A Commentary On a Dystopian Global World by Mitch Santell
For so many who have lived outside the USA, we look at America as a Corporate Empire. Hollywood Showed us back in 1975 what a Dystopian World could look like. Is it here now? You tell me.
Rollerball’s action takes place after the world’s nations have gone “bankrupt,” and after the destructive “Corporate Wars” have come and gone
Now, corporations “take care of everyone,” and the violent, team sport of Rollerball has been created by big business to remind people of “the futility of individual effort.” The goal of the corporations is to be essential to every individual’s life, and for “the few” to make important decisions on “a global basis.”
Unfortunately, there are serious downsides to corporate rule as depicted in Rollerball. For one thing, all citizens are treated as powerless employees of the “Executive Class.” This means that your beloved wife can be transferred to another man’s possession with the ease an on-the-job departmental transfer. Indeed, this is the indignity that the world’s greatest Rollerball player, Jonathan E. (James Caan) has suffered…and never forgiven. He still loves his wife, but an executive in Italy had more power and stature…and took her. And she was paid handsomely to leave Jonathan, rewarded with a villa in Rome, and extreme wealth.
Rollerball depicts a society in which the people have indeed accepted control by a ruling elite…in return for being “provided for,” in return for “privilege.”
But, in accordance with the President Carter quote, these same people have no sense of meaning or purpose.
Part of the reason the people live with such an unjust arrangement is because of a deliberate black-out of educational materials and information. Rollerball tournaments play endlessly on the television, and local libraries are impersonal computer centers that feature only “summaries” of important literary works and ideas.
Instead, the corporations own history itself: “What do you want books for?,” Jonathan’s team-mate, Moon Pie asks innocently. “Look Johnny, if you wanna learn somethin’, just get a Corporate Teacher to come and teach it to ya’. Use yer Privilege Card…”
It’s clearly an Internet-less world, and in one scene in the film, Jonathan E. goes to Geneva to visit a computerized archive where all the answers about “corporate rule” are purported to exist. Not surprisingly, the computer librarian, named Zero, proves absolutely unhelpful. in providing such data. In fact, the machine has lost the totality of the “13th Century” in terms of knowledge. Thus, there is no place to turn to in this world to learn about history, science, or nature. Everything is the game. Everything is blood lust.
Because as long as you think about the game, and which team is winning or losing, you aren’t thinking about who is gaming the system and for what agenda.
Further Observations On What & How We Can Be Happy by Mitch Santell
There are so many of us out there who have panic, anxiety, depression, PTSD, or something even more distressing.
The reason you feel this way is that you have you may be a bit “confused” with where our society is going. Believe me, I understand this, and it’s why I dumped Facebook.
Now, I never thought I would write a commentary about a Reality Talk Show, but I am going to do it. Why? As an illustration as to why most people either can’t commit, won’t commit or don’t even know what they stand for.
My Godmother was married 9 times. Her daughter, my 3rd cousin, was married 7 times. I have been married once as were my parents (my side of the family) and grandparents (my side of the family). My other cousin was divorced once after 7 years and remarried for a second marriage until his wife passed on from Cancer after 30 years.
This last season of The Bachelor with Hannah Brown was like no other that I ever saw. Now mind you, I got rid of cable TV in 1995 so to sign up for a “trial” of Hulu (a streaming service that competes with Netflix and HBO), I had to be intrigued.
It was amusing watching Hannah Brown consistently make bad decisions.
The dynamics of relationships between men and women have never been more complicated than they are now, and I’ll give you some basics to start with.
First, we are living in a society that is driven by social media and algorithms.
Second, most people don’t know what it was like to be alive without an iPhone, Samsung, or any brand of smartphone connected to their hip.
Third, everyone is connected, but no one is communicating.
Happiness Is This:
1). You simply make a decision to be happy.
2). You make a decision to work on yourself more instead of gossiping and blaming other people.
3). You let go of the need to worry about what other people think.
4). You let go of the labels.
5). You re-invent yourself by getting rid of people who don’t get you or don’t allow you to be You.
Authentic Is This:
1). Letting Go Of The Need To Be Right.
2.) Letting Go Of Any Assumptions Of How Things Are Going To Turn Out.
3). Letting Go Of Any Expectations.
Staying Grounded Is This:
1). Take off your socks and shoes twice a day and go barefoot on the grass or dirt.
2). Make sure that you are hydrating because most people never drink enough water.
