Jim Murray

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Situation Normal….All Fucked Up

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SNAFU was originally a World War II-era military acronym standing for "Situation normal: all fucked up." These days, a snafu is any mistake or problem.

Because I am a writer and a businessperson, I tend to live in a constant state of conflict. 
I vacillate between idealism and pragmatism, and lately I have been finding it harder to live with bouncing between those two modalities.

There are some who would tell me that these are concepts in opposition to each other. But I don’t buy that. I think they are two sides of the same coin and every day the coin gets flipped and the up-facing side is determined by just how crazy the world is at the moment. 

I was able to live this way quite comfortably until I started to sense that that the world around me had started to change. A lot of things stopped making sense. 
I trace this back 16 years to September 11, 2001 when all the lives of many of the people in North America changed and not for the better. 

We had a new fear. A new Boogey Man. A new enemy. A whole religion. A whole quarter of the world, at that time, became the enemy. 
It impacted us all. It filled us with a fear we never had before. It forced many of us to turn inward and shun the world. It turned others of us outward to attack the world through whatever means we had at our disposal.
We have all been living with this fear for so long that we have become used to it. And all this time, the powers that be in the world, have been working very hard to condition us to supporting the outward attack. And those who they cannot brainwash with propaganda, they distract with time and mindsuck things like blockbuster movies, endless news chatter which is mostly trivial pursuit more and more violent TV and social media, much of which is mindless drivel.
The world’s economy, for the most part is dependent on one key element. War. It’s been this way all through the history of the world. And the powers that be have gone to great lengths to ensure that we are either conditioned to supporting or suitably distracted from opposing these wars.
The businesses that profit from this ongoing state of war are quiet. They lurk in the shadows making a fortune sucking raw materials from the earth and turning them into weapons with which we destroy each other. Then other businesses make fortunes rebuilding what has been destroyed.
In the advertising business where I was raised this is known as one of the biggest of the big ideas.
These businesses don’t even have to lobby all that hard to get the things they want. Governments everywhere simply consider being in bed with these people part of the cost of taking or staying in power.
And the vast majority of everyday people simply fiddle about. Because what else can they do?
Bob Dylan had it right way back in the 1960s, when he wrote

Come senators congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There's a battle outside
And it is ragin'
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’

Bob Dylan, The Times They Are A-Changin'

It’s a pretty big machine that we are all up against. And right now that machine is threatening to launch another war that could end up killing more souls than all the other major wars of the last 100 years combined.
The saddest part of all of this is that it’s not being done in the name of freedom or democracy or Christianity or Islam or even humanity. It’s all being done in the name of power and greed.
It’s all being done so that many can die to preserve the few.
But the idealist in me knows that this is not right, and that sooner or later the world needs to change into a place where this relentless obsession with power and this sick greed needs to stop.
A world that is based on war is one that is doomed to self-destruction.
The technology we have at our disposal today has the ability to power the world and feed every soul without depleting the earth’s raw materials.
What is missing is popular will. The real desire of the people to want to see these changes take root and grow.
But this is not going to happen until the majority of people everywhere wake the fuck up and realize that their leaders are mainly carpetbaggers, that all the stuff they take for granted is slowly disappearing. And that false constructs like TV and movies and social media are nothing more than fluffy distractions, shiny objects to keep their attention focused on anything but reality.
A lot of people will find this kind of negative. But if you take a few minutes to look around at what’s really happening in the world while you were looking a little goats bouncing on a trampoline, you might see it for what it really is, which is an attempted wake up call.

Jim Murray is an op-ed blogger who has grown weary of all the bullshit. While he has very little that is positive to say about social media these days, he nevertheless understands it is a necessary means to reach the people he needs to reach. Fortunately Jim knows lots of people who are 'awake' now, but it would be gratifying to be able to reach those that are still sleeping or distracted. If you know any of those people, please feel free to share this post with them.

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Paul Walters

4 years ago #7

Pamela \ud83d\udc1d Williams Oh you back!!! havnt seen you around lately!!

John Rylance

4 years ago #6

Pamela I thought it would have been FIGMOS. The S being an empathetic SIR!!

Jim Murray

4 years ago #5

Yeah. You're right. I'm not sure the generals will go along with him launching a nuke. All Rocket Man has been pretty quiet lately.

Jerry Fletcher

4 years ago #4

And, here in America we have a president that couldn't find a reasonable foreign policy with both hands a flashlight and a guide dog. Yet there is part of the population that encourages his dim-witted behavior. Perhaps my friend's idea to implement the 25th amendment could be pulled off.

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #3

I discovered the meaning of FUBAR by watching the movie Saving Private Ryan, I had no idea that the word SNAFU has a similiar origin.

Jim Murray

4 years ago #2

If I was just starting out in business I would do it in Hong Kong or Shanghai.

John Rylance

4 years ago #1

There is a saying the more things change the more they stay the same. Your post brought to mind the Barry McGuire single "Eve of Destruction" Remember to when Dr Strangelove was released the Pentagon said such a scenario could not exist. In the recently published The Future of War by L Freedman, he states war has a future. The uncertainties under a multilateral world order in which U S dominance is slipping are much greater.

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