It used to be that preachers kept the People quiet by lying at them. Marx, therefore, called religion opium for the people. Monumental churches and much talk of Hell and eternal damnation kept most people in check. But it’s not just secularization that created a need for more lies in politics.
Daily common lies have progressed from UFO sightings and the idea the government is looking out for you to idolizing public figures (thank you Hollywood) and dark conspiracy theories ruling the day. But why?
Democracy used to be one-man-one-vote, slaves, women, minors, the poor excluded. Why ask someone who can’t read or write their opinion?
Let stupid, poor, second-class creatures decide what the country should do? They would outnumber the sophisticated elite and would vote them out of money and power. The elites never agreed to what we now call democracy. But slowly, democracy became what it never set out to be.
The poor wanted the right to vote. It wasn’t a problem if you told them what to vote for and that it’s all very complicated. The women wanted to vote. It wasn’t a problem as long as most women believed that they should vote like their husbands if they wanted peace in the home. And which woman didn’t want peace at home? Then Blacks were allowed to vote. They got the same treatment as the poor. And, new tricks were invented.
Talk of enemies helped gather in taxes and protect the rich. There were internal villains and international enemies. If push came to shove, wars were organized — to profit from weapons sales and to ‘unite the nation.’
Charisma was a good trick. If a speaker was able to rile up the masses, he could effectuate anything that keeps the elites in power. A supreme trick was elitists saying that they were for the commoner. It confused enough people. Socialistic parties tried the same, saying that they would also help the more wealthy voters. Lying became an important political tool.
Then it got worse. Politicians started saying anything to stay in power. Lies piled on lies. No falsehood was too big. Most people are gullible enough. So, when honest people contradicted the lies, they were called liars.
The media, always a tool of the establishment, now protested the lies but then were called the enemy of the People. No fact was holy anymore.
A classy trick was a refusal to limit self-defeating excess liberalism. So, addictions, guns for mass murder, voting for anti-democrats became OK.
And this all, because the elite needs to keep onto its money. They grow up with the notion that if their money would be gone, so would their decency, importance, even very physical survival.
Dictators around the world laughed at the ‘failure’ of democracy. Yet, it’s not failing. It’s being so successful (trying to reach equality and fairness) that the rich try anything not to disappear in the crowd. These are the last attempts to keep democracy just a pretense. These attacks on truth, equality, and democracy show that we are on the brink of a better society. A world that doesn’t center around anti-depressants-swallowing few.
Junta leaders and their admirers are as delusional and antiquated as elites in democracies. They expect to expand their powers but they’re on their way out. They might turn ugly when they start realizing their exaggerated privileges are close to over. But, We the People can be confident that the end of unfair, exploitive, inhumane, crippling society is near, as reported.
Then, hospitals will try to heal everyone; not just experiment on everyone to only save the rich. Then, no more money will be scraped from the poor. Everyone will be able to get a fair and satisfying life. Then, gone will be the notion of more important leaders vs. lesser followers that need to obey.
Beyond the current mess, the future looks promising. Hang in there. It will get better. For everyone, even the rich. Try to survive while working for a better future. So you’ll see the fruits of your labor and justice being done.
A reminder of the above points:
● Stay hopeful and an activist.
● Refuse to believe that any powerless group is less good/valuable.
● Discourage nationalism and chauvinism.
● Ban all lies from your lips.
● Work against self-defeating excess liberalism.
● Insist on a fair and satisfying life for everyone.
● Be vocal about non-democracies vying for world domination.