Blind Obedience ToThe Canons Of Capitalism...
Date: Monday, November 27 2006
Blind Obedience To
The Canons Of Capitalism
Of Sick Societies, American Dalits,
And A Nation Of Lady Macbeths
By Jason Miller
"Tell me where do I belong in this sick society?
.Look at yourself instead of looking at me. With accusation in your eyes. Do you want me crucified for my profanity?
.Tell me the truth and I'll admit to my guilt if you'll try to understand. But is that blood that's on your hand from your democracy?"
--Ozzy Osbourne, You're no Different, 1983
Bow your heads and drop to your knees, brothers and sisters! Feel the power of the Holy Dollar coursing through your being as you humbly offer your prayers, exaltations and gratitude to Mighty Mammon!
Lay the perpetual argument to rest. There is no separation of church and state.
It is indisputable that the United States is one nation, under God. Our nation worships the unholy trinity of the Dollar, Acquisitiveness, and Opulence with the fanaticism of the Inquisitors.
'Tis (officially) the season to be greedy.
Yesterday, most of us initiated the "Holidays" by performing the annual rite of gratitude. Millions gave thanks for living in a nation which has become obscenely corpulent by suckling at the teats of genocide, slavery, and imperialism.
Sandburg once christened Chicago "hog butcher for the world". Accounting for a mere 5% of the world's population while gluttonously devouring a quarter of the world's resources easily qualifies the United States as "hog to the world".
According to UNICEF, 30,000 children die each day due to poverty. And they "die quietly in some of the poorest villages on earth, far removed from the scrutiny and the conscience of the world. Being meek and weak in life makes these dying multitudes even more invisible in death."
That is about 210,000 children each week, or just under 11 million children under five years of age, each year (1).
While millions of children are starving to death, we in the United States grapple with afflictions born of over-indulgence. Obesity is reaching epidemic proportions as we wantonly indulge our edacity. As a result, the United States is facing an alarming rise in cases of Type-2 diabetes and a significant decline in life expectancy (2).
What collective behavior better symbolizes our gluttony than Thanksgiving? Gorging ourselves to the point of nausea (while millions were grappling with starvation) yielded at least one humane result yesterday. We relieved 265 million Earth-bound avian creatures of their misery (3). How rewarding to recognize the "good" that came from our disgusting act of over-indulgence.
The Sandman Cometh
As we slept off the ill effects of our swinish binge, visions of sugar plums, MP3's, PS3's, Hummers, Escalades and all manner of goodies gamboled about in our dreams, fueling our lust for more, more, moreand as the new day dawned, tens of millions of true believers arose with renewed spirits, ready to adhere to the edicts of the high priests of Capitalism.
Into the Maelstrom
Embracing the delusion of individualism in the midst of life's undeniable web of interdependence, the unwavering disciples charged into the fray to avoid the unthinkably tragic fate of dying without having the most toys.
With the wild-eyed desperation of meth addicts pursuing their next fix, obedient consumers joined the hordes of shoppers assailing malls like Vikings plundering unsuspecting coastal villages. Armed with credit card spending limits exceeding their annual salaries, the loyal foot-soldiers buttressing the economic tyranny of US fascism stampeded to indenture themselves to Visa.
[Proofreader's note: this article was edited for spelling and typos on November 29, 2006]