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It might be argued that Political Correctness either replaced religion or was instrumental in its demise. The most rabid communists make the most fervent atheists ( of course, it is hard to beat Ayn Rand in atheism, so that claim can also be made to the other extreme of the political spectrum ) and one can see how eliminating or profiting off the death of the influence of religion was advantageous to the insufferable pricks. Without God taking up anyone’s time the weak minded can substitute political dogma for the religious kind. Of course, when I poke fun of religious folk for being dogmatic ( wasn’t there a bumper sticker, “leash your dogma”? ), I fully realize that mental condition is universal, just differing in its focus, so don’t feel you are being stigmatized. Not like you did the D&D nerds, anyway, but I shan’t digress. But all that being as it may, there were larger forces at work in the demise of religious influence besides political correctness taking over the Left or commercialism. As I brought up in the “Death Of Malls” series, our society has fragmented in its social cohesion, going from Corporation Man to Unibomber Hermit.
Lack of cohesion is of course most beneficial to the Elite as the perfect way to control the masses. Nobody has anything in common, not even those ducks that look and sound the same but aren’t all equally ducks ( so just because it looks like one and sounds like one doesn’t make it one ). Nobody has the same interests, believes the same things or acts enough alike to form coherent tribal unities. We are all made weaker by having picked from the smorgasbord of cultures. Diversity is the strength of our rulers, dividing and conquering for ultimate control. The only unity we achieve is online, a comparatively useless form of cohesion. You’d almost think that the Internet was funded to achieve the ultimate division amongst the ruled. It easily could have been. The phone companies were held hostage by their granted monopoly and Bell Labs was always dependent on military spending. And who is to say Silicon Valley isn’t channeled money from Washington? Just the job elimination possibilities of the computer network would have been enough to fund the Internet by the moneyed interests. Throw in social engineering…
While we are visiting Tinfoil Hat Land, I’ve always had a belief that the New York publishing industry ( only kept in that location by playing ball with the 1%-otherwise they would have been outsourced overseas ) is a funding site for political control. The most obvious example is the huge advances paid to politicians, the worst writing and lack of sales giving voice to the lie it was ever a commercial decision. I was quite enamored by “The Third Wave” when it was published, far more readable and topical, for me, than “Future Shock” had been. Now, from the perspective of age and wisdom ( I was a wee lad when it came out, and like other influences and favorites such as Lucifer’s Hammer and Dune, it was read multiple times ), I see it as probably nothing more than an “encouraged” argument for globalization. As was “MegaTrends”. I’d imagine books are for the higher educated, but serve the same purpose as TV and movies for the masses, engineering consent.
Didn’t you identify with Ted? I never read the Unibomber Manifesto, there were simply too many other mandatory reading assignments I was giving myself in my limited free time, but I liked both his rejection of technology and his conviction of action. Out of millions of malcontents, most of them fellow ‘zine publishers at the time-now bloggers- he was one of the very few who had the balls to do something about the state of the world. I don’t care how wrong his actions were, at least he did something besides bitching like the rest of us. I almost think he was my major influence, although of course one has to beware of the blinding brilliance of hindsight. I was a major brooder, reading and thinking and doing little else ( how else to defend my very low prep levels on a $25k salary? Enough wheat buckets to make a large bookcase, two SKS’s and a few no.1 Enfield’s but almost no ammunition, and really nothing else. I of course had child support but I had the same financial burden on a $15k job which bought me the B-POD and oh so much more supplies-the only explanation was being a NON-Action Jackson ).
Up to this time I had always credited Y2K for my wake-up call that prepping needed to exceed the Mormon One Year Plan, but I think Ol’ Ted gave me the needed discipline and focus to make prepping central in my life rather than periphery. Here was a dude living my dream, a cabin in the boonies, built by hand on an extreme budget and surviving without a salary, with time left over to not just preach to the world but to try to change it. I don’t want to change the world-I know it is too late, but all other lessons resonated. So perhaps that is why I use the Unibomber example for fragmented culture. We are all hermits alone in our cold ass plywood cabin, pissed at the world as it implodes. You could almost, almost, wish for a return of religion from before. Of course, the reason I’m glad it went on a hiatus is the extreme danger of religion, the bloodthirsty nature of its leaders to forcibly convert all non-believers ( that was the Papist and the Protestant view, not just Muslims ). In the future, when religion returns as a cultural and political unifier, there will be bloody repercussions along with its more benign aspects. I’d strongly advise cooperation and single-mindedness in wiping out all resurfacing cults after the collapse. Not that your group will heed, as they will most likely be among them. Well, it was a nice break while it lasted.
