“We are the champions, my friends, And we’ll keep on fighting ’til the end, We are the champions, We are the champions, No time for losers, ‘Cause we are the champions of the world” Freddie Mercury
There is a fixation in the United States with being number one. We are the greatest civilization that has ever existed. But by what criteria are you using to make your determination?The United States has only been some two hundred and forty years. This falls well short of the Roman Empire, Chinese dynasties and other civilizations. America does have the uniqueness of being the world power in these modern technological times and so there is an abundance of material possessions. Even still we have extreme poverty where children are going hungry and there is nothing great about that.
I think back to my days as a child. Perhaps my experiences are not universal but I believe to a large extent that they are. There was much teasing and mocking done by the children to their peers. There was also bullying, mostly in the form of threats but sometimes it got physical. In all honesty, I would make fun of the other children and I would be physically violent, especially when I was very young. But now I recognize several things. First and foremost that my behavior was clearly inappropriate and out of line. That there should be zero tolerance for such actions. Secondly that I was a disturbed child in a very unhealthy environment. Third, there should have been greater oversight and more intervention by adults.
We must ask the fundamental question as to why do people engage in mockery and bullying. The answer is because in their own personality they have a severe inadequacy. The goal to be superior is, in fact, a sign of inferiority. Anybody who is confident in their own ability and is satisfied with the type of person that they are does not engage in offensive behavior of putting others down.
This is very simple to see on a personal level. When I was young a way to mock others was to call the children ‘gay’. This was a term synonymous to homosexuality, which at that time was greatly frowned upon. It turned out that many people chastising others for being ‘gay’ were in fact homosexuals repressing their own sexual orientation. Because society told these people what they were was bad they lashed out at others. They wanted their peers to feel the pain that they felt. This is a great weakness.
I have seen bullying in the workplace as well. I saw one coworker walking into another coworker’s office and let out a barrage of curses. Apparently, it was a morning ritual. I saw another coworker physically move his hands violently as if he was going to strike another coworker. Personally, I was the brunt of many jokes and mockings. When my coworkers knew I had a mental illness a couple would refer to me as ‘Crazy John’.
What many people fail to see is that this bullying occurs on a national level. The United States is, in reality, one big bully. If you doubt this let me ask you would you tolerate the things the United States does to other countries done here? Would you welcome drone strikes, bombings, invasions, CIA sponsored coups and fixing elections, trade embargos and more? Our history is not something to be proud of it is a past of genocide, war, and oppression.
I had to laugh in a very cynical way when the statement was made that the FBI wasn’t political. I recall AIM, the Black Panthers, monitoring Quakers of all people, and of course the infamous McCarthy red-baiting. In fact, the FBI originated from the highly illegal Palmer Raids. The FBI is a political tool of the ruling class used to oppress opposition or revolutionary movements. But in practical terms, the FBI is a bully twisting a child’s arm to get his lunch money.
You see the foreign policy mirrors the domestic policy. From some people’s vantage point they may not see this. But I assure you it is real and if you took the time to look at things outside your own personal sphere you would see it as well. I recall the one woman speaking about racism to a crowd of mixed people. Some ‘whites’ insisted that racism was a thing of the past. But when the question was asked ‘would you change your skin color?’ not a solitary hand went up. I see on the news a parade of unarmed African American male youths being gunned down.
In the end, it is a mad rush for nothing. We wage wars to secure resources while squandering our prosperity. We destroy the sustaining nature of Earth for some fictional digit on a computer or meaningless paper called profits. And the question I ask is ‘Why?’ And the answer is that those who feel the need to dominate and resort to the sickest, most twisted, evilest, most demented methods feel a great inferiority within themselves. A confident person does not put another down, a confident person pulls another up. Planet Earth possesses so much possibility, what is your contribution?
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