Thursday, March 30, 2017
Will We Miss Our Freedoms When They’re Gone?
The slow, drip-drip erosion of our liberties is a purely modern condition. Almost the entire course of history has been the story of power going from small groups to large groups and freedoms increasing; there have been lam-down on freedom and the occasional dictatorial grab, but on a global scale, societies have become more free. But the process is finally reversing, and although the illusion remains, we are actually doing this to ourselves through our language, our attitudes and our compliance.
When we agree to speak in certain patterns, or begin including “state sponsored interjections” in our speech, we are not “adding to a more inclusive society”, we are in fact surgically excising the real thoughts behind our words. We are using manufactured stock phrases instead of real, considered dialogue. This leads to a society where children understand neither the nuance nor the subtleties of their native language, they will be brought up to quite literally think in these bland, meaningless tropes. as Orwell made point of in his book 1984, the people of the future will not be able t understand the concept of “free” because they will not have the language to articulate their thoughts.
Our attitudes have become (or always were) very “live and let live”. We see what’s happening in our communities and the larger world, and we say “it doesn’t affect me”, or we accept it as part of everyday life. And this, by increments, is how our freedoms are lost. Each new regulation or piece of legislation chips away at our inherent freedoms until we will find ourselves only able to operate our lives within the narrow framework of the state.
Every time we look away, every time we don’t protest, we are damaging ourselves and our futures. We accept lunacy as part of the modern world. But as the great David Icke says “to be called mad in a mad world is a compliment”.
Whenever we tick a box on the computer screen that says “I agree”, whenever we answer a question at the hospital that isn’t relative to our condition, whenever we make a purchase with a credit card when cash would do, we are giving away our freedom. We obey laws and regulations that we know are unjust or politically motivated, we place their societal “game of thrones” and go along to get along. And each time we do, it becomes easier to do it the next time. We are being trained in compliance.