Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Ignore me, I like it

MelbournePhilosopher

"What's that? You want me to ignore you?" Bet your ass. Here's my reasoning...

Okay, firstly, I'm a big believer it the rightness of quite a lot of what I say. But I'm reading the papers, listening to politicians, watching the TV and realising a few things. It used to be, I thought the world was a nice place, that Liberal governments led to better economies through deregulation and free trade, and that everyone should see the big picture and work together.

Then, I realised that the world wasn't "a nice place", it was just a big place full of people living their own little lives. Geographical boundaries mean nothing, they just force certain groups of people to live together. But they are as amorphous and diverse as it is possible to get while still obeying the laws of their particular government. In fact, governments don't control the people, all they manage to do is extract taxes, keep the roads going and spend a lot of their time in meetings. They are as about as representative of the people as Rupert Murdoch is of the business world. Big players, but at the end of the day it's small beans compared to the mass of dollars being exchanged across the entire industry. All they can hope for is to keep the country from imploding. People see the big picture, but they care more about their income, what is happening on their favourite TV soapie and what to do on the weekend.

It used to be that I thought that was a bad thing. But I've come to realise it's the best weapon against bad government that we've got. If you don't know the law (and let's face it, who does?) then you're not going to know when you're breaking it. Okay, so you've never killed anyone - but what about copyright theft. Ever sung a song you heard on the radio? Ever been busking? Are you really, really sure that if someone with a lawyer and a lot of money tried to screw you, you'd come out free and clear? I thought not. And even if you did, mightn't you just do what they said in order to avoid the massive pain in the ass of going to court?

Here's the comforting bit. Even though the government or big business can beat down on any one person through the use of force (legal, moral or editorial) society is to some extent safe. All we have to do is continue to have an ignorant attitude, and our society will never turn into a nation of conservatives and zealots. You can't be brainwashed when you stop caring about politics and philosophy. Just so long as you submit a donkey vote, you can just keep on truckin'.

Oh, except for what I say. You should listen to that.

-MP

2 Comments:

Blogger thesocialworker said...

Geographical boundaries mean everything, especially to government and politicians. Borders seperate us form the 'the external'. Without these boundaries, what would we have to defend? The goverment can, and does, take full advantage of our fears of the 'external' and our unwaivering loyalty to the nation, mixes it with a little fantasy and sells us the ideal nation state. It promises that, within these borders that make up Australia, YOU *points finger* will have all your dreams, desires and wants fulfilled; simply because you're on the internal. Not only that, you'll have the chance to 'move up in the world' and never have to worry about asylum seekers (because we'll them out of sight). We'll keep all the dirty border politics secret, so don't worry yourself, get back to watching 'Neighbours' (oh the irony!) The government conveniently leaves out the part about the realisation of this fantsy being slim to none, but can get away with it because what else do we have to live for, what else do we have to defend, where else would we get our national identity; our dreams and purpose for living?

2/09/2005 10:42:00 PM  
Blogger MelbournePhilosopher said...

Well, yes, there is that. They're kind of both true... :)

-MP

2/09/2005 11:05:00 PM  

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