So there I was… just sitting there one day, hanging out and chilling with ‘Lil’ ol’ me (this dude named Indika who I tend to hang out with a lot). Somehow, we ended up having a bit of a Q & A session. I wanted to know his views on a few important things (I now find myself wondering why).
Lil’ ol’ me doesn’t read newspapers or watch TV. Lil’ ol’ me is fast regressing into some sort of second childhood and demands a simpler view of life and the world (he’s a bit of a ‘simple’ one that Indika).
Lil’ ol’ me just wants to be healthy, happy and free to have fun and enjoy life. Lil’ ol’ me just wants the same for every other person (and animal) on this planet (he dislikes rules and bossy people and for some weird reason, really hates the word ‘should’ – though he swears quite freely and regularly).
Anyway, I started asking Lil’ ol’ me a few questions about the organisations and institutions that govern most of this world (He wanted to discuss politics and religion, but I wasn’t having any of that!). We compromised and moved on to consider the following (turns out Lil’ ol’ me has a bit of a thing for them):
- The Defence Industry
- The Pharmaceutical Industry
- The Banking and Finance Industry
- The Petroleum Industry
I’d like to share some of the questions I asked Lil’ ol’ me, and the answers he gave…. he admitted that he was only guessing (since he doesn’t read newspapers or watch the telly and doesn’t know much in the way of facts and figures and is a childish simpleton anyway).
Me: How much money does each of these industries generate annually?
Li’ ol’ me: I’d say a lot.
Me: How many people do they employ?
Lil’ ol’ me: I’d say many. I’d hasten to add that most get paid little and a few get paid a heck of a lot.
Me: How many of these industries have large, multi-national corporations dominating them?
Lil’ ol’ me: I’d say almost every one of them.
Me: What is the objective or goal of a corporation?
Lil’ ol’ me: Last I knew, it was profit.
Me: How many governments in how many countries have lobby groups, think-tanks, election campaign donations and other connections to these corportations and are influenced by them?
Lil’ ol’ me: I’d say pretty much most of them. Although, I can think of exceptions like Iran and Venezuela (Side note: Lil’ ol’ me points out that these are the countries whose leaders are regularly demonised in the popular media and main-stream press. He wonders if there could be any connection and says he wants to know who owns the media and press.).
Me: So where would all these corporations be if we suddenly had peace, prosperity, good health and free energy for everyone around the world?
Lil’ ol’ me: I’d say they’d be gone. Wiped out.
Me: So would it then be fair to say that world peace, prosperity, good health and free energy would be contrary to the interests of these industries and the corporations that represent them?
Lil’ ol’ me: Hell yeah! If it threatened their profits and their very survival, you’d think they’d mind at least a little bit.
Me: So could we ever have world peace, prosperity, good health and free energy for all the peoples of this world by continuing to give our power, our money and our energy away to these corporations and the governments and institutions they fund and help create?
Lil’ ol’ me: Hell no!
Me: But what about the U.N. and the IMF and all of those guys? They’re out to help and they’re not corporations?
Lil’ ol’ me: Yawn. Same, same. Not a hope in hell.
At this point I called him a crazy conspiracy theorist, slapped him upside the head, asked him to grow up and walked away!