THE BLOOD RED CARPET, an essay regarding competition for “peace”

We live in such an absurdist world. Peace has even been turned into a competition.

Do we need a prize for actually having compassion on a large scale? That is pathetic. Childish people play with tanks and bombs and national budgets. Actual children also die because of it. Collateral damage runs chaotically out of control while bank accounts get fatter. We are all collateral damage to the power and wealth of but a few in comparison. There should be a prize for destruction too. There might as well be. The fat cat politicians could go up on the stage, smile and nod, do their silly psychological hand motions, and give an acceptance speech to thank the numerous lives they have snuffed out in order to relish the applause they have garnered. Do not think for one moment that I am not talking about America. I am. To be more precise I am referring to the global wealthy elite but much of that seems to run from the heart of the American Empire. Yes, it is an empire. With the military budget well over-top of any other nation in the world why would it not be a pivotal summit of the powerful? It can and has bullied the United Nations for example. Just think about that for one second. The organization that represents unity in the world can be pushed around by just one of its nations. That is a skewed game board to say the least.

We are so naive. And we are so quick to pass the buck. I am American by the way, but as Kurt Vonnegut said after my own heart; I am a man without a country. I am not a fan of an Authoritarian, Neo-fascist surveillance/police state, unholy bastardization. As a humanist I have no patriotism for this. It is not just the state of things as they are of late that I lament. No, it has been this way for a long time. Anyone who is surprised by the Authoritarian takeover of the US, (and of other countries recently) has been misinformed, uninformed, or otherwise not paying attention. To not take responsibility as sheep being herded towards the slaughter is innocent but it also could be framed as ignorant. It all depends. That however is beside the point. Why do we let it be that way? Why do we let silly war games be played and why do they give out awards and praise like a popularity contest?

The red carpet for politics and peace is a crimson blood stained shade. They stand on top of the slaughter of the innocents. It is all not much different than Hollywood and entertainment. Both use fancy storytelling after all. Reality has been replaced by reality TV. The selfish narcissist who runs the superpower of the world was a reality TV star and that is not a coincidence. The financial sway of mainstream media and propaganda has worked so well it is what most blindly trust more than anything. The psychology of marketing has created a seemingly unstoppable monster. Mad men have turned it into a mad world. Reality with a capital “R” is really all there is though. The Reality is that extremely wealthy people, and extremely large corporations, truly do run things. They run things on a global scale. This is not a conspiracy. In fact it is open and transparent. Follow the money and see for yourself.

By the way the word “conspiracy” has been slandered and defamed by people who do not want free thinking and questioning. This a cunning psychological trick. To conspire literally means to plan and conspiring happens all the time. It happens behind closed doors all the time. It also happens with uber wealthy and powerful people as well as corporations. Let us not be so naive. Let us not look the other way so easily. One does not need to remain patriotic to a military-industrial complex, a government that sustains itself by creating war and selling weapons of war (the US is the undisputed world champion of selling arms to anyone who will buy them, military grade armament, not just small firearms). One does not have to remain loyal just because one is told to do so. That is what authority winning blindly looks like.

The spectre of terrorism is one example of another cunning tool to build patriotism while also fear mongering so that we buy into violent action in order to secure resources. We all sleep better at night by justifying it but like a bedtime story it is all made up. Terrorism by nature does not threaten a nation or a government. Terrorism can pop up any time, any place, and the point of it by definition is to cause fear. Its hope is to cause fear because it knows it cannot overthrow something. It settles for fear. By definition then terrorism (or causing fear with violence) is when people can only cause fear and are incapable of anything more. Terrorism being a threat to a nation is ludicrous. It is also a brilliant appeal to emotion used to control the masses. I repeat myself because it seems as though people are very confused as to what the definition of terrorism actually is, linguistically speaking. The word has been changed due to brainwashing but the violation remains. Using terrorism as a tool to keep people scared and in support of the largest military force in the world is literally using terrorism. Creating an unbalanced fear of terrorism is in itself causing fear to gain something. This could be called meta-terrorism. How hypocritical is that? The real bedtime story would be a nightmare that keeps us awake and horrified until it is actually fixed.

