Tuesday, February 14, 2006

The Big Dogs in the Yard

We are taught when we are children that we should respect authority. We are taught to obey policemen, to listen to religious counsel and to accept the proclamations of government because they are wiser and more informed than we in respect of the needs and necessities of our country. We are taught that in a democracy every citizen has a vote and every vote is counted. We are taught a common morality to insure that a majority will color inside the lines and that the stability of the family unit will remain sacrosanct.

It’s a nice idea. It’s an ideal. We aren’t usually taught the difference between the ideal and the real but that’s something we observe as we go about our lives.

A wise general once said that “every ship of state sails on a river of darkness.” What he meant was that in the process of doing business and protecting its citizens a government sometimes has to do certain things to secure the success of these efforts. It can certainly be said that a country is only as good as its leaders; that’s what the rest of the world sees. It can also be said that a country’s leaders are a reflection of its people; “where there is no vision, the people perish” Somebody else said that.

The thing is, in government and in business, the big dogs run the yard. That’s how it is. What that means is that the big dogs take what they want and you get whatever is left. When I was in prison a cagy con once said to me, “Gypsy, there’s three kinds of men in prison. There are the bulls and the foxes and the sheep. The bulls run the joint. The foxes know how to get around the bulls and the sheep... wind up on the hooks.”

There are rules that when followed lead to a smooth operation of government and fair dealing in business. In the larger prison of the world’s parameters one might say that the heads of government and business are the bulls, the lawyers and bureaucrats are the foxes and that the sheep are the people.

I’d like to further expand upon that. Bulls and sheep have very different grazing methods. We know from history that the ranchers responsible for these two types of livestock did not get along. Maybe the livestock didn’t either; if they had the capacity to think about it. I imagine that bulls and pigs might get along better since their mutual interests don’t conflict. I note that in America today there are a great many pigs and a great many sheep. These pigs, which you can see in tight stretch spandex pants, are great admirers of the bulls. There’s something that happens in the way the bulls move that benefit the pigs. Pigs, being pigs, are quick in defense of the bulls because, for a pig, there’s only one important thing; getting as much swill and offal as the belly can contain. Pigs are smarter than sheep. Sheep just want to graze and sheep are often and easily frightened. Pigs don’t frighten.

One thing for sure though, both of them wind up on the hooks.

But we were talking about big dogs and how they run the yard. Most people who were trained to respect authority believe that the big dogs have a right to run the yard. If the yard is well run they might be right. There’s this thing about respecting authority that causes one to see some things and not others. Maybe you see the uniform and not the man. Maybe you hear the words but don’t understand their meaning. It’s quite possible that the power of certain impressions on the human mind has made it very difficult for the little dogs to see that the big dogs are not really dogs and that the yard is no longer a yard but a sty.

For some reason, in America, a great many things appear to be different than they actually are. In a few short years the job market has disappeared. War has become a commonplace. Strife is ubiquitous and one’s former freedom of movement and expression has become tightly circumscribed. It’s getting worse all the time. Somehow the big dogs are now herding the sheep at the behest of the pigs and the bulls are off somewhere out of sight working through proxy’s that appear to be bulls but are actually pigs masquerading as big dogs. It’s confusing isn’t it?

What I wonder is what the sheep are thinking. As the sheep are being herded ever closer together on smaller patches of land; as the pressure grows and the fear increases, what will the sheep do?

Pigs have a reputation and this reputation has come about due to observing their behavior. When you call a person a pig it is because they are exhibiting certain qualities of behavior. Pigs never get enough. One might say that the ruling instinct of a pig’s behavior is appetite. They even look like that.

Just as there are rules of behavior that determine whether a society is successful there are also laws of nature that come into play depending on whether the behavior of the society moves too far toward either extreme. If you shit where you eat certain health conditions come into play. If business ignores the laws of the environment in which they produce their goods then something happens in that environment. If the conditions of life for the people are reduced to a point where pressure impacts on the valves then something has to give.

It’s hard to determine what truth is. A lie is not as hard to spot but a lie seldom remains static. You might say that the truth, whatever it is, doesn’t change but that a lie changes all the time, adapting to the needs of the intentions of the lie. If you keep modifying the lie the conditions of life continue to adapt to it until life itself is nothing but a lie adjusted to the imperatives of the lie.

Certain big dogs have morphed into pigs and this has caused a mutation in a segment of the population of little dogs that has morphed them into pigs. When the big pigs squeal then the little pigs squeal. There aren’t any big sheep. Once pigs take over it’s just a matter of time before everyone winds up on the hooks.

The evidence of corruption and venal intent is so great at the moment that only the truly blind cannot see it. Ordinarily there would be a hue and a cry; a general uproar, but somehow the information is constantly adjusted to give the impression that everything is just fine. This is because a very few pigs control everything that you hear. Everything is not fine. What’s going to happen?

