No. 3

The modern sphere of political debate seems more like subterfuge with the aim to keep us as consumers of information, when physical products fail to distract us from being free. Our connectivity to the smorgasbord of facts and talking points as well as the polarized and disputatious content of so many programs and articles might make us feel involved, but how often are we actually effected or given an opportunity to effect change in the political atmosphere at all. The ocean of news and media reporting is fodder for those with strong enough minds to have an opinion but not cognizant enough to disregard the inane and aggravating conveyer belt of trash that plays into our minds, from the radio, on TV, and from mouth to ear throughout the country. Whether it’s a policy with a specific number or an idea such as pro-life, an entitlement program, a military budget, a scandal about income taxes, a racist blurb that gets someone fired or an ecological or infrastructural catastrophe which one faceless department is held responsible of, there’s always something about our culture to gripe about. We are inundated by an assumption that someone is causing the problems in the nation and it’s somehow our duty to scapegoat and shame rather than seek and suggest solutions with equanimity.

There is a they. And they don’t want anyone believing that individuals and families can live outside the bounds of American systemic citizenship, that including paying taxes, renting and financing automobiles and ephemeral housing, shopping for every aspect of “survival” and being convinced that wealth is only defined as a dollar amount. They are those who have long had power, prestige, and capital enough to conduct society how they see fit. There is no conspiracy in this statement. Whether you see them as white men, old bankers, corrupt lawmakers, lavish CEOs, or particular dynasties whose name may have changed though the bloodline has not, there is a chief and that chief intends to keep their status as dominant. There is no great equalizer except the self.

We are too reliant on a system and therefore too consistently bothered that someone else isn’t making life always easier, set up the way we individually believe it should be. We as citizens are responsible, even if we are seemingly powerless. It may be extreme or spartan to suggest that a person or a family reduce their consumption and lifestyle to the point where there is no tie to the grid of information, policy, and infrastructure, so as to be truly independent, but that extremity is only by comparison to too many years of decadence and expectation. While we might be indentured servants in this boisterous world, it is our daily and long term apathy that allows each and every one of us to be controlled by our materialism and a false reality. All of our emotion is stagnant; we need new action to smash the social chains in which we were born receiving – our myriad passwords and identifiers, our fabricated religious and consumer holidays, our constant taxation and illegitimate representation, our greed for material possessions, our competition over others, and our heightened concern for that which appears wrong and that which we take for granted. 

Let it all go, diminish desire, and find a better presence within.