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  •  Capigalism has encouraged this chasm between (7+ / 0-)

    ourselves and others in so many ways.
    Consider: All of the new "toys" are distractions. We cannot even pay attention to the person at the table with us. I've visited people who have had their tv on ALL THE TIME. They used it for noise and company, but I would be distracted by it none the less.
    Consider: all these toys are "status" markers saying that I am better than you because I HAVE the xyz. That creates a divide between us that did not have to BE created in the first place.
    Consider: we no longer talk to each other openly or honestly, we talk about the latest show, the latest fad, the latest celeb, the latest fail, or success by people we don't even really KNOW. And now we know less than nothing about the people on our block, the people in our neighborhood, the people in our community and even the people at our workplaces.  Consider that the lack of communication also keeps us down because we no longer have each others back.
    Consider that we have our favorite show, our favorite news caster, our favorite channel, or our favorite news rag and we don't ever WANT to hear from the "other side". And why are we so stuck in this rut? Because theses outlets take care to make us feel SUPERIOR for having partaken of their offerings. And tribalism comes in as well.
    Consider that the corporations BEGAN the targeting of us way before the campaigns did or the NSA did. They gathered much info about us and have been manipulating us ever since.

    In places where there is such poverty there is no tv, people ARE happier because they don't get bombarded with ads.

    It seems that all my life we have been bombing someone, teaching them a lesson. Every day I understand more deeply how violent we are. Violent to others and violent to ourselves. - Robert Olmstead

    by glitterscale on Sat Dec 21, 2013 at 12:19:49 PM PST

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