"We The People..."
Famous words, indeed, potentially powerful words, even.
Has the intent and meaning of those words been lost? Are we now We The Lawyers, We The Workers, We The Poor, We The Rich, well, you get the idea.
It seems that nearly everyone these days has an agenda, and if you don't agree with that agenda, then you are an outsider, one of "them". Someone to be ridiculed or reviled and dismissed.
We, the inhabitants of the planet, are fractured into billions of pieces, unable or unwilling to realize what we have allowed to happen. I can't place the blame on politicians or banks or corporations, after all, they have only done what we have allowed them to do. We have allowed ourselves to become followers, blindly following whomever has the spotlight at the moment. We have stopped formulating our own thoughts and opinions and have become like a ship with no course and no anchor.
What we do have, in many cases, is a vague concept that hasn't been properly nurtured. When this happens, someone can make a comment that may strike a chord within us and we begin partly listening, without thinking it through. We are responding to tribalism when this happens. We then begin to gravitate towards that person and allow them to formulate out opinions.
Then it gets worse, we start looking at others who simply can't, in our minds, see the brilliance our new guru is spouting. Now, because we haven't thought it through, is that we become suspicious of the "others" and we may even attempt to convert them, to help them see the light that is shining down on us from our new leader. If we aren't successful then we can start talking louder, because volume always helps, right?
When that fails, then it's time to start distrusting or hating the "others", because they have become a threat to our new found knowledge and sense of 'rightness'. How can they not see and what are they going to do to try to destroy this light?
Then, of course, the "others" decide to fight back, defending themselves and attempting to show their attackers just how wrong they are for following such a silly guru. The "others" then go on the offensive and the situation escalates. Then new others show up and say that they are both wrong.
What has now happened, is that we have allowed ourselves to become divided. Not just a division that can be compromised around, but a huge and terrible wall between us.
Military history buffs will tell you that successfully dividing your enemy is the first step towards victory. In the scenario above everyone has allowed themselves to be completely manipulated by an unknown source. They are blissfully ignorant that there is an invisible enemy who is now perfectly poised to conquer them all. There is still time to set aside those petty differences and join together to fight a greater, common enemy, but have we become so caught up in the unbeliever directly in front of us that we forgot to watch our flanks. I fear that we have, our doom may be well sealed.
Picture a few trees, each tree filled with primates, each from a different tribe, each screaming and fling shit at each other. The noise is so deafening that it is impossible to make any sense of any of it. The shit continues to fly.
This will insure that every day will be a shitty day.