Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine
"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."

Thursday, 21 July 2011

A bleak future ahead.



It takes a while for Wednesday's remarkable Parliamentary session to be fully absorbed. However, what did ring loud and clear was that our administrators are not overly concerned with the well-being of the people - although our concerns will, occasionally, be brought into a debate if it helps to reinforce an argument, even though our concerns will generally be misinterpreted.

It has been said that Murdoch's close relationship with Lady Thatcher stemmed from their common belief in man's ability to change the world by an act of will. This is of course true as records of the most ruthless dictators throughout history demonstrate. However, those changes that do not accord with the collected will are unlikely to last long in a democracy. What has lasted, to this day, from the collaboration of these two along with Ronald Regan, is that 'greed is good' which seems to have been indoctrinated into the generations that have followed their time in power.

So much that happens today is taken for granted because 'getting and spending' has been accepted as the raison d'etre by so many and it was this belief, or more precisely the consequences of this belief, that explains so much of Wednesday's exchanges. Once wealth becomes the most important aspect of life, for so many, it becomes more certain that each person will have his or her price. It then follows that the many cannot be trusted - but we do not know who they are, because they look no different from those who can be trusted.

Having immense wealth might now be considered as 'heaven' for many and it is little wonder that so many are prepared to commit dark and, once considered evil, deeds in order to achieve this 'divine' state. It can be compared to the willingness of a Muslim man being prepared to commit suicide to defend the Prophet's teachings, because he is convinced that in so doing, he will go straight to heaven to be greeted by 72 virgins.

Having reached a point where we do not know who we can trust - life becomes extremely threatening. Was Ed Milliband trying to convince us that Cameron was a virtual agent for Murdoch because he wanted to expose corruption at the heart of government or was he doing so to advance Labour's cause so that they could return to a position where they could, once again, enjoy the pleasures of being corrupted? Does the BBC report and analyze the exchanges in order to inform the public or to weaken Murdoch's grip on the delivery of News?

Do the other newspaper groups devote so much space to the apparent corruption so that they can ensure that is weeded out or are they doing it to reduce the circulation of the Murdoch titles so that they might increase theirs? Will the police dispose of or ignore evidence because they are paid by Murdoch or will they behave in a non partisan fashion? Will the courts provide fair trials or has Murdoch got embarrassing information on key players who will err on his side rather than be exposed? Once it is recognised that corruption has gone so deep into the ranks of those who rule us - we do not know and cannot know the motives of these individuals and why they act as they do.

Although the majority living in the UK claim to be Christians, it is clear that its teachings hold little importance for Christianity teaches that 'it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God'. Clearly the acquisition of, non essential, consumer products and the pleasures of the flesh are held in much higher regard than 'entering the kingdom of God' by the vast majority. For most, 'being a Christian' is reserved for the ceremonies provided at birth, death and marriage. Presently the average age of those who attend church regularly is 61 - it seems pretty obvious that, unless there is some fundamental shift in the peoples belief system, the vast majority of Christian churches will have closed within a generation.

As a non Christian, I think it is fair to say that a bleak future is ahead for us and our children if materialism remains the primary cult of the nation. It could be that, as the frequency and depth of these dark and, once considered, evil acts increases there will be a return to Christianity or some other faith will become increasingly popular. This may be so for most informed predictions do envisage an ever increasing state of poverty in the land and it appears to be the case that those who live in the greatest poverty are the most ardent followers of a religion.

Unfortunately, in that state, couples either try to have as many children as possible, so that there is someone to look after them in old age, or their faith demands or obliges them to have large families - this helps to explain the ever growing population of our planet along with some of the greatest suffering.

Without doubt, the future looks extremely bleak for the majority and their children. A relatively few of these global corporation employees and the politicians and officials that serve them can anticipate very comfortable lives ahead and an even fewer, those who own these monsters, will have untold wealth impressive homes and yachts from which to view the misery of their fellow human beings.

Those who do not share the belief that 'greed is good', but want to see a far more even distribution of wealth, will have to work extremely long and hard to reverse this trend - which has become endemic.

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