One person's thoughts may change the world
The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you’re inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it.
This is a quote from the movie, “The Matrix”. It’s Morpheus’s attempt to explain to Neo what they have become, what they are enslaved to, and what hood that has been pulled over their minds in order to achieve one purpose, control and to be used as a battery to power the system. The trouble is, we are living in our own “Matrix”. But, you’re not a battery, you’re a grain of sand, a tiny resource, which keeps the gigantic train moving and once you’re used up, there is always another willing soul to take your place.
Look around you. Don’t you feel something a little different, as if something is not quite in sync? The system, our system has been quietly manipulating you, pulling you towards certain things that keep your eye of the real issues. You sit in front of the TV watching American Idol, glued to it, mesmerized by it, brain drained. There are times we all need downtime, to deflate from what we deem important in order to scratch a living out of this menagerie. But we are all being slightly controlled, pushed by a herd of sheep, either one way or another. The multi-national corporation is working behind the scenes, in producing the food you eat, creating the raw materials that make products for you, hair care products, the magazines you read, keeping the flow of oil to you, the games you play, and what seems to be the pure ineptness of what governments/countries can do verses the “system”.
The “system” I speak of is large and vast, containing those in the club that have bought their way into the system one way or another. At times, you really don’t even know you’re manipulated, until it’s too late. Then, after you have achieved a certain status, purchased some coveted items, and lost your free will to think without being manipulated, you’re locked up into it, and then you’re done. You worked hard for that hard charging job in the 80’s. You bought into mutual funds and the stock market in the 90’s. You watched your money go poof during the .com meltdown. You may have even started flipping homes in 2000’s. And then after manipulating the system, which is really manipulating you, you fall flat on your financial face, when the bottom fell out of the stock market. Yet, the multi-nationals hardly felt any pain, or, were bailed out in the process, with your borrowed money.
Merrill Lynch, the largest stock brokerage basically said, “If I don’t get an infusion of cash in a few days, I’m done”. What a statement. Done, gone, can’t salvage a thing, cannot meet my obligations. The government steps in, tells BofA to purchase Merrill Lynch, and then gives BofA billions of dollars to stabilize it. By the way, didn’t BofA purchase Countrywide Mortgage Company? The failed mortgage company who handed out loans like monopoly money? Didn’t the former president of Merrill Lynch build himself a bathroom worth a million dollars, including a 40,000.00 commode? Is his shit that good????? And, he walked out with 161 million of golden parachute money. Strangely enough, the economic engine of the United States was about to come to a halt, none of these folks did any jail time. Not one. Oh they did their dog and pony show in front of Congress. They made them squirm a bit. But all of them a year later, were giving out bonuses like it was the good old times again a year later (800k average bonus at Goldman Sachs ) Oh, I’m sorry, there is an exception, Bernie Madoff went to jail. But he was an exception; he stole money from other Jews, which is a no-no. If the Jews had their way Bernie would be breaking bricks. My greater point is, the banking and financial system is a multinational corporation. Not tied to a region, or an area to help create business, jobs, and invest in the community. Co-ops are the way to go; at least they have a stake in the “community”.
Halliburton, the company of former Vice-President Dick Cheney did the unthinkable. It moved its headquarters to Dubai, even after getting no bid contracts in support of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. This is an absolute slap in the face of America. But it explains how Halliburton is not an American company anymore. It’s a multi-national corporation, willing to feed upon anyone who needs its expertise. Many of the countries Halliburton wants to do business with are listed as terrorist countries by the United States government. So, to get around that little issue, Halliburton moved on to a larger lucrative playground, paved with Chinese, Arab, Libyan, African, and Pakastainian money.
Monsanto, the food conglomerate. They will sue and virtually put out of business independent farmers who farm near their fields. You see, Monsanto, has a dirty little secret. They engineer their seeds, and don’t want anyone keeping seeds from previous harvests. If you do and Monsanto finds a “biological signature” of their seeds in your fields, you will be sued and virtually put out of business by this behemoth. You’re forced to buy Monsanto seeds year to year. This has produced an artificial market, and a form of perpetual seed and harvest sharecropping system. Monsanto is a huge part of the multi-national corporations that controls the world’s food change..
