be everyone's boss, and who do so by writing the laws. And the first law is that they can use the only legal force that exists to bludgeon everyone else into obedience. 'They' tell themselves this behavior makes them our superiors when in fact it makes them little more than thugs and thieves.
'They' don't do much of anything either in the course of their lifetimes, beyond sending around representatives to collect the fruits of everyone else's labor. This makes them stinking filthy rich. Since they're so boundlessly greedy it leaves everyone else dirt poor, as they usually take everything but what is needed for bare subsistence, although they'll take that too without any reservation.
In terms of production, of creating anything worthwhile, they aren't much to talk about. They create war, poverty and inequality and expect us to be thrilled with them. They're not very bright, but considering people have gone along with this nonsense for hundreds of years, we aren't very bright either.
'They' reserve the best life has to offer for themselves and their own, and ensure that others may not access such things or derive the benefits there of. For instance, excellent schooling, the best in cuisine and nutrition, the best that science has to offer in health care, medicine and engineering. 'They' keep all of it to themselves by the use of a simple trick which the world has been cheated with since these 'ruling' types first came on the scene. Money.
That's right, money. It's not what you think it is. It's the sneakiest way ever conceived by the terminally deceitful to figure out a way to get everything for themselves. All they had to do was introduce it, and set about putting a price on everything that exists; ensure that money is very difficult for the average person to procure, and that the full value of labor is never given in payment for work done, and no one would ever have a chance of accumulating enough money to get what they most want and need. It's no problem then to be certain that anything really worth having will not be available to the vast majority of the population and no individual or group will have sufficient money to challenge your control over them. It's the road to successful supreme selfishness and domination.
We cannot fail to notice that there is no such thing as a rich man who is rich enough for his own taste. He may have more money than he could use in a hundred lifetimes of sumptuous regal living, but he will never stop trying to hoard more. This seems to me to be a form of insanity, an obsessive compulsive disorder. The ceaseless obsession to get more and more of something you have no need for is not logical, rational or the best use of one's time. These people are mentally ill.
That's no secret of course. Setting about to put yourself on a pedestal above all others is already a fairly good indicator that all is not right upstairs. A normal person is content and happiest when engaged in going about their own lives. When you have a life you live it. Life is the small period of time we have to explore, learn, understand, and create. It's the time to solve problems and make life better for everyone. It is there to love and make friends, to have children and raise them, to enjoy family and nature and good food and music. It is not meant to clobber everyone around you into submission, and brutalize those who are not interested in worshipping false gods who are just like the rest of us and nothing 'special'. There is no such thing as a ''special'' person.
Because this is self-evident, these self ordained 'special' people have had to come up with clever ways to validate their claims of being in charge of everyone's lives. They will say they have superior breeding and mention their blood lines. It's as though no one else has bloodlines, or that all other lines of ancestry are somehow automatically inferior to their own. Considering that we already know they are mentally ill from the get go, these claims of a mentally ill lineage aren't much to brag about. They certainly don't qualify them to assert they are superior to anyone else.
Lineage is not a valid measure of any human being's worth. The mere assertion is ridiculous and stupid. Any person of any lineage can reach their own potential and do marvelous things and in fact, every marvelous thing ever done was done by people other than these 'special' people. These pedestal types don't do a thing for anyone but themselves.
Every human being is a unique individual who must prove his or her own worth in the course of their own life times. We can't rest on the laurels of our predecessors, those laurels belong to them. They, like everyone else must get their own. The whole bloodline assertion is nonsense.
Another common characteristic of these 'special' people is that they are supremely lazy. They want everything for nothing and have come to demand it, as if it's a no brainer that we all owe them something. As if by virtue of their mere existence, we are all expected to shower them with the wealth we create in return for reduced happiness, reduced freedom, reduced wealth and reduced possibilities for our lives and the lives of our children. I fail to see how that serves us. I also fail to see anything about these people that would obligate me to do anything for them. The one thing they do deserve is an intervention. Mental illness left untreated will only get worse, and for them it most certainly has.
Historically and today, after 'special' people pillage their own citizens with claims of taxes being due them, they assemble armies. The armies are then sent to other countries to loot and pillage, and as most people will defend what belongs to them, they will encounter resistance. When they do encounter resistance they proclaim it to be illegal, unwarranted and vicious and then proceed to kill everyone they see. We call this war.
In assembling their armies great care must be taken to find leaders who will serve them without question, and who, once in possession of the loot they plunder will not keep it for themselves and start their own country, but will instead faithfully bring it back to them, making the 'special' people richer than they already were. This is why we see statues erected to so called great generals, but never any statues to bakers or teachers or mothers. These generals were the men willing to lead others into the mass slaughter of strangers who had done them no harm, in the aim of procuring their wealth and resources to bring it home to their kings and queens, and presidents. That is the definition of a hero and the definition is of course established by none other than the kings, queens and presidents.
It is wise to always remember that value judgments of good and bad are in the eye of the beholder, and are never a given fact. It all depends on who is doing the judging.
When choosing commanders for their armies they must find the most psychopathic men of the lot and determine their willingness to be completely obedient to them, and be happily brutal to thousands of strangers who they will be responsible for murdering. Unquestioning obedience is an absolute necessity. Those who are not willing to forego their God given birth right to think for themselves and determine their own actions are not only not welcome but will quickly receive punishment.
