Having unintentionally fabricated my own version of a "Silence Experiment" following my last post " The Greater the Event, the Less we Hear", and not making any noise about any world events for a couple of weeks, our dear readers may have come to the conclusion that Uno Eventus Gigantus was taking place, ergo the Total Silence in this blog, "the less we hear" and all that.
That assumption would be wrong, since everybody has to take time off to plant their garden, cut the grass, attend graduation ceremonies, take care of business, and think up new stuff to analyze, comment upon and even complain about. That's what I did, and surprise, surprise, the world carried right on doing stupid stuff -all by itself.
Isn't that helpful?
There is never a dearth of foolishness out there; there is never a lack of warfare, evil lawyer tricks being conducted, outrageous CEO bonuses, and / or repressive government policy, wasteful spending, and excessive taxation to comment about.
While I was off raking mulch, planting winter cabbage and repairing my lawnmower, the war raged on in Libya, volcanoes erupted, earthquakes shook New Zealand again, and Manitoba and Quebec continue to suffer from " excessive" water, while Alberta is suffering from forest fires, drought, with nary a drop of water to be had.
With a majority government in Canada, somewhat starchy and pretty bossy at best, and a failing economy in the US led by the close- to- silent GOP, there is plenty to worry about. A major recession is already upon the U.S., gold is over $1500.00/oz, which means the dollar has been seriously devalued, but the "people" continue to shop and watch television. They BBQ big fat steaks out in the admittedly cold weather, and have seemingly 'forgotten' Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster, radioactive food, earthquakes and tsunamis and Avian flu, and other incidental delights. It's more important to live for the day--apparently the future doesn't count.
Where does our excessive contemporary apathy come from? Sedation? What are we collectively "on" ?
Is all food being drugged by Corporate North America, or is the average Joe just brainwashed into total apathy, the "not being able to do anything about it anyway, so why bother" syndrome?
Do we shut our brains down in self-defense from information overload? One of my astute readers here at Incoming Bytes suggested that possibility.
Meantime, the greedy keep getting greedier, Corporate North America is running the show, and politicians continue to do as they will, a.k.a. do NOTHING about it because it's too much fun being in power.
Outrage should be the norm, but it is not. In the old West, such rats, cads, and crooked do-nothings would be strung out to dry in the desert sun. In old Europe, even one better, they would be drawn, quartered, and hung, put up for display on a pike-pole to act as a deterrent and warning to other such persons of ill repute.
Our civilized society "allows" such abuse of power in silence. We happily vote political offenders back in office, to do the same kinds of things all over again, again and again.
Why is that? Do we ever learn? Apparently not.
Where is our leadership? We don't have to ask where Prime Minister Harper was, he was flying off to a NHL Stanley Cup hockey game via very expensive tax-payer funded jet...$11,000.00 an hour or something equally outrageous as that--- to see a NHL hockey game. --when people in this country are homeless and unemployed and seniors live in poverty. How lovely. How TOTALLY predictable.
If life is going to treat the Elite so wonderfully, would it actually be better to be out in the garden, totally uninformed, totally ignore the news, and just walk around in serendipity with a warm fog surrounding the garden, home, pups and peace?
Shall we all participate in total silence and refuse to pay Corporate North America and the political machine that drains us dry, but does nothing for us? By being silent, can we create ever larger events? I have to wonder.
That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it.