A Revolution Solution?
February 16, 2017
“You say you want a revolution… well you know…we all wanna change the world”…”Now we see everything that's going wrong, with the world and those who lead it. We just feel like we don't have the means to rise above and beat it.”… “Just beat it beat it … no one wants to be defeated.”…“ So we keep waiting (waiting), waiting on the world to change”… “We can live beside the ocean, Leave the fire behind. Swim out past the breakers, watch the world die.”… “It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!”… “As 99 red balloons go by…….”
Oh you’re here? Sorry, was just spinning thru the apocalyptic radio dial. Not that it’ll have any bearing on this week’s column… Umm hmm…anywho…
In a flea market booth a middle-aged man with a white goatee and upside down hat corners patrons and tells them how it is. The billionaires run everything. They make the laws. They’re in complete control. It’s a trickle down system and those at the bottom only get enough drip-drops to stay alive long enough to pay taxes. So the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
So…540 people (that’s the number of actual billionaires in the United States as of 2016) completely control the country? So what’s your brilliant solution to this plague of manipulating monopolizing billionaires? Should we just go and “get them”? What the hell let’s get a few millionaires while we’re at it. Uh-huh. Or is it perhaps one billionaire in particular that has you vexed? Or maybe your definition of “billionaire” is anyone who can hold down a job and doesn’t share your negative view?
We stand at the threshold of revolution. There’s no point in picking a side because it’s already been chosen for you. It’s not based on your race, religion, income or political preference. Rather it’s your place in society as a whole that will, thru fate or destiny, decide your side. So are you classified as a “have” or “have not?” You think it’s not that simple but that’s what it comes down to in the end.
Maybe… we should just sit this one out. Ya know- watch the action from the sidelines and pick up the pieces of the world once the smoke has cleared. NO! We will not be allowed to simply bear witness! We will not just be avid supporters! We cannot sit safe at a distance! We will be involved! We will get our wittle paws dirty! We will willingly participate! Or we will die.
No…wait, that’s terrible, there’s alternatives to impending doom. We could over-throw the government! No, that’d never work because people prefer complaining to actually doing anything about what they’re complaining about. Oh, all us non-participants could move into the wilderness, secede from the country and its government. No, then we’d be a cult and the billionaires would turn the world against us.
Hey, why not launch the nukes? Wipe the slate clean and start over. The survivors would be able to… slowly die from radiation and nuclear winter… yeah scratch the nukes. O.k. better idea- let’s build a wall and… no, no, no that sounds like a billionaires solution to things. Unless we invited them all to a wall party and then pushed it over on them- take that rich guys. No, violence against anyone is not the solution. Though a few well-placed noogies and much deserved spankings may help. Ack, spankings are just another form of child abuse that can do more harm than good… so say childless psychologists. Hitting little kids is bad though.
So what is the solution? Better question- is there a solution? Is there a way to escape the inevitable Revolutionary War Part Deux? (Buy your tickets in advance.) Sadly the answer is a resounding and indisputable- NO! But there is a countermeasure and we (all us humans working together) have already set it into motion. Yes we have already solved the problem, in a total state of denial, by committing one simple act of murder. We have killed our planet.
But we recycle, we conserve, we… are stupid. The human race has always viewed itself “outside” of nature rather than what we are which is part of it. Thru arrogance, ignorance and ego we now live in a collapsing ecosystem on a dying planet. But look on the bright side- maybe the planet will die (and us with it) before we get the chance to kill each other.
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