Myth is reality
“Knowledge is a bane which in wrong hands becomes the curse.”
The thing about cancer is; it’s hard to detect in its’ initial stages, and once detected, if the patient won’t act to get treated, it goes away only with life. If you know something is wrong with the society, then waiting for it to get fixed by itself won’t fix it. When the people you trusted your nation and society with, they betray your society and work on hidden agendas promoting certain individuals, then your silence won’t awaken their conscience. You can look them in their eyes with innocence brimming out of your own, and all they will see is a ‘pitiable slave’ in you, like a bully having a good time at the expense of his victim. Human nature since ages! Rulers love having slaves! Do you honestly believe that a man like Mosses, who was himself rescuing a group of slaves from the clutches of a torturous Egyptian regime, would justify slavery in one of his commandments? Do you think the God you believe in created people unequal, for some to be slaves to the others? If the answer is no, then who do you think added the commandment about slaves in the ‘Ten Commandments’ and then ‘Bible’ (I don’t know about Koran, and Mahabharata condemns slavery as the lowest form of human life, something a man shouldn’t be subjected to)? It’s always leaders that humanity trusts, who betray humanity for their selfish ends.
In 1948-49, George Orwell wrote a very riveting novel about a Dystopian society, a novel which had often been banned by various governments world over due to its’ content. The novel is titled “Nineteen Eighty Four”, and what he wrote all those years back, is exactly what I see playing out in the society today. Let me just address a few salient features of the novel first, and then compare them to the ground realities of our world today, just to illustrate my point.
1984 (A novel by George Orwell)
1. Big brother is watching you:
This phrase constantly reminds people that they are being monitored by the government (via TV screens in the novel).
Intention: To keep the population under control, and to nip in bud any signs of dissent against the ruling elite, exhibited by anyone, using “Thought Police”. Nobody in the society, which is not democratic anymore, can question the small minority controlling the state.
2. A perpetual state of war:
In the novel, the state is constantly at war with the other two states, switching sides whenever the ruling party deems fit. The intention is to keep people scared of the enemy, and hence make them support the state all the time. The state itself orchestrates war, to distract people’s attention from other issues, so as to avoid a revolt on account of miss-governance. The wars’ are generally orchestrated in a way as to create an impression of a thumping victory over the enemy, akin to putting the foot down the enemy’s throat and stomping on it, to create a feeling of euphoria in the hearts of people, so that people love and admire the ruling elite.
3. Role of media and modification of history:
In the novel, the protagonist is a member of the outer party whose job is to alter articles published in old newspapers, to make their language reflect current ruling elite policy and line of thought. For example, when Oceania switches sides from East-Asia to Euro-Asia, the public is made to believe that Oceania had always been at war with East-Asia, and not Euro-Asia. The media is continuously used to alter public opinion and psychology, for fear mongering etc.
4. Psychological handling of dissidents:
Those who question government actions, and try to challenge it on issues affecting the society, they are isolated from the community, and broken down psychologically, so as to re-affirm them to the way of the government. Independent political thought, an important integral part of democracy, is non-existent in the society, and government is always correct. The top 2% population controls all the resources, and is the rich class, about 13% help them govern the society, while everybody else is just a worker.
Now let us compare this hypothetical scenario of the novel with the real world we are living in today. The similarities are disconcerting to say the least, but then, every time an honest man will speak out and explain to the society what is going wrong, and what can go wrong, if the society won’t act on his words and safeguard itself, the nefarious designs of the inherently greedy human race will abuse that knowledge and cheat the majority. Human beings love to rule other human beings. Majority was a peasant working in the fields and shops of the minority in pre-democratic era. Now since democracy has stopped evolving for the last so many decades, and oligarchy and plutocracy have found a back door to re-emerge, humanity is destined to work as peasants in their businesses once again. I am sorry I don’t have any kinder words to define the situation. Let us just get on with the current topic.
Real life situation today, how it compares to “1984”, the novel:
1. Government snooping:
Thanks to Snowden, we all know how none of our communication (email/telephone) is private anymore.
