Well, this started as my profile in AIM, but it got out of control and I just couldn't stop typing. Very long post indeed, I encourage you to read it though. I don't mean to come off holier than thou in this, it's simply me trying to observe american society in a different perspective. ------------------------------------------------------------- Freedom is an interesting subject. When has mankind truly been free? Certainly not since the dawn of civilization. After all, structured societies are designed to control the population. The only true freedom lies in nature, and we have been systematically separated from nature. Our narrow world views are shells of reality, meaningless except in our diluted shallow minds jammed with useless information. To comprehend freedom, it is necessary to examine the world in which we live in. Most people realize the world is a very fucked up place, but rationalize it with racism, and general ignorance. To most Americans freedom is a vague concept. Generally thoughts of stars and stripes, eagles, and fireworks come to mind. Symbols can evoke powerful emotions in people, but the general population doesn't really comprehend what it is to be free. They see freedom as deciding what TV channel they want to watch, or what music they want to listen to. Extremely shallow notions of freedom have been attributed to these powerful symbols of defiance and rebellion. I don't blame the individual, but the system we were born into. we believe we are free, but if we don't really know what freedom is, then we have no reference point and our concept of freedom is inherently flawed. In order to gain a different perspective of the freedom of life and nature it is necessary to examine our society and way of life. When we are small children, we are sent to public schools. Here we are taught language, math, science, and History. Useful subjects in the real world yes? Well, I'm not against being educated but what is behind the education perturbs me. It seems to me, and many others, that public schools are forms of conditioning youth to accept complete authority over their lives, and not to question it. Children loose basically all of their basic rights when they enter a public school. The basic structure of schooling in this country is shockingly similar to that of a totalitarian government. The children being the proletariate, the administration an iron fist ruling over the ignorant. We are conditioned not to question teachers, not to question principles, just accept what they say, don't fight back or you will be punished severely. All the while we are being taught some important things, but at the same time we aren't taught many very important things. One of the things that pisses me off the most is that children are not taught to think as individuals, rather we are taught to memorize names, dates, and a lot of information completely useless to us in the long run. Don't question what is taught, it is right, it is fact, accept it. We are not taught to properly analyze situations, research information ourselves and come to rational conclusions ourselves. Instead we are given busy work, again to condition us into being given meaningless tasks to keep us busy and our minds off the fact that our whole lives are being controlled. We are told what and how to think. History lessons are my biggest problem. AFter all, those who win wars write history. We are never taught to question our country, when that is what our country was foudned on. Questioning authority, not blindly following the masses of sheep into the pen. Unfortunately that is exactly what is happening. It is getting worse, and not by accident. Bias is everywhere in the public education system, it is a system set up to condition us into slavery, a slavery that we are blind to. And what is better than having slaves who cannot see their chains? Content in being allowed the little bit of freedom their masters allow (Recess for example). So for the first 13 or so years of our cognitive lives (meaning it is the first 13 years we can really comprehend what is going on around us to a reasonable degree) we are most definately slaves. We have no real rights, we are taught to blindly follow authority, and we are conditioned to accept the fact that meaningless busy work dished out by the higher ups is the meaning of life. So when we finally turn 18 and are released into the "real" world we are good little sheep. We are grateful that we finally have "rights" and aren't subject to the horrible totalitarian ruling of public education. So what now? Well, now we can either go right off into the grind of the corporate workforce as the lowest of the low, or we can continue our conditioning. Well, if we don't continue our conditioning our lives will be a constant struggle, unless we are one of the lucky few with family connections or great talent or maybe we just might win the lottery. For the majority of the population, those aren't relevant factors. So how do we continue our education? It is no longer a public institution and it is no longer free. Unless we work our asses off to get massive scholarships and maintain those scholarships, most of us are forced into getting a loan from a bank. These loans you will be paying back for years and years and years to come. So right off the bat, as soon as we leave highschool we are turned into slaves to the banks. I won't get into the corruption of the federal reserve, the world bank, and what happened in 1913 and 1934, this is more of a conceptual writing, not really about dates and facts of how we have gotten into the current fucked up societal state we are in, more just pointing out grim realities that we know, but don't analyze for ourselves because we just accept them as the way the world works. Okay, so now we go through 4 years of college and owe the bank thousands upon thousands of dollars (which by the way is just meaningless paper printed frivelousely by a privately owned and operated "federal" reserve that is in no way regulated or held accountable for their massive inflation of our currency). We are ready to be assimilated into the workforce. So we are now in debt for probably upwards of 10,000 dollars already, and just obtained a job (if you are lucky enough to get one that hasn't been outsourced to india or some other bullshit place). Now we have become what the have been moulding us into all this time, slaves blind to our chains. We work to pay off our debts, it is a modern form of indentured servitude. But the debt never goes away, it just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Eventually you deal with mortages, car loans, credit card bills, and a myriad of other expenses. To top it off, we get taxed for our property, and our income, social security, and a bunch of other crap. And also insurance. Health insurance, car insurance, home insurance. Do you know where all this moeny goes to? A few wealthy people who own almost everything. All the big banks, the big corporations, the government, it is all filtered up to them. The wealth of America's top 1% is equal to the wealth of the lower 95%. They make the laws, they control they money, they control the courts. So freedom is an intersting subject indeed.