Every single oil company is a multi-national. Oil, the new black plague of the 20th century, has its hand in your pocket from plastics to condoms to gas pumped into your car. You can’t even have safe sex without a multi-national in your pocket, up your vagina, on your rod, or… in your ass.
Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower talked about this in a speech to the people of the United States. Here is a brief exert:
“Our military organization today bears little relation to that known by any of my predecessors in peacetime, or indeed by the fighting men of World War II or Korea.
Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.
This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, and even spiritual — is felt in every city, every State house, and every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society. “
We are used to war. WWI, WWII, Korean, Cold war, Vietnam, Iraq1, Iraq2, Afghanistan, etc…. We have been trained to understand that we are going to be at war. Our military is spread out all over the planet. Our Navy is the largest and greatest in the world. I like history so I’m caught up in all this myself. I watch the history and military channel.
What President Eisenhower’s point was, the nation had turned from producing plows to producing military machines. The complex to build all of these machines is huge and vast, and, very, very profitable. He was trying to make the point of taking all those resources and brain power to build all those complex military machines will gut the country of resources to do more things for the greater good for the country and the world. So we are back to the Matrix again, a seed being planted in your mind of how the world operates when it should be operating as something else. A commercial on the military channel states, “Duty, God, and Country” is the motto of our military fighting man as we honor him on Memorial Day. It should really say, “Your blood, your guts, your misguided faith, your honor to a false god, all for the sake of, Multi-national Corporation”. Or, the Matrix. The United States is running around trying to police “rouge states” from getting the technology to build nuclear weapons. And why wouldn’t they, it would mess up the military industrial complex, which is by the way, the largest arms producer on the planet….
The war on drugs…
40 years and 1 trillion dollars. That is the cost of the war on drugs since Nixon declared war on it. (There’s that word again, war). But that’s not the total cost, that’s just a number calculated by some smart ass at Harvard (nothing against Harvard, I think….). Here are some of the components of it: a prison system to capture all the druggies but don’t rehab them just house them. Military equipment to go after these drug lords. A social welfare system to pretend the government wants to help. Border patrols, law enforcement, more equipment, money to buy favors from countries that produce the drugs. A monumental huge food chain. But let’s not forget, the young black boy who stands on the corner selling the drugs to both black and white customers, and destroying the communities they live in, destroying lives of the addicted, and destroying themselves. But, someone is there to replace him, once he has been murdered over territory to sell the illicit product. And while we’re at it, how about all the by-product. Junkie prostitutes, high crime rates, higher medical costs, etc….But yet, that multi-national system, who behind the scenes, keeps this system going is behind the scenes, keeping the needle in your arm, while you watching American Idol. When the Taliban controlled Afghanistan, they outlawed Opium growing. Now that we “control” Afghanistan, the country is now the number one opium producer in the world…. Hmmmmm…. Last year, 400 billion was spent on drugs purchases globally.
But the real problem is…. sadly, YOU. You, the heathen, the holy, the unholy, the intellect, the smart ass, drinking your cafe latte, or eating your wine and cheese. You pride yourself on reading your way out of this mess and look at others and say, “They are so fucked up, they just don’t know”. You’ve carved just enough of a niche for yourself that you may not be feeling the issues of living in this “new world order” of consumerism. If you’re reading this, I’m wondering does it for one moment makes you take a good look around you (your world that is), and wonder why things aren’t what they should be? Shouldn’t they be better? Should you voice the sound of change in any little way you can? Should you take some sort of action, whether it is to inform, teach, tutor, help, build, clean, be a focus of change instead of being a bit of sand in a system?
I know, some of you just want to love and be loved. Some of you want money. Some of you have money. Some of you want a new pair of sox, shoes, and maybe even some new underwear. Some of you can’t wait for your next night at orchestra hall. Nothing wrong with wanting, and needing. Nothing wrong with having and wanting money. But you’re in a system, a controlled system. So, I suggest, you break out of your matrix, and make something in your life beyond just being part a system of a multi-national corporation. Take the blue pill. Breakout of your matrix.
This was to broad a swipe. I need to add a part 2… Stay tuned…