Conflict Re-solution. . .

So he’s done it again.  Rush Limbaugh has gotten himself into trouble for hurling defamatory remarks at someone for the simple reason that her beliefs run entirely counter to his.  Sponsors are leaving.  Peter Gabriel is pulling his music from the show.  “THE SKY IS FALLING,” the OP EDS scream.

And we pretend we’re actually surprised by this?

Whether students of Rush Limbaugh’s or Keith Olberman’s dojo of broadcasting, pundits survive on one thing and one thing only: conflict.  For every corporate sponsor that pulls its ads, another two will rear their heads and pony up for the time.   And that’s what this whole thing is really all about.

For all their intelligence and articulation, media personalities such as these are simply mouthpieces for a corporate agenda that dons its colors and trudges off to battle in the war for the almighty dollar.  Red vs. Blue.  Christian vs. Moslem.  Liberal vs. Conservative.   The media draws the teams, appoints the generals and pipes the war directly into our living rooms at the behest of Pepsi, Nike, and McDonalds.

There’s a reason the Buddha sat by the side of the road and laughed his ass off at the moment of his enlightenment.

For the record, “Conservatives” are not all Bible-thumping xenophobes conspiring to wipe out everyone whose wicked ways will corrupt us all and drag the world to hell.  And “Liberals” are not all long-haired New Agers running naked in the streets with needles hanging out of their arms, a joint in one hand and a bottle of Jack Daniels in the other…but that’s what those who manipulate the media would have us believe.

Of course the stereotypes exist.  You’ll find them hanging out at the fringes.  As you get towards the middle though, you’ll find that most people want to be left alone to worship, live and love as they see fit with no intervention from others.  They want their children to be happy and healthy, and they want a chance to support themselves and their families – regardless of religion, the color of their skin, or the color of the uniforms they wear.

Our politicians labor largely to keep themselves in office.  If letting “gays” into the military garners that corner of the voting market (and, coincidentally, makes it that much easier to find soon to be cold bodies to send somewhere brown people who look at God through different eyes are sitting on a bunch of oil) then that’s what they’ll push through.  If keeping those same “gays” out of the military corners a bigger sector of the market, then THAT’s what they’ll do (at least until the end of the election cycle).

It’s push and pull, brought to you by your good friends at Monsanto, GE and Exxon.   And they don’t care how it’s spun it as long as the coffers are full and the average American falls in line, dollar in hand, for his slice of the GMO pie.

Gandhi said we should be the change we want to see in the world.

Ask yourself what kind of change YOU want to see.

Now ask yourself what kind of change Rush Limbaugh, Exxon and MTV want to see.

Then ask yourself what you can do about it.

The mainstream media has almost completely buried the Occupy movement, while tyrannical politicians like Raum Emanuel slam home legislation ripping what’s left of the Bill of Rights to shreds. (Look it up, if you don’t know, it’s a real eye opener considering how close he once stood to the current President).

“They have the guns”, an old song says, “but we have the numbers.”  So what do we do?  Do we form ranks brandishing signs and clubs?  Do we pummel and shout the world into shape according to our own designs?

I think the solution lies a little closer to home.  We can’t change the views of others, but we can change ourselves.  We can decide to be an example of the peace we want to see in the world.  A very wise man once told me that it’s every adult human being’s right to act like an asshole.  Unfortunately, some people abuse that right.  To hate them for it is a waste of energy.  To argue with them is a waste of time.  But to provide an example for them is to put into action the very ideals by which we live.

It takes guts to live by your word – and that road is often difficult, demanding almost superhuman commitment.  Only we can determine if it’s worth it.

Our time in this place is limited.  What we do with it is entirely up to us…


4 Responses to “Conflict Re-solution. . .”

  1. So well put! Unfortunately, the conflict hurts a lot of people. One of the charades perpetrated by the media is that there is no real harm done by all this fear and hate mongering. The Buddha firmly believed there was harm. (Some academic researchers suggest there is not.) I know there is harm, as I sit with it everyday in my office. Our time is short, and we are responsible for how we use it! I can imagine how it might be to stand before the Grandmothers, or St. Pete. and try to explain a life devoted to bigotry.


  2. Thank you, Michael.

    Short indeed…and getting shorter! Yes, we may shake the dust off our Carolinas and move on to Heaven, The Upper World, or wherever it is one believes they go after the lid comes down, but we must focus our attention on those who’ll mop up our footprints after we leave. Do we really want them to inherit a world of bigotry, homophobia, widespread species extinction and Frankenfood?

    Recent decades have brought so much damage to this world. People need to remember that she can get along without us just fine, but that it doesn’t work the other way around.

    Still, as long as military jets fly over NFL games and parents shovel chicken MCcoronary into their 2-year olds, the general populace will most likely remain asleep.

    But, oh man, what those who wake up can accomplish…


  3. Ben, this is so true. I wrote a similar piece on my blog last December 5th entitled “the dilemma”. Bottom line? In the words of the great sage Pogo, “we have seen the enemy, and he is us!”.


  4. Got that right, Brother. But as long as we see an “enemy” we’ll continue to fight. When we finally realize that the enemy is a lost child, we’ll open our hearts and remember how to love…the “enemy” AND ourselves…


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