Thursday, May 20, 2010

Breaking Our Dependency On The Industrialists

We've been talking about how powerful the industrialists are, and that's true, they are very powerful. But when we examine the issue more closely and when we come to more honest conclusions, we can easily see that much of the power that they have is the power that we give them.

In short, I am suggesting that our dependency on the industrialists is the source of much of their power.

Of course it wasn't always this way, such as before the Industrial Revolution. Back then we had a more humane system of tinkerers, cobblers, and craftsmen. They were more like neighbors. If we needed someone to tinker with our well, someone to cobble our shoes, or a craftsmen to do his crafty work, all we had to do was pick up the phone and a very neighborly man was there to help. We depended on them because in a community you depend on one another. But unlike today, it's not the same as what we call a dependency.

Ever since the Industrial Revolution, we've looked to the industrialists to give us one new product after another. And along with each new product came a dozen new headaches. In more modern times -- such as with computers, big-screen TVs, and dishwashers -- the headaches have been multiplied. You always hear of 3G, 4G, and 5G, and you have no idea what they're talking about. So we need help from the virus scanning people, professional installers, and even a talking paperclip on most Microsoft products! If we're really dependent on a paperclip, God help us!

And you know the industrial powers have to love this! The vast network of help providers that they've spawned they've made is, as it were, a buffer zone between themselves and us. So they are that much more removed while keeping us in thrall just as much or more! This is terrible. Take the virus scanners for example. You can't tell me they want to get rid of viruses... because that's their bread-and-butter. They create these dependencies, and quite frankly they're probably part of the original problem!

At this point, though, it might seem hopeless. How can we break our dependency, especially when our dependency has so many aspects to it, many hidden? One thing, it's obviously not easy. Most of us don't even know the nature of the problem.

A part of my task here on this blog has been to point out the many layers of the problem as I see it. Because the way I see it, education is part of the key. Whether the issue is teaching against gambling, or an easier problem to defeat, such as fighting premarital sex and the teenage libido, education is where it starts. It's easy to talk teenagers out of their lust; just tell him it's not a good idea and usually they'll do something else.

I know I can't break the dependency on the industrialists and the industrial powers for everyone in a split second. I know it might take an hour or two, because at this point we're talking about the whole world. But to get the job done you have to start somewhere. And so that's what I advocate. I am trying to help you.

To me it's obvious we'll all be happier when we break our dependency, and beyond that, when the industrialists, their power, and industry itself are no more. Until that glad day we need to educate, to advocate, and to agitate. Because otherwise the problem will never go away. And that old-fashioned system of tinkerers, cobblers, and craftsmen will remain simply a part of the past. But we can bring it back if we do what it takes to make it happen. Because that's what we want.

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