I believe these words are very timely given the upcoming elections, the attacks on our constitution and the bantering about "Freedom".
Recently we have been given more comforts here in ad-seg. More TV channels, more canteen selections and ultimately more distractions from our plight. Men loose themselves in a fantasy world on TV and slowly become content with the injustice of ad-seg. But isn't that the purpose of TV, radio and Internet platforms?
They are used to provide a distraction from the reality of life! Instead of thinking about what could be done to improve as humans, we worry about who is getting voted off of the island or what celebrity is doing what or who! We have decided that instead of educating ourselves on the causes that will effect us, we look to anchor men, analysts and politicians to provide the answers, to solve our problems, to plan our next move. We have sent our children to fight for the causes our "advisors" tell us are just. Yet when they are wrong or mislead us, how many look for what was truly the right or wrong cause? Very few.
The rest of us look to these same men to provide us with the answers! We have become a society that is blind and comfortable; a flock of sheep taught to believe their slavery is freedom! Debt, the key to the American dream....and what a dream it is because as long as you "own" through debt, you don't "own" anything! We fill our homes with "things", express ourselves through clothes and material possessions yet remain empty inside. Our life of chasing the American "dream" (paying the debt of that dream) rarely affords us time to grow into our full potential. I would rather be a full man in squalor than a shell of a man surrounded by lies. The belief in the modern American ideal (materialism, debt) is to believe a lie! Ruled by a totalitarian regime wearing the mask of democracy with our rights stripped in the name of freedom.
At least I know I am subject to restricted freedom as punishment. I don't know how America tolerates losing its freedom through the Patriot Act (who's name, in itself, is a joke) as a result of the acts of non-Americans. But I have noticed, as long as we are provided with distractions, living under unjust conditions becomes alright. This goes for both convicts and citizens. We must wake up! As long as we accept being oppressed, we accept not becoming whole. An oppressed man is only the shell of a real man. Like Nietzsche says, "Man may never be freer than when he fights for his freedom!" Jonny
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