The Illusion

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  The Illusions A few years back I was teaching a class in information technology at a local college,when for whatever reason, we decided to talk about life related to technology. I, being a productof the fifties, reared in the sixties, on my own with my wife raising a family in the seventies, Icould now see the illusions of life in the faces of the students, separate from reality. As afreelance writer and researcher of politics, history, religious studies, and the everlasting andannoying freedom of speech issue, using several different techniques and approaches to analysisand research, I find a majority of what we are taught and were taught are illusions in context. By nature, I’ve always considered myself  conservative with right leaning tendencies, butthe distance between Mars and Earth separates me from the likes of a Rush Limbaugh. Onemight wonder what all this has to do with teaching an information technology class at a localcollege. Well, being the unfailing analyst that I ’ ve been since fourth grade, where I wasdiligently taught by the best educator of all time, Mrs. Armstrong, to read between the lines forthe truth, the thought of what young students believe today is an illusion (in terms of technologyof course) and what is reality entered our discussion thanks to me invoking it. This wasn’t the first time I invoked such a discussion and I have paid the price before (fired) for doing so, but I didn’t care , I still don’t care , and I still teach part-time.Since the insertion of a socialist doctrine into the education system known as the Hall-Dennis report of 1968, the system has failed three school generations. Teachers did not fail thesystem, socialist ideology destroyed it. In the past fifteen years, attempts have been made toresurrect it only to achieve dire consequences. Cheating is the new mantra using technology. I won’t say which university, I won’t say what department, I won’t even say what city, I will say be careful of any new buildings you walk into.In my analysis of historical events, political norms, and religious dogma, I occasionallydraw on the works of a few well known, but forgotten philosophers, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle,and occasionally Aquinas. Much of their philosophy centered on being, forms, the soul, matter,honor among men, GOD, living a good life as opposed to evil, and the pursuit of happinessobtained only by living a good life and death. Money would not equate happiness, nor wouldwars equate good.In my analysis of political power, one illusion of interest is that people seeking to sit onthe thrones of a country, do not do so for the common good of its citizens. An individual seeking  elective power is well intended in the beginning, however, by the time their good intentionsreach the heart of power in parliaments or congresses those intentions have died a quiet death.Instead, reality sets in very quickly; the heart of power is not in parliaments or congresses.Unfortunately, people cower rather than believe external powers run their lives, and the businessconducted by elective representatives are excuses, not for the common good, because the truth (aconcept) is not to be known even by them. This is not to infer representatives lie, it is to say theyplay by the rules of the game, and that game does not include the common good of publicmasses.In my many years of historical analysis the dates and historical periods are relative, butthe context of many events have been called into question over the last two centuries by scholarsand historians alike, and rightfully so. It is this questioning which has given a different light toNorth American democracy and its relationship to the rest of the world. It further explains theinjustices (the illusion being just) of our North American society. One such injustice is the onewe face now. When the measure of man is bound to paper (money), skin color, even dress,rather than the moral of a nation, one might conclude everything has been lost. The thought thatanything is good is all that is evil. All of man is failed when the entrenched ideal of leaders isthat war and money are good. A leader never confronts an enemy, instead, he/she imagines anenemy relevant to their own minds. And the only relevancy of a leader is to keep a publicfearful. That fear allows the corrupt of society to be rewarded by the concept that greed is good.The greatest illusion of all times and the one holding the most weight and power arereligions. Religions are mere forms of fascism. Interestingly enough, the ongoing developmentof technology century after century allows human beings to break down microcosms to thestructure of man (DNA). But religions cannot be broken down, simply because a concept cannotbe broken down; it can only have conceptual alternatives. The Great Philosophers’ beat to deaththe premise of soul, God (Aquinas) and final death of the body. Religions have themselves diedat the corporate hands that run them, yet to be expunged from earth. And as long as religionshold dear the unequalled power they contain they will grow not diminish. It is not for me to sayGOD does not exist; it is to say GOD does not exist according to any religious entity. Fewdisagree, I have conversed with on this topic that any and all war, poverty, and despair is basedon misconstrued religious contexts, as if people in these situations must pray their way out or bedamned. Religions accept no blame, but blame all else and see all else as evil, therefore, their  ideals cannot be misconstrued but by those who do not accept any religious concept as fact.Take the concepts of money, corporatization, churches and religions for instance, tie the four intoone timeless instance, then the greatest threat and evil to mankind is created. Tie this concept topolitics, corporations, money, the public and military industrial complexes, the end result isdestruction, annihilation, deception and the conceptual nature of greed; then the possibility of defining the worlds miniscule power structure is within reach.Again, from my own analysis, I have no doubt individuals would like to hold real power(another concept) other than a conceived collective power they hold in one vote. We look toheroes to attain ground we cannot attain ourselves, described as our inadequacies for not beingable to do so ourselves. We find solace in these heroes who come from all walks of life. We donot find any solace in truth seekers, we do not refer to these people as heroes, instead we greetthem some skepticism. We claim to protect whistleblowers, yet when they blow the whistle wehave no idea what personal undertaking they have acquired, or what the consequences of theiraction will bring upon them in the end. The presses give them print for a few days until it’s over  and then discard. We have a fear of accepting the truth; we deny truth because it hurts; we feelstupid if we accept the truth. There are many heroes in my conscious from war veterans to sportsheroes, but I have several intellectuals I call heroes because no one else will. My fourth gradeteacher, Mrs. Armstrong, was an intellectual hero but never referred to as one.Prior to 1929, the First Gilded Age, The Roaring Twenties, ten per cent down ($1000.00)would buy you $10,000.00 worth of painted stock. Painted, meaning manipulated. RogerBabson, an economist, was never called a hero; he was hated, hated for telling the truth loud and clear about an impending stock crash, the crash of ’29. I do not recall ever hearing FerdinandPecora called a hero. Named after him, the Pecora Commission, unearthed the crimes committedby financiers causing the 1929 Stock Market Crash. Bring this entirely forward to 2009, theSecond Gilded Age now past, and a man by the name of Harry Markopolos, who singlehandedlydogged Wall Street criminals as a SEC regulator since 1999 uncovering dozens of ongoingscams that would eventually cause the current crash. Harry stood front and center explaining tothe powers that be for eight years what was happening, but nobody wanted to listen. The reasonthey would not listen was intentional. Today, at several ongoing Congressional Hearings, afterthe crimes have been committed, all the money is gone, the criminals are richer, and the taxpayeris on the hook for decades to come , they’re listening to Harry now.    Last but not least among the great illusions of our time, yet another concept, but worthanalyzing is “free speech.’ If we believe free speech to be an inherent human right-why doesspeech land so many exercising such a right in trouble, like myself for example? It is notspeaking freely that lands people in trouble; it’s the law of  the land, the corporate law of the land.It is the external powers away from parliaments and congresses who decide those laws and howthey are written. These powers turn the debate away from free speech to a debate about the rightto offend. It is human nature not to want to offend, therefore, the simple idea of free speechdeteriorates into nothingness. Free speech took on a new look in the ’70’ s known as speaking “political correct.’ In time it waned and graduated to racism speech. Today, the debate is stillabout the right to offend, not free speech. Some believe free speech and the right to offend areone in the same. And they are not one in the same. To refer to a group of people of being part of an oligarchy is offensive. To ask the question: “Does an oligarchy exist in North America?” is not offensive. Free speech is an illusion. To conclude, that our lives are illusions of our ownmaking are not far wrong.Thank you,Harley James 
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