I guess this was a real “in the shower” realization. I’ve taking a free online class called Health and Society and they were talking about social income inequality. So after seeing a few videos of different psychological studies as well as watching the lectures it was quite amazing how unequal the whole United States is in regards to the top percentile controlling more wealth then the rest of the 99%. On and on and on it goes with those types of stats along with the immobility to go up in class in the United States. Essentially where you’re born is what you’re going to live in the rest of your life. No real “American Dream” except a lucky few of course. Along with this class I’ve been reading the Hunger Games book series (loving it by the way). A book about how “the Capitol” controls 12 other “districts” which provide their region specific resources to the Capitol while a majority of the people live in poverty. I’m not sure if Suzanne Collins meant to make such a relation to economic status in the books but at least in my head it relates.
The big difference I see in the United States compared to the book is that in the book the Capitol is the government and all controlling and in the United States at least in my eyes I see capitalism, money, the big companies as our rulers (i.e. lobbyist, bribery, corruption and greed). But in both scenarios you can see mass propaganda to the lower classes making them believe that that’s where they belong. Propaganda in the book being the video footage of the “destroyed” district 13 and constant reminders that the Capitol has been gracious enough to allow the other districts to live. In the real world (I’ll Fight Club this) “advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need." 90% of the media is controlled by SIX companies. All these companies have multiple stakes in many other aspects in our lives to sell us shit. They have us chasing the idea of an "American Dream" where with hard work you can have that 200,000 sq. ft. house in the suburbs of Boston. But do you know what hard work gets you if you work at McDonalds? Staples? CVS? A pat on the head. You can’t move up unless you have a degree. Where do you get a degree? Oh you have to spend thousand upon thousands of dollars to go full-time or part-time and missing out on work, family and free time. It’s an awful loop for people not born into better off situations. And with those people who work one or two dead end jobs to be able to provide for their family, girlfriend, wife what do they get from the wealthy? Heckled, looked down at, disgraced because they’re perceived as lazy for not going to college or "working harder" to get promoted. But this unfair society we have deems it okay because the ones with the money are perfectly happy getting fat, not caring about the health, well being and lives of majority of the people. Tell me if we have all known that cigerettes and fast food are super bad for you for probably 10+ years now why aren’t they forced to change? Money, money, money, money. It’s disgusting.
Anyway my comparison to the Hunger Games is that in the United States we have the real world we eventually have to go into, find shelter, a job, a mate and so on, mostly depending on the income you bring in. The book has the actual Hunger Games which is basically a scaled version of the “real world.” The “Victor” gets his/her life made for the rest of their life for winning. Districts 1 and 2 have an advantage and are known as the “Careers” having every advantage in life getting to train all their lives for the hunger games. While District 12 is poor, underfed and their only concern in life is surviving to the next day. I personally see this as it parallels with our real world. The “Careers” have enough food and shelter and only have to worry about school, getting good grades, having the chance to take SAT prep classes and getting into amazing universities and go onto getting great high paying jobs. Where district 12 people see school as a government requirement and wait to be able to get a job and help support their family and engage at the “black market” and little to no thought about college. Until one lucky one has a chance to get “sponsored” and go to school for free and get the advantage of a college education.
I guess the point of this rant is to show that I’m sick and disgusted that people think they have all the control in the world to do and become what you want when you have little to no power depending on where you’re born. The big business, people with money have control on our government to protect THEIR interests. Politicians are taking the money and just voting on party lines because if they don’t what do you know they aren’t running next year for the position. I think the government is just laughing at this like it’s all been worked out. The way they can suppress the majority of the population with religion, advertisement, reality TV and sports. It’s all frustrating and I know I sound like a communist, socialist, liberal but all those words are just that. WORDS. With negative connotations that come from the 1950s with the Red Scare and The Cold War. The communists were atheists so America decided that we would be God Bless the United States. The founding fathers were theists. They believed in God but knew the importance of the separation of church and state and of religious freedom. But what do we have in the U.S.? Patting down every mulism because it’s “different” and it isn’t “white America.” It doesn’t make sense and I keep seeing this country filled with ignorant, arrogant, and scared peple who won’t move on and grow up. America is falling. The only thing that keeps our status is the whole fucking army we don’t need that everyone is scared of. But the upkeep of that army, navy and airforce? UN-BELIEVEABLE. The thing that’s keeping our status is sinking us further and further and further into debt. Our economy is doomed and instead of putting it off we need to bite the bullet and see everyone on the other side.
*Drops mic on stage*