Peace Is Not Profitable

I was watching this little local news program this morning and they were discussing tie-dyed shirts now making a comeback, not only in the form of simple shirts, but now in the form of high fashion, ball gowns. And then the reporter said something along the lines of, “This counter culture of the 60’s is now chic….Perhaps this past representation of protest and free love is now a needed symbol in today’s current climate.”

(Full disclosure. The clothes were GORGEOUS!!!)

What was she implying?

Nixon= Trump; Free Love= LGBTQ; Watergate= Russiagate, Phonegate; The War in Vietnam= The War in Iraq, The War in Syria.

Perhaps she implied that our current social climate is so reminiscent of one so recent? Like the 60’s? That when we think of the tie-dye we think should think of young students, the activists, the sit-ins, the rejection of old white men in suits with crew cuts, the rise of feminism, the burning of the bra, the domestic terrorism of the Weather Underground (Antifa) , the rise of Black Power (Black Lives Matter)…..

Perhaps this retro refit should remind all of us of the ongoing struggle for equality? Buy this tie-dye and support the ideology….

You know? There is a slight problem with the idea of all of this being a rebellion in the name of “equality,” though.

Because I can’t imagine how anyone can keep a straight face when you demand “free speech” while telling me what I can and cannot say.

Who in the hell could resist a full belly guffaw while you demand “the people should have a voice,” while silencing everyone else?

And none of us can resist slapping a knee while hysterically cackling when you say, “We are the rebellion!” while you are the one with all the power.

I can’t tell you how many times I have tried to listen to someone say how awful this country has been to people and waiting for them to remind me of how this country has done everything in its power (its damnedest) to continue to try and correct it. But, it’s never enough.

Because, there is no money in forgiveness. There is only money in rebellion. Once we solve our problems, once we correct our differences, once we meet face to face and truly hear each other, talk to each other and search for resolutions, there will always be a need to continue the fight.

…and so many organizations that rely on you helping them continue their rebellion would go broke. Because their intention was never to solve the problem, but to keep the revolution going like a new and improved version of what I call the Social Military Industrial Complex. (“Can’t make money if there ain’t no war!”)

They never discuss diplomatic summits with their enemies. They just demand more money so they can continue the fight, and keep fighting, and keep up the fight, and fight for those who haven’t heard them yet, and fight for freedom, fight for the equality they have been denied, and fight….and fight….and fight.

And fight…..

So much money to be made in fighting

“For the love of money is the root of all evil.”

I’m beginning to understand that concept more and more every time someone tells me I should be doing more as a member of my “community” to destroy my enemy, rather than make peace with them.

Maybe flashing a peace sign instead of raising a fist might get us closer to where we need to be. But, of course, you would all go broke if we did that….and no one would be able to buy the tie-dye.

So, they all continue marching with the revolution.

Peace.

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5 comments

  1. Wow! You are amazing! I have been following you since I discovered you somehow – after the R thing. And I totally admire you for where you have been and where you are now. And this post just blew me away with its profoundness. I just thought people had become jerks nowadays (I lived through the 60s!) It wasn’t like this until recent years as far as I know. But on the other hand, I sometimes think I live in my own little world. But this post opened my eyes and I agree with everything you said. Thank you for saying it.

  2. Yep. And pleasant stuff ain’t news- only tragedy, violence, sickness and horror.

    I wonder if the cause of all this *anger* (I need italics here) isn’t the constant 24 hour need cycle? The media have to have something to report, so they over investigate, magnify differences, stir up trouble for a “better” photo/video/story.

    Ick.

  3. I agree wholeheartedly. Its very profound. Once you realize this truth you can see that unity is not is not on their agenda. There is big money to be made pushing division, racism, etc….. peace, unity, solutions, forgiveness, etc.. are not in their ideology. The mindset of a SJW is negative, authoritarian, and destructive. its poison.

  4. I just found your blog. What a breath of fresh air. I’m not what you’d call a political conservative, but I am vehemently pro-free-speech and anti-censorship. It’s so refreshing to see that there are other folks out there who recognize the irony in the stance that The-Knitting-Website-that-shall-Not-Be-Named has taken. Thanks for your compassionate and insightful posts.

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