I need to share a dream I had a few nights ago, after I decided to start this blog, after the disaster in Oakland.
We were living in a very strict totalitarian state. Everyone's brain had been wired with electrodes, leading to a circuit strip at the base of our heads, covered in a flap of plastic.
Police carried styluses and were authorized to touch certain parts of this circuit strip to dole out punishments when they caught you breaking the laws.
I, and others, had participated in an Occupy-style protest against the State, and we were running, trying to avoid the police. They caught up to one of us and we saw what they did to the woman's circuit strip. They pressed certain "nodes", and she became almost as intellectually retarded as someone with Down's Syndrome. She couldn't think for herself, couldn't take care of herself, and became a Ward of the State.
The rest of us kept running but were eventually caught. I woke up when they were getting ready to dole out my "punishiment". I was begging them not to make me dumb.
The fact of the matter is there are millions who are already "dumb". They either don't know, or don't care to know, the true state of how things are. They don't want to believe our government is bought and paid for by corporations who wish to make a profit off programming us in how to live. They don't want to believe that what the GOP is spoon-feeding them is lies, and more lies. They don't want to believe that the Democrats have become just as ineffectual; they continue to make promises they fail to follow through on. They don't want to believe that all major news outlets belong to corporations that don't want you to know the truth - about anything, save carefully selected stories.
Occupy protests are helping to educate some, but there are still a lot of people who are more than willing to believe the corporations.
Let's keep up the good work and pray for those who have their heads stuck in the sand.