It is sad that, since the times of Ancient Greece, the subject of philosophy has largely been forgotten or deliberately stifled. Most people these days never give a thought to questioning the way we live our lives as people in communities and nations and the world.
No, the status quo is accepted and the rule of a corrupt and divisive economic and political system, one that advantages a handful of the ultra-rich and the powerful, goes on and on with barely a bleat from the proles.
Of course, one of the reasons that questioning of or reflection upon the way the world is organized has to do with our ‘education’. We are taught to accept things as they are because our betters told us that our betters know better and we just have to get on with getting a job, paying our taxes, buying material goods, and accepting whatever our ‘Masters’ tell us.
Our ‘Masters’ are many and come from the ranks of the privileged, the religious institutions, the political institutions, the academic hierarchy, the media barons, the Corporate Robbers, etc.
Yes, we proles are taught not to question or reflect upon what these entities tell us but to do as we are told, fit in, put our minds into neutral gear in case we might actually begin to think for ourselves.
The spectre of thinking proles has long haunted the ‘Masters’. How can you set up a dictatorship and bleed the masses if you have thinking proles? The answer is you can’t! Thinking people are dangerous. They might suddenly get the idea that they deserve an equal share of the earth’s bounty rather than have it all end up in the hands of a few obscenely rich potentates.
They might even reject the idea of twenty years of education followed by a lifetime of diligent labour and struggle helping to make their employers multi-billionairres. They might question whether going off to die on some obscure battlefield somewhere is really a smart move when the progeny of the Masters generally avoid such situations.
They might even question the tax breaks for the ultra-rich and the spending of their taxes to bail our the ‘too-big-to-fail’ corporations when they make blunders or engage in criminal activities.
Yes, if people began to question and reflect upon the status quo in the style of the Ancient Greeks, who knows what might happen. The sky might fall. God might send plagues of lizards and frogs. There might be chaos.
But the fact is that there is chaos already. Wars are occurring across the world and climate catastrophes increase. We face the prospect of a nuclear war in the Middle East and the collapse of the capitalist system.
But are these things being talked about? Is the media full of dire reports and millions of ideas of how to fix up the mess? No way. Don’t startle the horses is the ruling mantra!
My point is that if we don’t start thinking and reflecting and come up with new ways to conduct human affairs, we will inevitably face a nuclear holocaust and extinction in the near future.
If we don’t wrest the power from the greedy oligarchs and the corrupt political potentates, our goose is cooked, perhaps even overdone.
The truth is: THINK AND ACT QUICKLY OR PERISH.
Ignore my words at your peril!