”Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You are a plague…” – Matrix: Agent Smith
In the consideration of the condition of man, one (in this case me) has to recognize the fact that our evolution of reasoning and fulfillment have taken a lower priority to the gods of conformity and acceptance. Where we once lived in caves or abodes made of mud, we now reside in metropolitan cities with skyscrapers made of steel, connected by hundreds of thousands of miles of paved highway, communicating instantaneously with devices that can distribute globally or access information from anywhere. We should aspire (in some cases) to better ourselves by finding answers to questions we may not yet be aware of, but in many have a conscious knowledge of.
We have surrounded ourselves with material things, live for instant gratification and ignore the journey or supposed purpose of our being; depending on what you believe about our origin story. We are saturated by various forms of entertainment consuming our waking hours. We have conformed to ideologies as opposed to individuality. We suffer silently in the practices of identity politics and bipartisanship, isolating ourselves to single minded, one sided beliefs. The world isn’t black and white. People are not black and white. The world is a million shades of gray.
“Now, we must all fear evil men. But there is another kind of evil which we must fear most, and that is the indifference of good men.” Monsignor: Boondock Saints
We are starting to devolve into the ‘you’re not with us, you’re against us’ mentality. We have sacrificed truth to the relief that comes with acceptance. This trend is apparently due in part to the growing practice of intersectionality. It makes me wonder if we have indeed reached the pinnacle of human evolution. I consider the idea that humankind, or at least a large part of the loudest groups of humankind are defined by their suffering. That their very existence is built on their victimization. Being a victim fills the void of needing to fight against something, stand up for something or live for something.
…and we love the abuse, because it makes us feel like we are needed.” – Marilyn Manson: I Want to Disappear
Very few people appear to have an understanding or experience with the beliefs they claim to hold. The constitution, I think in it’s essence, was the dream of men to preserve freedom and promote liberty, is being used as a shield and the basis of guaranteeing their free speech while limiting the speech of others. Everybody seems to know the intent of the founding fathers. But everybody seems to forget a few points about this. Unless you were there you can’t really know, only make assumptions without clarifications. All we have to base it off of are the words as they were written. We no longer live in the world this country was founded in and times have indeed changed. It is the purpose of allowing amendments, as the constitution does, to allow the document to be fluid with the growth of mankind. It is not without warning though that while constitution can be changed as needed to make it more fit for modern times, it should be pursued with extreme caution. With it, I think the definition of what it means to be a patriot must also evolve.
“…don’t forget what you’re celebrating, and that’s the fact that a bunch of slave-owning, aristocratic, white males didn’t want to pay their taxes.” – Ms. Ginny Stroud: Dazed and Confused
There is nothing wrong with the attributes of a patriot, insofar as one who engages in its practice, keeps their eyes wide open, for patriotism through blind arrogance is the folly of the uneducated, selfish and unforgiving. We get angry at the concept of a man using his position to bring attention to something he sees as wrong, his right to protest by taking a knee during a song. Not because of some moral superiority but due to a false sense of patriotism and the idea that the sacrifices of the men and women of our armed services is disrespected because the false equivalence of a tattered cloth symbol to the services of our military who fought to make those rights guaranteed. In some countries you can be executed for a dissenting opinion Why do we feel the need to limit speech that is not in agreement with ours? Why do we believe that creating terms to inject aggression into others speech should make that free speech culpable? When do we draw the line in allowing what has been known for centuries or more as scientific fact to be changed to fit some convoluted idea of what we want it to be as opposed to what it is. Disagreement is not harassment. Facts are not disputable. Attacking an idea is not attacking a person. Understanding that you don’t have to like the opinion of another individual, but physical violence is against the law. It’s barbaric and it sad to think in the world we live, the things we have accomplished, that violence can still be considered a first response.
In all things we should feel the freedom to live the way we deem fit insofar as that the life we live does not affect that freedom in others, or bring them harm. This means that in a modern civil society, those who follow Christianity and those that practice Islam could be neighbors with never a worry of expected hostilities from the other.
It is important to understand that as I write this I stand behind the ‘flag’ of agnostic atheism. The idea that because I have no knowledge of Gods existence, I therefore have no belief. There is a common misconception with those of faith that atheism spawns from a hatred of God, which when you consider the idea of not believing in a god, I can only hate him as much as I hate the Easter Bunny. It’s hard to hate something that doesn’t exist, but easier to hate the foundation of lies and hypocrisy that has brought it into existence.
“It’s a strange myth that atheists have nothing to live for. It’s the opposite. We have nothing to die for. We have everything to live for.” – Ricky Gervais
It is my personal belief that these religious doctrine are not just a measure of an antiquated control of the species, but they are cheating people out of a more fulfilling journey. When you consider some of the more popular religions that believe in an omnipotent deity that reigns supreme from another plane of existence, there is the belief that only through complete and unconditional devotion to ancient scriptures will guarantee one’s continuation in the supposed eternity of the afterlife in a wonderful paradise. Religion however has been part of the human condition for thousands of years and is not going to be something that would just disappear.
Currently, we are expected to spend our life on an adventure of learning through structured education in order to finish in a life of servitude to the corporations so that we may pay for the aforementioned schooling. Consider that we live in an age, where I could conceivable take courses online, from accredited universities, obtaining equivalent knowledge of a standard four year degree in computer science using various opencourseware classes that in most, if not all cases are 100% free to you monetarily, costing only your time and dedication.
Our lives have been reduced to numbers, that fall into categories that spends it’s life in pursuit of the American dream, which has become tainted by those identity politics and made possible by our ability to turn a blind eye to injustice. The only real justice is that which affects the bottom line. Why? Because in the society we have built, it is necessary that corporations getting paid is more important than your individual liberty and well being. That may seem irrelevant, but I think it is one of the underlying factors in many of the decisions we make or affect us on a daily basis.
”Facts don’t care about your feelings” – Ben Shapiro
How do we fix this though? Start at the beginning. Watch TV, listen to the radio, look at our White House. We are becoming less educated on facts and more educated on opinions. The problem is opinions can be varied where facts can not. Facts by their very nature cannot be changed no matter how many ways you twist them to fit your narrative. We need to reverse this trending shift. Educating ourselves on facts is the most fundamental act worth building for a more functional and better future.
When you look at the history of our national spending, it is without question that one of the first things cut is education. Providing the benefits of structured education in todays world, one of the first things sacrificed to the gods of cutting corners, should be priority to continually advancing ourselves into the future. As a country and most importantly as a species, we have a vested interest in continuing to understand life and the requirement to understand the difference between knowledge and wisdom. For with it, we can make better decisions to improve the quality of our life and the future of those who come after.
“This is your life, and it’s ending one minute at a time.” – Tyler Durden: Fight Club