“IGNORANCE IS BLISS”, as the old saying goes . . .
The notion of common sense may indeed have many meanings to different generations. The usable meaning of same based upon the relative outlook in terms of the brand of society that one is cast into by fate and parentage. Yet, human nature over the long haul seems to have an indelible formula for what truly makes sense in the long term. Something that is administered as infallibly as that Darwinian law of the fittest in a survival contest with the smartest. And perhaps those that demonstrate the greatest degree of applicable sanity despite the injunction to heed the latest passing cultural invocations to quickly self-destruct. The reason to bring this topic up having come of a recent personal experience of mine own within the vein of a classic Joseph Conrad tale. I being found unexpectedly within the deepest darkest jungle somewhere metaphorically traveling down a river on company steamer as one is confronted by numerous cannibals. An experience, that if it were not for the fact of being conducted in near proximity immediately adjacent to Wacker Drive in Chicago Illinois, would have surprised me to have found myself so far afield of what I have up to now come to have considered as reasonable behavior. An experience that did not embody overt violence to life and limb, but to society as a whole. A mindset based upon a grim degree of rampant fertile ignorance that was as shocking in its hold upon my psyche as it was on any modern Midwestern American. Something painfully rife! At least as posed by these contemporary average constituents of my own home town Windy City. A caveman mentality of self-centered ever self-serving ‘it’s all about me‘ focus that recognizes only the modern transfiguration of the age old law of the jungle into a ghetto street smart version of superficially playing by ‘their‘ rules to ‘get it while you can!‘ This experience coming my way in the form of a trial jury weighing in on culpability of a larger medical institution for committing malpractice as part of a suit brought by an individual. An individual of an ethnic background that was by the playbook of this day considered an infallible victim in all circumstances. The most most recent iteration of American society the ever present villain. The European descended spawn of the now ‘less than greatest generation‘. And here was I as an unthinking member of that former tribe so recently considered as the most civilized on this planet. Heresy! Racist! Fascist! I being placed at the moral crossroads of having to choose to be true to my own flag, or face summary knee jerk condemnation as someone being hopelessly out of touch with reasonable reality. That same reality being quickly spend the short time allotted ignoring facts and figures and then furiously demanding the money promised and, of course, run. The only opinions to be offered having been already hatched out of the egg before any of my fellows even arrived at the destination. The very one stating that all entities classed under the current title of corporate institution or the old laws protecting same immediately to be judged as being bad. And those very possibly feckless self-indulgent individuals of color or 3rd world foreign heritage and citizenship never ever responsible for their own actions or considered to have committed a moral wrong for their own behalf!
The human species of the last fifty years meticulously socially engineered with the principle that modern technology and science are omnipotent and ever infallible in what they offer to society. And, any deviation from that perception must be, as a matter of policy, considered as grounds for scapegoating the heresy of any divergent opinion. The inherent guarantee behind the freely distributed but dubious notion of full equality of status for all and underclass right to a reliability of outcome demanding that any and all victims must equally share in the potential for being awarded in the most logically unreal amount of treasure on paper. All to compensate for past general society’s supposedly historical misdeeds as ranging from the present all the way back into the darkness of many millennia into the ancient past. This notion of recompense coming straight out of the chapter and verse of the mainline doctrines of the old Communist party dogmas. Wherein the worker’s state provides equality by eliminating all individual responsibility of individuals by homogenizing them into a crowd. Everyone to be dealt with with through the perpetual haze of non-preferential equality. The actual fact of the matter being that such political gambits rarely benefit those rewarded in a similar manner to that of collecting winnings on a winning lottery ticket. The recipient expecting fast cash, but in practice only providing further grist for the carnivorous system sucking the remaining wealth of all the other losers exploiting their poverty for the good of a greater greed. How close in analogy of just another stable of tightly harnessed pigs snorting out truffles for their single master? The perpetually ignorant always too willing to enslave themselves through a preference of taking the safer route of ignorance. And then perpetuate their own dismal fate as easy marks only to assure some small pittance of a measly reward. All appearing to believe in the validity of a narrow slice of the surrounding universe as laid out for them by another. Yet never having anything of their own to replace it with, save for their own daily questing for avarice. The hoops afforded to jump through by the powers that be anonymously above never bringing them anything close to the type of prosperity come of risking their own individual effort to succeed independently by themselves. Instead embracing the faux safety of playing the roles of reliable house pets, fully broken to mind numbing receptive dictum’s of perpetually lifeless consumer cultures. Each strata fraught with the pitfalls of acquiring things of material worth at the expense of their souls.
The handover of identities, national, regional, and individual, as previously hard fought for through the millennia all to bask under the protection of Big Momma planetary world state condemning all to be spoon fed by the laws of ‘one size fit all‘. The long reigning definition of genders now purposely fractured into the same number of playing cards and then reshuffled down to the singular as defined daily by the will of the state. Treats distributed in the form of deviant animal satisfactions briefly permitted, but then hung over the heads of those that have taken up these sorts of invitation and dared to have indulged. Something as planned by their masters all along! The manufacture of baseless fears that used to inspire inherent emotions of insecurity of that ‘weaker sex’ as a convenient lever to separate a woman from a man. Substituting an eternal vow of animal security as sacred promise to displace any him as a spouse from her. The greatest threat to such a cynical hegemony being seen as an independent thinking faithful male who desires both lifelong union and a commitment to the family. An opponent challenging the much grander seeming Socialist interloper. Humanity bought off by the reliable promise of a dry bread crust and watery soup given for adherence to anything asked of them by a tiny faceless covert echelon busily giving them orders from somewhere hidden above. A few circuses occasionally thrown in to dissolve inconvenient needs for rational solutions. Something to relieve despair instead of morbidly focusing upon one’s own hopeless communal dilemma. Training all to play both prison and guard by enforcing their own behaviors to conform so as not to run afoul of the reigning popular consensus. All never trying anything new or unthought of beyond what is otherwise broadcast 24/7 on all channels. The numbing fantasy of a hopeless eternal solitary existence replaying again and again, day after day, as the most desired form of Utopia. Manufactured fantasy supposedly extinguishing all the unchanging realities of life. An invariable single cycle of rise and fall, only then to be forever forgotten for the ages. The acknowledgment of the wisdom of previous generations to be dispensed with in favor of a newer form of a stilted ‘common sense’, an ingrained POV of fuck’em and then quickly forget’em!
Just who are these cultural cannibals that I now find myself standing before?