Reflections of an American Bastard
”Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You are a plague…” – Matrix: Agent Smith
In the consideration of the condition of mankind, one has to recognize the fact that our evolution of reasoning and fulfillment have taken a lower priority to the gods of conformity and acceptance. Our culture is not one built around adapting to changing times, it is a matter of surviving them. However, in an ever changing world, adaptation is a fundamental trait. Instead we live in fear. We are the scape goats of a bipartisan agenda, being told what to think and feel, how to be a patriot, what to believe, what we can say and what we should know, a surviving victim in group. We should aspire to better ourselves by finding answers to questions that already exist to help lead us to the ones that we may not be aware of, even if we have a conscious knowledge of them.
We should aspire to find those answers because the world is changing. Not in spite of it. 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.
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 and bipartisanship. 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 own victimization. Being a victim fills the void of needing to fight against something, stand up for something or live for something. The world isn’t black and white. People are not black and white. The world is a million shades of gray.
“…and we love the abuse, because it makes us feel like we are needed.” – Marilyn Manson: I Want to Disappear
Democrat or Republican. Liberal or Conservative. Current ideas that are currently passed their expiration dates. There are other ideas. There are other parties. While it seems that they are starting to get recognition, they still don’t have a lot of room to flourish. As a society though, apathy has allowed us to submit our rights and individuality to the often selfish interest of a bipartisan system. The framers of the constitution also expressed a fear of political factions. Yet, our country has a history of falling into this convention. The constitution, in its essence was the dream of men to preserve freedom and promote liberty.
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 the necessary clarifications. All we have to base it off are the words as they were written. Words written in a time that no longer represent the modern world. 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.
“Bipartisan usually means that a larger-than-usual deception is being carried out.” – George Carlin
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.
“Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.” – Oscar Wilde
In much of our current legislature, we are starting to move in a similar direction. 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 an Atheist and none should ever worry about expected hostilities from the other. This too is being exploited. This is the movement of victimization. Convince people they are the victim and then convince them you are their salvation. It works in politics and it works in religion.
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. I do not believe that an omnipotent deity is necessary to care about people and treat them with respect.There is ample evidence indicating religious doctrine are an antiquated measure of control cheating people out of a more fulfilling journey. Many of those same beliefs are proven to be archaic, barbaric and often times cruel.
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. There is no evidence that one should live any aspect of their live in the confines of another’s religious belief. This takes us back to having my beliefs and living my life insofar as I do not hinder the rights and liberty or harm those around me.
“A delusion is something that people believe in despite a total lack of evidence.” – Richard Dawkins
Religion however has been part of the human condition for thousands of years and is not going to be something that would just disappear. But indoctrination has been shown to hinder education and instill certain bias. They are taught to believe in faith over empirical evidence, denying some of the more fundamental basics of our existence by filling in a cosmic mad lib due to our refusal to accept that it’s okay to not know something. We live in the pinnacle of information in the known history of our species. At the same time, we are at the pinnacle of misinformation in the known history of our species.
Our lives have been reduced to numbers, that fall into categories that spend their life in pursuit of the American dream. A dream that no longer holds any meaning. A dream which has become tainted by 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. Observe our culture. Watch TV, listen to the radio, look at our government. We are becoming less educated on facts and more educated on opinions. Listen for the opinion. Separate it from the fact. Peel away the biased narrative. Keep an open mind. Look at things from different perspectives. 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. If you take multiple perspectives, and peel away the differences you can often differentiate the truth from the bullshit.
Educating ourselves on facts is the most fundamental act worth building for a more functional and better future. 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 not just 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