If only hindsight could be reversed to give foresight. But, alas, what is done is done.
From my first school day in my single digits, I was forced to become indoctrinated into a corrupt system. I stood before class started, faced the flag, put my hand over my heart, and gave my life over to the Stars and Stripes. And give my life over I did.
I was forced to believe we were a nation of laws. We are, but they are not laws for the minions, they are laws to protect the Haves. Because I believed we were a nation of laws for everyone, I have often been a dartboard in my quest for justice. Heaven forbid one should try to get justice for the less fortunate.
5. Carlos Slim Helu, Mexican business magnate, $64.2 billion
2. Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway CEO, $76.3 billion
4. Amancio Ortega, Zara founder, $83 billion
2. Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder, $84.2 billion
1. Bill Gates, Microsoft founder, $89 billion
These men have corralled the ideas of others by having them sign contracts assigning the wealth gained by their ideas to these five men—all in return for something as simple as employment. People need to eat and have shelter, so these five men steal ideas from those who need to eat. Then when they simply promise to give the monies they steal to worthy causes, they are dubbed with the title Philanthropists. They don’t actually need to give the monies; they just need to promise to give it. But what if they gave the monies over to the masses in order to better their financial achievements? It does, after all, belong to them. Wages are driven lower all in the name of making people at the top more money.
If there is one accomplishment in my life, I can say I’ve been a Hero once. I bucked the Stars and Stripes, deviated from the program, and tracked a child predator. I thought I was doing the right thing, but his colleagues disagreed. A letter from one is here. His friend did not even question the thought that the man availed himself of the pleasure of children. His colleagues in my area did everything they could to shield him, and in doing so, expended considerable effort in besmirching my reputation. They may have succeeded in their efforts, but they never derailed me in my task. The thought haunted me that there were still children out there. He resigned his medical license in the end but never spent a day in prison. The man was a monster. Some of his victims spent days and years in prison while others endured self-imposed prisons of a sort. They were afraid of the world.
But I digress. The lesson to be learned here is that there are those who have power. Those who have power will never help those who have none. Money is power. Those who have power will always defend and protect their peers. The legal system always defers to those who have power except in extreme cases. But then—that is primarily when crimes are committed against them.
Freedom is an illusion, my friends. We are taught from a young age we have it, but do we really? As long as the people in power are able to deceive us with this illusion, we will be prisoners.
Copyright 2017 Joyce Bowen
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