Everything is becoming ‘old hat’. The news is continually redundant. Overwhelming amounts of information are leading towards insipid brainlessness. The war is boring. The economy is boring. The same stories repeated over and over are leading to a complete breakdown of interest and an ever-increasing rise of apathy. The information entertainment industry has become a soap opera scenario with more emphasis on the personalities reporting the slanted stories rather than the actual news that should be of concern to everyone. The devolvement of incomprehensible rules and regulations, the fears of identity theft and privacy violations, the fears of liberty being subtly removed from consciousness by the ‘machine’, the meaninglessness of politically correct morality, etc, are all leading to a complete breakdown of individual responsibility that is leading to a state of hopelessness further enhanced by the lies being told to us that insist that the reverse and opposite is true. The continuing downward spiral of innocuousness is leading to a thorough contempt for everyone and everything who with any semblance of authority is not only being questioned but is being held in contempt for having values that differ from the distressed outcries. We are becoming more and more an Orwellian society and the manner in which it is being foisted on the whole world is taking the awareness of it further and further away from universal awareness. Sounds scary, right? It is!
It seems that nothing relevant is of value. We are becoming a global society of personal assertions rather that representatives of fact. Everything is open to interpretation and with that license available all of the morons and cultural refuse are crawling out of the walls. Everything new is a redefining of the old. The void is becoming unrecognizably unrecognizable because it is becoming recognizably recognizable. (Aha, the old Zen game.) As for education (whatever the hell that now means,) we are losing all respect for substance and valuing the credential, wherever it comes from, rather than the knowledge. To even attempt to fight it all is futile. Therefore, in this writer’s view, it is now more than ever essential to raise the banners and charge ahead into the past. (I was going to say, “rally round the flags” but that would definitely be misconstrued.)
People, for the most part, do not understand the language they speak or the words they use. That is why the ancient masters always suggested that if you can’t say it in simple terms you should keep your mouth shut because you probably don’t know what you are talking about. And, because they are lemmings, their own opinions are usually based on the so-called authoritarian voices they listen to. No one is above and beyond this reality. A truth that is in essence the fundamental requirement of saving a society that is bordering on its own extinction must go back to its roots. Now, more than ever, we need to turn back to the values that have enabled us to grow and prosper regardless of the envy of the world. Not to do so is sheer folly.
Hanshi Stephen F Kaufman from The Hanshi Forum, November 19, 2004