This post has some very controversial adult only stuff in it by necessity. If you don't like that, stop reading now. Thanks to the forum hosts and owners for hosting such a great and liberal forum. I hope you'll permit this post.
Just thought I would share an experience I had today at a certain name brand phone and cable company store I won't mention waiting to pay my bill. They have a big TV showing cable movie. Often it's questionable material for public display, but today was just out of this world insane.
I'm standing in the queue, the shops pretty busy, about 10 people in front of me in the line, and this big TV is showing this woman torturing a naked man with something jammed in his mouth. She starts pulling out his front teeth with pliers one by one - you see everything. He is naked and chained up. She then starts to simulate sex with a gun into his toothless mouth. He then urinates all over the floor. I don't know what was going to happen next, I guess she was going to kill the guy.
There were children in the store, one in a stroller.
Here's what I saw Peruvians doing. Half turned away, about half watched it. The emloyees watched it, a couple of bimbos (sorry, that's what they looked like) near the front of the line were laughing when the woman pulled the guys teeth out.
So what does this say about society, that nobody had the guts to speak up to a lowly phone store employee and tell them to take their psycho-torture-porn off of public display. I bet you if you had any old time Peruvians in there they wouldn't have stood for that. As far as I could tell they were mostly younger generation people in the shop (under 40).
This is going on all the world over, that I've seen anyway. People are just gutless and afraid to speak up to injustices and wrongs that are now pervading deeper into society. Even when it is harming children. The peer pressure society is in full effect. Have we been trained to believe that the moral mind is the minority? I'd guess a lot of people would like to have spoken up, that it did offend their sensibilities and their own dignity to have that shown to them in a public place where there are children.
We're supposed to think it's normal that government minimum wage goons put their hands down people's pants, and feel our childrens genitals through their clothing because of the threat of "terrorism", when more people die of lightening strikes and honey bee stings (TSA in America - land of the "free" - free to grope children and old ladies and check babies for diaper bombs). We're supposed to cower and just pretend it's ok that phone store employees watch and force everyone else to watch, torture-porn while they wait to pay their bills. (by the way I know of the movie they were playing what it's about and I know it's not actually a torture-porn movie, but the scene on it's own sure is, even if it is disguised as a revenge film). It's all about submitting to this demonic culture of dehumanisation.
Whether you believe that the pervasive culture of dehumanisation is somehow centrally orchestrated, part of the spread and infiltration of some satanic culture, or whether it is just a general breakdown and disconnect in society from normalcy and morals - what is right and wrong - or just cognitive dissonance from the food and garbage on television? I don't know. Maybe since the USA and western nations adopted torture as a moral means justified by the end, the rest of the world just decided it's ok too - completely bypassing their own internal checks and balances. Maybe it's all of that, or something completely different. But there is a disconnect.
Finally one lady complained and one worker reluctantly changed the channel. A minute later, another worker at the store said "Hey, who changed the channel?" Another worker said "Somebody complained" and he said "What for?" He looked upset that he wasn't getting to watch his fun movie while he was at work standing there doing nothing. Another guy commented that it wasn't cool to put that on the TV. Everyone else seemed indifferent or kept silent.
My take on it is this: the generation that is alive today in most places in the world are largely like stunted children who have no capability for coherent adult thought patterns, critical thinking or clear decisions based on principle. They see the world in a child like way and care only about their own moment to moment cheap emotional gratifications, caring nothing of the effects on others locally or further afar. They don't have, and more importantly don't WANT the psychological tools to deal with things that are actually a problem in real life. It's time we all realised that Mummy and Daddy and older generations that were here to set the norms and create a relatively safe society for children to grow up in (the children are the future of the species, and they are extremely precious) are no longer here anymore, and we need to rediscover their wisdom and their ideals and morals very quickly and in a profound, visceral way. Of course I'm talking about basic societal morals - like not showing torture-porn imagery in a phone shop like it's no big deal for kids to see and actually pretty darn funny to teach them how to graphically torture someone by pulling their teeth out, so they can see what happens (urination out of fear) and stick a gun in their mouth to humiliate them further.
People who live moment to moment on their emotional gratifications are easy to manipulate. It is far too easy for propaganda and deceitulf news to prod buttons in their mind and sell them plenty of pre-scripted often fabricated news items in order to gradually over time condition people to accept certain realities that may not be so at all, and more importantly, certain outcomes and conclusions to those perceived realities. Such as that starvation is normal. Such as that war is normal, and constant, and that we can morally and financially afford such things. (Remember, Peru is funding Americas wars by buying billions in treasuries that will never be paid back with anything other than worthless paper).
It's why I have a lot of respect for poorer cultural areas in Peru. They have an innate distrust of authority, corporations and government. They are criticised a lot, but for all they are criticised, they hold on dearly to those things that DO mean something to them, and that they DO know. They'll get up in anyone's face, regardless of the consequences if they perceive a wrong. They don't have much to lose, and they know when they're getting stepped on. It's the poor in Peru that give me the most hope for this country, not the richer ones. Many are lovely, wonderful, great people. But many are heartless, uncaring, selfish, ignorant, and elitist (with no reason to be elitist). They talk to people who they view as being in an inferior economic class to them as though they were no more than servant trash. Anytime I see that, it still leaves me speechless. Anyway I'm not saying anyone's perfect, but there are tolerances and boundaries you know? I think it's that the poorer areas are in many ways a lot less indoctrinated than the richer ones, and they carry more wisdom from previous generations unlike many today who are trained to wilfully discard it without thinking about it first at least. It's why I also prefer Peru over countries like Australia or Canada. Many don't know they are as or more corrupt than Peru, but the difference is that in Peru you can SEE it. You KNOW where it is. In those other countries it is skilfully and insidiously hidden. There is corruption that makes cops asking for bribes on a traffic ticket look positively HONEST. There is ideological corruptions systemically from the heads of state down to the librarian at the primary school. The taddle tale society is also getting into full swing. There is not that age old instinct of people sticking together and standing up for one another. True, in Peru as well it is being lost, but it is still here.
The corporations and their minions (the governments) I'm sure would like us to be soft, supple minded, easy targets for their global take-over. So I'm super proud and really heartened when I see people saying no to dehumanising corporate trash culture in whatever form it takes. The corporations would have us believing that the right to vaccinate OTHER people against their will is the issue of the day, not freedom itself, economic and otherwise. That terrorism is the danger, not road accidents and a 100% cancer rate.
People who can tolerate dehumanisation like that are much more ready and willing, conditioned, and desensitised to put up with, and dare I say it, even learn to relish and enjoy other forms of real life human suffering and injustices they may see. Just my opinion. What do you think?
Be the change you want to see in the world. Don't put up with injustices. Speak out. Bureaucrats and sadistic morons are cowards who fear the wrath of a just society that will hold them to account. Don't be afraid of them. Speak up. Don't let the so called demons run amok.
Just some food for thought. And just think. What would Bob Marley say.
The Foundation of a Free Society is Freedom of Speech.