The Great Whore of Babylon
If you were to Google the term Whore of Babylon you would find many references to the Catholic Church. There’s a lot of talk in cyberspace from the fundamentalist right about this. Dr Quantum begs to differ. Admittedly the Catholic Church appears to have lost the plot on occasion but really . . .Whore of Babylon? We think not. Others suggest the title of Great Whore could only go to the USA. Who Else? And as with all of the best whores the USA has pretty much any weird shit you want. . .at a price. Yep, it’s a great whore! But not THE Great Whore. For that distinction we must go to the global level. The Great Whore can be none other that the corrupt world system. The one in which we live.
Consider the media for example. That great publicly fornicating agent of mass brainwashing and moral corruption will deliver you the consumers you want. You just have to be able to pay. Simple really. Much of the media could accurately be described as a great whore. It’s all about bang for your buck. And of course if you’re going to have a whore-house of your own one of the perks is that you get to sample the goods every once in a while. This is just like certain captains of industry, certain ahem . . .media moguls who just just can’t help from injecting their own specific agenda into the warm body of public opinion. And let’s face it . . .if YOU had a string of public TV stations or Newspapers, wouldn’t you want to push it . . .and push it good every now & again? Hey . . .it’s only to be expected right?
These little perks of high capitalist office are of course jealously guarded by the tycoon crowd as their god given right. Generally speaking they have a magnificent sense of entitlement to such plush appointments. Hell I can’t even get my Duck Soup recipe into the mass media without the assistance of a paid P.R. consultant. Imagine just being able to fart for a couple of minutes onto a video recording and having it played back on free-to-air TV disguised as news about the latest bio-tech cancer breakthrough. Shares in PhoneyGene go up . . .Ahhhhhh pure luxury. Well, I can dream can’t I? But I digress. Don’t know who to believe?
The 6 o’clock news – a favourite hang out of the The Great Whore – is crammed nightly with the propaganda of the pharmaceutical companies. Well who do you think produces all those breathless revelations about the latest medical breakthroughs? It’s not the natural health lobby I can tell you that for sure. And it’s actually not the TV news producers. Yes folks there’s a distinct odour of dead fish and live rat here. The prints of the Great Whore of Babylon are all over this one. Well . . .Consider an alternative perspective. Here’s what fake media could be showing you . . .(but they can’t coz they’re fake)
So what’s this got to do with sustainability? Gosh, I thought you would never ask. What’s interesting to Dr Quantum is that nothing that has been said above is really in dispute with most people who can think a thought outside of a corflakes box or sing a tune in a different key to a pop up toaster. It’s pretty much common knowledge that we live in a corrupt system where the greedy gougers of a phoney casino of illusions fight among themselves for the rights to keep you corralled in a money extraction cage. Now . . .if this sounds kinda boring for YOU the battery chook in all of this . . . guess what? I think you might just be right. Witness the Great Whore of Babylon.
What is just so fascinating is that more people aren’t complaining*. I suppose if we are all thus coralled, compromised and let’s face it complacent enough to go along with the entire charade then we can only expect more of the same. The Great Whore of Babylon has been doing a brisk trade – what about everyone else? Case in point: I heard today that the INTEREST on American foreign debt is now equivalent to their GDP. And while we are busy pretending that what we’re really doing is upholding some kind of set of virtues . . . .Truth, justice and freedom anyone? The tentacles of the McDonalds of the soul – the Great Whore of Babylon – grips ever more octopus-like around the warm beating hearts of men. We are ready to expire under the weight of our own crapological (if i may use such a word) bullshit.
* Since this post was written more people are complaining actually. Occupy Wall Street looks like the start of a movement in the USA and if it happens in the USA it’s going to spread. Watch that space!
What all this has to do with sustainability is that we are poised as at no time in recorded history to be able to live abundant lives rich with all the things we really need to be happy and with all the things we really want to be joyous and instead of building our Garden of Eden we are busy engineering hell. Go figure. Perhaps we need to OUT the Great Whore!
How to get outside the set: Just start seeing the house of lies for what it is. You don’t need to go round blowing things up. So please! If you get the sudden urge to change things utilizing this mediaeval and somewhat retrogressive measure, STOP. And start seeing and start thinking. The rest will happen through self organisation. Just start to see the Matrix for what it is. It may not happen overnight but it WILL HAPPEN. No bombs required – mad bombers take note. Those brave courageous zealots who strapped explosives to a 9 year old girl the other day and asked her to detonate it near the police. You’ve completely lost the plot, regardless of how important you think your cause is.
But as John Ralston Saul says: The citizen’s job is to be rude – to pierce the comfort of professional intercourse by boorish expressions of doubt. So . . .start to think outside the box for there is nothing as powerful as an idea whose time has come. The rest will be as they say . . .history. No bombs – time to OUT the Great Whore of Babylon.