3). Find passion in simple things that make your heart sing.
Why didn’t I write more about Hannah Brown’s screw-ups on The Bachelor?
Answer: Because that wasn’t the purpose of this blog posting….the posting was to get you happier by getting you to think about you.
Only You will know where life needs to take you and if you are like a lot of my followers and readers, you don’t live in the USA. For me? That has been the single most profound discovery that I have made about myself since returning from New Zealand in 2013.
What is that?
That everything I learned has affected me here in America and I can never go back to being that person that I was when I exited in June of 2013.
Now onto to something deeper I want you to think about……..
According To Alan Watts, Happiness Is NOT the Meaning of Life.
Listen to this audio and read the transcription below for the greater meaning.
Let’s suppose that you were able every night to dream any dream you wanted to dream.
And that you could, for example, have the power within one night to dream 75 years of time or any length of time you wanted to have.
And you would naturally as you began on this adventure of dreams, you would fulfill all your wishes, you would have every kind of pleasure.
And after several nights of 75 years of total pleasure each, you would say, Wow, that was pretty great. But now let’s, let’s have a surprise.
Let’s have a dream, which isn’t under control.
Well, something is going to happen to me that I don’t know what it’s going to be. And you will dig that and come out of that and say, Wow, that was a close shave, wasn’t it.
And then you will get more and more adventurous and you will make further and further Gamble’s as to what you would dream. And finally, you would dream where you are now you would dream the dream of living the life that you are actually living today.
That would be within the infinite multiplicity of choices you would have of playing that you weren’t God.
This means that you’re not victims of a scheme of things of a mechanical world, or of an autocratic God.
The life you’re living is what you put yourself into only you don’t admit it. Because you want to play the game that it’s happened to you.
Because if you play life on the supposition that you’re a helpless little puppet got involved. Or if you play it on the supposition that it’s a frightful, serious risk, and that we really ought to do something about it and so on. It’s a drag.
There’s no point in going on living unless we make the assumption that the situation of life is optimal. And it makes you realize you see how – how great things are. So in this idea that everybody is fundamentally the ultimate reality. Not God in a politically kingly sense, but God in the sense of being the self, that deep down basic, whatever there is, and you’re all that only you’re pretending you’re not.
Apple pessimism is on the rise. New Apple products are being questioned like never before. Even some of Apple’s most loyal customers are beginning to wonder about Apple’s direction. While many are directing criticism towards Tim Cook, nearly all of the criticism pointed towards Apple can in one way or another be traced back to a different person: Jony Ive.
However, the one area Cook does not have complete control over is product strategy. That distinction belongs to Jony. It may seem hyperbolic to considerJony the most powerful person at Apple. He no longer spends much time managing anyone on a day-to-day basis. He doesn’t speak on Apple’s earnings conference calls. Wall Street knows very little about him, and neither does Silicon Valley. In fact,following his recent promotion to Chief Design Officer, Jony doesn’t even spend as much time at Apple HQ these days. Yet Jony has such a significant influence over Apple’s product strategy, it is safe to say we are firmly within the Jony Ive era at Apple.
Jony holds an incredible amount of power because Apple is a design-led company. Apple’s functional organizational structure and culture are set up in order to give the Industrial Design (ID) group absolute power. ID holds more power at Apple than any other group.
This structure was put in place more than 15 years ago with the iMac being the first product to take advantage of this new culture. Up to the late 1990s, engineers held the most power at Apple. Designers were merely tasked with skinning Apple products created by engineers. With the iMac, ID was afforded the freedom to move ideas from conception to reality without compromise. While Steve Jobs was the primary architect of this new power structure, the relationship he had with Jony undoubtedly played a role.
In the modern version being played out today on the streets of Los Angeles and almost every other major city in the state, tens of thousands of the homeless are desperate for shelter, services and of course, drugs. Lots and lots of drugs. Eric Johnson reports on Paradise Lost: Homeless in Los Angeles.
Typhus is seeing a resurgence among the homeless population of Los Angeles, and it’s not just them who are at risk. Los Angeles Deputy City Attorney Elizabeth Greenwood filed a claim against the city for $5 million saying she contracted the disease due to a rat infestation at City Hall. Typhus can be spread by rats carrying infected fleas. It can cause extremely high fever, headache and muscle pain. The disease dates back hundreds of years, and occurs largely in areas with poor sanitation.
