observing. It is like watching those little whirlwinds that scatter
the leaves in a courtyard. First here...then there. Throwing themselves around with no particular pattern and accomplishing little. But still there is movement in this concrete rest-stop in the center of capitalism central.
I listen to people defending and condemning Snowden/Greenwald.
I see rabbis wallowing in hatred like pigs in shit. I listen to lefties and righties. And I watch whirlwinds spin like the tempest in a teapot. Had I gotten from age twelve to my current age without all this observation...I doubt that much would have changed. But I watch all this activity nonetheless and at times chime in with my take. It doesn't dispel these little winds;my assessments. But it keeps me sane.
So here's a few more chimes.
In my experience, all leaks are planned. Yes, including your
precious Ed and Julian. What would be the purpose of these disclosures for those that would leak them, you might well ask. Well, let's think about that for a moment. What has transpired in our society because of these 'whistle-blower's' actions? All of a sudden we are aware(as if we smart ones weren't already) that our super-power government spies on all of us. Brrrrrrr..... Scary.
Those mean old government guys. But what are you going to do about it? Besides watching your P's and Q's a bit more carefully? We now know for a fact, thanks to these brave souls, that big brother really IS watching us. Uh-huh. Well, that's out in the open now. It's on the table. It exists. Few if any doubt it nowadays.
I am reminded of the scene from Dr. Strangelove, in which the good Doctor chides the Russian ambassador concerning the Doomsday machine by saying, " The whole point of the doomsday machine is lost if you keep it a secret.Why didn't you tell the world, hey?"
You see, it is the fear that is the point, dears. Not the spying. But I'm sure at least my readers understand this salient point. The point that the credibility of such a revelation becomes unquestionable when it is a 'secret' leaked by noble men. While the less 'noble' among us keep on sucking. Anything that is dangled in front of us. The shinier the better.
Ya see, fear is profitable. No matter where it comes from or whether it is warranted, it produces profitable things in our big brains. It makes them littler. And very quickly. It is the great reducer. It makes us all act in predictable patterns. Fight or flight. Resist or comply. So when gay-jewish Glen Greenwald tells you that his buddy has millions of secrets and he's going to sell you a few...well, we all like secrets. Fearful secrets. We just can't resist. So no matter how effective government spying is, it's power is the fear it instills. And that power cannot be utilized unless it is known. So, thanks to fearless whistle-blowers, we all now know to fear our government. Uh-huh. Sweetheart, the real whistle-blowers get gagged or gagged. The shiny ones are on your evening news.
Oh, they will make concessions to their eavesdropping, but that isn't the final point...as you well know. It's win-win for the JPTB now. The lefties are screaming foul...the righties want more.
And the more observant among us question the whole thing. It's all such fun. And it gets us out
in the open air. Keeps our blood pressure up.
But that's as may be.
So if our big brains are getting smaller, what then? Well, the medium is the message. And that's all folks. That IS the only message. Drive it home. Keep pounding away. Fear. Fear. Fear. Keep driving it. And although few if any are making these obvious conclusions of mine. I don't mind. Maybe I will be targeted for understanding the game-plan. For not getting caught up in the whirlwind even a little.
But I doubt it. I won't be quoted. It won't be commented upon. The world will little note, nor long remember(so to speak),what I write on the back of this envelope. No matter.
If nothing else, I can state unequivocally, that I am not a sucker.
My suckerness is and always has been at a minimum. But I am surprised I don't find this reckoning more prevalent. Although I don't offer metaphysical alternatives to suckerness, it amazes me how many blackbirds we have out here.