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Our Gods Have No Heads

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We're on a planet-sized haunted hayride to Armageddon, and no one is driving.

Sure at first glance it looks like someone's driving. It appears that there are governments which are run by elected officials, and that those officials get together regularly with the officials from other governments to determine how the world should be run.

Then you look a bit closer and you discover that's not how it works at all. The official elected governments are controlled by corporate and financial plutocratic institutions which have no loyalty to the citizenry of any nation they dominate, with wealth poured into manipulating those governments proportionate to their importance in securing the interests of the plutocracy.

Then you look closer still and it gets even weirder, because you see that even the plutocrats aren't really calling the shots themselves. What's ultimately driving things is not so much the people within those institutions as the institutions themselves, which operate based on motives of profit and growth that are built into them and are entirely divorced from normal human values.

You see this evidenced in the way these entities actively and deliberately select executives with "dark personality traits," i.e. narcissists and sociopaths, because ethical and empathic people will not do the things that are necessary to advance the agendas of those entities. The executive isn't choosing cutthroat actions for the corporation to make, the corporation is choosing executives who will enact its cutthroat agendas.

In the old days we invented gods to worship who we pretended lived in the heavens, and we talked about miracles and divine intervention. Now we invent gods who live right here on earth, and we talk about profit margins and market forces. The only difference between the old gods and the new is that the high priests of old had their own personal agendas served by their religion, whereas the new high priests actually serve the agendas of their gods.

And the problem of course is that these are not wise and beneficent gods, they are manmade conceptual constructs with no more intelligence or insight than that growth-at-all-cost values system held by a cancerous tumor. The modern gods are mindless devourers who are controlled by no one. The modern gods have no heads.

As Steinbeck wrote in The Grapes of Wrath:

"We're sorry. It's not us. It's the monster. The bank isn't like a man."

"Yes, but the bank is only made of men."

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Or better yet, humanity can grow up and stop collectively giving our power to "authorities". We can stop trusting "mommy and daddy" to care for us, and start calling the shots ourselves.

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Respectfully, I think that horse left the barn long ago. We aren't giving power to the "authorities," we have none left to give. Not under the current system anyway.

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Thank you Netra, for a crisp, succinct summary of our predicament.

May I recommend Radical Regeneration by Caroline Baker and Andrew Harvey and Dispelling Wetiko by Paul Levy?

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Corporations are a tool that was devised long ago, and on the surface look benevolent (a decent PR division helps). Psychopaths used this tool to gain power and influence lawmakers to turn corporations into even more effective monsters behind which to hide. The corporation did it, no one's hands had to get dirty except some subcontractors or other indirect actions. Nobody has been able to pull the charter on any of these devils, no matter what terrible acts they've been responsible for. Meanwhile, power accrues to the unethical and the public fights each other over who is to blame.

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Patricia,

May I recommend Radical Regeneration by Caroline Baker and Andrew Harvey and Dispelling Wetiko by Paul Levy?

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You complain correctly what corporations have done to you!!

What Western corporations have done to other countries have been in many cases 100 times worse than done to you.

Western corporations have no mercy while pursuing ONLY profits to show their shareholders who also should be blamed.

Western military knows no mercy even using poisons which are banned by the Geneva Convention.

Illegal sanctions which violate international norms during this difficult time of pandemic.

Western countries leading by England and France have brought nothing but miseries to many parts of the world.

Atrocities committed by Western countries towards helpless or defenseless people are many to list.

Capitalism guarantees that there will be lots of losers. Its a pyramid scheme, with most people below the top.

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Caitlin:

I think this: It seems like there is no driver because we would not drive so radically running over ourselves, even our children, It seems there is no driver because humanity is being attacked and weakened by weaponized virus from labs and likely further weakened by pharmaceuticals proffered as a fix. Further the life force of the planet is at risk. It seems no one is driving because the driver is not us.

What we experience is purposely created reality. As JFK noted, 'Reality does not just happen , it is made to happen'. I believe Zecharia Sitchin got it mostly right in his translations of the Sumerian Tablets-- ET created us to help them exploit this planet and today use human surrogates (corporations too) to continue doing so. So there is indeed a driver though it seems not the case because it is not us. Today our controllers think there are too many of us, an inconvenience so figure it out.

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Caitlin:

I think this: It seems like there is no driver because we would not drive so radically running over ourselves, even our children, It seems there is no driver because humanity is being attacked and weakened by weaponized virus from labs and likely further weakened by pharmaceuticals proffered as a fix. Further the life force of the planet is at risk. It seems no one is driving because the driver is not us.

What we experience is purposely created reality. As JFK noted, 'Reality does not just happen , it is made to happen'. I believe Zecharia Sitchin got it mostly right in his translations of the Sumerian Tablets-- ET created us to help them exploit this planet and today use human surrogates (corporations too) to continue doing so. So there is indeed a driver though it seems not the case because it is not us. Today our controllers think there are too many of us, an inconvenience so figure it out.

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It has always been so. Humans live in a fog of myth about having "leaders" in society. Thomas Hobbes got it right over 3 centuries ago. In our struggle to survive we would all be at each others' throats unless we submitted our freedom to some kind of bully, be it a monarch or some more collective form of state authority. This bully protects each of us from all the other bullies and enables cooperation between members of society, leading to progress and social living. The system only works if we put up with the head bully, namely the dreadful institution of politicians who get to run the system. These bullies are usually described as "leaders". They are anything but that, more like a bunch of parasites who enrich themselves off ther taxes they extort from us ordinary folk. The alternative is for us to live in a state of chaos, with no restraints.

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