Why are you so shrill?
Why are you so angry?
WHY ARE YOU SO GODDAM LOUD???
Stop rocking the boat, everything is fine.
Things could be worse you know.
Why is it,do you think, that the Center doesn’t understand the Left? There are a couple of stereotypical and pat answers…
They are too comfortable and secure.
They only care about themselves and their comfort and security.
Having never known real hardship, they just can’t fully identify with the suffering of others, in other words a lack of empathy.
And being comfortable and secure and not truly knowing how bad some folks have it, or how it feels to be oppressed or not have equal rights, or never have to face the travesty of a legal system or the nightmare of catastrophic health crisis to really get a feel for how dysfunctional the system is for anyone not in the comfortable middle.
But is that their fault? After all our entire system is designed for one main goal….well one main goal besides enriching the Ruling Class that is. It is designed to keep the comfortable middle comfortable. And for that the system works reasonably well. Until the Ruling Class gets greedy and tries to harvest too much too soon.
A comfortable middle virtually ensures that the citizens will not ask questions, will not demand answers….and will not rise up when they find that they don’t like the answers to those questions.
The system works well…especially for those at the top who sit back and reap the harvest. It even works moderately well for the middle, most of whom are kept just on the edge of comfort to make sure that the last 1/4 point of profit can be squeezed out of their productivity to be harvested.
But it doesn’t work out so well for the folks on the bottom.
Or the folks in the countries that the Ruling Class harvests that don’t have those pesky labor laws, environmental protections, or a functioning legal and political system that can be easily corrupted for a few pennies from the vast coffers of the Corporate Machine.
It especially doesn’t work well for countries that The Ruling Class invades and occupies, either to harvest resources to feed the machine or to keep the machine safe. At any cost.
But the system has made sure to build into the machine an information distribution system that is carefully controlled, the main stream media. It only tells the Middle what the Middle needs to hear….in the opinion of the system. And another bonus of keeping the Middle right on the edge of falling off the cliff is that they have to run so hard to stay in place that they have neither the time nor the inclination to actually examine the situation that they are in, to examine the machine for what it is. Or for that matter, thanks to a wonderful propaganda arm to go hand in hand with the main stream media, to even know that they are in a system….and not in the “land of the free and the home of the brave,” as they have been told all their lives.
The Middle are kept in a cocoon. A cocoon of alleged safety, a cocoon of information that concentrates on the immediate crisis and the salacious details of celebrities lives and never looks at the big picture, a cocoon of exhaustion and hustling and stress, and a cocoon of propaganda that satisfies what little curiosity they can afford in their diminishing spare time. troubling images and information are carefully kept from them…there are no coffins in the systems wars, no dead babies or raped women and girls, only shock and awe, bright lights and the carefully extended feeling of the power of their local national machine….that by extension, makes them feel powerful too. Invulnerable even. Exceptional.
Yes, they know there are problems in the world, but those are minor problems. Other peoples problems. Things that can be fixed by tuning the system, not changing it.
And they are constantly assured that Good People are Working Hard to fix those problems. Occasionally they even get a Hero. They are given a simple choice, elect this brand of politician or that brand, trust them, and go back to not paying anymore attention to the system than is absolutely necessary. And if things never seem to work out quite the way that politicians say they will, assure them they will…promise they will…. Well….that is just how the system works.
You can’t fight City Hall, after all, so why even try?
The system is barely tolerable. It is designed to be exactly barely tolerable. Everyone knows the system sucks, but….things could be worse.
And that is the real conclusion, the real answer to the question.
The system sucks but….things could be worse.
And if you Angry Left people rock the boat, MAYBE…possibly, things will get worse.
Yes, things were bad under Bush. Too much of what the system is really all about was exposed. The Ruling Class got to greedy, the wars of aggression to aggressively bald, and the smug arrogance and certainty of the Ruling Class was too much on display for comfort. It was uncomfortable. The great sin.
But now we DO have a Hero, a Hero who will ‘fix” everything, a hero we can be comfortable with. a hero who has “Got this.” And as long as someone has “Got This,” we don’t have to worry that WE might be asked to have to do something, to pay attention, to see the sausage being made, to look in to the Abyss.
That’s what Heros are for, it’s not our job.
The system works. It is tolerable. Things could be worse.
So why do we want to risk changing the system?
especially if we have to be rude or Loud to do so…..we might get in trouble if we are Loud! That is what they taught us in the system’s schools, and they taught us well.
Behave. Things could be worse you know!
Just keep your head down and work hard and everything will be ok. The system will reward you if you cooperate. and if you don’t ….YOU WILL BE PUNISHED.
And why should you stick your neck out? Why should you risk Things Getting Worse? By trying to help Others for who things ARE worse. This is just how things work, the way of the world. One man can’t make a difference. and if you buck the system you buck it alone, because everyone is smart enough to behave, what are you…an idiot?
If you do what you are told and don’t make trouble, you will be fine.
Don’t worry, we are going to fix the system any day now.
All we need are 60 votes.
Just you wait and see, be patient, it has only been
3, 6, 9, 12 months. Things are in the works, progress is being made, victory is right around the corner.
Don’t rock the boat.
After all, look what has happened to those Other people.
Things could be worse.
But things could be much, MUCH better too….
“There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why… I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?”
And then there are those who never even think to ask.
Because somewhere deep down inside, they KNOW they won’t like the answer.