Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 1 Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend (1 Shares)  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites View Article Stats   5 comments

OpEdNews Op Eds

"To Undo The Folded Lie": Resisting palliatives in an age of oligarchic excess and Anthropocene Age devastation

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 3 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (more...) ; , Add Tags  (less...) Add to My Group(s)

Must Read 2   Well Said 2   Inspiring 2  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H2 4/9/12

Become a Fan
  (46 fans)

(Editor's note: As America's Great Middle Class crumbles, the Rich are again grasping for every possible regulatory rollback and tax cut, all the better to fund some final bacchanal of late-stage capitalism, a well-catered cocktail party of aging men and women wearing the false face of Botox, as poet Phil Rockstroh observes.)

Wall Street is again flush with the electronic facsimile of the stuff once known as money. But this is a Botox Recovery: A superficial procedure, accomplished with a nerve paralyzing poison, reserved for the wealthy whose vanity has driven them to transform their faces into caricatures of corruption " to acquiring a countenance, frozen as a creepy doll, incapable of showing emotion -- a grotesque simulacrum of the human face.

A Botox-distorted face reveals an individual with a distorted view of existence: that life's limits, in this case the process of aging, must be hidden, and by doing so, artifice trumps reality. In a similar manner, life under our current Botoxed economic and political structure seems a gruesome distortion of life itself -- a desperate gambit to veil the carnage inflicted by the monstrous excesses of oligarchic and Anthropocene Age exploitation of populace and planet.  

Upon seeing the face of a narcissist whose features have been willingly disfigured by Botox, one wonders the obvious: Does he even look in the mirror?

Yes. But, as is the case with the One Percent, he only sees what he is desperate to see. He has succeeded in fooling himself, thus he believes he fools all who have the misfortune to gaze upon him.

A stammered truth is more resonate to the heart than a well-told lie. Unfortunately, a habitually dissembling mindset will view the situation in reverse. All too often, internalized systems of viewing an unfolding event will determine an individual's take on a given situation.

If the institutions (e.g., familial, religious, governmental, mass media) that have influenced one's method of perception are themselves compromised by internalized, self-resonating biases, then a type of carnival funhouse mirror effect comes into play (both on an individual and culture-wide basis) whereby distortions reflect distortions that, in turn, reflect those distortions " ad infinitum.


Facing corporatism by Creative Commons

Reality is made grotesque, and gross distortions are perceived as reality. This is why it is essential, on an individual basis, to develop a method of viewing that includes the heart, the gut, and all of one's senses. A lie only fools the mind; in contrast, truth reverberates throughout one's entire being.

"All I have is a voice / To undo the folded lie." -- W.H. Auden

At present, only slightly more than 40 percent of the population of the U.S. accepts the verifiable reality of global climate chaos. A constant barrage of propaganda in the form of fake science, contrived and propagated by massive, obscenely wealthy multi-national energy corporations, is one reason for the dismal and still declining number of the populace who cannot discern truth-seeking scientific inquiry from the dissembling of a big money-bribed cadre of hacks and PR flacks.

This development, troubling enough on its own, is emblematic of a larger dilemma. The pervasive false consciousness, engendered by the atomized, artificial nature of existence within the corporate/consumer state -- e.g., the Media Age usurping of the innate longings of the human heart by transmuting desire into consumer craving -- has not only left consumerist true-believers bereft of the ability to honestly process information -- but has rendered all too many unable to locate the source of their own suffering.

It is impossible to sate empty appetite by more empty consumption. Conversely, the hollowness at the core of consumer state anomie can only be remedied by an awakening of the heart.

How does one take this course of action? The answer is neither recondite nor inaccessible: by the time honored methods of grief, gratitude, and embracing an enthusiasm for social and political engagement. At present, the current societal and governmental arrangements give us ample opportunity for practice.

Begin by: grieving for our abuse of the flora and fauna of this living planet; then, grieve for the suffering we bring to ourselves by these callous actions. Because, as long as we believe it is our birthright to exploit the planet, it follows that we will continue to believe it permissible to ruthlessly exploit one another by the same heartless methods.

There is no need for a vengeful god above to punish us for our transgressions " we're doing just fine on our own. Trudging through life devoid of the warmth bestowed by a compassionate heart amounts to divesting one's self of soul -- i.e., rendering oneself not fully alive within life.

What an awful form of punishment this is: to construct in the place within yourself where your heart should be positioned, a dungeon where you have become both the torturer and the tortured -- all ordered by a merciless despot (your willful mind, untempered by the counsel of a compassionate heart) who lords over the wasteland of misapprehensions that you have mistaken for the whole of existence.

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3

 

http://www.philrockstroh.com/

Phil Rockstroh is a poet, lyricist and philosopher bard living in New York City. He may be contacted at: phil@philrockstroh.com. Visit Phil's website: http://philrockstroh.com/ or at FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000711907499

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Why Americans Are So Easily Conned

Police State Blues: "Our rights do not end where the caprice of authoritarian bullies begins."

The Great Dismal: "What we speak becomes the house we live in"

Against the Tortured Logic of Obama's Placebo Presidency: A Call for the Audacity of Hopelessness

Reclaiming The Commons: Human Lessons in the Era of Corporatism and Perpetual War

A Day In A Dying Empire: An intimate fable on current events

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
5 people are discussing this page, with 5 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)
A truthful remembrance will free imprisoned ghosts... by Phil Rockstroh on Monday, Apr 9, 2012 at 7:00:15 PM
MONEYS FACE IS PROMISED SECURITY...BUT PROMISED S... by rod bode on Monday, Apr 9, 2012 at 8:12:46 PM
Is that a picture of our new President-elect?... by Ned Lud on Tuesday, Apr 10, 2012 at 6:32:13 AM
The kingdom of heaven is within you, it is not som... by Philip Pease on Tuesday, Apr 10, 2012 at 10:40:29 AM
Thank you for the lyrical writing.  Your pie... by Susan Lee Schwartz on Tuesday, Apr 10, 2012 at 1:16:32 PM