Thursday, May 31, 2007

Re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic.

Headline: Economic "boom" proves false as median US income falls 12.5%

...According to data from the Pew Charitable Trust’s Economic Mobility project, a generation ago, American men in their 30s had median annual incomes of about US$40,000. Today, men of the same age, make about US$35,000 a year, adjusted for inflation. That’s a 12.5% drop over the last 30 years...

This on top of plummeting housing values and peak oil price spikes makes me wonder: How much longer do cheredi communities think they can live on charity? How much longer can we refuse to train our young persons in trades and skills that benefit the community instead of telling them it is their duty to leech off of it?

Answer: not much longer, class.

We are in a time where we have a unique opportunity to do something useful - the calm before the storm. Granted, that calm is almost over - but there is still some time left. We can, if we choose to do so, make our communities self-sufficient.

But the reality is that will not happen.

No, it can't happen, because our leaders think if they can just keep milking the public for charity, they can continue on as they have in the past. (I won't say "as they always have" because this whole idea that work is somehow beneath us us not our original way of life - it's a very recent pathology that is in fact in direct violation of Pirkei Avot.)

But the writing is on the wall. Will we see it? Will we believe what we see?

No, I don't think so. I have no hope whatsoever that there is anyone in our leadership who is intelligent and spiritually attuned enough to hear the truth that is about to confront us.

In fact, I have to admit I despair of any reasonable actions being taken at all. The "leaders" are too arrogant and too proud (and too ignorant of the things going on in the world) to admit they are wrong and change. It won't be done. There's no way. Nothing short of complete catastrophe is going to get these "leaders" off of their fantasy route and into economic reality, and by that time it will be far too late.

And I also have no doubt that not one of these so-called leaders will take responsibility for their false teachings when the inevitable end comes. No, not one. They will find some way to deflect blame from themselves, because after all, they're very, very good at that. But they won't admit they led our people down a path of idiotic irresponsibility. They won't admit it is their fault when our children are starving. They won't admit that they brought this disgrace on us with their pie-in-the-sky stubborn refusal to live an honest and hard-working life, one where a man takes responsibility for the welfare of his family.

Not going to happen, class. The die is cast, and we are all doomed by the arrogant short-sightedness of a gaggle of men who are too enamoured of their own power and privilege to see what is happening and do the right thing. They have sold us for their own aggradizement. They are the blind leading the blind, and we will all fall into the pit because of them.

Yes, I'm angry. And you should be, too, class. The fact that most of you are not shows how disconnected from reality you are. Their fantasy land is a poison, a falsehood, a trap for the stupid. They are predators and we are prey - and we adore them for it.

Is there no one here who will stand up and speak truth to power?

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