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How did we ever get so goddamn complacent?

In a short 250-ish years, we’ve gone from refreshing the tree of liberty “with the blood of patriots and tyrants” (Jefferson, 1787), to voluntarily outsourcing even our own health, wellness, and vitality to interests that could not give one single rat’s ass about our wellbeing. As far as these entities are concerned, if we can fog a mirror and swipe a credit card (and do so without getting all uppity), that’s a win.

This is what we’ve become: value multipliers for Big Ag, Big Tobacco, Big Alcohol, Big Oil, and Big Medical-Insurance-Pharma.  All of it aided-and-abetted by Big Government.

A more noble example of such alchemy in nature is the cow, which converts sunlight to meat and fat on the hoof.

But we, as unaware and unengaged citizens, have simply been manipulated to be value-multipliers (loose definition of “value”), by converting a fiat currency to real profit for the aforementioned Big Entities, i.e., “The Man”.

Stop for just a moment and take survey: we live (one step above flatline and brain-dead) in massive homes, stuffed with crap that we don’t really need, powered by a petroleum-based economy that’s wrecking our environment.  We’re fed foods that make us horribly sick, and outsource our health and wellbeing to a medical-insurance-pharma cartel whose interest is in keeping us living… but not cured.

And in a bizarre, Stockholm-Syndrome kind of way, it seems to me as if we’re rather addicted to the situation.

Turn on, Tune in, Drop out?

If you’ve been around TTP for a while you’ll know that I’m not — to put it lightly — a fan of mainstream media.  Mainstream media is a business, and like any business, it exists to make money.  And while I have no problem with profit motive, I do have a severe reaction to protracted sensationalism.

And don’t even get me going on “fake news”.

But I won’t bury my head in the sand, either (which is why I read the Skimm, daily. Marginal Revolution is another great source).  And I remain fully engaged in the system, without being *of* the system (hat tip, Jesus).  Because why the fuck would you ever let an entity that has so much control over you to just run freely amuck?

I’ve voted for 3rd party (usually Libertarian) candidates at every opportunity since I’ve been of voting age.  Why?  Because the two arguments against such an act — (1) “you’re throwing your vote away”, and (2) “why vote at all?  That shit’s rigged!” ring hollow to me.  How is anything ever going to change if we, at the individual level, simply roll over and refuse to act?

Malcolm X, James Baldwin, and Martin Luther King, Jr. might have something to say about that kind of cowardice.

In biology, we’d indeed call such inaction “death”.  And spiritually?  Pick your doctrine: willful inaction never works either. And note that the action need not necessarily be aggressive in nature (hat tip, Gandhi).  There is a big difference between “aggression” and “power”.

Aggression being all “sound and fury”.  Power, though, is what get’s shit done!

Remember the old school SAT word association questions?  Here we go:

Aggression is to arrogance, as power is to confidence.

Gandhi challenged us to be the change we want to see in the world.  And we do have a choice; YOU have the power to initiate change.  Your actions matter!  Vote with your feet and vote with your attention.  Vote with your money and vote at the polls.

As Alice Walker said, “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”

And the powers that be will do anything in their power to perpetuate that message. The most usual tactic being the propagation of fear (Terrorism!  A heroin addict on every corner!  Hillary!  Socialism!), and the offer of safety from whatever “fear” is being sold.

Are we so stupid, though, that we can’t read between the lines?  So weak that we have so sell-out our values for a safety net?

Fear, safety, and prohibition

Maybe it’s just me, but knowing that *any* entity has me by the balls grates my soul.  Especially when my own government is in collusion with said entity.

We fight a “war on drugs” that only escalates the cost of these drugs (black market economic forces) and does nothing to curb their use.  In fact, the only outcomes of the prohibition of any substance or act are:

  1. Increased price (artificial inflation)
  2. Decreased consumer safety
  3. Violence/turf wars
  4. High counterfeit incentive
  5. Greatly reduced chance of scientific study for legitimate use

In essence, we pay a significant amount of taxes for the pleasure of propagating the above.