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Nope,I don't identify with Ted. The man did more harm than good for the preparedness/going Galt movement.ReplyDelete
Imagine how much more influence he would of had if he would have focused on writing instead of hurting people.
Ted would have had the street cred for minimalist living. He could have been the forefront of the simplicity, tiny house, back to the land, movement that was just getting started in the early 2000's. He could have been a Joel Salatin, Wendle Berry, Druid Dude, or if he would have as good of hair as you, A Bison Prepper.
Instead, he set back the movement because people think anyone who wants to drop out of our Lemming society is crazy.
He was one who identified the ills of our economy leading to our demise-he did more than all the Gore Warming idiots who published and preached. Again, I don't believe in his methods, but he alone ACTED.Delete
Well, I like to feel that hubby and I "acted". We are both college graduates who had full time jobs in the city. We saw the trends of what was coming and decided to do something about it and get prepared.Delete
We dropped out of mainstream culture, bought a bare piece of land, built a homestead from the ground up, learned old-time skills and lost tricks-of-the-trade. All of this was back in the mid 1990's before "simple living" became popular. The only reference materials we had were old Mother Earth News from the 1970's and old hippy books we found at used book stores. (It's hard for folks to remember that there was a time before YouTube and Amazon.)
Over the years, we have taught various back-to-the-land classes, given demonstrations and tours of our homestead, and have spent countless hours talking one on one with folks inspiring them to jump off the consumer treadmill. We've been interviewed and profiled in several magazines and have tried to show how this lifestyle is not only possible but a great way to live -- no matter what the future.
The only thing I refuse to do is reality TV even though we have been contacted over a dozen times.
I would venture that we have had more of an impact on getting people prepared for what is coming than Ted. Granted, he's infamous and every knows his name but I haven't heard of anyone who was inspired by him to go off-grid and get prepared.
Now if I only had your beautiful head of hair, image how much more I could have accomplished. ;)
The problem with having such wonderful hair is the insane jealousy it inspires. I think we have to look at preachers, like Gore and Ted, and at individualists like homesteaders as two different cultures/generations. Thiers was to look at society as a whole and try to change things as a whole. Individualists just looked after themselves. Not being selfish, it was just a top down or a bottom up way of change. So I think there is where the methodology and viewpoints differed.Delete
I believe ,that he and Timothy McVeigh more than anything brought a serious issue to our attention. Actually both government abuse , run amok and homegrown terrorism.Delete
Homegrown terrorism was real in the '60's, and worse. But I'd agree with the gov run amok part.Delete
Just proves that some folks act out when angered by Injustices. I don't have any doubts about the roots of terrorism....Delete
what's that other bumper sticker?ReplyDelete
"My Karma Ran Over My Dogma"
I like that one better.Delete
Great "fan of unibomber" ! Catfish jumping dog carts are you trying to get us on a NSA hitlist? Enjoy your day, and don't let the wind disturb your perfect hair.ReplyDelete
Good crap, you don't think I've been for years already? :)Delete
I know that I am...Considering that I worked indirectly for them when in the military.Delete
Certainly has made me circumspect about talking about certain things over the years !
One day we'll meet in person and I'll make your wavy hair stand on end lol.
Till that day...I'm Sgt. Shultz and I know nothing.
You never heard anymore about the Hogan's Hero's stars except Dryson. Perhaps with the star getting mixed up in that weird murder, the shows cast was cursed just like the Seinfeld's.Delete
>>>In the future, when religion returns as a cultural and political unifier<<<ReplyDelete
I read that church attendance is at an all time low in the USA, only about 20% of americans attend church on a regular basis.
The Great Apostasy was mentioned in Bible, some people call it the Great Falling Away. It seems that Bible prophecy is being fulfilled. The Great Falling Away is happening right now, just like Apostle Paul who was inspired by the Holy Spirit predicted almost 2000 years ago.
2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 NKJV
1 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,
Religion is man's attempt to connect with God. I believe Christianity is God attempt to connect with man.
Religion will not return. Jesus Christ will return, not as baby jesus, He will return as King and rule the nations.
Have you ever read the Bible?
As I said, two years of Catholic School was enough religion for a lifetime. I'm just not wired to believe in a higher power. Doesn't mean I'm right, just means I can't wrap my head around religion like most folks.Delete
Having been indoctrinated as LDS until at fifteen quit participating. Going on to study and read all religions. I can say the same thing that I don't know for a fact what is...But I damn straight recognize a lot of BS in dogma.Delete
Here's a good movie for you.ReplyDelete
The Gospel of St. John - Film - High Quality! HD