What about the media in America, the citadel of freedom? Do the media light the torch or put it out? Sadly, fact is that some powerful media are increasingly prone to putting it out. Media are owned by corporations that only care for profit anyhow. Their stock means more to them than good old journalist ethics, and the losers in this story are those because of whom journalism exists, the audience.
If we take a look at the cult magazine, the New Yorker (being symbolic of other popular magazines), and imagine Walt Whitman descending to earth and writing the best social prose poem in his unique libertarian style, and sign it as an unknown author, do you think that the editors would publish it? No, they wouldn’t! Trust me when I say that this poem would only find its way to the garbage bin, and it’s not just because of the sick vanity of the barren poets who ended up becoming editors, but also that accursed hierarchy that is turning journalism and art into Orwell’s animal farm. Art’s mission is to nurture compassion, love, conscience and art in people.
True art lights the torch. Isn’t the alley of immortals filled by songs that gave birth to that silent tear in the eyes of people, that is still very much audible to the heart? Those arrogant editors should at once learn that they are putting out that light. Yes, these arrogant editors keep caressing the monuments dedicated to immortal poets, who spent their lives in disgrace because of editors like them. These editors quote poems as pompously as if it they wrote them themselves. They cling to bronze statues of dead poets like darkness clings to candles, yet they are oblivious to living poets.
But thank God, visionaries created electronic bookstores like Amazon, and social networks like LinkedIn, that became a beacon for poets and poetry and prose fans. Sadly, media, movies and publishing are swimming down the nihilist stream of decadence, straight into the jaws of the master of all streams, greed itself. Celebrity movies, like those four girlfriends with empty eyes and plastic smiles, chatting about their sexual adventures and running around on high heels in the opulent streets of New York, or novels that serve profit more than they serve art, all of these are dulling down the hearts and minds of the audience.
In this sad story, the audience is turning into johns, as if they were in a bordello. Some of the stream masters are using celebrity issues to lobotomize their audiences. For example, any media bought by the media mogul Murdoch was soon enough turned into celebrity trash. It is no surprise to see that dietary pamphlets, books on healthy food and cosmetics sell many more copies than original prose art, which is the ultimate defeat of mankind’s mind and heart.
Yes, Murdoch is bragging with the fact that profit comes first, and that he raised the circulation of his media, and he is winning the sweepstakes, but we are forgetting that this is how he lobotomizes his clients. Whom does this suit? Those who should have their masks torn off by the media. Those who are greedy to the point of being diseased. But thank God, visionaries created CNN (Ted Turner), universal Television with soul and mind, voice of the freedom, the voice of a human being.
But I still believe in mankind, as imperfect as I am. I believe for the sake of those business visionaries, creative people, those who protect nature, poets, writers, screenwriters, movie directors, jazz, country and rock performers, talented interpreters, all those hones and thinking people, common people who do not look at the world through glassed prescribed by banks, but through the eyes of the soul. Many kind people wonder what they should do to help the third world, because there is an increasing number of hungry people there. The cold calculating ones will say that disease and hunger will do the job by cutting the population in half, because there are more people and less food now. In my opinion, donations alone aren’t helping, because this is akin to administering anesthetics without performing the actual surgery.
Third world countries, like African countries, should be educated first, so that the greedy political castes would no longer be able to toy around with people, because it is obvious that they can con the ignorant people like they could a small child. Let us not forget the wise words of Confucius: I am reading so I won’t forget. I am watching to remember. I am learning to understand. Next, once these greedy political castes are removed, a bank should be established in each third world country (and by this I don’t mean those greedy banks that are laundering hundreds of billions of dollars worth of dirty money made by cartels and political dictators), banks that will finance the ideas of creative third world people with healthy capital.
Don’t think that there are no creative people in these countries, because God provides imagination and creativity to people, and the duty of schools is to shape that gift into knowledge. Of course, those who invest healthy capital into such ventures would also profit from it. So, both the banks, creative people, and the community in general would profit from that. This way, a multitude of jobs would be created in third world countries, and the wealth would be divided in a fair manner, because we shouldn’t forget that creative people aren’t driven by profit alone, but by visions as well. Such visionaries create values for the greater good.
Life can be comedy sometimes, and comedy can be life. This paradox isn’t just because of the first rate actors, the politicians, but because of the extras too. Those who do not use their heads to think or their heart to feel become extras. The Lord’s most merciful gift to mankind is the freedom to choose. This is why every person has the freedom to choose between good and evil. When some apathetic people blame God for war and hunger, they should remember that they were given the freedom to choose. Since the moment of birth, people fight the two selves within, the good one and the bad one.
The choice between good and evil depends on the strength of the human spirit. Let us remember that compassion, and the lack thereof, isn’t specific to classes. This is why it is important for the new millennium to nurture ideas and creativity, because creative people, guided by visions, won’t be creating for their own sake, but for the community too. Creative people realize that global warming isn’t a natural process, but a product of human greed.
Let’s consider China. People can barely see there, not just because of the all-encompassing lobotomy performed by the Communist party, but because of the horrible smog, and that smog is not a natural process, but a product of immense greed.
This horrible greed that links all the world’s dictators, is depriving humans of humanity. There are hundreds of work camps in China, where liberally minded and creative people are mixed with common thieves, so that they aren’t just robbed of their freedom, but of their dignity too. The greed of the Chinese government doesn’t end there. They are destroying millions of farmers on purpose, so they could build cold concrete cities and factories on their lands. Yes, these greedy people don’t just create harmful smog, but also apathy in men, which is an even bigger sin. It suffices to peek into the exclusive Shanghai and Beijing restaurants to see how coldly the newly rich Chinese look at the rows of the impoverished through golden window frames. Sadly, they don’t understand that it is not just their nation they are destroying with greed, but also Mother Nature, and their own future too.
Once people realize – and there are visionaries a plenty, praise the Lord – that only a synergy between nature and mankind can push the world forward, the smog will disappear too. Yes, the sun and the wind will be sources of unimaginable energy in the future, energy that will enable mankind to visit such places in space that the even the most vivid of imaginations is unable to depict now. What is even more important, that natural energy won’t be owned by a chosen and way too wealthy few, but by all mankind, because you cannot imprison the sun and the wind for your benefit only. Those apathetic ones might say that this is just one poet’s imagination on the loose. When apathy throws you into a windless ocean, remember the wise words of an ancient shipwrecked philosopher:
Those who dream of change, wait for a favorable wind. Those who have visions build sails.
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