Words have been created to justify brutalizing people who will not forfeit their self esteem or ability to think and reason for themselves. Dissident, insurgent, rebel, defiant, illegal combatant (as if there is such a thing as a legal combatant), and traitor. Labels are very handy and once applied are difficult to remove. At least from the perspective of those who buy into the belief that there exist others on this earth who have more right to tell you what to do with your life than you do. For those who see that for the nonsense that it is, labels don't hold much sway. But for those who do buy into it, labels are all that is needed to be willing to kill your own countrymen.
Labels, like money, are another control mechanism. While money controls our physical beings, labels and other word games control our mental beings. It is in this way that the world has come to be habituated to allowing self ordained 'special' people to exist on pedestals, being denied nothing, having great wealth, the best of health, and any dog goned thing they want, and total control over everyone else. Nothing is spared them.
No bad behavior is punished, no lies are called to account. These are people excused completely from having any consideration for their fellow man. They may do as they please at all times and enjoy the protection of those who think that mindless service to a domineering authoritarian is better than having self respect and the personal power we are born with. In this manner, we turn on ourselves rushing to protect those who rob us and exert such negative control over our lives in every detail.
To those who find my perspectives shocking I ask you to tell me what your 'leaders' have ever done for you. In what way have they directly improved your life? In the last thirty years, what have they set about to give their countries? If you are able to detach yourself from your brainwashing long enough to step back and be unbiased about what you see, you will quickly realize you are not better off for their existence. In fact, you are much poorer, you have less freedom, reduced rights, and will suffer very serious consequences if any of that doesn't work for you. You are a slave whether you've realized it or not. You are owned by the systems of the ''special'' people, who are not tolerant of any refusal to bow down to them and follow the rules they themselves create to assure their continued privilege over you.
In case you haven't noticed it yet, your failure to get down on your knees before authority will get you thrown into jail. Failure to obey the commands of those in control is no longer tolerated. Which means what? It means we are no longer free. Just thought I'd point that out.
Free, independent, self thinking beings possess all that is needed to live successful, happy lives. The 'special' people know that which is why they take such pains to ensure the public does as little thinking as possible. They have created great machines to churn out endless streams of diversion which work incredibly well. Fewer people than ever are able to think for themselves anymore preferring instead to let the idiot box tell them what the truth is and what they should believe, what they should support, what they should not support, and even who needs to be killed.
The fact is that no one needs a self ordained 'special' person stepping in to command them or disallow the myriad options life affords us. The 'special' people block important life options, even the most basic ones and to ensure there will always be someone available to crush anyone who wakes up and expresses their dissatisfaction with the status quo, they dole out favors to loyalists and titles like General and Chief of Police and Officer. This creates the illusion that there are more 'special' people to whom we must bow down, and all of these are 'special' because they're heavily armed. When government becomes selfishly self absorbed and allows a country to devolve into poverty and depression, using deadly force to control the victims of their inhumane policies it is not something we're supposed to put up with. This is grounds to dump the government and get a real one instead.
At the very minimum, government should act as an agent to carry out the will of the people and can be authorized to spend our collective tax dollars to improve all of our lives. It saves us the time and confusion of getting major highways built ourselves. Government can establish departments for assuring the quality of products and the ethics of companies and scientists and the other major institutions that impact our lives, often very negatively. Government should stand as our watchdog, always putting our needs and interests above all else and never assuming any position of power. We do not need power exerted over us, because power is only there to dominate and take what is not rightfully theirs. We retain the power, government is only authorized to do what we ask them to do.
If collectively for some reason we feel we are not mature enough to decide our own value systems or general future or direction for our country and we put leaders in charge, we should at least make sure of their character and success record and make them prove that their ideas put into action will bring us greater prosperity, not less, and improve life across the board for everyone, not just the rich.
No government would allow predation on the poor and in fact should be actively engaged in finding ways to eliminate the blocks that keep people in poverty. Poor people in a land of plenty cannot exist by any natural act, they exist because the government creates them. There is no possible excuse that anyone should suffer when there is so much to go around, and so much waste is engaged in every single day on a monumental scale. This is a breach of morality so severe it qualifies as a crime.
Government must never be allowed to dabble in our value systems, they exist to fulfill our requests of them, they are our employees. They should not be living in splendor, being waited on hand and foot, be denied nothing, have 24/7 servants, or live in any way beyond the means of the average citizen.
When a government, like ours, reaches the point that it is completely self absorbed, plundering the wealth of all of the citizens, selling off our natural resources, taxing us to near poverty, asserting force against law abiding citizens with guns and clubs and expensive new technologies, then it has gone rogue. When it calls for war incessantly it has gone rogue. This government has gone rogue. It is not a government, in fact we no longer have a government. We have a global organized crime ring in charge, and they are plundering our nation into ruin. More people are thrown into lives of suffering and want every day, jobs are leaving the country, we don't even grow our own food anymore and there is nowhere to turn for justice.
The brainwashing of the people is so deep and seductive that still, in spite of the ever decreasing quality of life, the decreasing overall health and wealth of the people, the impossibility of being able to afford a home - something most anyone could do a hundred years ago if they worked at any job at all - in spite of the average debt of every individual growing and the predation on all of us by various interests for endless reasons, they are still not able to recognize where the fault lies and who is responsible. It is time to wake them up and turn their television sets off, dash them on the ground if need be, it is an act designed to save them from themselves. The TV is the portal of propaganda that twists their minds and beliefs into accepting slavery and always expecting less for themselves. TV prevents people from living their lives. It immobilizes them, leaving them unaware of the world around them; turned into willing victims of the predators and criminals who pose as their government.
If you really love your country, turn off your TV set and start talking to people. We are on the verge of losing everything to the only real traitors that exist, the only real threatening terror organization we need fear: the government.