I am honoured to welcome this week’s Guest Blogger, the very eloquent and articulate , James Strauss. Some of you may know James as a script writer for House MD. In fact, he is partly responsible for that poignant and yet satisfying final episode. James has also been a feature writer for Deadwood and Saving Grace. Currently he is writing the screenplay for the Meyer Lansky story, set during WWII, called The Devil Himself.
“If I listened long enough to you I’d find a reason to believe it’s all true.” We make our way through the mundane chores, one after another, that we have come to know as the active part of our life. Our chores include our job or career (if the job is a good paying one), finding food and cooking it, making our shelter safe and viable, transporting ourselves around with all the complexity of that, and finally our social interactions, from family to friends and more. While we wend our way through every day and night we are bombarded by voices and images seeking to impose an artifice of reality over reality itself. This new phenomenon is one so fresh that our genetic code has no protections built in to guard us from harm.
We have been on the planet, very slowly evolving, for some three million years or more, but we’ve never encountered this kind of new guiding influence which can spell great success for the transmission of our genetic material or can kill us in a geologic instant. We all are being given a reason to believe, and in believing we are becoming part of a pre-conceived package intended to support the success strategies of others unseen, unknown and deliberately kept from our knowledge. Who owns NBC, CNBC, MSNBC, Oxygen, Sci-Fi, Bravo, History, A&E, and many of the other channels we watch? Think General Electric Corporation, for one. Yes, the company that builds much of our national defense equipment. Why should they be able to control so much of what we see and hear? Mitt Romney is running for the presidency of the United States. His principal company, Bain Capital, owns Clear Channel, which controls more than fifty percent of all radio broadcasts in this country. Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck come to us courtesy of Mitt Romney.
Why should this be? How can we have any objectivity at all presented to us? We cannot. We are not. We all are being given a reason to believe, and we are failing due to the simple fact that we cannot adjust our input systems fast enough to defend against this assault. Something too new, too overwhelming and too graphically ‘real’ happened because of a technology none of us could predict. Consequently, a very few humans are positioning themselves to be the only determiners of all of our success and/or failure. To our chore list has been added something we do not discuss and never appears on any of these corporate owned delivery systems. We have been given the chore of genuflection. We are presented something, such as the Zimmerman shooting situation, and we are basically fed facts that lead us to a conclusion arrived at by others well beforehand. We are given a reason to believe and we do so, in genuflection to the unseen powers who gave those ‘facts’ to us and with a depth of belief because we have no other avenues to receive anything else. “Knowing that you lied straight-faced while I cried, still I look to find a reason to believe.” Our singular hope can only be based upon a rigorous search among alternate communications systems, such as this Internet connection.
We must first recognize, then understand, and finally take action in building our own belief system instead of accepting the one being delivered to us by mass media.
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