“If you are bored and disgusted by politics and don’t bother to vote, you are in effect voting for the entrenched Establishments of the two major parties, who please rest assured are not dumb, and who are keenly aware that it is in their interests to keep you disgusted and bored and cynical and to give you every possible reason to stay at home doing one-hitters and watching MTV on primary day. By all means stay home if you want, but don’t bullshit yourself that you’re not voting. In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard’s vote.”
― David Foster Wallace
“It is the philosophers, theologians, and evangelists who are said to be filled with pride and bigotry due to the strong convictions that they represent. On the contrary, teachings can be either taken or dismissed; whereas voting is the only thing the average person can do to force everyone to live how they would prefer. A simple vote is among the largest yet most acceptable forms of bigotry, and that is because people play the card only when they feel that in doing so it conveniences themselves.”
― Criss Jami
I read history and I find myself constantly bemused by the degrees of subjugation the non ruling populace can be accustomed to. It seems like everytime I come in contact with the government I’m paying them for some kind of permission slip. Money for permission to build a fire in my backyard, money for permission to drive my car every birthday, money for permission to start a business, money for permission to sell and money for permission to buy.
Okay - I get it, you charge me to maintain a safe societal structure that won’t harm me by threat of harm.
You take half of my income and also demand bribe money for permission slips and a signed promise you won’t throw me in a cage.
Since it feels like I have to pay you for everything anyway, then what exactly are you doing with half my income?
Is it just me or you smell something fishy too?
A government that threatens life for payment, kills for resources and drowns us and our future in debt is not fit to govern.
So yea, 100, 200 years in the future, if we get there, I wonder how bemusing our subjugation will be to some know-it-all douche reading a history book who likes to upload his rants to the Datumblrsphere.
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall;
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the King’s horses
And all the King’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again!
Government employees even suck at their jobs in fairy tales.
nds tonight at 10 est, get your submissions in!
Got way to high last night and forgot about the deadline - gonna make it tonight at 10 est for those of you that wanna send something in!http://rickycisco.com/submit - submit your aphorism here.
Hi everyone. This weeks aphorism contest topic is Politics (or anything related, especially current events.)
- Submission must be in the form of an aphorism.
- Please reblog this post if you participate (or support it!)
- Please do not write about WriteClub.
- Contest ends Thursday 10 pm EST.
I’ll be featuring the top 3 submissions and the best aphorism gets a featured paid highlight.
To kick it off here is an aphorism I really love by Gilbert Keith Chesterton,
It`s perfectly understandable that the wolves call for the sheep to be disarmed. Sheep`s wool offers a certain resistance to the wolf`s bite.
Thanks for participating, have fun.