Okay, let’s move away from all the allegory and metaphor and let’s look at what surrounds us. Let’s look at business and government. Let’s observe the pornographic interplay of these sweat hogs upon the bridal bed of life. Let’s observe the pimping of the youth. Let’s look at bloody war for gain and the unsettling of the entire world for the benefit of these wallowing swine. Let’s look at their plans for the future. No, it doesn’t look good for the sheep.

All across the world governments and their peoples are lining up at the entrance to the Judas Gate. They think the circus is in town. How did it get like this? Maybe while eternal vigilance was the price of liberty somebody fell asleep at the switch. It’s like the aftermath of Thanksgiving dinner; packed with heavy food and drink the nation fell asleep in their armchairs in front of the TV. Now the house is burning down. Perhaps the smell of mutton and pork will awaken them. Perhaps they will think it is time to eat again.

You have been warned. All too few Jeremiahs are crying from the hilltops but there are some. Either you think them mad or fear the association. Maybe you think you’ll wake up and the bad dream brought on by the bad food and too much drink will pass. I guess it was enough for you to get your little piece while the big dogs got their bigger piece. I guess you thought the system was good. Maybe you thought that authority was in place to ensure your future dinner table rights. You’ve turned into a nation of pigs and frightened sheep. Don’t be surprised when you wind up turning on a spit in the aftermath. This is probably just another way of bringing home the bacon.

23 comments:

Justoffal said...

Hey Les! Another who dunnit laid out for us in pragmatic and definitive terms... I mean the whole thing boils down to how much raping one anal orifice can withstand before it either blows apart or the angry owner rolls over and starts snapping off the offending protuberances!

There has to be some explanation as to why the blue collar bible belt continues to worship Godzilla while he is eating their young for breakfast. Why can't they wake up?
Maybe because the big dogs turned into big pigs have struck the right chord wit the little pigs? Damn! Where is Charlie Daniels when you need him?? :)

Anonymous said...

a great one Visible.

Erin

Anonymous said...

My 2-year-old granddaughter has the answer
She says 'Poppy I have an idea'
'Tell me your idea darling'
She says 'Me!'

She says ' Poppy I am thinking'
'Tell me what you are thinking darling'
'Me!'

That's the answer to why - me, me, me!

Clever kid!

george ryan said...

evolution and de-evolution work side by side. It's just hard to see the minority of good among the majority of bad. Of course the bad is going and the good is coming. It gets brighter down the road. For the moment it is just as you say.

Anonymous said...

This is going to be a very interesting year.

Anonymous said...

Its going to be a very interesting couple of decades.

Wicked Widow said...

I hear the weather in BC is nice this time of year...

Anonymous said...

Those of you who've already left our hollowed country know the best place to land.

Any ideas for a future expat?

We're leaving in the fall of 2007...please don't tell me that's too late!

Les Visible said...

Greetings one and all. I don't usually respond in the threads- preferring Email because it can get weird this way based on my previous experiences but every now and again I chime in.

I've never been to B.C. people do rave about it. I know Canada has got terrible mosquitos and the exodus from Hong Kong drove real estate prices through the roof in Vancouver. Also they get the occasional prolific serial killer up there but that can happen anywhere.

Here are places that I know are relatively stable and can be economically viable as well; Costa Rica, Hondurus (really coming along), Belize, Portugal (away from the Algarve), Thailand, Australia and New Zealand. Parts of Ireland are wonderful and if you don't mind the cold the nordic areas are remarkable. I could go into a lot more detail but this is what I'm throwing out for now. Also parts of France and Germany are very stable and very affordable. France has some fantastic houses for very little money comparatively. The key is to find somewhere you like being; not everywhere is for everyone.

As far as it being too late. It's not too late until it's too late and in that respect you usually don't know until it's too late. If they bomb Iran, as they fully intend to do, it changes everything. But for me, everything is under control from a higher mind. This dream is in control and not by the hands who assume it to be in their control. So, you live your life, you make your choices, you learn and you move on... or not.

You would be wise to get out of that prison camp; or let's just say that I feel like I made the right decision. I seldom even see a policeman, much less have problems with them.

Be well.

Anonymous said...

thank again les. biting good :)

also reminded me of this which i read just yesterday:

http://www.new-enlightenment.com/life_awakening.htm

tiny url:

http://tinyurl.com/doeyb

an essay called, Life as awakening. Maybe some of you will enjoy it?

amj

yoroshiku said...

Australia is better than the US but only barely. The pro-war, anti-muslim hysteria here is relentless. Believe it or not we have more concentrated media ownership than the States. The 'they hate us for our freedom' vibe is prevalent here.

Our spy agency ASIO has had its budget doubled and been given radical powers. Likewise the police and the military. We have new anti-sedition laws, wire-tapping laws and detention laws. The destruction of unions, both trade and student, continues apace. Our opposition Labor Party is a carbon copy of the Democrats. They are pro-war and perfectly happy to beat the terrorism gong.

Happily Australians aren't nearly as respectful of authority as Americans but we are as prone to racism and fear of others as anyone. Our PM, little Johnny Howard, is best mates with Bush and Blair and is doing his absolute damnedest to drag us towards fascism. This is happening right now and on a daily basis. Every headline makes me sick.

