I wish everyone was on the internet when it became open to the public and you had a bunch of curious, smart, and inquisitive people all thinking a similar thought, “wow, the entire globe can link up, communicate and interact with each other for a few dollars an hour…amazing!” the ideal was that by creating a platform, albeit from an idea that came from defense communications, was that if you get enough information into the hands of people, not just a few that can pay for it – the world would become more democratic.
when I type out the idea of what the world wide web was assumed to grow into, it really is a pretty amazing idea. growing up in the USA, we were always taught and told we were a great democracy and that your vote counted. today, after traveling around the world and watching what has happened with the internet globally, and now inside the country with net neutrality – I think a great idea is simply dying. democracy? huh?
it appears a few don’t want democracy for all on the planet. it is a similar issue we run into with agrowspace and food security in some countries. last week I point blank asked, “do you really want to help your country and the people in it learn to fish? or do you want to have the control over who gets the fish?”
while I realize that question seems odd to most of the planet, it is a reality in what happens in the 3rd and developing world each day, almost a way of life. asking it, also makes some people uncomfortable in that they have to look at themselves and get real and ask, “why am I pretending to be an image versus the reality of what is in my heart?”
fast forward to today’s article where the NRA gave a gun to the head of the FCC who basically is pretending that net neutrality is not good for all of America. https://nypost.com/2018/02/24/nra-gives-fcc-chair-a-rifle-for-repealing-net-neutrality/
I shake my head with it all and first ask, “what on earth is the NRA giving some guy who sold off the right for all to have an equal voice and access in the country and world a gun for “democracy and freedom?” it really seems like a giant oxymoron looking at it from where I sit. it is sort of like reading “it is a god given right to bear arms” that another politician used, much like my mom used to say, “cleanliness is next to godliness” or “god helps those who help themselves!” and I would respond, “mom, that is NOT in the bible!”
“yes, it is!”
“Sorry mom, not it isn’t” (and we would bet a cup of coffee and I would hope she would come up with more biblical quotes that don’t exist)
it feels the same way. I am fine with us constitution, the idea of actual democracy, and I have to admit, I love how inside the USA – you really can go after a dream and have the freedom to try. it is a wonderful thing that somehow came out of the melting pot of people and ideas from everywhere.
but is anyone else noticing that the leaders of this country have bought and sold democracy for re-election funding and/or personal gain? the term democracy isn’t very democratic for the majority of people in the united states (just look at the democratic party’s behavior in the last election within the party called “democratic”) and freedom is a term thrown around like the term organic or healthy on the packaging you see in stores. what does it really mean
if the united states is supposed to be a leader or a country on this planet that promotes freedom and the democratic process, why is it shutting down net neutrality inside a supposedly democratic country and giving the guy a gun as some award for the courage of freedom? (or is it being courageous in going against what the mass wants vs. how much special interests will pay?)
is it me? or did he conveniently close a door where freedom and democracy as a world leader in the idea?
or was I so stupid and naïve to believe in the ideals and think they were what was driving this country?
we are doomed to repeat history, not because we can’t change and grow, but because we have become too accustomed to greed, need to control, and the profitability of fear instead of living in actual freedom.
I guess freedom is a lot like love. if you hold onto some fear, is that really love?