The 99% solution
~ Being half-right doesn’t make it wrong.
We are being bombed-barded by images of the typical Black Friday shopper, consumers fighting over toasters and I-pads and World of War (craft) video games thinly disguised as Army Training Field Manuals. Needless to say, these people are the real 99%, and if they are not the real 99% they are the real leaders of the 99%, the early adapters, the spear-point people of the coming age.
The problem with democracy is the propensity of the ideology to make people think in terms of numbers, of majorities, of mass movements and of the masses and in the idea that the mass of people are “right” just because they are “the mass” and isn’t “one person – one vote” the key to the utopia in us all.
Such nonsense makes a mockery of even the idea of individual moral responsibility, much less the actual living of a moral life. In a democracy the statement “everyone is doing it” is instant justification for virtually any act, if in fact the “everyone” statement is true. Wall Street (the street) would not be possible without the underlying belief in democracy, because how else could the morality of man be so easily corrupted and the corruption be so easily accepted?
It is simple for a slave to identify a tyrant. A serf or an indentured servant can easily point the finger at a King or Prince or a tyrannical land-holder and say “they” control my life – “I am not free”. Only democracy can achieve a free-will consent to tyrants and tyranny, only democracy can create a victim that blames the victim (and other victims) for the new slavery that exists. Further, only democracy can offer the false-hope that through a reinvigorated democracy can there be achieved a real change that can free the masses permanently deluded and perpetually enslaved by a collective lifting of the bootstraps in defiance of gravity and even the most basic science.
It has taken just 235 years for this experiment in greed to successfully seize the wealth of nations, of all nations perhaps. The idea that started in America, on land “stolen fair and square“, has now engulfed the world and the world of finance and consolidated the wealth of 90% of the world’s people in the hands of just 1% of the people and done so with 99% of the people left believing in the system (democracy) that created this god-forsaking mess.
Of course there have been the detractors along the way, honest and independent souls that have favored reason over majority, morality over the masses, individuality over a common education. The conspiracy worked because we all feel that we are the common man, that everyone else is like us, that the majority of people are not so different and that there is strength in numbers and little strength in the power of just one honest person acting out and living out his life as God with man sees fit.
We (some, a few) lament (now) the “failed institutions” that have corrupted our times and our society, undermined our faith in each other and the decency of each person when stripped of the institutional dogmas that divide and conquer and deliver power to the pundits and the select few that do not have our best interests in their stake. We forget that it is “they” who created these institutions just to reap the results that they now sow.
The tyranny of the media that protects and serves Wall Street and makes mindless consumers of us all is just the natural outcome of a “free press” that so many found so good and so many have believed in, except for those that must suffer the poison now flowing from that pen. True freedom requires restraint, not license; responsibility, not profitability. The failure of the free press was birthed in its belief in the democracy that created it and the resultant effort to create majorities and mass movements instead of isolated pillars (of individuals) holding steadfast to an unvarnished truth.
From freedom of assembly, to the militarism inherent in the “right to bear arms”, to the “pursuit of happiness” and the right to property there is created the model for consolidation, exploitation and endless war. Even the right for a temporal government to control all activity and life “with the consent of the governed” is a model for tyranny when looked at with wisdom and with the awareness that public “opinion and values” can be easily controlled when all the institutions of government, and allowed by government, are brought to bear to manipulate the common weal.
It is not an entirely new idea that democracy is an invention by the rich and by a select elect to maintain and increase personal wealth and power. The idea of democracy is not to share it, not to distribute it, not to make participants economically equal or to even provide them with the necessities of life. It is the moral person that offers food to a person hungry in a famine, democracy can’t and won’t do it and it never has.
A true elector, a true leader in any system is one who authentically has the best interests of the whole in mind. Such awareness takes experience, originality and sincerity – it is never based on self-interest, selfishness or greed. There is no right of an idiot to waste the time of authentic counsel. The electors alone must discuss matters and decide. An elector that listens to idiots (lobbyists for example) should be removed from the council, by the council. The concept of Congressional privilege and immunity is tyrannical in and of itself.
Leaders must always be chosen based on their honesty, fairness and virtue. Experience alone is not what matters, but a deep and diverse experience is recommended. A leader must live an open life where everything is (and always was) open to public scrutiny. The discovery of secrets and a “secret life” should remove one from the possibility of public office or public trust. Decisions should always be local in adherence to local practices and norms. The freedom to leave or immigrate must not be abridged. A widespread public order must evolve slowly, it can never be (lastingly) imposed.
So we are caught up in a debate between jargon (“democracy”) and ideas, ideals and values. We KNOW that democracy can never change, it is the voice of the masses and the average person can never be uplifted unless he or she has an exposure to leaders who were uplifted, truth-seeking and righteous long before.
The task of change at this late hour is too great; we must start over. Those that work to illustrate and illuminate the excesses and failures of the failed system are half-right in the effort and time that they expend. We all need teachers now and real teachers are better than the ones we’ve had.
Change needs no majority. Change starts where YOU are now, it is your actions and activities and not those of others that matter and matter most. Entering heaven is not based on a popularity contest, and it is no different about being a good person here on earth. May you have the strength of being content with being your own person and a force for good.
2011.11.27 – 19.24.