It’s easy to run with the pack In fact if you are born into the mainstream and go through the usual rites of passage in terms of a public education its almost prescribed that you are. The older you get in this process the more you are encouraged to join a group and use it as an egg to establish your relative identity for future application along those lines. Perhaps, like Rudyard Kipling’s proverbial eleven blind Hindus trying to take int he true essence of all things elephant we fall short of any precise definition though we all share in the common appreciation of that same pachyderm ordiferous presence. While many take this impression along with them on life’s journey few have take on the burden of attempting to fully define the ‘game’ behind the driving force of the culture for what it is. Those who do and become too vocal about it are most liable to be outed not so much by the ruthless machinations of the shadowy minions of some hidden star chamber elite as their everyday fellow travelers that don’t dare believe in the possibilities that the disruptive insight provides.In fact, it would be safe to say that those who run the show count upon this phenomena. Hence the relentless ritual of polling statistics that form the basis for every argument of amateur experts everywhere to drive home their own cogent personal wisdoms.
Old timeworn adages that have traveled along with every society usually spoken by crusty old savants are always ignored by the youth that struggle to make their place in the ‘modern’ era. Many years later of course they find themselves humbled within the dusty attic of their existence exhuming this same tired pennant and holding it warily before the subsequent generations of their own offspring who in turn ignore it just as readily. Knowledge these days is too important to allow it to be past down from one generation to the next of family and thus we find programming on all mediums that attempts every trick in the book to seduce and cajole the immature to cast away all but the doctrines that these media sirens espouse. The greatest engines of tyranny are television and the Internet as these provide the semblance of knowledge laced with the eye candy simulation of entertainment. Knowledge and learning on the realistic level is not fun. It despoils one’s reputation with their fellows if in no other sense it destabilizes the constant rain of false innuendoes that almost all safely mouth. Thus we find the last significant material possession of any aspiring Diogenes to be a very banged up, overused, ever-emptied cup indeed.