Independence Day? What exactly are we celebrating?

First off, I'd like to wish everyone a happy Independence Day, if you're in the States, and take it for whatever best suits you.  I'm not in the mood to argue about the semantics on whether or not we're truly independent or what fear porn producers like Michael Tsarion say about the state of the world, who's too busy fear mongering instead of offering any kind of solutions.

I'm fuckin pissed.

I'm fucking pissed like Heron of Alexandria, who proposed use of the steam engine for labor tasks 2000 years ago, we had a fucking STEAM ENGINE 2000 YEARS AGO FOLKS!  IT'S DOCUMENTED!  Think we could have put that to good use to better the lives of humanity?  No, we were so caught up in the concept that somehow, it's good, moral, just and necessary to yoke a fellow human being and treat them like a fucking animal, a beast of burden, for our leisure, at our leisure.

Today, instead of chains tied to a yoke, we have chains tied to a paycheck.  We beLIEve it's good, moral, just and necessary for each able individual to be employed, where those who aren't employed should suffer by exclusion, in a world of abundance, because the jobs that people simply need to be at, simply must be doing, simply aren't there for them to do, and they suffer for it.

We have this incredibly outdated notion that everyone has to work, when ten people who enjoy what they do are far more effective than a hundred people chained to a desk by a paycheck and the looming proposition that they and their family might not have enough to eat or a roof over their head, they still feel that shit even with two or three jobs in a lot of places.  Independence?

We have the technology advanced enough to make work optional.  We are on the verge of creating technologies for self-sustainable living.  Zero point energy, 3D printing, why hasn't anyone even begun to look into spatial expansion, much like the TARDIS in Doctor Who?  Why do we continue to hold on to a sorely outdated system, which is doomed to collapse?

You know what really pissed me off?  I was watching a video on 3D printing, some jerk was bragging about how it will revolutionize industry, making it easier for industry to manufacture goods.

Does anyone else see something wrong with their comment?  Is it not glaringly obvious?

Using 3D printing to "revolutionize industry" is like hooking a smart phone directly to a nuclear power plant, permanently.  It's overkill, and it renders the potential and function completely moot.

In fact, the very concept of a 3D printer should not revolutionize any industry, but rather completely and totally obliterate it!  Why would anyone bother getting costly goods from a manufacturer when they could easily print something up on their own 3D printer at home, at a fraction of the expense?  Do you see now where I was going with my Heron reference?

Why are we going towards more and more centralization when the technology is emerging to make the possibility of self-sufficiency inevitable?  When we could live in a world where you can have your basic needs med, food, water, shelter, energy, every basic need met, without having to depend on services run by corporations whose sole existence is to ensure their own existence?  Where you can choose to contribute to society and perform a job by choice, because you enjoy it, because you feel you can contribute to an area of society? 

Why are we so shackled and married to this idea that being employed somehow validates the sanctity of life?  That one's life only has value if they are a wage slave?  Is the homeless person's life any less valuable than the CEO of a business?  Would the world's population die off if suddenly if Hollywood disappeared?  What does this say about us as a species?

Don't get me wrong here.  I want to make it very clear I am in no way intending to insult anyone who serves or has served in the Armed Forces.  Anyone willing to put their life on the line to protect what freedoms we do have, that haven't been taken yet by wage-slavery, that is, I can't help but be humbled by their bravery.  Thank you.

But quite frankly, I feel we are doing their sacrifice a dishonor by not pursuing true independence, self-sufficiency when the technology is just about there to make it possible.  If I'm coming across as confrontational, I am normally not like this.  But this is an issue that really sticks in my craw.  How many people out there suffering, trying to make ends meet, and we go out, set off fireworks and celebrate some notion of independence, Gods know what that notion is anymore.

Please consider this on this 4th of July, even if you aren't in the States.  Thank you for putting up with my ranting, and Happy 4th.

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Comment by ΨClydeΨ on July 4, 2015 at 9:33am

July 4th is celebrated to commemorate independence from British rule.

True freedom can only come from within your own mind, heart, and soul. Governmental laws and social norms will always constrict behavior, but within your inner being you can free yourself no matter what life throws at you.

Comment by Magic With Obvious/Clear Results on July 5, 2015 at 11:15am

“Think of how it all started: America was founded by slave owners who informed us, "All men are created equal." All "men," except Indians, niggers, and women. Remember, the founders were a small group of unelected, white, male, land-holding slave owners who also, by the way, suggested their class be the only one allowed to vote. To my mind, that is what's known as being stunningly--and embarrassingly--full of

It just seems to me...seems to me... that only a really low I.Q. population could've taken this beautiful continent, this magnificent American landscape that we inherited.... well, actually we stole it from the Mexicans and the Indians, but... hey... it was nice when we stole it.
It looked pretty good.
It was.... pristine....
It was... Paradise...
Have you seen it lately? Have you taken a good look at it lately... It's FUCKING EMBARRASSING. Only a nation of unenlightened halfwits could've taken this beautiful place and turned it into what it is today.... A Shopping Mall. A BIG FUCKING SHOPPING MALL.
That's all we have here folks. That's all we've got left... Mile after mile of mall after mall; many, many malls. Major malls and mini-malls. They put the mini-malls in between the major malls. And in between the mini-malls they put the mini-marts. And in the between the mini-marts they put the car lots, gas stations, muffler shops, laundry mats, cheap hotels, fast-food joints, strip clubs, and dirty bookstores.
America the Beautiful. One big transcontinental commercial cesspool. And how do the people feel about all of this? How do the people feel about living in a transcontinental shopping mall? Well, they think it's JUST FUCKING DANDY!"

I have my doubts that America is a force for good and that the founding of a such a country is to be celebrated. So much wrong with the nation. Other countries aren't too different btw.

"It's called the American Dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it...."

Comment by hashhashin puffinstuff on July 6, 2015 at 9:15pm
How dare you talk of titty bars in such a fashion, those entertainment artists would blush.

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