Sometimes I just get fed up. And it usually happens around the holidays when we are supposed to be spreading some good cheer and kindness toward our fellow man, just in case we have been ignoring that mission otherwise. Maybe just a week or two of peace....
Then Black Friday comes.
Then the shopping mobs of Christmas.
I know these mobs are not representative of the potential for humanity, or even the majority, but it is what we are currently stuck dealing with, especially in city environments. What concerns me, in this case, is not the pepper-spraying police trying to contain the Air Jordan mob, because one shouldn't be caught dead near the Nike-produced, slave labor, child abusing filth that this particular corporation embodies, nor be seen in one of their chain store, human rights violating centers of degradation. Those who would fight and presumably die for such a cause? Well, it's an open invitation to the whole arsenal in my view.
However, this is what the future looks like if we don't get our act together real quick.
Drudge Report has dedicated several spots to the insanity of beating one another half to death for a pair of Air Jordans. Black Friday has given way to Black Eye Friday. This is what the elites see from their (stolen) position on the mount -- and it isn't pretty, let's admit. Their policies are generally driven by the belief that the masses are asses and deserve a good culling. I'm not suggesting that we have anything to prove to that higher class of sociopath, but rather that we do have something to prove to ourselves.
The alternative media has been covering the warp-speed arrival of the brutal police state, and all it means for true freedom of expression, freedom of movement, the right to privacy, and the right to not be detained indefinitely at the whim of whichever overlord is in power. These are real issues that should elicit a real response -- en masse. While I have written about the need to boycott any corporation or country signing on to police state measures, I'm frankly becoming equally troubled by my immediate neighbors -- the neighbors that choose to take their stand by clashing with the police state over Air F-ing Jordans. Or sign on to any part of the apparatus that winds up taking part in all that is base and promoting human weakness.
An estimated 1,000 people were camped outside a shopping mall to gain access to Foot Locker. This follows the passage of a bill that declares America a literal war zone, and everyone within it fair game for the same treatment as Abu Ghraib. And the hordes grab Air Jordans amidst a maelstrom of thrown punches and pepper spray? Pathetic, and embarrassing.
Those of us fighting for the right of humanity to gain access to a level playing field, and to call out elite overlords for their obvious unfairness as supposed referees or consultants -- as well as show disgust for their wicked and decadent ways -- had best be prepared to step up our game and focus on the front lines as well.
The economy is going to fully collapse; every reliable expert and trend forecaster has told us that this is the case. And when it occurs -- through hyperinflation, dollar devaluation, or consolidation toward global currency -- it won't be the elective, manufactured necessity of Air Jordans that the mobs will covet -- it will be anything associated with raw survival dictated by real necessity.
And when this happens, and your neighborhood becomes a permanent Black Eye Friday, you will probably beg for the police state to come stomping into town.
Perhaps we can use these aberrant holiday events to open up discussion with our real protectors and partners -- our neighbors -- and call their behavior into question, while doing our best to offer alternative ways to deal with stressful situations, manufactured desires, and manufactured shortages.
Just maybe we can put a little true nobility back in the holidays, answer our higher potential, and have it carry over into 2012 when we'll likely need it most.
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