Following on from my profile blurb now shortened…I have apprehension about the power of the overarching economic, social and political agendas that fully affect our everyday lives. In more negative moments I believe these agendas are now beyond affect from the ordinary citizen and their vote. That maybe things will only change, when we have an apocalyptic happening such as a full on economic meltdown hinted at in 2008. However I remain optimistic enough that I will continue to voice concerns, because my adult children now navigate their way in this environment.
For me part of any change being made possible is for the ‘sheep’ or ‘sleepy hobbits’ to actually become alert to these manipulations. Highlighting and criticism of these agendas are dismissively referred to as conspiracies by our world and national ‘leaders’ with agreement bleated by these same ‘sheep’. However these conspiracies are increasingly well documented for those who are not wilfully blind. I am inspired by the ‘plot to enslave us all’ statement of JFK (see my post on this) seven days before he was killed. Such a statement should have given fair warning to us all, because it came from such a position of power as his. It is wilful blindness to dismiss those concerns as the rants of a ‘nutter’. Our social reality is now one a psychopathocracy ruled over by psychopaths. Having a ‘head in the sand and arse up towards life’ will not protect you and yours.
Psychopathy is adequately described by our situation In NZ. We absorb false and fake nationalistic messages and agree to impacts on our lives that will cause further harm to our social fabric. Despite our physical isolation and small population we have what is an illusionary ‘clean green’ message about our environmental. We are in the process of agreeing to further degrading of that image which actually has a financial value in this world currently being measured solely in economic terms.
Which is compromised further when we have an environment where ground water will be further polluted by fracking, a process which has also been linked to earthquakes elsewhere but is apparently all okay in an already earthquake prone country. Where deadly dispersal agents (current sickness & death rate amongst Gulf of Mexico residences give real cause for concern) being sprayed onto ocean oil spills like the Rena ship accident, off Tauranga, as we are assured we are adequately protected against any oil drilling mishap made more likely with the wholesale release of prospecting rights in deep sea basins off NZ. When we unquestioningly head towards greater dairy intensification with ever more water pollution when we have not defined who owns the water and how much value there is to that water, that these private businesses depends upon, as we all do for many reasons of life sustaining through to recreation.
Where our self-proclaimed image of reconstruction & peace making in our involvement in US conflicts is a mirage while we remain fully part of the US worldwide spy network and in US conflicts with intelligence and SAS troops rather than engineers, trades and police. Where we allow a prime minister, popular because he can smile while telling lies, to cosy up further with the US in changing labour laws to suit corporations like the Hollywood studios or in outlawing our time honour sea protesting tradition to suit the oil exploration multi-nationals or as we align our internal spying laws to further reflect life previously and loudly condemned in the soviet bloc. Do we issue our boys in blue the brown shirts now or later? As we actually participate in the wars of the global bully US instead of speaking out against them on a moral basis, because it suits our trade and political relationships.
NZ had a devastating earthquake that wrecked 000’s of buildings in Christchurch. The silver lining is reconstruction and the job opportunities for our 7.5% unemployment (much higher amongst our youth). Making good decisions for the future prosperity of our country is the job of a decent government. What we have seen is despite two years plus of lag time (insurance pay-outs etc.) to get the rebuild happening is a pathetic few $million thrown at construction apprenticeships by a government that could find $1.6 billion to bail out their voter demographic who made free choice decisions to invest in a finance company. At the same time Key (prime minister) and co see no issue with importing workers from overseas while our unemployment remains essentially the same and at the same time this government is introducing more draconian measures to boot these dole ‘bludgers’ off the list into homelessness and crime!
My further concern is that the docile sheep or sleepy hobbits that make up most of our NZ society are increasingly part of the problem as global agendas have torn our communities apart.
At the ‘grass-roots’ as the rat eking out its existence, I deplore the loss of freedom through laws, regulations and restrictions on personal activities valued in my youth and as a younger father.
These could be as simple as being able to light fires at camp sites-marshmallows were the treat my children enjoyed, or as a kid myself-we had open access to all beaches and most farmers let you camp on their streams and rivers. An age before playground rubber matting and risk adverse equipment and helicopter parents doing all for you, when risk was an accepted activity in life because that’s how kids learnt to be functioning adults who knew how to risk manage and fix stuff.
Or more complex as a father and male who evolved through the play centre (parent run pre-school) movement with my children and others, but then ran afoul of the ‘family’ (word used loosely) court system as a man seeking custody/access to my children. So profound was the angst that I actually studied gender issues from 1999 onwards. Reasons and causes of social bias in the systems were readily exposed.
Nowadays I would state that my support for equity feminism remains, in principle, most particularly because I have three daughters. However I deplore the excesses of radical or gender feminism which put in place a ‘gender war’ that has now well and truly impacted our social/legal environment. A social environment where aberrant and abhorrent male behaviours is portrayed as routine amongst men, which has served to push men in general into circumspection around children. Where a male teacher now knows there is a target on his back when alone with children or where teen aged girls will now make throw away comments about paedophilia when viewing an unknown mid/old aged male. Or the bizarre idea that the child claimed by ‘white ribbon’, and such bias campaigns, to be in need of protection from men, may in 50% of occasions grow to be a man to be watched for his bad behaviour and apparently uncontrollable sexual urges by the rest of society. Or the thought that your brother, son or father is in that same boat when viewed by the unknowing community.
Where the upshot of struggling humans is now ‘divided and ruled’, which is exactly what the current ruling ‘empire’ (neo-liberal capitalism/globalisation/financial elite) wanted alongside the destruction of the nuclear family as the primary unit of social reproduction.
That said the journey through these studies pushed me into examining my own angst emotions and behaviours at various crisis points in my life and how these were seen by those around me.
I view with sadness the actuality of two people walking down the road both talking to elsewhere on their cell phones, or indeed the mum walking her children home from school texting…these people are not present with each other. Or the increasing lack of connection to neighbours and community because we are all ‘busy’ and family friendly work hours have been replaced with 24/7 consumerism.
Perversely, I have a sense of excitement at the world we live in, in particular the expansion of the possibilities to communicate to a wider audience, to get past the ‘gate keepers’ in the digital era. To communicate your own truth, to tell your own stories.