When we study history at the school level, or at the high school level, when we study some wars what we do is learn some data that says that team A went to pieces against team B. Of course, one of the two teams is “the aggressor” and the other “the assaulted one”. With this simplicity they distract us from all the economic machinery that was – and is – behind any warlike conflict. There’s one part of the story that isn’t told, and that’s where you have to learn to focus, “tell me what you’re bragging about and. . .”
What is sadly joyful is the following: the truthfulness of the phrase “God raises them and they come together”. You see, just as the fans of a football club get together to go to the field, or to watch the match of that club on television, as well, by ideological, emotional, intellectual affinity, the boys at the top are putting together their schemes and diagrams at the level of neighborhood, city, department, country, continent and world. It is always the families themselves who, first of all, ensure that the bulk of the population remains ignorant, bombarded if not by gunpowder, useless or misinformation.
But the point is not to point out that for a long time a group of people has been benefiting over and over again, generation after generation, from the ignorant mass, but to mark two aspects inherent in this reality: first, the amount of effort that has always been made by those who have the power to continue to have it, and the little effort that has been made by those who do not have it in order to reach it, or to stop being manipulated. I mean, you may be born in the white house, but to stay there, at the top, it won’t be enough to watch TV and eating popcorn.
Second, the tendency of the common people to project, to hold others responsible for what happens to them. That is, from the moment you know how to read, you must take responsibility for what you read. It is true, there is a bombardment of adulterated, or biased, information as well as hidden information. But it is still true that it is everyone’s responsibility to act according to what they perceive, to conform to the situation in which they were born, or to go for more. Once the text is printed, the reader is the last interpreter.
If we pause to think for a minute – a long and profitable minute – we will realize that, in essence, we have been sold, and we have happily paid, more drama than comedy. We have been trained to think that everything has to be difficult, and that certain things are impossible. We pay for education systems that promote hatred and ignorance, rather than inclusion and wisdom. That is, a high school boy may know how much a kilo of meat costs, but he doesn’t know how many people can eat from a single cow, or how much the damn cow “costs”.