Do they really? Does anybody know?
It all started from the lyrics of the of the Leonard Cohen song “Everybody Knows...”
“Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows that the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That's how it goes
The fact of the good guys losing is so sad... So painful. Same for the poor staying poor, the rich getting richer... So heart wrenching.
Does everybody really know? If they do, why is nothing being done? Why does everything go on the same way?
The person I addressed this question to answered: “Learned helplessness. The media pumps that up.”
There is truth in that. However, I see it rather more as people not caring enough. I understand, most do not have the extra time to deal with bigger world affairs. But if they cared enough, they'd make time from their selfish, small lives. After all, so many people have time to spend on Facebook or to watch ridiculously idiotic, beyond derisible TV shows. They have time to share all sorts of dumb emojis or cute kitten videos and even time to comment on them. So I take it that for most people such topics as social injustice, political putrescence, rottenness of the economic system are not of much interest. There is so much malfunction in almost every aspect of the social and political structure, perhaps the deranged justice system being among the top examples.
Yeah, there are sparks here and there, but not enough will to do anything about them, not enough numbers to bring about a change.
No no no... I seriously doubt everybody knows that the boat is leaking. Otherwise, they wouldn't be backing up the status quo promoting this Wrong Classification Syndrome.
We don't have one captain. We have about 200 captains, the “leaders” of the UN countries and those partially recognized ones. All of them are lying. Or they are An Army of Imbeciles.
“Everybody talking to their pockets
Everybody wants a box of chocolates
And a long stem rose”
Yes, everybody is talking to their pockets may you rest in peace Leonard, if you don't mind me calling you by name.
But everybody doesn't want a box of chocolates and a long stem rose... Unfortunately, too many in this world have more vital needs, they lack even the basics to come to chocolates and roses.
“Everybody knows, everybody knows
That's how it goes
Yes, that's how it goes. Unfortunately... But that's not how it should go.
“Everybody knows that it's me or you
And everybody knows that you live forever
Ah when you've done a line or two
Everybody knows the deal is rotten
Old Black Joe's still pickin' cotton
For your ribbons and bows
And everybody knows”
Yes, old Black Joe is still pickin' cotton, or young Black Ali's are picking tomatoes in Italy for our salads and sauces. Millions if not billions are sweating in, well, sweatshops, for our ribbons and bows. But all this is so unacceptable. Why don't more people speak up if they know?
They don't care I suppose. They simply do not care enough. They don't care enough to have moral outrage.
It's easy to stomp on the poor and powerless. So easy... It is easier to stand on the side of the authority and the majority. Oooh it's so easy.
Things need to change.
Things do not change with elections. I mean they do a bit, but that's not enough even if the change is for the better. (Which generally is not.) Changing presidents or prime ministers doesn't solve the problem. If it did, at some point we'd have had a better world. Yes, the world is getting better in a way but please don't argue that we are much better off than so many centuries ago. That has nothing to do with our awful nature being bettered. It's only our living is made easier and more accessible as technical knowledge accumulates. There is no progress in our awful nature. It's just that in different times it find different venues to stick out its head and cause troubles. The world is full of court cases, cases impossible to solve. Petty cases impossible to get over. There is just too much. Unacceptably too much of conflict in our daily lives. True, some may be unavoidable. As we have different values. But I'm sure we can avoid most if we bang on different principles in the upcoming generations. Yeah, I'm aware I used a seemingly violent word. But I believe such violence is acceptable. We need to be benevolent dictators. We need to hammer better ideas in. We need to. We simply need to.
We need a radical change, and such an approach is fundamental to achieving that change. If everybody keeps playing the same wrong game, if we are happy when our side wins and are saddened when the other side wins, we won't get anywhere anytime. We need to find or invent a game where both sides can win. Either you or me, politics shouldn't be a football game with teams competing to win the league. It should be:
But how to get people to understand this?
That is the question.