"I Ain't Buying It"
Look closely at that picture. Now, I don't know about evolution, but I can tell you these chimps don't know what situation they're in. You on the other hand do, that is you have the choice. They don't.
Jesus said, You can't serve two masters. Well, one of them set up that tableau you see there. Cute little family in the right clothes, right postures, doing the right tricks, buying the right products, living in the right house in the right neighbourhood, driving the right car(s), etc. That's the situation. We bought into it: mortgages, loans at interest and to keep ourselves safe from the knowledge of our own slavery we drug ourselves with TV, alcohol, coke, MDMA and loud music, you name it.
Think about alcohol and the Indians. It defeated them. Thing is, the people who used it to defeat them were already defeated. Already imperial slaves. Not only have we bought their claptrap about freedom, money and the open market, by servicing them through consumption we're helping them perpetuate the system that binds us. Talk about house-slaves. Who's the domestic here do you think?
Americans, 5% of the world's population, consume 25% of the world's resources. If you're at all worried about your fellow men, perpetual warfare and the environment these figures ought to give you pause. They ought to if you're human.
We talk long and hard about freedom and independence, but take a good look at what I've just written and tell me where you SEE freedom? Where do you SEE independence? Yet you still have a choice. The question you have to ask yourself is this: Am I buying it? Sometimes people comment on the posts here and say, But what can we do?
Well, pretty simple things to begin with. Just say no to dope. Drop the TV. Not just the cable connection, but TV itself. I haven't watched or owned one for twenty years and I can tell you for a fact I ain't missed a thing. Get out of debt. Get out of the bar. Buy local produce and thereby boycott Monsanto. Learn frugality, learn thrift. Stop feeding your ego with what they tell you you need, only to fill their coffers and "make you happy and fulfilled," and stick to what is necessary. Nurture your spirit.
Let me tell you why that works. Marching on the capitol shouting slogans is done in a few hours and it might make the news, might ruffle a few feathers. Might make you feel better over the post-demo beer. But the powers that be NEED consumers (as in people suffering from consumption). They need you to feel that guilt around noon Saturday when you realize you just blew your paycheck and the bills are still there and you're back in the grind. Working for consumption, 'cause that's what you've been reduced to. You're no longer human. Not in their eyes. The suggestions are many, here at this blog or following the links. You probably have loads of ideas yourself.
But first and foremost, look at that picture, get rid of the blinkers. Stop drugging yourself. Get out of the mist. Step into the light. Say, simply,
I ain't buying it.
And watch Babylon shudder.