“There is something in us that refuses to be treated as less than human. We are created for freedom.” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu
There is so much hate in this current world and so much deception. Yesterday, I responded to an over-sized card I got in the mail from the phone giant Cyberlink inviting me, in effect, to change my satellite TV provider from DISH, which I presently have bundled with them, back to DIRECT, which I had bundled with back before their own dramatic price rise. I was invited to lock in the lowest price for three years. So, I called and got this people-friendly guy who told me right off that if I really wanted the lowest price, then the three-year stable-price deal was out the window. But he could save me $35 a month (big money for me, by the way) for the first year, and then I’d be free to scrum month-by-month for continued lower rates via whatever promotion they had on offer at the time.
He also explained he could throw in a $150 Visa card (bearing what interest he neglected to say), and could waive the supposedly usual deposit and give me $50 off the first payment, with no connection fee. I took his word on it, because no choice and it sounded substantially better than what I had, so I gave him my “physical address”, SS #, blood type, etc., and he locked me in and assigned me a new registration number, and then he told me I had to give him two months payment in advance immediately plus rent on the box. Stipulations, reservations, and numbers flying in every direction! And then, when I told him – well, I won’t tell you what I told him – and that the deal was off, he informed me I was already on the hook for it and cast me into what turned out to be permanent purgatory hold to try and explain the whole sequence to a different operative and cancel if I could remember enough or any of it – doubtful. Lucy and the football again!
I know that their agents, or (excuse me!) “independent contractors” are rewarded with so close to zilch by these humongous interlocking conglomerates of interlocking conglomerates, most or all owned by or through Vanguard as most likely a mere sideline to central banking and issuing earth-shaking directives and playing paymaster to countless millions, if not billions, of working stiffs globally, while posing as the American and beyond economy, that the minions all feel that they have to pass along as much of the misery, scripted chicanery, and petty disinformation as they can just to survive it themselves. And they are probably correct in that bitterly-inculcated assumption. (It’s a lot like, “if the WTC asbestos is going to cost us billions to extricate, sure, we’ll conspire.”) All of a seamless piece – this niggling deceit, state violence and boundless intrigue, shaped fiction as news, financial manipulation, theft of popular and national control.
So, with this, one wonders, just mightn’t it be better to go back to locally-based phone companies with equipment and connections that actually work and TV programming that’s all paid for by advertising – which we have to endure being thoroughly brainwashed by anyway? And, what’s it to us if the interlocking directorates don’t get their tidy per diems? Let them live on crackers and cheese off their piddling mercenaries, bombs, and our beggaring interest and debt! I’m beginning to think that “free enterprise” ain’t really all that free!
A recent theme is that the Internet can rescue humankind from government and establishment lies and deceptions. Wish that it were true! First, the percentage of people who search for the truth of things online must be in the low single digits at best. And even these oddest of folks (i.e., we) are quite effectively neutralized up to now by demonization, humiliation, threats, dire threats, and more effective and more rapid-fire lies, try as we might.
Also, nothing, and I mean nothing! on the Internet is authoritative at all in the sense that Cronkite and Huntley/Brinkley once were. Even today, all of the authority that there is is on the other side. What do we have that anyone should believe us? Grit and truth alone. Probably, not even time.
But no standard for believability exists, so we in the Truth Community all end up suspecting each other of shill-dom, troll-dom, or possibly something worse if we don’t agree on absolutely everything. Hardly inspiring credence!
So, let’s instead all try living by the tried, true and for the most part abandoned standard of absolute ethical/moral purity, so that people will have no cause to want to disbelieve us. We must literally be the society we seek to birth. Or else, we can cast no aspersions. No more ad hominems or unsubstantiated charges based on little more than 360-degree suspicion (a character flaw usually stuck with a less-flattering name). Stick to the verified and verifiable facts and extend courtesy and withhold final judgment even where doing so may not be deserved. Going forward, we must stand out for forbearance, not quick-triggered-ness, because there’s more than we can handle that we can prove.
In discourse, never lose sight of justice; but we must strive our utmost to resemble the extraordinary forgivers of the church in Charleston. And we will probably lose some points in so doing, but gradually gain a whole lot more, I believe, than we ever dreamed.
One more motto we can proudly place on our banners for all to see and repeat – “DO GOOD AND DON’T BE SUCKERED!”