Monday, January 17, 2011
Tonight I'm focusing on marriage. What do you call traditional marriage? You must go back more than a thousand years, perhaps more than two thousand year.
Around the world today there are still marriages that are arranged by the parents, but in even earlier times, marriage was purely a consolidation of power.
The ultimate example of marriage leading to a consolidation of power could be Genghis Kahn and the founding of the Mongol Empire. While marriage practices can't be directly attributed to Genghis Kahn, the long-term result of real traditional marriage most certainly led to the formation of the Mongol Empire.
Today marriages are still arranged in such a manner, but as a means of protecting the existing power structure, in India for example, the Caste system was developed.
In the west, the existing power structures are maintained by allowing marriage to be chosen out of physical attraction and desire, with no designs for power gain or even plans for economic self-sufficiency. In fact, the weddings in the west are the most expensive and create great financial loss to the families involved.
Suppression of birth control and contraception methods lend to the additional burden of too many children. An overpopulation of children within a consolidated family creates a negative economic impact on that family's rise to power through further consolidation in the far future. Marriages today are focused on procreation with little or no regard to available resources.
This burden is most evident in developing countries where the populations were converted to catholicism. The result is an outcry in the media for such resources as clean water and sewer systems, and donations for malnutrition, malaria and vaccines. Ironically, the money goes to the very charitable organizations that created the problems in the first place.
Gay marriage is perhaps the most threatening to the existing power structures because it represents the greatest potential power gain through consolidation, with the ability to adopt the correct number of children to maintain economic balance for future power gains. Providing of course that the couple does not fall into the same commercial pitfalls as most other couples getting married in the west.
The west has been so weakened by the hoarding of resources by a few families, that survival in the future will depend on changing the concept of marriage for the rest of us, from witless desire, to an economic agreement between our families to become tribes, and gather forces over future generations, to overturn the existing predatory power stuctures, for one more equitable under the banner of science and reason.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
So, what purpose is served by deliberately limiting or suppressing knowlege?
A primary law of economy states that a product's value is inverse to it's available quantity. In other words, the more you have of a product, the cheaper it's value.
In accounting, labor is an expense. Since labor is people, people who are employees are held by business owners and managers as costs which should be reduced by any means possible while still being able to accomplish the goals of the business.
Since all businesses cannot reduce the cost of labor by eliminating the workforce entirely, all businesses collectively seek to reduce the value of the workforce, by generating a surplus of workers.
Through the control of public education curriculum, businesses managed to create a surplus of labor skilled in basic trades such as construction, health care, law enforcement, and many other skills that are dependent upon money, rather than independent survival skills such as subsistence farming, fishing, hunting, or starting a business.
It is not in the best interest of existing businesses to allow for the creation of competition. It is in the best interest of businesses to create a surplus of dependent workers who compete with each other by sacrificing wages and benefits, thereby reducing the value of labor.
Since democratic government is run by politicians who are supported in their campaigns primarily by businesses, politicians are beholden to businesses for their basic survival needs. Observe the obvious positions of employment rewarded to former politicians, and the obvious positions of government rewarded to business persons who have the finances to make themselves known to enough gullible voters, to get themselves elected.
Businesses, through proxy of government, dictate public education curriculum. Observe the behaviors of the Texas Board of Education and its selection of textbooks as the most glaring example of dumbing down public education.
Religious persons are set apart as the most desirable of employees for their limited skills, dependency, rejection of critical thinking, and their devotion to concentrated hierarchical leadership.
Politicians consistently appeal to the religious and mass media promotes religion and vilifies independent critical thinkers in western culture.
The economy in the United States is dominated by employees with limited skills who are in a surplus that is unsustainable, because they only have enough funds to supply themselves with food, transportation and shelter, because they agreed to work for less and less pay.
The only businesses that remain will be farmers, grocers, landlords, transportation and energy producers. Nobody here in the U.S. can afford anything else except clothing, and fashion is a luxury extinct as well.
So, if you are a young student going to public school, save your self by rejecting the idea of getting a good job, and instead concentrate on starting your own business.
Do not allow yourself to be distracted by entertainment that is not educational.
Only be interested in your own mental and physical fitness, do not be distracted by sports of which you do not participate.
Ignore any history lesson that reinforces racism by teaching about the history of race relations. Human beings are human beings, nothing more, nothing less. Everyone is equal.
No matter how benign the communication, any message that creates groups of people based on physical traits is counter-productive and designed to divide and conquer not only the individuals who are the subject of the message, but you too, by creating the impression that certain people belong in certain groups.
If you are religious. Shun religion. You don't need it. There is no such thing as a soul that can be punished or rewarded in an afterlife. Free your mind and embrace science and survival skills.
In the next election, use the write-in option and vote for "No Confidence" because politics is a fraud run by businesses.
Join your local Freethinkers Meetup Group by searching for atheists at meetup.com. Visit atheistnexus.org and the other atheist and freethinkers sites found at my blog. And look for me on Myspace too.
Monday, January 3, 2011
The masses cannot see beyond the social veil, they only see that which they believe directly influences their lives.
What exactly is the social veil? The veil is made entirely of petty distractions. Distractions such as religion, sports, politics, home-making, lawn care, daily toil for someone else, competing for local social status, etc.
The veil must be maintained by constantly communicating messages that reinforce the values of these existing petty distractions.
The mass media can easily deny responsibility for reinforcing the social veil because they claim they merely provide the messages the audience wants to experience.
More responsibility belongs to certain media associated with early childhood development and education.
Mainly the early Dick and Jane books, using buses to move children to unfamiliar neighborhoods instead of improving the schools in the neighborhoods, history education about how certain cultures were conquered so we assume they are still below the status of their conquerors, the use of local property taxes to create an imbalance in education funding, employees getting recruited at local churches instead of local universities, etc.
Early conditioning stays with us, and our fear of the unknown and our programmed expectations of others are the strings by which we are controlled, from beyond the social veil.
History is full of lies, while science can be tested and proven true or false. They who call themselves "theologians" are well-versed in manipulation of the masses, like that revealed by Niccolo Machiavelli in his book The Prince.
However, theologians are merely the unwitting guards and cultivators of the social veil. They too are mere victims of its power because we are only as good as our limited choices allow.
How do we tear away the social veil? Stop believing.
Start questioning absolutely everything, like we did when we were young and we kept asking "Why?"
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