I have an image stuck in my head
Been burning there since it was enveloped by my skull
The Spiral is tightening
Prepare yourself for the Aftermath™
Sometimes I am convinced that I have to do something to change the world.
Then I realize that all I have to do is watch it fall apart around me, and be around to pick up the pieces.
Who’s with me?
We will tear down this world together.
Please fasten your seatbelts.
It is going to be a bumpy ride, folks.
I have seen what is to come
And you’re all fucked
Can you feel it coming?
Can you feel it coming? Do you smell a change upon the wind? NO.
you’ve deluded yourself with dreams of a grand re-awakening, a massive paradigm shift of the collective social conscience. You’ve convinced yourself that someone (maybe even you) will come along and cast down the Powers That Be™ that are in control of the MACHINE™.
There are no Powers That Be™. The MACHINE™ deposed them long ago, or perhaps they just became obsolete, victims of their own efficiency. You see, long ago the MACHINE™ became far too large to be overseen by a conspiracy, or even by a network of several different conspiracies. The MACHINE™ is no longer under the control of mankind, rather it has become an entity unto itself. A blind, uncaring juggernaut of assimilation and mediocrity. The MACHINE™ feeds off of the static nature of humanity. Any real agents of change are perceived as dangerous mutations, to be neutralized and disposed of as quickly as possible. Yes, that includes you. And yes, that also includes me.
Why do you think I constantly exhort YOU to become an agent of change? I’ve got my own schemes and machinations to that end, but I want to see the manner in which the MACHINE™ deals with you before I finalize MY game plan.
You see, to be effective as a catalyst, one has to confront the problem of scale. You CAN NOT bring the MACHINE™ down. You can’t even slow it down. What you can do is very slowly and unobtrusively begin to rearrange the basic components. We will refer to these as “widgets” and “sprockets”. If widget A and sprocket B combine to exert societal influence C on the stinking morass known collectively as “humanity”, then it stands to reason that the MACHINE™ can be reprogrammed at a very basic level and in very small increments. You waste your time dreaming of how to effect such a change on a global, national, or regional scale (the impossibility of which, I might add, keeps you in your perpetual state of blissful apathy), dreaming of assembling a group of like-minded fellows who will march with you to the very gates of the ivory tower whereupon those who have misled and exploited you will be cast down upon the parapets.
Well guess what?
YOU ARE the one who has misled and exploited you. You have overlooked the most obvious solution, the most effective solution, the only possible solution. Kill yourself, fuck the body.
But seriously, this is what I have come to believe is the true spirit of the oft-misused phrase “we must stick apart”: we cannot effect a large scale change, and if we make a serious attempt we WILL be neutralized. Instead, each and every one of us should make a conscious effort to effect a small reprogramming of the MACHINE™ in a manner that affects us and our immediate surroundings. Keep the mutation small, and give it a chance to become effectively contagious.
If we all effect a change on our own paradigm (this DOES require some effort, being a bliss-ninny doesn’t count), there WILL be an eventual overlap, at which point the large scale change which we have hoped to effect all along will be impossible to stop.
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