Intention: Questionable at best. Human trafficking as well as illicit drug trade, they are all coordinated using phone/mobiles (I don’t think homing pigeons are in fashion anymore, or regular post is quick enough to manage on-road consignments). Yet, just like Boston attacks, hacking of British Soldier, shootings at Oslo, Colorado theatre or Wisconsin Sikh temple etc, none were ever stopped by the so called snooping. And I am pretty sure German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Indonesian President’s wife are not terrorists. As such, only reason I can guess is; this snooping will help safeguard ruling parties/businessmen against vigilante crusaders like myself, who can upset their malefic intensions apple -carts. It is really easy to single out a person, collect his personal information, to either scrap off their support circle, or gather information to blackmail them in case other methods/negotiations fail. This way, any new democratic leader of the society will not rise and question the government on its’ policies, thus creating a situation where the interests of the handful of big businesses controlling current set of political leaderships will be jeopardized. In fact, while the real honest patriots will be subdued, media will be used to project their own man as the alternate answer, with situations doctored to promote him into positive spotlight. Thus ordinary people will have no savior without an armed revolution. And who can have guns in Australia/India today, and who will be allowed to have guns in US tomorrow? The time is running out for democratic societies, if everything is still to be salvaged peacefully. At risk is peace we all value, or future we all hope!
2. State of constant war
The end of Cold War hasn’t resulted in peace anywhere. The conflict is continuously raging all the time. Cold War was immediately followed by First Gulf war, and the Second Iraq invasion (based on false information) has been followed up with the Afghan conflict. And I don’t see this conflict ending on account of a double game being played across the globe as explained in detail under the next heading. But let me just point out how conveniently media has been used to switch sides (like Oceania switching sides in the novel). In 1971 war NATO was backing Pakistan. Even during Clinton era, and post 1999 Kargil conflict, Pakistan has been given lavish financial and military aid, but suddenly now a new love has been found for India, and a scorn for Pakistan. Western media is suddenly full of praise for India. Go a few decades back, and India (which was on really good terms with the then USSR) was being picked out for human rights violations and persecution of minorities (1984 Anti-Sikh riots, killing of innocent Sikh youth in Punjab, atrocities in eastern states etc). Look at the pro-India and anti-Pakistan media outlook today. Even historical opinions are being adulterated using media, for example by making public official communications of President Nixon, that point out how it was Nixon who was anti-India, and couldn’t stand the Americans who loved Indian democracy. Here’s a news link that sums up traditional views, but in a way that reflects as if it was just Nixon who was against India, or rather Indira (The news is from 2005, about time when a policy shift had just started):
President Nixon's distrust of India (From BBC archives)
And here’s a version of the events for Indian readers (note the difference in tone):
The Indian media perspective (From Daily Pioneer's archives)
3. Role of media and double game:
For someone who reads news articles being published in both ends of the world; Middle-East (Asia) and West, I see a definite pattern in events. While news items in Asian region reflect on Western aggression as an inhuman transgression (like drone attacks killing children, Israel killing Palestinians, torture and discrimination against Muslims in west, NATO forces killing Taliban Militia involved in peace talks with local governments, etc.), western media is full of news that show Islam as intolerant religion, and Muslims as terrorists. To give you comparative examples:
a. Media frenzy in middle-east at burning of Koran by NATO forces, pissing on dead Afghans, shooting wounded militia etc. And in west, the news blowout post hacking of British soldier, Boston bombing etc to instigate fear and hatred against Muslims. You all know how the one side of events affected the views of public on your side of the world. Now just imagine the effect the other end of news spectrum on the public at the other side of the world. Remember, you may hear particular news only once on your side of the world, but such news and many similar news fill up the media on the other side of the world. Now think: how will there be peace?