We need critical thinking. We need to get our heads out of the sand. It does not take a genius to figure this out. It simply takes awareness and questioning. Both are hallmarks of a democratic society. People seem to want democracy in the world. Many people, even highly educated and seemingly informed people call America a democracy and call out atrocities to it as being undemocratic. The error though is that America is not a democracy. It never really was. It has had some democratic ideals but it is not beholden to them. You could assert that the reason we follow so blindly and buy in so very much is precisely because it has never been a democracy representing the people. It has always represented money while building a gilded cage for the masses to keep them comfortable enough not to question it. We have forgotten that we are not allowed to question. The masses need only be the majority in this case. Minorities are called minor because they do not have political power, not because of numbers. Control white Americans and you control America. I am white by the way. White people very rarely call out white people as a whole but I sure as hell am. Not because I see anything but one human race, but because it must be acknowledged that the illusion of race is used to divide us. Ethnicity and different cultures are real and should be respected. Race though? Biologically humans are one race. It is not like there are multiple species of humans like racists would have you believe. Race is a social construct. I would dare to take it a step further and say that it could be seen as a socio-political construct. A people divided and fighting each other cannot unite and rise up against what is controlling them. They are spread too thin and have too much infighting to be powerful enough to do so. Why then do we think a nation that controls the masses rather than listening to them is a democracy? Also, what are the implications of the super power in the world right now being that way?

From much research I have come across experts classifying The United States of America a Mixed Republic. It has some democratic ideals that are in the backseat along for the ride but they are not driving. Note that the ideals are not actually built into the system but are more like philosophical underpinnings. The system is not, and never was, held to a democratic philosophy. Do not think that it should be democratic when it is not a democratic system to begin with. So then, the nation leading the charge and “spreading democracy” around the world by forced occupation is not even democratic. That actually makes perfect sense. Yes, it is so simple and right under our noses but most have been brainwashed so much that they cannot, or will not, see it. We really need to wake up out of this trance.

For instance our bodies are literally controlled while we stand and remove hats at sporting events for an anthem. An anthem to what exactly though? What is the anthem an ode to in the present time? We are shamed if we do not comply to that ritual (as some NFL players were, some of which can barely find a job in the league anymore). Perhaps that is why we like zombie stories so much. We relate to them. We are zombies. And a sport is apparently a ritual ground for a military. Competitions breed more competitions. Military ads and propaganda riddle professional sports, especially football broadcasts.

They seem to say:

“Do you like violently tackling people to the cheer of the crowd? Then sign up to go die for big oil and big finance. If you make it back home we won’t actually help you but we will put on rituals and pageantry to make you feel good. Or rather it’ll make the rest of them feel good. They’ll even thank you for your service even though they have no idea what you even did or were asked to do. Oh and we’ll give you a sign-on bonus!”

The ads might as well say all of that because to me that is what it all adds up to.

Childish people compete and think it is important and real. If it is seen as just a game that is fine. Children die from bombs raining down from the sky because they were born where they were born with no say in the matter. If that is a game then it is not fine. The Reality though is that it is a huge game and it is being played right now, every day. Flip the situation and imagine some country dropping bombs from literal flying robots on your family just because you live close by to people who are suspected to be bad (and also have the audacity to fight back to keep the oil that is rightfully their own). Would that not just create pissed off people which would then breed more terrorists? Perhaps we should call them freedom fighters in that case. The point is that none of it is logical, the reasoning given to us for all this bloodshed I mean. It is built on logical fallacies (especially appeal to emotion and false equivalencies these days). Yet we keep rolling out the red carpet. Who can throw, run, or tackle the best? Who can not only make a ton of money with a movie but who made the “best” movie? Who can inspire peace the best? Who can destroy the best?

We applaud those who walk upon the red carpet while smiling and waving in their expensive clothes. They galavant in front of us, giving each other awards for cannibalistic competitions. These awards are for physical prowess, the total subjective nature of the arts, and of course who can be the most popular in appearing to spread peace. They walk in front of us because of money interests and playing the game better than the poor and the people who did not know we were all playing a childish game. But what are they really walking on? Whose shoulders are they standing on? Who died so that they could hold a gold statue in their hands?

The carpet runs red with the blood of the innocents.

 

 

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