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When modern living destroys your family, and the only thing you can pay is attention, here are some time-tested ways to break free.
Nietzsche says most people choose to be victims. He warns of "slave morality', the guilt-ridden, pessimistic, mediocre, fearful, paralyzing attitude of "those uncertain of themselves." How to avoid the high price of uncertainty?
1. Nietzsche divides the world into Apollonian and Dionysian, the latter embodied in Cassandra, the beautiful Trojan princess who refused to "marry' Apollo even after he gave her the power to see the future. The ancients did not recognize a woman's right to say "No," and Apollo took it hard.
But Cassandra knew her worth -- as I say in my Occupy novel Trading Dreams, "Pride is expensive. Prostitution is more expensive." This is how much she was worth: Apollo punished her by making the world disbelieve her prophecies, and humanity has turned a deaf ear to women and squandered riches ever since.
Cassandra warned the Trojans about the horse: the Trojans took the horse inside the city gates. The Greeks captured Cassandra, 'she who selects men,' as a prize of war and made her into a sex-slave. Her "ravings' can still be heard today.
No need to sanitize the story with another genius woman treated poorly-- there are plenty of other Trojan horses lying around. You can see the omens better with your own eyes. Foreign countries perform liposuctions of bad debt from afar and explode from within! So we'll skip the first admonition and go straight to the second:
2. Read between the lines. Take any article. Apart. A New York Times exposÃ © on bogus book reviews called "The Best Book Reviews Money Can Buy" pans Todd Rutherford for charging $99 for reviewing books, but fails to mention that bigger reviewers, Kirkus most blatantly, have been functioning the same way all along. Why would the New York Times omit the bigger story that Kirkus, a $70-million-dollar company, has been charging $499 for its reviews for years? To sideline a little guy from publishing? This article appears to contribute to the corporate hegemony, but they forgot one thing. There are too many little guys to squash. With free people reading between the lines, journalism like this will bring on the eventual collapse of a crusty hegemony.
3. Avoid corporate beholdeness. Corporations have many techniques for marginalizing the masses. No one who is drowning in debt, taking medicine to cure the side effects from other medications, distracted by every temptation or spending all their free time in therapy can threaten an oncoming oligopoly.
Most of us aren't slaves, just like corporations aren't persons, so you probably have every resource at your disposal to keep alert. Ask the questions that matter to you.
Case study: America is in an election year, and again, candidates from an essentially one-party system are debating the irrelevant. As Noam Chomsky warned in his lecture "America is NOT a Democracy!" the issues most people care about have not been allowed on the agenda.
To keep the country from collapsing like totalitarian regimes of the 80's, why not pin candidates down and ask where they stand on real issues like bank regulation, outsourcing, or whatever genuinely matters to you?
- Do they favor organic workplaces responsible to the stake holders working in them on the ground, or do they favor workplaces beholden to the share holders trading decimals up in the skyscrapers?
- Do they think there is an incentive to make people sick if health insurance companies are allowed to own other types of businesses?
- Do they think the Occupy movement is a worthy cause?
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