Saturday, October 17, 2015
Today, many, if not most, Americans are so bedazzled by the leadership and numerous challenges we face in the economy, the environment, government inanity, and such that we have become bystanders instead of participants. Each new Alinski crisis is used to the fullest to divert our attention from what is really going on.
We have become inured to the things about which we could actually make a difference in if we only stood up and spoke out.
The Roman satirical poet, Juvenal coined the Latin phrase, panem et circenses (bread and circuses), to identify the only remaining cares of a Roman populace which no longer cared for its historical birthright of political involvement. Juvenal, used the phrase to decry the selfishness of common people and their neglect of wider concerns.
Today, we are being entertained with “bread and circuses” to divert our attention from the world situation. Bread in the form of government handouts and entitlements requiring little or no work on our part. Circuses in the form of mindless, so-called, entertainment in video games, TV sitcoms, game shows, and sports events.
As a society, we are spectators and not participants. We have become “Life Lurkers.”
A “lurker” is one who stands alongside the pathway of life and just watches the traffic go by. In the cyber world, a lurker logs on, but does not participate in the many conversations and debates and definitely does not want to stand out as having a reasoned response to the rhetoric that passes for critical thinking today. If truth be known, cognitive activity is considered obsolete by many who have allowed themselves to be lulled into passivity.
A “life lurker” is one who is content to accept the handouts of big government (as long as they don’t require the lurker to actually earn those handouts).
A lurker is most often heard to say things like, “Whatever . . .,” “I don’t care,” “What difference does it make anyway,” “I don’t know . . .”, or such things.
Obama has created an office to actually form the opinions that he wants the sheeple of this country to espouse. A recent article in Politico highlighted the administration’s plan to “nudge” Americans to do what he wants:
The president officially adopted the idea last year when he launched the White House’s Social and Behavioral Science Team (SBST), a cross-agency effort to bring behavioral science research into the policymaking process. . . .
The team’s projects were definitely a form of prodding—giving people little pokes to improve their behavior in some way. But the more muscular form of “nudge” involves what experts call changing the “choice architecture”—automatically enrolling employees in an optional 401(k), for instance, or making organ donors opt out.
Just as a shepherd or cattle drover prods the herd to move in the direction desired, so the Obama administration is prodding the “sheeple” of this once-great nation to do his bidding. Sometimes all it takes if a gentle prod. Other times something more dramatic is required. On example might be; If we can’t take guns from the obviously “rabid” gun owners, then will have to confiscate them by other means. Like requiring registration of ammunition or guns before we drum up some bogus reason citing “community safety.”
Public schools and colleges have educated activism out of our children and young adults. Common Core is an uncommon bore and a travesty!
We are not sheep! Stand up! Speak out! Get involved!