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Mindwashing the Third Estate

2016/09/05

  1. I need to buy some new stuff. The current things that I own are just not good enough. But to do so, I need a successful career where I can be respected for the power I have over others. That means that I need to compete with those around me, for if I don’t, I’ll lose, and then my life will be a failure.
  2. I’m feeling stressed about this, and I’m feeling unwell too. This isn’t good for the disease I have. I better go to the doctor who’ll be able to give me some more medicine which will cure me for sure. I’m so glad we’ve got such an amazing health system.
  3. My life isn’t that bad, I guess. I get to watch heaps of good stuff on TV, I’ve got access to plenty of good food and clean water, and I’ve got a pretty good roof over my head. I can buy lots of gadgets that keep me entertained too; I can’t even imagine how primitive and boring it must have been to live in the tribal days.
  4. There are of course problems with the economy at times, but there’s been a great recovery since the GFC and we’re back on the road to prosperity. The money system really is well designed though and its great that we’re able to borrow money from the banks to buy our own home and car, as well as start-up our own business. Even though there are some corrupt people and politicians, there’s very little wrong with the system as a whole and I don’t need to do anything because there’s not much to fix.
  5. Plus, my only priority is looking after myself.
  6. The government is doing its best to make my life and all our lives better too, so I’m lucky I live in such a free country. The politicians in my party are working for my interests, however the other ones aren’t. I hope they’ll give me more benefits when they get their legislation in. I know they’re spying on us too but that’s just so they can catch the terrorists.
  7. Oh god, they scare me. Those damn extremists are ruining it for all of us; it’s their fault there’s so much suffering in the world. We need to go and kill them all. If we bomb them to hell we’ll finally have peace. Well, that’s only if Russia and China stop being naughty though.
  8. All the laws are designed to keep us safe too. After all, if it’s illegal, it’s wrong and unethical. For example, if only people would wake up and stop doing drugs then there wouldn’t be so much crime, addiction and mental problems.
  9. Of course my depression and anxiety is kind of like mental illness, but it has nothing to do with the lack of self-empowerment and purpose I have in my own life, I have it because of my genetics, just like all of my illnesses. At least I’m smart by following the rules and being a good citizen.
  10. The education system has never been better as well, so my kids will grow up really smart and wise just like me. Hopefully one day they’ll go to university and become a scientist or academic just like the experts that we read about in the papers. Or maybe they can become a journalist and report on the truth that’s happening both at home and abroad. I might even see them on TV one day, that would make me so proud!
  11. I can’t believe those crazy people believe all those conspiracies too. Damn nutcases! There’s absolutely no way that the truth is being hidden from me; I know more or less everything there is to know about what’s going on, so if there were people working in the shadows who want to rule the world, I’d know about it! The most powerful person to exist is the President of the Unites States of America, period. It’s as simple as that.
  12. I used to believe in fairy tales, but not anymore. I gave up religion and now I understand that science knows basically everything there is to know about how the universe works. Now they’ve just got to fill in some of the gaps. I can’t believe I used to believe in something bigger than this, I’m so glad that science helped me to understand that suddenly there was a big explosion, gravity brought little bits of matter together and that’s all there is to our existence. So damn logical!
  13. Anyway, enough thinking from me. Time to get some Maccas for dinner, watch the news to see what happened today, probably put on my favorite crime show and then head off to bed so I can get up early to catch the special-release pokemon in the morning.

[Byline Phillip J. Watt, Waking Times]
From Inside the Mind of a Minion in the Matrix
10 August 2016

See Also

For many working minimum wage, the ends never meet

Chemical Lobotomy: The Mad Mass Prescription of Psychotropic Drugs

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From another standpoint

We’ve drifted a long way from the local government structures that provided the basis for freedom described by Alexis de Tocqueville in Democracy in America, but we are not so far gone that we can’t reclaim some of its vital components.

As an article in The Federalist points out:

Local government is fundamental not so much because it’s a “laboratory” of democracy but because it’s a school of democracy. Through such accountable and democratic government, Americans learn to be democratic citizens. They learn to be involved in the common good. They learn to take charge of their own affairs, as a community. Tocqueville writes that it’s because of local democracy that Americans can make state and Federal democracy work—by learning, in their bones, to expect and demand accountability from public officials and to be involved in public issues.

To put it another way, think nationally but act locally.

(Excerpt from If Voting Made Any Difference, They Wouldn’t Let Us Do It)

John W. Whitehead of The Rutherford Institute.

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