”What are you talking about? Nobody owns me! I´m a free person, living in an open, democratic society.” This is a reply I would anticipate from most people who read the topic. Think again, now with an open mind, things might not be as you thought. Before anyone raises their hand and points a finger up, I´ll admit that what I am about to write is polarization and characterization of subjects which naturally have reciprocal benefits for both parties. I want to invigorate imagination and raise questions inside your mind, thus this type of writing is needed. This text might upset some people so this is your last chance to stop reading.
To be able to start from the beginning, think about your parents having sex, with that mental image you can see your father ejaculating prematurely and several months later a clump of cells has developed to something one could call beginning of a person. At this point your mother owns you while you float in amniotic fluid inside her womb. Not a real choice for anyone, after you burst out of her vagina, joint custody or ownership of you begins between your parents for the next 18 years. If you happened to be thrown into a dumpster after being born or in other ways end up as an orphan, you will be property of the state for the same amount of time if you are so ugly that you won´t be adopted.
These years are full of unpaid manual labor and other work claimed necessary by social values and structure. When you turn 18 you might think you are free to do as you like, now you can kiss these obligations goodbye. Think again, even if you got money and a flat sponsored by your previous owners, you have to start working or studying if you are not born into privileged few percent of society. When you choose only to work after basic education you have even fewer options in life to earn enough to fulfill your basic needs in this modern capitalistic information society. When you decide to educate yourself, you might have couple real options to choose from in life. In some countries like Finland where even higher education is free if you are smart enough to get in the university, you might accumulate only a small debt from student loans with a tiny interest. However people who study in USA, UK or other countries with high university fees, you might have tens of thousands euros of debt when you graduate.
Debt is a funny thing, it originates from the beginning of modern monetary and banking system when bankers who were storing gold, jewels, money and other valuables noticed that people don´t collect their possessions so often and they could loan one cold coin to ten people plus collect interest on it without anyone noticing. This way they could create money from nothing and become even wealthier. Where did you think the money to pay the interest on your debt appears from? For example 97% of all the money in UK was created by banks. This is the reason I don´t give a fuck about the current financial crisis. I want to see this system collapse like the WTC towers.
Now you are in a situation where you either are living barely with your income or you have a huge debt. This is where the system sucks you in and fucks you until you are dead. Your options are down to two, start/continue working or become a nomadic bum. In other words become a property of the state surviving on minimal benefits (if there are some in your country) or prostitute your body to a corporation for 8 (or more) hours per day to bay back that imaginary sum of money which is your debt. Money is basically paper saying I trust you (the bank). In any case you are owned by someone. While you are barely surviving or being a hooker of Babylon, you want stuff and more better, shiny, new stuff.
“Paper money eventually returns to its intrinsic value —- zero.” –Voltaire-
Owning things is an illusion, it´s like eating in a way, first when you buy a thing or eat something, it looks and smells good, then you have it or eat it and it feels pleasant, for a while, in all cases after some time you have to shit and end result is literally a piece of shit or the thing has been broken/looks like shit to you. At this point you want to eat more or buy more stuff that will become a piece of shit sooner or later. This is how capitalism works, business makes the consumer and consumer makes the business.
When people want more stuff faster, they take more loans, pay with credit card(s) or by part payment to get what they want, now. First a consumer might find another one and move in together, now they can combine their stuff and are able to take more loans to buy/rent a bigger place for their pile of stuff. Later they might obey their genes and create slaves to serve them for 18 years contract and again they need a bigger place, more debt and work.
Later in life these people might able to pay back their debts before all their stuff becomes shit. Now these consumers are close to their retirement age and if they are lucky they are able to enjoy their stuff for some years, then they look back at their lives in vain to see how they spent it before they are hustled to a nursing home. Now they lose their stuff to their former slaves and die alone, like everyone else, a clinical death in a white, clean facility. This is where one could say: “They had my body but not my mind!” Think again.
Before moving into mind control, few words about stuff. Modern things turn to shit faster than ever even when technology advancing, this is thanks to planned obsolescence. “A manufacturing decision by a company to make consumer products in such a way that they become out-of-date or useless within a known time period. The main goal of this type of production is to ensure that consumers will have to buy the product multiple times, rather than only once.” This idea was invented first by light bulb manufactures in 1930´s after the Great Depression when they planned together to make products which lasted shorter periods then before to boost up the market. It doesn´t take a conspiracy to make one understand that rich and powerful people might come together and plan things when they have mutual benefits to gain. When this is not absurd enough in this finite world, people who have too much stuff turning shit at fast rate, take insurances and pay more money incase their stuff turns to shit faster than expected.
Now to the most sacred, your mind. It´s affected by the information inputted there and one important shaper of it is the media. Mainstream media is using few sources (AP and Reuters, check sources for fun next time you read the news) and if you only stick to it, you will have a limited perspective of the world. This is an interesting topic for another text but now I will talk about advertisement when I talk about media. Put on your glasses of truth and see the world as it is, like the guy in video bellow.
They are everywhere, streets, busses, radio, TV, movies, internet, in your unconscious mind and maybe this way even in your dreams. They try to alter your behavior and in the end to make you buy one crappy thing instead of another. 100 years ago advertisement described how things were made and what they were, but today they focus on associating things with famous people or a certain feeling, experience, idea etc. Same shit, different package.
Media´s role is important but your mind is controlled and shaped mostly by the culture which is dominant in your environment, conditioning you to “right” values and ideas never stop. This is the reason for challenges in thinking outside of the box. Free will and abundance of choices are mirages that disappear when you think about them for a while. Previously in history people were the property of (god) kings, emperors, royalty and other lords, today you are owned by bankers, corporations or the state. Life is a forced labor camp, you can only choose where you run the rat race until you die. Freedom is slavery.
When you are intellectually lazy, your mind can be easily owned by someone with power and influence. Few have always controlled the many, this is true in all social systems from communism to fascism and from dictatorship to democracy. It is tendency of nature, humans are minority in the animal kingdom but we dominate the rest. Democracy for example might work within a small and aware community but larger the society or state, more corrupt it will be. I remember one quote relating to –isms from Edward O. Wilson, a biologist who studied ants: “Karl Marx was right, socialism works, it is just that he had the wrong species.” Mind is the battlefield of –isms and you have to be alert not to be subjected by someone who uses them as tools.
Only truly free form of society would be anarchy, and why not, chaos is the prevailing force in the Universe since entropy (measure of disorder) is always increasing (according to second law of thermodynamics) if it´s not resisted by an outside force. This way life could be defined as temporary force which decreases entropy. If there would be a divine force, it would be chaos and destruction. Some examples from different religious are Hindu god Shiva, Greek Goddess Eris or Egyptian version Seth. Praise Chaos!
How could you prevent this mind control and enslavement or bluntly put; fuck the system. Be skeptical, think critically, search information actively from various sources, give grounds for you opinions, be open minded, challenge people (to dialogue), ponder absurd and crazy things no matter the critique you receive, doubt everything even yourself. Strongest resistance to any system is a aware and thinking individual.
Good documentary relevant to this subject:
National Debt of USA Visualized: