By Suzanne Deakins
I usually like to write a feel good piece about Peace-On-Earth this time of year, but it all seems a bit shallow with the current state of affairs in our world.
While watching Oliver Stone’s The Untold History of the U.S. it became apparent to me that we have been at war since the beginning of this country. Apparently, peace is more costly to money barons than war. Our economy is based a great deal on war. As of 2016 we are at war on many different fronts. The only hope of peace and equity for all is if we stop participating as a country and individuals in the violence. It feels almost “Pollyanna” to say the way to peace is peace.
Starting in the late 19th Century and into the early 20th U.S. magazines such as the New Republic and NY Times, began a campaign to influence the public in being more liberal in their thinking and changing the horrific life of lower economic people. Out of this grew a billion dollar plus industry designed to control our thoughts and thinking. (Marketing and propaganda campaigns.)
In the U.S.A. we have freedom of expression, but we no longer have freedom of thought. We have been lead to believe the only way to control terrorism is to visit others with our brand of terrorism. If you look at our history as a country, it is apparent that we are the largest terrorist organization in the world. We destroy the innocent and infrastructure of half the world and call it protecting our country. We have been conned by the government and industrialists that all the killing and hate are for our own good. It is easy to look back and see how evil the killing and displacing American Natives was, but when we look at the present, our eyes become glazed over.
On 9/11 the Western World went into shock. It was the first time in hundreds of years we experienced the kind of attack that we (Western World) had perpetuated on others.
This kind of shock has given leaders the go-ahead, to clamp down on our citizens. (The USA PATRIOT Act is an Act of Congress that was signed into law by President George W. Bush on October 26, 2001. With its ten-letter abbreviation (USA PATRIOT) expanded, the full title is “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001″).
As a country, we gave up quite a bit of freedom with the Patriot Act, including the right to assemble. Our thinking was misdirected to think we were in immediate danger of chemical and atomic warfare. We allowed ourselves to be bamboozled by the actions of those who lacked the moral and ethical values needed to run a country let alone a world power. Equal rights, marriage rights, integration, equal pay, and fair pay were all put on the back burner. Our fear aggression drives were awakened by the fear that we were being attacked. Like in other wars our brother and sisters of color were the first ones on front lines. Military recruited those who had little options economically to forge other life styles. Tuitions of colleges and tech schools went through the ceiling. This further ensured bodies for military terrorism.
Control of the masses, so to speak, has switched from using strikebreakers to our thought processes with marketing and propaganda. This is how dictators and leaders of countries hook into changing thought. This gives dictators a kind of control that violence no longer does. Hitler used this method to control the thinking of German citizens causing them to rise against Judaism. If we become convinced that Muslims are the threat we can be lead down the same path as Germans in the 1930-40s.
You don’t stop violence by using violence. Killing a leader such as Osama Bin Laden only produces a younger and stronger leaders and groups such as Isle. We have yet to understand or listen to why these groups are in existence. We have missed the opportunity to look at the individuals and try to understand why they would give up their lives in suicide bombings.
The simplest of solutions is to stop participating in terrorism. Stop committing acts of terror on others as a government and a people. The general populace, we, are more aware, more informed, but our thinking is still being controlled by marketing and propaganda.
Two years ago a U.S. Gallop Poll taken around the globe stated that the majority of leaders and countries see the US as the largest threat to world peace. This was not reported in the U.S. The threat to our nation will come from within.
The fear and hate of anything that seems different or is not understood will menace our very existence. The answer lies within each of us. No outside force is going to protect us or resolve the current situation in the U.S. and our community. We must learn to listen to our accusers, hear and try to comprehend the fear and hate of those who would put us in jeopardy. Only by washing the glaze from our eyes, and beginning to see clearly can we find the path we must walk.
Violence begets violence, and hate begets hate. And most important love and compassion creates love and compassion. We must stop thinking about the “whats” we have been lead to believe and start thinking on our own.
Think with your heart and feel with your mind.