Here Thar Be Monsters!
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Don't know what I did right, but for the past week, Russia has been lighting up like a Christmas tree. We've been getting about 1,000 hits a day from there, in addition to the regular traffic. And there's no rhyme to the hits. It's like folks are randomly reading the entire archive...which is fine. About time someone did. I figure it's the CIA using Tor to pop out in Moscow to cover their tracks. Makes me feel important. But, to all our new friends in Russia: Добро пожаловат!
At any rate, been a busy weekend, what with shooters and bombers and the Indonesian National Police knocking off the Number One Most Wanted Guy Around Here (NOMWGA). As usual (here or anywhere else), this has little effect on controlling terrorism.
See? The fundamental flaw in the War on Terror is that every time you get one, two more spring up because all this whole mess achieves is pissing off more people.
Look at the States. First, they ban drugs, so that creates a blackmarket, which increases prices and attracts more unwanted types, who start fighting the law enforcement, so the cops get military style weapons and training, so the the bad guys do too, which makes the cop twitchy and start killing folks, who get pissed off and start killing cops.
It's all just one endless circle. Violence begets violence, one smart guy once said. The more you piss in someone's Wheaties, the more they want to poop in your garden. You get nastier, so they get meaner. You up the ante, so they raise the stakes. All of these Warons (copyright and registered) will eventually lead to complete collapse, and at this point, I'm not entirely sure that's a bad thing.
One thing I am absolutely sure of is that someone is making a fortune off all this mess. In the West, they say, "Order out of chaos," and in the East they say, "Opportunity in chaos." Pretty much the same thing. Stir up some shit and then sit back and invest in the outcome.
In the end, we are all to blame for it since we buy into it. We obey authority. We bow to governments. We swallow our pride and dignity to serve corporations. Worst of all, we consume the society that was created for us, and it was created for us because on an individual level, I don't know anyone who wants all this crap.
And so we come to the axiom that a person is smart, but people are stupid.
We've all been conditioned to turn to authority figures any time life gets out of hand. The problem is that those same authority figures are the one causing life to get out of hand. The result is that we increasingly depend on authority to save us from...in effect, authority.
What's worse is that we have been further conditioned to call anyone who sees this particular insanity "conspiracy theorists," even though just a brief read of history tells us that pretty much all of history is one big conspiracy.
Like mushrooms, the visible caps are just a tiny part of the organism. Beneath the soil are massive networks of interconnecting filaments that ultimately create a network of seemingly unrelated items. I call this the Fungal Theory of History (FTH), and we are the ones being kept in the dark and fed shit.
In the rich loam of society, the tendrils of FTH spread out and suck nutrients out of each of us. The FTH has no chlorophyll and depends on decay and rot to feed its massive network.
I am afraid that the only way to rid the Earth of this subterranean infestation is to completely uproot society. The more we fight and kill, the more rot and decay we create to feed the fungus. We must remove the food source - move into the light where fungus is scorched and dies. Without the shadow and the rot, fungus cannot survive, since it cannot convert light into food.
Where I lose hope is that uprooting involves some pain. There won't be any more TeeVee or PokemonGo sucking our life-force out of us, but only by disconnecting from this digital infestation can we hope to rid our world of this slimy parasite. However, looking around, I see little will to do the necessary. Folks are pretty happy handing their lives over, it seems.
I'm not a Neo-Luddite and I think the internet is the greatest learning tool every devised by humans, but the Fungus is working overtime to distract us from realizing the incredible promise that is literally at our fingertips.
I am afraid that the whole thing must come to a crashing halt. There doesn't seem to be a way out otherwise. One could, say, buy a huge ranch and set it up under a set of rules that are written into the deed restrictions, but that violates my love of free will and sovereign ownership. However, I am unable to think of another way to demonstrate the benefits of complete freedom from the FTH and the "authoritarian" mentality. It is so completely bound into society and culture now, and the "education" system has robbed us of the ability to think independently.
So on this fatalistic Monday, I pull back from the Fungus and wonder what the result will be of this infestation. In the end, by the time we figure out what's happening, we are old and the young folks have been taught to dismiss us. By the time they are old and realize we were right, then their kids won't be listening.
It's a vicious circle...kind of like a Fairy Ring.