b. Western media projects Muslims as terrorists, while media in Middle East repeatedly points out examples that Jihadists have often been trained by western agencies. Refer to the news item about former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf’s book where he mentions how one of the dreaded terrorists on death trail couldn’t be hanged because he was an agent trained by MI6 to carry out Jihadist work in Balkan states. Refer to this page and links for news articles provided in it, and see how it reflects as to the involvement of western intelligence agencies with terrorist organizations (What effect do you think such news articles will have on the minds of Muslim youth when they will compare it their ground reality, that their cities are under attack by the supporters of these men, on the pretext of killing these men only?):
A blogger's review of various news items (Look for details in yellow box)
In case the links don’t work, here are two alternates:
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's account
A US based organization's critical evaluation of situation: The Iran angle plus US influence
This is how the war is being fueled and fed with flesh and blood of innocent ordinary people at either end of the globe. All this is done, so that ordinary people world over cannot unite into one, for if there will be peace, then people will have the time to think about issues affecting their lives, like outsourcing of their jobs, wiping out of their small businesses from the market, the constantly increasing grasp of a few huge business houses (and families in case of Indian sub-continent, much like Mughal dynasty) on the Government, thus making democracy slip out of the hands of ordinary people. If you cannot have your own small businesses because it is unaffordable now, or because corporate giants (Grocers, furniture houses, fast-food joints, fashion stores) will whip you out of the market (delis, small grocers, coffee kiosks, clothing retailers etc), and your jobs are going to be outsourced (where are Holden, Ford and Mitsubishi going from Australia), what are you living for?
Thanks to FDI, Indians will find themselves in the same situation within the next 5-10 years, and the second rate political leaders they are banking upon, the ones’ who don’t even know the real issues, leave alone having the foresight to make India a super-power, they are going to make sure the next five years are a punishment to Indians for not standing up behind the true patriots. This is the second time in the last 70 years that Indians have opted for second rate political leaders. Doesn’t matter who Indians vote for in 2014, none of their new or old political leaders have the intentions, foresight, or intelligence to nail the real problems. Else tell me, why is it me who is always talking about FDI even so long after the initial damage? Why it is me who knows what is wrong with the “Food bill”, and how Indians have been cheated once again? Why is none of the Indian leaders, both old and new, speaking out? Why is it that Manmohan Singh was labeled a Gandhi Family puppet for his entire tenure as PM of India, and now that elections are near, he is being projected as the man behind the mess all along? Why was Rahul Gandhi quiet when he could have actually done something for India, and why is he shouting out his mouth today when all time has been lost? Why hasn’t Narendra Modi promised so far, that the first thing he will do if he wins the elections is, roll back the FDI decision? And why is the new kid, oh well, let’s not talk about him, for he doesn’t even know what the real issues are. He has been quiet all along, so I might as well stay mum about him. Why give him unnecessary mileage when Indian media is already doing well for him?
4. Psychological handling:
It’s really a shame that when people should be talking about issues affecting their lives and societies, they are talking about a girl stripping on stage and rubbing her back on a man’s torso. It’s a shame that the most influential woman media can find is the one whose claim to fame is stripping on stage and going nude in videos. Perhaps promoting nudity is the best possible influence a woman can have on contemporary women today. Perhaps women stripping in something as frivolous as a music video, to be watched at home by kids and families is the best precedent to be set. Perhaps people should be more worried about their daughters walking down the street nude than their government selling their interests nude. Besides, when all big leaders are funny as hell, all rich brats are cool flaunting their cash and making the most ridiculous statements, it’s the duty of ordinary people to love them. Who cares about the work they are doing, as long as they are pleasant to look at in media. After all, everybody loves Big brother in “1984”. After all, it’s only the image in media that counts. And if you love your leaders and owners, you should be happy to be their slaves. Ask the teenage girls and boys who love Beibers and One Directions, some even claiming them to be their daddy’s. I on the contrary wonder; was it their mother who used to date them, or are they a result of sperm banks? Low lives always make best slaves! Those who don’t have pride, they never fight for their rights, or for the welfare of society. Your next generation is already being prepared! Why else have I struggled to get media attention in the last three years even after so much work?
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