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Delusions and Dogfights

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Message Andrea Zelenka
At some point in life, many of us have had to come to terms with our own erroneous expectations in regard to the behaviors of others and the resulting disappointment. If we choose not to be negatively prejudiced, cynical or judgmental in our dealings with others, sometimes we inadvertently trust those who prove not to be trustworthy. This is especially true if our standard approach stems from a mistaken belief that most people are basically kind and compassionate, possess honor and integrity, and have good intentions at all times. Danger lurks around the corner if we cling to that belief despite the experiences in our lives that have proved otherwise.

The time has come for us to accept the truth that far too many humans are operating under a set of amoral core values that centers upon self-interest without regard to potential repercussions or to consideration for others. We have come to resemble a pack of starving, bloody, snarling dogs fighting over meager scraps of rotten food that were tossed onto a street. As the façade of "better times ahead" as presented by the government and the controlled media begins to crumble before our weary eyes and budgets increasingly come up short, we are becoming vicious towards each other in our attempts to cling to a past way of life that revolved around materialism and consumerism.

No matter how much the optimists amongst us want to believe that goodness and light will prevail over darkness and evil at all times, the reality of our current world is that dogs do eat dogs. Dogs are also apt to bite the hand that feeds them and to go rabid with lust for money and power. This is evidenced by the fact that the "small breeds" are now suffering the brunt of the economic collapse through little to no fault of their own, but rather through the parasitic greed of the big dogs at the top of the income heap and hierarchy of power. Behind those individuals who are making unemployment claims, losing their homes and watching their life savings disappear, stand other individuals who are refusing to make changes in their own lavish, luxurious lifestyles or to get a grip on their fiscal irresponsibility. These are dogs with wings as well as rabies.

They are the dogs of commerce that once prospered disproportionately under the currently failing economic systems and now resemble dragons defending their hoards by turning the villagers into toast as fear and desperation grip the black hearts within their scaly chests. And they are fire-breathers of government who have access to the purses of the villagers via taxation and are hell-bent upon emptying those purses as they continue to spend the community coffers on foolish endeavors with wanton abandon while infrastructures crumble and social programs are annihilated.

No remorse is shown or guilt is suffered when pink slips, foreclosure notices and asinine household-budget-damaging legislation are handed out by such dogs-gone-dragon in their efforts to cut costs and regulate lives for self-sustaining purposes. Just prior to hopping a jet for a bacchanal aboard the yacht on the other coast, or jumping into a luxury SUV that is destined for a weekend of martinis and water skiing at the recently redecorated upstate lake house, these parasites will cry out one last lie in an effort to placate those who always had less and now have nothing left but despair, "There was nothing else I could do."

History has informed us that when food and fuel shortages and hyperinflation arrive on the scene, the masses will riot. Unless the rich, privileged and well-seated soon lose their callous "let them eat cake" attitude, the number of destitute people will increase. And so will their anger over having nothing to show for a lifetime of work, frugality and taxpaying. They will shed their blinding faith in the goodness of humanity, see through the veil of lies, and break their chains. They will remember how their lives came to be so desperate. They will know whom to blame and they will set out to right the wrongs of social injustice and inequality. As they rampage and tear down the gates to the mansions in pursuit of dragons hoarding sustenance, they will cry out in turn, "We had to do it for the children. They are hungry."

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AZ entered the working world in 1980 after college and after many career changes, she became employed in the construction industry. Starting out as an accounting clerk and fill-in salesperson she eventually became a division manager in a (more...)
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