A friend of mine commented; “I am beginning to believe Government members create most of the crisis they pretend to combat, in order to perpetrate the belief that they are the most necessary of all evils.”… I suppose this can apply to things other than government, crisis as fear comes from government to Religion, to CEO’s, Wall Street, Corporations, the powerful and the huddled masses, a simple fact they all spend a lot of time substantiating their own existence politicians more than most. After all life may be about substantiating ones own existence, apparently some people are so much better at it as they manufacture crisis.
From the elixir of snake oil salesmen to the mob protection racket, opportunistic pandering has no bounds. Look at the web today, we must all purchase and wear software condoms to protect ourselves from fear of catching a virus. A virus which may taint our webby experiences, seems always the lurking virus or the looming Trojan horse hovering over us, fear and threats used to substantiate the dire need of protection. it has crossed my mind, fear and threats could possibly be sponsored by the very condom manufactures themselves, capitalism, government and religon appear to be in cahoots.
I recall the old 1940’s black and white mob movies, where the protection racket mob goons approached a small business or store owner and would say; “nice windows you got there, it would be a shame if someone tossed a brick through them, you need to buy our insurance”. So I cannot help but see the same scenario on my computer every time my condom contract runs out…. “nice computer you got there, be a shame if a virus took over, you need protection”. I find the protection racket scam seems to be surrounding our lives in many different ways.
From what I have read according to an archaeologist, Shamans as the religious leaders, may have been the first protection racket? The hunter gatherers had their shamans and chiefs who claimed to have all the answers about the known and the unknown and as true opportunists Shamans and the chiefs effectively manipulated it for all it was worth, probably helping them have the choice of prime mammoth steaks and choosing from the most beautiful virgins while lounging in a prime real estate cave penthouse. Tithing in religious temples today seems little different. Today of course money is used in tithing instead of giving the usual goats head to the Shaman or a virgin daughter to the Chief, not accounting for choir boys. Shaman and the chief set the rules which applied to everyone; except to shaman and the chief.. You must do this or you will end up someplace most unpleasant, maybe even as the devils dish rag, after all you do want the gods to look upon you favorably so tithe.
Insurance today seems another protection racket, but unlike the threat of a broken leg in order to protect us from goon inflicted smashed windows or broken legs, insurance works on fear of the potential and the possibly like my webby condom, though insurance seems a bit more real then religion and politicks, but without the cement boots, using fear none the less, a fear of not having any. Living in fear promotes a need to contemplate on the necessity of purchasing protection. Medical insurance seems to be all the rage these days, at least for those who can dole out enough goat heads and are able to afford it.
In politics we see a constant introduction of fear, the only protection offered is to vote for the lessor fear. The opportunism and self promotion always bolstering itself by manufacturing opposing fears. Seems one side says we must fear…. fear itself, while the other side points at the fear manufacturers by taking advantage of the same fear.
The notion politicks is an absolute necessity is also one of those self substations of primary social engineering. So polticks never willingly passes into obsolescence, especially since politicians, chiefs and shamans enjoy the best perks civilization has to offer as they constantly create crisis like my condom wearing webby experience pretending to combat a manufactured fear, and offering goon like protection from Trojan Horses, broken windows and the potential fears of fear itself while using fear.