Life, today, makes no Sense

IMG_0718Nothing makes sense to me anymore. We have arrived at the Orwellian future, where one thing is said and the opposite is meant. We live in a country where the Prime Minister scares the wit out of us and proclaims he will protect us from the nasty terrorists. Fourteen women, so far this year, have been murdered by their deranged husbands or partners. None has been murdered by deranged terrorists, still the PM wants more control over our lives. He said we have to forgo a few of our freedoms to be safe. He wants to save all our mega-data for two years so he can one day go on a fishing expedition to find an enemy of the regime. All this is the way of a fascist.

I think our value based society, established as an outcome of the enlightenment, is in its terminal stage. The Enlightenment started about the same time as the industrial revolution. For a time, it looked as if we were getting a better society, but the capitalists won. They have more power than our democratically elected representatives. What then is democracy good for?

Our ministers sell their time to the captains of industry instead of working for us, as they promised under oath. A nice little earner on the side helps with the bills. In the meantime, they are planning to reduce the old age pension after 2017. to such a level, that the pensioners will not take part in the increases in the standard of living.

The freedoms we used to enjoy are but a distant memory. George W Bush used to say, “Our way if life is not negotiable!” But that was a lie or wasn’t it? Our freedom, our way of life, is eroded on a daily basis without any negotiation on our part. In Australia, we don’t even have a Bill of Rights. So, the new way of life is being forced upon us by governments who tell us they are democratic and liberal. It does not matter what the governing parties are being called. They seem to me doing the biddings for a secret establishment consisting of multi-national companies, secret services and media conglomerates. After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the so-called victory of the Capitalist system “The end of History” was proclaimed. That was the naive outpouring of an intellectually challenged person celebrating this victory too much.

Guess what? History has not ended and we see on YouTube people are being beheaded, by people with black beards who make their own history. Our governments are not the least better, bombing other people and countries who do not believe in our way of life. The permanent war of “1984” is here.

The principle is if you don’t want to be my brother, I hit you on the head. Our own governments are running local and international protection rackets for the benefits of the Military and Industrial Complex! We cry “wolf” and supply the weapons to slay the wolf.

It is for our security, we are being told, that our air forces attack others. Aren’t those drone attacks beheadings by more technological means? And we wonder why they hate us. And when people run away from their hell on earth, we lock them up on islands in the middle of the ocean and pretend they are the terrorists. People say the refugees only come because they want to have a better life. Who doesn’t want to have a better life?

The statement, “We never had it so good,” by John Howard, probably was correct at the time. It seems that was a long time ago. We are now looking into an abyss and this view is supported by the government to get control over our lives.

Good luck and good night!



12 thoughts on “Life, today, makes no Sense

  1. I ask myself too, what is democracy good for now? Communism definitely did not appeal to us freedom loving people, But now democracy seems not to work either. So, what do we want? Certainly not a dictatorship! Are there any other options? A monarchy perhaps? But a monarchy seems terribly outdated, And we can never know, whether the monarch is benign and also capable of ruling justly for all citizens. What about free elections? Sorry, there are too many questions. I do not expect anyone to know the answers to all these questions.
    It’s not the end of history. Not yet.

  2. Democracy is my point of view, is not fully achieved yet. However, we are going backwards, not forwards. Hard fought for rites are being eroded constantly. Product quality is in reverse, all in the name of productivity. What the capatilists have yet to comprehend, is that we live in a finite world, with finite resources. Wouldn’t it make more sense to make better products that last longer, but the capitalists need more and higher profits year after year. So they only look at the short term where their greed and lusts can be satiated!! Great post.

    • I believe democracy is in decline because of the influence of the big, powerful global companies trying to run the show. Plus, due to the Internet, the voters have become much more sensitive. It is easier to check facts. The media can’t be trusted either because the owners of the media are in bed with the politicians.

      The big parties have to go back to what they used to stand for or many smaller parties will take over. We all remember the chaos of the multi-party system during the Weimar Republic before 1933 and in France and Italy after the war.

      For a while time, the two party system seemed the answer until the two parties became two peas in a pod. The success of one party became the recipe for the other.

      • It was! After WWI Germans lost certainty and directions. This mess allowed all sorts of ideas to bloom. And we all know that it became fertile ground for the Nazis.

        The Jews in Germany were good observers at the time and resisted this slide into barbarism. The painter Geroge Grosz portraits the time wonderfully in his drawings.

        Kurt Tucholsky writes about it and if you read Christopher Isherwood’s “Goodbye to Berlin” you get a good idea how it was.

        Well worth reading.

    • Thank you, Munira for the link. Eqbal Ahmad must have been a man to my taste. I will check him out.

      Two quotes in the article stand out to me

      1. “the biggest blunders of his time were being made by the Americans, especially over Vietnam”.

      2. “…the best contribution he could make towards making Pakistan more civilised was to found a new university based on the humanities.”

      To 1: I believe too, that is when the moral decay of the West started. They all wanted to hang on to their colonial empires. They didn’t care for the aspirations of their former colonies and the Americans wanted to take over.

      To 2: The very reason led to the founding of the Humboldt University in Berlin in 1810.

      Eqbal Ahmad must have been a great person and I will look at Ibn Khaldun too.

    • Further to the wish of Eqbal Ahmad to start a university that teaches humanities you might be interested in a video on Western Education in our time

      Our university are going all the wrong way instead of opening the mind of the students they opening the appetite for making money.

  3. One can only get on with a day at a time. The hopelessness of the future will have to be grappled with by our children and grandchildren. We did our best, it is now their turn. I don’t envy them but that is probably a sign and proof of me ageing more than proof that things are now worse. Our parents probably said much the same.

    • Mankind was ever the same. It takes years to realise this. Young people are full of hope, at least I hope so, and sometimes attempt change (Revolution). Elections don’t provide incentive for change as the major parties are not distinguishable anymore. New parties have to form and develop.

  4. we certainly have lost our path peter, everywhere, the society has lost old values but there is no new value for them, i hope this chaos will bring forth some good things for future generations.

  5. Life is always chaotic, but it seems, that the chaotic tendencies are increasing. Like a waterfall we are falling over the edge and calmer water awaiting us.

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