And, as my son can tell you in excruciating detail, any middle school student in America can get his hands on whatever drug he chooses.  The only problem is obtaining quality wares.  And in the case of quality, street cred only goes so far, as the dealers themselves are easily duped by the supply chain.

It’s interesting, too, that the government is all for you being on corporate pharmaceuticals, the side effects of which are absolutely heinous.  And alcohol is okay, too.  Thanks, alcohol lobby.  Drink up!

Really though, the bottom line here is just economics and human psychology 101.

Power and fear are a volatile mix.  Nothing but bad decisions can ever come when those are the foremost emotions we’re dealing with on a societal level.

As Benjamin Franklin said, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

What can YOU do to affect change?

First of all, you have to remember Alice Walker’s quote: the only person who gives up the right to act is YOU.

Neither Big Business nor Government can squelch your ability to rage against the machine.  You give that right up voluntarily, at the mere suggestion of such by Big Business and Government.

Because you’re scared.  Because you’re acting out of fear.

So first up, you can quit being such a goddamn wuss, and take back control of your life.

Sick of our government’s pandering to the middle east?  Sick of being at the mercy of Big Oil? Me, too.  Fuck them both.  I’ll do everything possible to reduce my personal dependence on petroleum.  From ditching my car, to eating foods produced in the Polyface Farms way.  That, my friends, is Paleo as fuck.

Sick of shitty political options? Blame yourself.  This is the inevitable outcome of “voting against”.   Do the math; it’s the downside of a two-party system.  Want to make some real noise at the polls?  Vote for a candidate and that candidate’s position.

Sick of being sick, fat, and at the mercy of prescription drugs? Take back control of your health, and quit being a cash cow for the medical-insurance-pharma cartels.  Becoming sovereign of your own health is the first act of rebellion in this new economy. Truly, this is our generation’s Civil Rights Movement.

Sick of being told what to think? If you feel so inclined, do not be afraid to explore your own consciousness.  It’s your God-given right to do so.  Even though it’s the last thing in the world the government wants you to do.  Why?  Because one aspect of exploring your consciousness is the realization that the fear and insecurity you’ve been force-fed since birth is all bullshit.  It — and the government’s propagation of such — will no longer affect you.

Do I really think that regaining sovereignty of one’s own health and vitality is our generation’s Civil Rights Movement?

You’re damn right I do.  I’m not even half joking about this.

In fact, this is what Paleo f(x) is all about.

It’s about taking back control of every aspect of your life.  Those aspects that you’ve voluntarily given up control over.  Those aspects of YOUR sovereignty you’ve outsourced to The Man.

Because to not do so is simply an act of personal cowardice.  And it’s handing an economic trainwreck to our children and grandchildren.

WE have the power to make a difference in the world.  Will you rise to the occasion, or continue to be The Man’s bitch?

Here’s one thing I know that will not be etched on my gravestone: that he went gentle into that good night.

Do not go gentle into that good night

Dylan Thomas, 1914 – 1953

Do not go gentle into that good night,

Old age should burn and rave at close of day;

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,

Because their words had forked no lightning they

Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright

Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,

And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,

Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight

Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

 

Heal thyself, harden thyself, change the world ~
Keith

2 COMMENTS

  1. I’m a bit inspired by Nortin Hadler, MD, professor emeritus of University of North Carolina with his popular books that do genuine philosophical anaylsis and reconstruction of medicine. His book Citizen Patient has a connection here: we’re well beyond merely civil rights us of the 60s were subject to ‘stand up and be counted’. Our stakes today are Next Evolution, what Jonas Salk called The Survival of the Wisest. Penetrating, unshakable, fearless wisdom. We have to become a new breed warrior of co-evolution because not only our species but the vital life of our planet is at stake.Time to become immune to the fear mongering system dictating both states of consciousness and conditions of knowing.
    Trans-Evolutionary Fitness Radio, my podcast, is bringing spokespersons of the kind, Keith, both mentions and implies – every week. To contribute to a grassroots Renaissance, not a cultural revolution, rather nourishing and empowering emergence of a New Breed of genuine fit, healthy, passionate, life-loving humans.

    Thank you so very much for this timely, wise, and passionate declaration framing our New Year 2018.

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