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I have so much more to write about than this, but it has been eating at me for days…
One of the most annoying things about people is the inclination to be SHEEP.
Some people think people are inherently evil; some people think people are inherently good; but I think people are inherently SHEEP, neither good nor bad, but just MORE LIKELY to think the way The Church tells them to think; to think the way TV tells them to think; to think the way an Authority tells them to think; to think the way The Family tells them to think; to think the way The News tells them to think; to think the way Fashion tells them to think; to think the way White-washed History tells them to think…
Why do I see this? Because I have eyeballs. I see it everyday, all around me, and it PERMEATES the arena of politics, philosophy, religion, charity, medicine, and media. It fascinates me and disgusts me to the point of feeling absolutely alien among most people.
For instance: the recent bombardment from the media about JONBONET RAMSEY’s arrested suspect! What the fuck!! (You KNOW there must be something terrifying going on in the world to the extent that we are being drowned in WEAK, speculative suspicion against a case that is 10 years old.) But here’s what freaks me out: people are responding to this media bombardment as if the guy actually committed the crime! No, people, there is NOTHING to substantiate him as a suspect, let alone as the actual killer, but people and the media are writhing all over this thing like a dog writhes in shit. I’m not saying he DIDN’T kill JonBonet, and I am not saying that he’s innocent or mentally stable, but at this point, he is a SUSPECT, NOT a Convicted Criminal. The media has made such a big deal about the meals he has been served, the smiles on his face, the blankness on his face, the comfort of his travels… SO WHAT!! He’s NOT a convicted killer; he is a (loony) SUSPECT who has become entangled in the desperate need to convict SOMEONE… ANYONE. So far, the man has been extremely accommodating, open, and the intense investigation has led to NOTHING tying him to the murder in any way (so far, at least), but people are talking about him as if he is the conclusion to the mystery and that he is a killer. People can “just see” that he is an “evil man.” Please. You are seeing what you are told to see. THINK, people. Think a bit beyond your knee-jerk reaction to the influences of media and popular assumption. Just… THINK, for god’s sake. The man may or may not be guilty, and he may or may not be a pervert, but that’s not my point… it’s the way we THINK about this kind of information as it is fed to us. We need to learn to chew and digest before we speak with our mouths full of bullshit.
Why is this such an important issue for me?
Because THIS kind of Sheepish, thoughtless, herd-mentality kind of response to life is a BIG reason for HOW and WHY we are in IRAQ; how and why 9/11 happened; Slavery happened; why and how animals suffer unconscionable torture on a daily basis for the conveniences you take for granted; why Gay people do not have equal rights to Straight people; why and how the Chinese government can harvest live organs from live people; why and how a large portion of Christians, Muslims, and other fanatic cults can justify the imposition of horrors upon other people; why the military can illegally torture prisoners for fun… the list can go on.
It’s not enough to be a passenger in this life. i’m sorry… it’s not enough. Fucking do something. Pick something and DO something about it. Educate yourselves. CARE.
Don’t let the world tell you who is a criminal and who is a saint. Either KNOW, or DON’T KNOW, but don’t act like you know what the truth is, when all you did was just fell prey to your inclination to blindly follow the popular assumptions. You know what I am talking about… so don’t be insulted. We’ve all been there, but this is a reminder to just… THINK.
This is YOUR life. This is OUR world.
We fucking need to stop hoping someone else will fix it. We need to stop passively assuming that those in authority know what the hell is best for us, or that those in authority know what the hell they are doing in the first place.
Talk to me… tell me when you last assumed something was true and then was shocked at how gullible you were, how naive, or how influenced you were by the popular assumption.
BONUS DUMBASS NEWS FLASH OF THE WEEK:
George admits we are not in IRAQ as a result of 9/11. Ummm, DUH!
Check out this flawed line of logic from George that leaves the average Sheep believing that we are at war with Iraq BECAUSE of 9/11, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and “Al Qeada,” which is a phrase that AMERICAN MEDIA made up and does not exist as an actual structure of terrorists.
QUESTION: “A quick follow-up. A lot of the consequences you mention for pulling out seem like maybe they never would have been there if we hadn’t gone in. How do you square all of that?”
BUSH: “I square it because imagine a world in which you had a Saddam Hussein who had the capacity to make a weapon of mass destruction, who was paying suiciders to kill innocent life, who would — who had relations with Zarqawi. Imagine what the world would be like with him in power. The idea is to try to help change the Middle East.
“Now, look, I — part of the reason we went into Iraq: was — the main reason we went into Iraq: at the time was we thought he had weapons of mass destruction. It turns out he didn’t, but he had the capacity to make weapons of mass destruction.
“But I also talked about the human suffering in Iraq, and I also talked the need to advance a freedom agenda. And so my question — my answer to your question is, is that imagine a world in which Saddam Hussein was there, stirring up even more trouble in a part of a world that had so much resentment and so much hatred that people came and killed 3,000 of our citizens.
“You know, I’ve heard this theory about, you know, everything was just fine until we arrived and, you know, kind of — the “stir up the hornet’s nest” theory. It just doesn’t hold water as far as I’m concerned. The terrorists attacked us and killed 3,000 of our citizens before we started the freedom agenda in the Middle East. They were — “
QUESTION: “What did Iraq: have to do with that?”
BUSH: “What did Iraq: have to do with what?”
QUESTION: “The attack on the World Trade Center.”
BUSH: “Nothing, except for it’s part of — and nobody’s ever suggested in this administration that Saddam Hussein ordered the attack. Iraq: was a — Iraq: — the lesson of September the 11th is take threats before they fully materialize, Ken.
“Nobody’s ever suggested that the attacks of September the 11th were ordered by Iraq. I have suggested, however, that resentment and the lack of hope create the breeding grounds for terrorists who are willing to use suiciders to kill to achieve an objective. I have made that case. And one way to defeat that — you know, defeat resentment, is with hope. And the best way to do hope is through a form of government.
“Now, I said going into Iraq: we got to take these threats seriously before they fully materialized. I saw a threat. I fully believe it was the right decision to remove Saddam Hussein, and I fully believe the world was better off without him. Now, the question is, how do we succeed in Iraq? And you don’t succeed by leaving before the mission is complete, like some in this political process are suggesting.”
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Sorry to be so bitchy today, but this stuff really gets to me… I invite you to tell me all about how you might have experienced sheepishness or when your rehabilitation from sheepdom happened.