Corporations have taken the American individual and and made him/her into a mindless state of paranoia and conformity.
In order to succeed in this great land of ours, we are taught from infancy that conforming to the popular demands and the social mores of our culture is the only way to earn a "decent" and "dignified" living. We are beginning to realize (whether true or not) that our form of capitalism is huge; too big and powerful to ever be changed. That "realization" can lead to psychological disorders including depression, anxiety, social withdrawal, etc, because the individual has begun to lose his/her sense of self, which leads to the searching of some "purpose".
These feelings make the individual susceptible to manipulation. When you begin to second-guess yourself and your self-worth, you begin to open up to outside influence because of your own insecurities.
Confusion and fear lead to mass conformity. We dress up like penguins, tie a colorful noose around our neck, and walk into our own prisons every day. Our prisons have windows and glass doors that go unlocked, yet we are still under the control of our "boss". That "boss" is money and we have been taught that one cannot live happily and freely without it. Inevitably, we begin to believe that our economic and government structures will take care of us as long as we do OUR part by working and FEEDING the economy. We do not see our work as slavery because we have been conditioned to believe that we have the chance to move up in the social order simply by working hard. (The "rags to riches" fable.)
War and threatening war is feared because it brings chaos, uncertainty, and death. The people will stand up to protect what they believe is their only means of survival and happiness. They will also tend to give up their own rights and freedoms to protect their very own, personal and institutionalized "perception".
Yes, we are free. Free to speak, to roam, and to wonder, but we are not free to be uncommon.
If we all could have the heart of a child..9 year old stays in cardboard box to raise $ for homeless
Homelessness Concerns Arkansas Boy
Nine-year-old Taylor Henschell of Fayetteville, Arkansas was troubled about homeless people and the fact that some of them have to sleep in cardboard boxes. Hours after he had seen a television show about the subject, he told his mother that he wanted to do something to help. With his mother Donna's support and some brainstorming, they came up with an idea to raise some money.
According to Woman's World magazine, Taylor sought pledges from friends, family and local businesses for each hour of his stay inside a cardboard box on his front lawn. As the day turned to night, Taylor decided to sleep in the box overnight. When rain came his mother sought refuge inside but her brave son weathered the rain and managed to stay put for 24 hours raising $600 in donations.
Taylor's successful venture was also an inspiration to a cousin in California who got thirty of her friends to join her overnight in a cardboard box and their group raised $6,000. Young Taylor is proud of his efforts and says, "I just like to help people."
I think politics is a religion entirely of its own. We put "faith" in select individuals to lead us to some sort of utopian promised land and expect them to enforce our "beliefs" upon others.
We all have a personal agenda which is near and dear to our heart and causes strong emotional desires and reaction. So along comes a sly orator who pretends to listen, shakes our hand, and vows to avenge or revenge our agenda. As if they are some sort of prophet or deity that can make our dreams come true, promises are made and allegiances are formed.
"Offerings" of monetary contributions are given to these people so that they can go off and represent our agenda and pledges are made in return to remain followers of the "representative" and his/her political party. In order for the "representative" to remain in such a powerful position, he/she makes promises to another's agenda and low and behold - the "representative" becomes an advocate for a completely new cause because the "offering" was higher.
It's almost like a pagan/mythological system of gods. The more money we send up to the gods (wall street, politicians, elite families), the more attention our "beliefs" may get.
Politics, by way of capitalism is what will lead to a new religion, a new order to which our necessities are to be met. What will be our "sacrifice" once the monetary system is abolished? Will it be like a check-mate and we wake to realize that we truly are owned by a higher being, Greed?
I voted for changing poverty, changing healthcare, and changing class-warfare. I hope it comes.
I have found myself in this chaotic whirlwind of back and forth between news stations and commentators and have forgotten that we as the people hold the only opinions that matter.
We should be standing up against corporate greed,
Standing up against political liars,
Standing up against the hate among us that is THE GREATEST PLAGUE.
As a woman I should be standing up for other women and raise awareness that March is National Women's History Month.
As a mother I should be standing up for better education and health care for the child I would give my own life for.
I don't give a shit how the basic necessities of life are met and given, but WHEN and We the People are the ones who should be flooding news stations and radio shows, letting OUR voices to be heard - not just those who get paid to do it.
I am but a slave to the media, for my own voice has been silenced in reverence to the "educational" political spectrum I subject myself to. I have become a coward, afraid to be publicly subjected to ridicule among my friends and neighbors.
I am a slave to my own insecurities, worsened by the snickers and sneers of those with differing opinion and higher educations.
I am a slave to my pride, not wanting to expose myself as a rebel, extremist, or sympathetic to taboo causes. I do not want a stigma that will hang over my children.
I want to scream out "Help! Help these homeless children NOW, for they are starving"
I want to scream out "Help! Help these women who cannot help themselves against violence"
But I am a coward, a slave, and afraid.
DALLAS – Larry Canady took his family to a homeless shelter three weeks ago, no longer able to make ends meet after he and his wife were laid off from their jobs.
The family of five was already living from paycheck-to paycheck. They went from renting a four-bedroom brick home in a south Dallas suburb to sharing one room in a dormitory-like shelter.
"No one knew the economy was going to crash so hard like it did," said Larry Canady, 38, now at the nonprofit Family Gateway facility in Dallas. "It caught us off guard."
The Canady family's story is a familiar one and in no place more so than Texas. A study by the National Center on Family Homelessness released Tuesday placed Texas 50th — last of all states — in how homeless children fare.
The ranking considered four areas: the percentage of homeless children; their overall well-being; risk factors for homelessness, such as poverty and foreclosure rates; and what the state is doing to address the problems.
At the bottom were Texas, Georgia, Arkansas, New Mexico and Louisiana.
Read more: http://www.familyhomelessness.org
These are the people who don't, can't pay income taxes that the republicans are saying should not receive any help from the government. Whatever these poor people's situations, whether it be drugs, alcohol, or loss of work, we have a responsibility as fellow humans to help those who need it the most. Let's quit bailing out the corporate scum that wastes their prosperity on selfishness and greediness.
What have "we" become, collectively? Greedy, hateful, intolerant, racist, snobbish, and unforgiving all come to my mind when I think of the busy, hectic world we live in. Everyone seems to be in such a hurry that we forget even the simplest forms of kindness such as saying "thank you" or opening a door for an elder or handicap person. Since when did intelligence supersede the common courtesy of humanity? Nothing makes me more angry than to see/hear an educated person use their genius to mock or tease someone for not being in "their" league or social status. The homeless should have as much to say as the wealthy. Don't get me wrong, there are ethical problems in every social class, but in my eyes the stronger should help the weaker, the bigger help those smaller.
Sometimes it's as if people are lurking, waiting for someone to misstep so that they can torment and walk on the fallen. Debate is a good thing, but not when the issues are blurred with mocking and disrespectful behavior for one another. Tolerance is not just a pretty word to be talked and written about, but practiced in all of our activities. To love one another is not just a sonnet or rhyme, but a universal regard for all.
Who among us is good enough to judge the other? Show me that person and I will shift my views to those of the perfect one.
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