Agendas and Clouds
Less in the world makes clear sense these days. I wake each day with the clear picture in my mind of what the world holds for me. After a few hours, I learn quickly how wrong that can be and where I stand. It is in the mire of clouded thoughts and jumbled opinions. It makes me wish that I had a nice chemical dispersant to clear away the vast tracks of this ocean filled with the oil slick of misunderstanding. Of course, if I did, someone would just start drilling in another place.
Don’t get me wrong. My kind of dispersant is not the only one. Each one of us has the ability to cut through the darkness of misleading information. Truth, as they say, becomes very subjective. It has to with the onslaught of information that the world has to offer. We are no longer able to remain isolated and blind to the world. It is a global picture that dances before our eyes and we must find a way to filter out the propaganda. Only then can the heart of the matter be found. This is basic methodology to anyone wanting to understand a subject.
When a person or a group of people has an agenda, it must have support from the general populace. The power to move comes from the population. They give the power to a person or a group with the agenda. This is also a basic method to the political structure of a nation. Most of the time, the leader will use abstract concepts like patriotism or nationalism to rally the masses around a direction in the agenda. Each person feels the meaning of those concepts in intimate way and each will rally around the cause that has been connected to one of those concepts.
All of this creates a cloud that a person must find a way to see through, unless the person has a wish to be isolated, insulated, and uninvolved with the outside world. In this case, these ideas can come for communities that support the nation and believe that it has the people’s best interests at heart. It can also come from communities who believe that they no longer need the support of a bigger group for direction. It is their belief that they can survive better hidden in obscurity.
This can leave one in the blissfulness of ignorance or it can be a never-ending struggle to clear away the cloud cover. As the ignorance grows toward the matters in the outside would, it can bred the beliefs that are intolerant to those that are different in every way. When that choice is made, it sows the ground for the next generation to live in the darkness of isolation and ignorance of the world. Or the decision can sway a person or a group to the side that seeks to educate them and push away the blanket of misdirection and propaganda.
I have been in this kind of environment as I was raised in a small town. We were isolated from the outside by the elders of the community seeking to shield us from the outsiders. I am reminded often of the movie The Village. I can identify with the tales that the elders would tell. It was not about monsters, but the outside world was filled with sin and evil that we were advised to never seek.
It was a secure place where the hierarchy of the town was derived from which denomination of Christianity was attended weekly. There was little else to categorize the people of my hometown. Once I left the confines of the small town, I learned quickly that I was never going to be welcomed back. This personal experience has informed me well with the opinion of this blog posting.
We are citizens of this nation. It is our duty to keep ourselves involved in the actions of our leaders and remain aware of the true reasons behind their actions. Civic duties create the ability to make informed decisions when it comes time to choose the leaders that will guide us into the future. If a citizen casts a vote without the facts or does not cast a vote at all, this person does far more damage to the structure of the future. We all know that we are the builders of the future.
As the year draws closer to the moment when we choose the next wave of leaders, I challenge each to look pass the propaganda or agendas to find the facts. Out of this enlightenment, we will see the future that is not all about whose side is right or wrong. It will be a hope that we are still filled with the potential to be greater than those before us. Make it happen! If you don’t, perhaps we should have stayed in the trees with the rest of the apes.