Yesterday I was up since early morning copying music CDs onto my hard drive. Presenting daily Grooves requires that I increase my music library at every opportunity. A couple days ago a friend offered me a thick portfolio of music by artists not well represented in my collection and I seized it, literally.
This was a monotonous task. I listened all day yesterday to NPR’s news programming as I worked through my boring chore. The news was mostly a run-up to the tenth anniversary today of the destruction of the World Trade Towers and our entry as a nation into this dismal decade. I’m sick to death of it. I don’t trust any of this propaganda.
I have the overwhelming impression that we’re being duped.
Whether the official explanation of the disaster is true or not is less important than the fact that we have so much justification today for distrusting anything our governments tell us about 911 or anything else. That so many people have concluded government is so untrustworthy is arguably a greater tragedy than the loss of 2,792 innocent lives ten years ago today.
The tragedy of 911 has been compounded since then by the deaths of 4,683 American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, and more than 32,800 troop injuries—20% with serious brain or spinal chord injuries, and 30% with serious mental health disorders. None of these numbers count the families of our troops whose lives have been disrupted or destroyed.
And we’re not even considering the death and human misery we have inflicted on the Iraqis and Afghans: 911,911 killed (interesting number!) and 1,687,780 injured. This is obscene. It’s pointless. It’s evil.
Is this what America should stand for in the world? Does this make you proud?
Our nation’s sense of trauma and the 911 victims themselves have been cynically exploited by the power elite and their politicians to advance outcomes which are remarkably consistent with George Orwell’s prophesies in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. Orwell’s dystopian vision has come true in so many ways: the hegemony of elites, the omnipresent surveillance, a perpetual state of war, mind control and organized hate, destruction of the middle class and deteriorating standards of living, historical revisionism, torture, confiscation of private assets and property, slavery, Osama bin Goldstein, doublespeak, etc.
Our money is untrustworthy and the world economy is on the verge of collapse. Our leaders tell us one thing and do another. They are in the pockets of predatory banksters and corporations that care only about expanding their own wealth and power. We wage a phony war on drugs while we support opium production in Afghanistan. Our system of justice is unconcerned with the truth of guilt or innocence, only with making money off the misery of the hapless people ensnared in its hungry, sticky web.
Is it any wonder so many people doubt the truth of what government tells us to believe?
I do not believe the system can be reformed, most certainly not by the selfish hypocrites who dominate the airwaves, political parties, and halls of power. The whole corrupt thing must be swept away and started anew based on a solid foundation of universal morality: absolute honesty, purity, unselfishness, love, and loyalty.
I’m not going to listen to the radio today. It will be better, I think, to enjoy and reflect on the bracing truth, order, and beauty of Nature which offers the clearest evidence of God’s intentions for our world. It will wash away my doubts and anxieties and restore hope.
Dan Dailey’s post first appeared on his blog, Wandervogel Diary.