In Los Angeles’ Skid Row, tents line entire city blocks. These makeshift shelters for the city homelessare now an almost permanent fixture of the city’s landscape, with barbecue grills and clusters of bikes standing alongside them.
Some residents have tethered their tents to nearby fences and industrial buildings. Others run long power cords from their tents to nearby light poles to tap into the city’s power grid. A few Skid Row pet owners have created small dog yards next to their tents under tarps to block out the sun and makeshift fencing. On a recent evening in this industrial part of LA’s downtown, a young woman was washing her hair and her tank top in the jet of water gushing from a fire hydrant into the street.
As Los Angeles city and county officials struggle to shelter and build housing for nearly 60,000 people who are living on the streets, they are facing resistance — not just to new structures in neighborhoods where residents fear more crime and blight, but also from some within the homeless community, who insist they would rather continue living independently on the streets in their tents.
While the homeless crisis is perhaps most visible in California, it is gripping so many other cities, including Washington, that many of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are beginning to face questions from voters about their plans. In 2018, about half of all Americans experiencing homelessness lived in one of five states — California (24%), New York (17%), Florida (6%), Texas (5%) or Washington state (4%), according to the 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report, presented to Congress in December.
In dozens of interviews with unsheltered people in LA over the past year, many told CNN they won’t apply for housing because they are afraid of the police, or unable to access the right documents to apply for ID, or sometimes simply wary of losing their independence if they are forced to live under rules that might be imposed if they moved into subsidized housing facilities.
Commentary For Those Who Are Awake by Mitch Santell
What will you tell your family when they turn the lights off? Only you will know the answer. Make yourself a hot coffee, or tea or hot chocolate with marshmallows. The video you are about to watch, along with the links below is not for the faint of heart.
Here in America, the mid-west weather system is under attack here. Placed below is a clip from Mike Morales, a “truther” here who is live streaming every 24 hours live out of the USA.
We are under a Weather War here in America.
After you look at this clip, I have also placed specific links to articles that Mike is discussing and disclosing in his video.
Many of us have followed the spraying of our skies since it started in the 1990s. Now it is so bad that even the average person can see it now.
Any glitches in the above video were caused by Mike’s live stream.
Now for some specific links, Mike Morales placed that was associated with the above clip:
The term “Climate Change” used to be called “Geo-Engineering” and before that “Global Warming” and this is all being created by the crap being sprayed in the skies by both commercial and military plans. This has even hit New Zealand where I lived for over 5+ years.
Commentary About Friendships and Relationships by Mitch Santell
Connections with people are very funny things, aren’t they? Sometimes you meet someone and you feel like you have known them their whole life while others are more like passing ships in the night. Throughout our life, we meet so many people who are either positive, negative or neutral to who we are.
The ability to maintain friendships has never been easier because of social media and yet I know so many who are hurting, it comes down to breaking bread together. In our family, we always broke bread together. From the time I was small, I was even taught the importance of breaking bread in business.
When we were younger, we cycled through our interactions quickly: best friends, friend groups, relationships even. As we mature, unimportant relationships and friendships have fallen away and the few close ones have withstood the test of time. Along the way, you’ve probably let go of someone you never thought you’d say goodbye to. You’ve probably let go of someone you never wanted to say goodbye to.
It’s easy feel possessive of the people you love. The two of you have spent so much time together, bonded over silly and not so silly things, made a deep connection in a world full of so many people. So when it ends — whether it’s mutual, for good reasons, or just a slow fade — it just doesn’t feel right. But it happened and you’ll come to terms with it eventually. I never like the term letting them go or moving on. Especially since I loved them so deeply, it just didn’t make sense to me. Over the years I’ve realized that it’s not cutting someone off, it’s just loving them quieter.
Loving someone is usually loud. It’s tight hugs, late night calls, laughing candid photos, “I miss you” texts in caps. Learning to love quieter is actually not doing these things that once showed them that you care. It’s actively not doing these things, because you care. You care about their well-being, and allowing them to walk away if all has been said and there is nothing more to salvage. So you begin loving them from a distance.
You start with texting them less. You get the urge to when you pass by their favorite coffeeshop, see someone with the same dress as them, mundane things that used to be normal. You stop liking their social media posts or even looking at their feed because it just hurts. You want to be angry. You want to scream and yell and make them understand how much it all just sucks, but you know deep down it’s only because you care so much. So swallow that anger, it’ll pass.