Another way in which we are kept brainwashed by the 1% is by the divide and conquer ethos. If we keep ourselves at war with the Iranians, the Russians, the Chinese, and the Occupy Movement we can keep you mesmerized, dumb-fried and bedazzled in a never ending drama story. Drink that beer and swear at those dirty hippies protesting wars, pollution, and the psychopathology of the corporate world.
Meanwhile as Chaz Valenza states in OpEd, the middle class in America could now be declared officially dead ( http://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Middle-Class-Vanishes-by-Chaz-Valenza-120101-954.html ). It was so easy! No gun fire, no anything. It was like the slow boiling of a frog in a pan of water. He thinks he's out for a nice little bath and "wa-la", soon he is stew. Didn't even know it was coming. Indeed, he thought those fellahs in the white coats were good guys. Yet, they really had declared war on him. Why? It is because they wanted to research how far they could turn the heat up before the frog would fuss. Likewise, the corporations wanted the results because they want you at poverty wages with little fuss so they can get richer and richer.
There simply is no end to growth for these guys.
Yet, even with this knowledge out there, we stay stuck in an ongoing drama show portrayed in the media as our just having to have a bad guy. Why? It's in order to keep our focus externally oriented so the frog doesn't realize he is being boiled alive.
Meanwhile, our religions get caught up right along with the rest of us and indeed stupidly align themselves with the mainstream corporate world. Many of these people don't follow the basic commandments of their faith. For example, Christ said several times with different wording, "do not remove the smote from your brother's eye unless you remove it from you own." This same teaching appears in the 10 commandments via the infamous "love thy neighbor as thyself" as well as the "love thy enemy." Then to add insult to the injury of our lack of insight, when we point the finger out there at somebody, we have 3 pointed back at ourselves. Go ahead, try it. Point at the screen and call me a jerk. See what I mean?
Then again there is the infamous "love thy enemy" commandment. Why is this said? Because, as the three fingers experiment alludes to, your enemy is a mirror image of you. Love thy neighbor as thyself. This also would be predicted by the holographic universe theory of physicist David Bohm where the part mirrors the whole. Bohm simply rediscovered the deeper message of ancient teachings via quantum physics.
So, what are we to do about all this? I've discussed in past articles several ways in which people are working to empower themselves via permaculture, alternative currencies, and so on. My concern as always is: are we willing and able to break a centuries long conditioning that keeps us stuck in a destructive pattern of behavior. Different people may utilize different metaphors for this behavior. I liken it to cancer, which literally defined is "growth gone wild" or "unlimited growth." Joseph Jenkins, author of a marvelous book called Balance Point: Searching for a Spiritual Missing Link relates this to what those that study bees call a feeding frenzy. Yes, these bees are literally eating themselves out of house and home.