Redacted article from Zero Hedge.
Slave Nation ~ Cognitive Dissonance 31-08-2011
It’s remarkable the extent to which we all engage in our daily ritualistic behavior and even more so how it is perfectly blended into all we call normal.
Our rituals bring us great comfort and a false sense of security, while also trapping us into narrow thinking and confirmation bias. And best of all, at least for those who wish to control us, our rituals for the most part keep us sated and fulfilled.
Sated, that is, until the flimsy façade and cheap material becomes thread bare and worn out and denial finally collapses.
But that doesn’t stop the great Manufacturing Consent machine. Nope, they just floor the throttle and peg the tachometer in the red, all in the pursuit of glorious green and an increasingly productive slave nation.
You’ve got to admire it for it is brilliantly simple. If they can control the advertising message that tells us what our rituals should be, then as if by magic we have a consumer driven slave nation. Now all that’s left is to beat it like the wholly owned mules we are.
What exactly do we have left after several decades of frenzied spending and mindless consumption? I’ll tell you what we have left. We have our rituals and dogma, and soon enough not much more.
Funny how the wealthy elite prosper during good times and bad. How do we find ourselves once again corn holed by the same financial elites using the exact same method of lies, deceit and false promises which we gratefully lap up in order to support our own House of Barbie?
We know the game is rigged and yet we still play, certain in our belief that out of all the millions of deluded fools we will win the Gold ring and safely retire with our prize. The rigged game itself is our comforting ritual, which we all endlessly act out.
But wait, is that a collective moan of piety, a self righteous cry from the peanut gallery complaining that the lying bastards have changed the rules of the game again, that now they get to keep even more of the pie while sticking you and me with the bill?
Now that the elite have 80% of the chips on their side of the table and are demanding another 10%, now we complain that the game isn’t fair? Now? You mean they cheated us again?
We have rationalized and justified our own greed and self interest in order to elbow our way into the rigged game, only to complain about their egregious greed and self interest? (You can’t make this shit up.)
Oh, wait a minute, I get it now. We want to be unequal partners. This is about the reordering of the conditions of our slavery because we don’t like the way things have progressed. We want to go back to the time when we were cut in for a bigger slice of the pie.
We’ve already had the reading of the charges against the financial elite and their henchmen. So we basically understand their alleged transgressions, though I doubt anyone other than those at the top really know what’s going on and who’s screwing whom.
But assuming that we know just enough to be dangerous to ourselves and those around us, what’s the plan man? Because if you think about it for a minute or so there must be fifty ways to leave your master. Unless, that is, you really don’t want to leave and instead, you just want your old deal with the devil back.
We have deluded ourselves when in fact we are bit players, slaves if we really want to be honest.
Our underlying incentive to remain captive slaves – carefully hidden from view under the false promise of a system of laws meted out by the scrupulously just Lady with the Scales – comes from the implied threat of violence if we don’t do as we are told.
That’s it, it’s really not more complicated than that, no fancy whistles or bells or complicated playbooks to learn, though the ‘rules of the game’ is the Golden lure that keeps us all enthralled and thoroughly hooked.
The so called capitalist economic system is nothing more than a system of slave on slave competition for the betterment of the master and to the detriment of the slave. And to avoid being shot or imprisoned by the guard slaves who ring the arena, all of which is draped with “Democracy is Freedom” banners for our emotional and intellectual self delusion.
We are most certainly the supreme slave nation. Our slave quarters are just nice enough, what with central heat and A/C, running hot and cold water and a TV in every room feeding us 500 ritualistic propaganda channels. And you know what, if those conditions are good enough for you and me, if we are OK with being a slave, then fine.
Just don’t give me any bullshit about how unfair the game is and how the cheating has gotten out of hand.
Because it is you and me who are powering our own slavery. And it is you and me who can stop it all today by just withdrawing and walking away.
The self evident truth is that at this point we don’t have it in us. So we capitulate long before we begin.
Every time I hear someone bellow in self righteous tones about truth and justice and The American Way, and then demand someone else step up and free our asses, all we are doing is proving my point, that we are slaves who regularly demonstrate our slave mentality
Slaves do as they are told. Slaves ask for permission. Slaves are seen, but not heard. Those with the slave mentality ask their masters for their leave even when the door is wide open and the coast is clear. Most importantly, slaves delude themselves into thinking that slavery is better than the alternative. Then they convince themselves that the only alternative is certain death if they resist.
The best and most productive plantation slaves are those who keep themselves.
Will we have it in us to do what we need to do?
Will we have our epiphany, that moment of clarity recovering alcoholics speak of when they realize they have used every lie, deception and ruse to avoid the truth, that they and they alone are the source of their problems?