Come here if you want to but, me, I'm wondering where I should go.

Anonymous said...

No! No! don't come to Australia
The land is full of man eating Kangaroos,
they run rampant up and down the city streets
Wombats that drive people crazy
Huge bats that get caught in your hair!
Poisonous spiders, snakes, and toads and frogs and the centipedes - Aaaaahhhhh!
And the sheep, well - all the New Zealanders have come to Australia
and have made all of our sheep MOST DANGEROUS and agitated
People in the outback can be murdered for NO REASON AT ALL!
AUSTRALIA IS A VERY DANGEROUS PLACE

t

Chiron said...

New Zealand isn't bad. It hasn't turned into a fascist state like Australia.. yet.. probably because it is so isolated and is of little political and military importance.

Its traditional green and anti-nuclear political stance is supported by the majority of the population, so hopefully things will remain similar to what they are now.

No spiders, snakes, man eating kangaroos, or raving Ozzies. Beautiful country and beautiful people. Its the closest thing to paradise on Earth at the moment.

Anonymous said...

Yes it is! And I wish Australia had more guts and was more like NZ in its politics. Although Aussies take the piss out of NZ'nders we still love you. Look at how our government looks after so many of you.
t

Anonymous said...

actually The Ukraine is the most happening spot on the globe. Girls of all ages and cheap anything and you can buy whatever protection you need. Maybe the weather is a little rough in the winter but you just go away for a few months to the Caribbean. The best thing is to set yourself up as a small warlord with good alliances. Trust me on that. Post apocalypse it's the place to be.

jomama said...

Speaking of pigs, if wishes were pigs, bacon'd be free.

The world is living on wishes now...wishing that the control freaks will make it aw better.

But wishes won't bring home the bacon.

Neither will the control freaks.

steven andresen said...

I liked your metaphors. I thought they said even justice is determined by the powerful.

I hope I've understood them.

Anonymous said...

When the US nukes Iran (not a matter of "if" but "when") it will rock the plane we live on. These clowns talk about "projecting dominance" without considering what shattering the world's aggregate economy will do. Well, for one, it will disembowel the US on every level (funny thing, karma) and all of the pathetic half-wits living the "American Dream" will find themselves abandoned by the systems that have kept the dream static for so long. They've completely forgotten how to fend for themselves (if they ever had a clue to begin with) and those of us who manage to survive on the fringes of the world will watch as the US collapses like the facade it's always been. "Katrina" was just a peek into what will take place nation-wide as dollars no longer buy milk and bread and credit cards become worthless at the panic-struck airports as the desperate throw cash that no longer represents anything at clerks who don't know why they're still there, in a vain attempt to get a ticket to *anywhere*, just out...to exist for another week on pine needles and grass and surface water that will cause their guts to slide out of them. It's going to be big-ugly as their bodies blacken and liquify like deflated flesh suits, in cars, on sidewalks, in the last remaining green places, until it all goes quiet, save for the occasional rifle shot as the remainder who live only by twist of fate try to scavenge from each other as the curtain drops. Meanwhile, in the European countryside, an old farm couple will continue on as they always have, without a ripple, without the slightest awareness that anything has changed in the world. In the world that matters, it hasn't. In the world that matters, a garden grows, a tree bears fruit. In a world that matters, they love each other and sing the songs they sang so long ago. There may be an odd smell to the air for a while, but it will pass...and the tree will continue to bear fruit, for that is it's strategy for survival.

Les Visible said...

Beautiful work that. I actually live right down the road from that couple. I hope that parts right. I really would like to put together a community of like minded individuals who know how that sort of thing is done and are thereby assets. I always appreciate it when someone takes the trouble to say something and then the something they say means something and is elegant as well...



The appearance of justice like the clothing on someone like C.Aguilera masks something that no one really wants to see although we have been told it is beautiful. It's not and it isn't justice either... but justice will come. It always does; no one recognizes it when it shows up though.

Anonymous said...

I was only joking about the man eating kangaroos. Come to Australia, New Guinea or New Zealand if you like. We'll let you - for now!
But don't bring any of your shit with you - we have enough of our own.
t
ps: and you don't think Iran (or one of it's friends) will nuke US back!
The top half of the world is gone, we've already written it off.

Anonymous said...

I would think this writer would be welcome among people of faith and good intentions anywhere in the world. I hope with everything that will be lost in the coming madness that a few qualities like what this blog has meant to me will remain and prosper after.

Bruce

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Anonymous said...

Last Saturday USGS reported a 3.5 earthquake roundabout Amarillo TX
in the environs of the Pantex plant...
hmmm.... just a freak earthquake where there aren't many on record or maybe some test of a DU tipped bunker buster bomb underground? Check your edition of the gematria, some say March 13-5 (another Purim war as Iraq began) others see window of March 20-23.
Im not a conspir. theorist but one can just feel it in the air. Iran must be next, it's all in the book of Esther.