The Sad, But Undeniable Truth

broken people

Recently, I wrote a poem, “Join The Movement.” The purpose behind my writing that poem was to galvanize those of us who are suffering, those of us who see the suffering of others, those of us who are tired of war, into action. I wrote that poem because we are being literally scared to death. Many of us are terrified of even protesting. Why? Because we have seen the brutality unleashed by our government’s mafia brutes, otherwise known as the police force and let us not forget, the military. The people who ARE the police, who ARE the military are our relatives, our neighbors and yet, they would ‘put us down’ without hesitation when commanded to do so. Without them onboard, we are doomed. That is the truth.

Another sad truth is that corporations and our government know us so well, because our every move has been monitored, everything from what we purchase, to where we eat, to where we sleep, to even our health care providers. This was not some spur-of-the-moment decision. This was a thoroughly well crafted and well executed, years in the making, grand scheme to get us to where we are now. Despite the technology at our finger tips, there is no way that we can galvanize the worker bees, the drudging drones, the abject poor, the broken and weary masses to do what needs to be done because many are just too weak and too far gone to even raise their voice in protest. The ‘lords’ have done their homework and it is paying off, big time!

I realize that there are those of you who want to believe that at this point in time, we are going to strike back and take back what has been stripped from us while we were looking elsewhere. Please, take a minute and look around you. People are doing the same thing today that they did yesterday and they will continue to do this until they exist no more. They have accepted that things are as they are and that is the way they are going to be. Meanwhile, our government, run by corporations, is showing us that there is a lot more suffering and anguish ahead and what’s more, they are telling us in no uncertain terms, that there is not a goddamn thing that we can do to stop them because they know that THIS time, things have gotten too bad for too many and the will to thrive and not merely survive has been crushed.

Many people have been deluded into think that we have stopped the bombing of Syria. No, we have not. It has been postponed. Make no mistake, another reason for blowing up Syria will be contrived. The same was done when this government wanted to control the oil rich Middle East, and it was contrived by blowing up the Twin Towers and to this very day, a majority of Americans hate the Muslims and anyone who even remotely has Middle Eastern ties. Those people did us no harm, you can thank your government for the deaths of those 3,000 people. If you look through the annals of history, you will find that this government has never flinched when it came to inflicting torture, never flinched when it came to mass killings, never flinched when it came to using chemical weapons on its own citizens, so why do you think that this government would flinch at killing 3,000 of its own citizens to further its agenda? Who benefited from the invasion of Iraq? Who benefited from the invasion of Afghanistan?

How many of us seriously and truly believe that we will one day wake up and collectively say, “enough is enough!” My vote is on the twelfth of never because right now, those who do not care about each other far outnumber those who do and I just read yesterday that a ‘white supremacy’ group is trying to purchase every building in a small town in North Dakota to set up a ‘white’s only’ town. Really? With this much hate, we are going to speak as one against those who would destroy us all? We have a snowball’s chance in hell of getting people to put aside their differences, their biases, their hatred of one another to come together for the good of all people. That snowball doesn’t stand a chance when people hate each other more than they hate those who are trying to destroy each and every one of us, one by one. We fail to realize that when one of us dies, it is then time for the ‘lords’ to turn their attention onto the next until like a puff of smoke, another one, gone. We are ‘tribal’ by nature as some would say and when we see one tribe wiped out, that does not dismay us. We will simply take what was once theirs, that is until another more powerful tribe swoops in and claims it for themselves. History has shown that those who are weakened are easily overcome. History has also shown that those whose weapons are inferior are easily overcome. Remember the people who are native to America? Remember the slaves who were dragged from Africa? We have been weakened to the point where we are for the most part, broken. How many homeless people can stand up and face down government forces? How many hungry people have the strength to even play a pretend ‘Hunger Games’? How many of us are willing to go the distance, do whatever it takes to put an end to the ‘lords’ rule over us? Who will put their needs aside for the needs of the many? Who will pay the ultimate sacrifice? Yes, I realize that there are people like Chelsea Manning who is sitting in a prison cell at this very moment for exposing war crimes, torture, hypocrisy and lies done in our name by the United States government. Edward Snowden is in exile in Russia because he exposed the massive secret surveillance system, the NSA that our government has been using to monitor our every move. The problem is that even with this knowledge we now have about what our government is capable of, we have only murmured and grumbled among ourselves. We have not roared our outrage. We have done nothing. Millions of us should be outside the prison where Chelsea Manning is being held, demanding her release. But we’re not. So, what good did it do Chelsea Manning to sacrifice herself so that we would have the knowledge that we have and yet, do nothing. Oh, we preach about the wrongs and we preach about rising to the occasion but, it always ends with the question. When?

Do we not have our computers, our smartphones, our huge high definition televisions, our vehicles that can anticipate an accident before it even happens. Now that last one might just blow your mind when you realize that since the ‘lords’ have this technology, the technology to ‘anticipate’ what is going to happen BEFORE it even happens, who then holds the ‘trump’ cards, certainly not ‘We the People’.

If I thought that it would do any good or be of any use whatsoever, I would write a million poems urging a call for action, to ‘join the movement’, but would it do any good? Actually, I think that I have answered my own question and THAT is the sad, but undeniable truth!

6 thoughts on “The Sad, But Undeniable Truth

  1. shelby, I hit the “like” button here, to commend your good post, but not because I like the situation you’ve written about. Being a voice crying in the wilderness is not fun. And it may never help.

    And yet … those in power also count on us to despair. Do we give up? I say hell no. Not that I have much serious hope for the foreseeable future. We know how deluded, distracted and divided most of us have become. And yet. Most groups, no matter how powerful, contain the seeds of their own destruction. I’m impatient, I’d love to see all the cynical power players go down in flames, while I’m still here to enjoy it. And writhe in agony for a bit, for their crimes against humanity. But if things ever change, if people ever do rise up, it won’t be today or this week. Well, if it is, we won’t realize it for quite a while.

    I just see no percentage in apathy either. If nothing else, passivity is not a damn bit good for our mental health. Will they be nice to us if we give up? I don’t think so! Never surrender! – Linda

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