One may walk outside at nighttime, and say that the sky is black and dim. Another may walk out in the morning and say the sky is a beautiful red and slightly hazy. Still another may walk out midday and say it is blue and clear. If neither has ever experienced any other time of day (or night), then each would give you a different answer on what color the sky really is. If all made to answer at the same time, they might bicker over how blind the other is.
Now give the three a book that explains the difference in the color of the sky in relation to time and season. Let them all read it. One will read the whole thing and understand that they are all right, and will probably get a kick out of the joke. One will skim through it and generally agree with the one who read it in its entirety, but still harbor doubts. One will read maybe a paragraph out of the entire text that only describes what they saw, and will call the first a brainwashed idiot, and a second an uneducated fool.
In many ways, modern day society is like this. One person or group sees or perceives things one way and the other something completely different. Each one is limited only to what they have experienced, read about, or were raised with. Experience, book knowledge, and learned behavior all influence how they will perceive an event. The catch is that not everyone feels like looking at a whole picture before making an opinion on the picture as a whole.
A person who has seen many sides to any given event, and has read and experienced enough of its makings will typically be far better equipped to make a reasonable explanation of the event. Yet few and far between is this ever the case. Thus when the rare explanation is made that is not widely accepted as being true, the explanation given by the sage is dubbed as the ranting of a madman. Never once is it thought mad to buy into the short explanations given by the powers that be. Once a society has enough common ground based of off the limited information they take in, it is not easily swayed from its course.
Save for the hermit types, people form common ground with others of like mind to form a society of sorts. They recognize that two heads can be better than one, and that the weakness and strength of one may be supplemented by another. Such mutual exchanges form the basis for any society that flourishes.
The key to making any society to work though is common ground – without it, no society may exist for a sustained amount of time. With it, each contributes their own unique portion of an issue to paint a picture of amazing depth. The bigger the society, the easier it is to lose its common ground and ruin the painting.
Common ground is something that grants people a belief that they have enough mutual interest/ideals to coexist in relative peace and harmony. It seems to be human nature for people to interact the most with those they have the most in common with. The more open minded or tolerant a person, the more they can coexist in peace with those they have less in common with.
The funny thing about common ground is that it ends along with its relative necessity. That means that once necessity is meant, and want is then pursued, the common ground begins to dissipate. For instance things that every living person has in common with each other, is the need for air, food, water, and shelter. Once these needs are meant, want comes into play.
Take the following scenario for a simple example: Tom may want to play his video games, Chris may want to watch TV, and Dave might want to run around like a wild man.
Conflict arises when each person pursues their individual wants where it interferes with the wants of someone else. For instance, Dave would cause conflict with Chris and Tom if he runs around like a wild man in front of the TV, and bumping into Tom while he is playing his video games. Another scenario would be for Tom to be playing WII on high volume using the TV- preventing Chris from watching the TV, and inhibiting Dave’s running about like a moron. One solution is to get Chris to watch the TV, and tell Tom and Dave that they must go somewhere else. This works for Chris but leaves Tom and Dave bored as all hell.
However these wants can each be simultaneously pursued without having one interfere with the other. Tom can play games on the computer with his earphones, and Dave can take his shenanigans outside where they belong, thus leaving Chris to watch the TV. All of which provide a mild and reasonable compromise that allow for each to pursue their want.
Though simple, this is an example of how working together for the common peace can still be for the benefit of all parties involved – all without conflict. The reason this never scales up well though is that once outside of their comfort zone, people lose their ability to use their reason and want for mutual benefit. Outside of their comfort zone lays uncertainty, inherent conflicts of interest, and mistrust.
It takes people enough mental and physical effort to obtain their own comfort zone and then maintain it; therefore it holds little appeal to pour the same amount of energy in the pursuit of furthering their interest outside of that box. The want for more continues while the amount of effort going to obtain it is decreased. This creates a conflict inherent in human nature itself as people always want to have a better life outside of the necessities.
Freedom as it were is a natural cure to this condition. For instance, the freedom to fail causes hardship upon those that do fail, and drives them to pursue a more stable way of life and a means to pursue it.
In my case, I liked manual labor. However I found that non-union pay was iffy, and I didn’t care much to have to join a union just to be taken seriously by the higher paying clients. So I tried my hand at being a broker – yet found it to be dishonest and downright unstable. So I went into IT, found my niche, and after many years of trying and not succeeding to my expectations, found my calling so to speak. Never in this process have I ever asked for anyone to supplement my failures or endeavors. It stunk sometimes wondering how I would eat the next day, but in the end – it paid off. My freedom to fail, led to my relative success.
Yet one thing I have learned is that other people can be easily discouraged, and give up far too easy. Thus my freedom to keep what I worked so hard to obtain is constantly being taken from to supplement their lack of continuous effort. Make no mistake – life is a continuous effort – even to the rich man. You stop working or pouring your energy into something, and you will lose. Anyone who says different is living at your expense.
Unfortunately due to human nature as it stands today, people seek out two things – a power to follow and give them what they want, or a power that forces others to make their lives easier.
The powers morality and sustainability matters not to them as long as they live as they see fit. In many cases, their sole support of the power is that it provides them with a little, and can flatten anything that gets in its way. How they see themselves as being any different than a Nazi worshipping Himmler is nothing short of disgusting. Until faced with the horrors produced by such powers face to face, they will deny the evil and continue their support. Sadly, they call themselves enlightened and righteous.
Thus we are at a crossroads – live free or under a power. The truth is that if you really value something, you don’t ask someone to provide it for you – you get it yourself. Once you relinquish that idea, you become nothing more than a dependant pawn of a power that you have no say over.
I have chosen my path. I have failed enough times to know what works and what doesn’t. Now for those who wish to detract from that to make up from their own shortcomings without asking me personally for my help, go find some other fellow to rob – I cannot afford you anymore.
If I offended in anyway – I don’t care. This age old idea has been played over again and again – and so has the one on the opposite side. For thousands of years the war between power and freedom has gone on for no other purpose then to benefit those who run the game. For thousands of years the people have been so engrossed in fighting this pointless conflict between each other, that they have ignored completely the ones playing them upon each other.
To those who follow the rules set forth by the powers blindly, believing them to be the only viable way – you are on notice. One day your smugness and support will be wiped out, and you will be forced to come to terms with what you have allowed and wrought. Should you be such a one, and believe that it will not happen in your lifetime – I will not envy you the rude awakening coming your way. The sad thing is that even in such an event, such people will still blame freedom for the actions taken by the powers they cling to so much.
It is a never-ending war of ideas – played by countless generations since the dawn of time. It is a war of attrition where everyone loses. It is far easier to fight a war then it is to destroy the flawed philosophies and ideals that created it. The only way to win, is to deny the powers support – and as James Cox put it – starve the beast.