I can’t recall if I mentioned this before but this is something that I happened to think about recently. I haven’t thought about this for years but I used to joke about it a lot in the 1990’s. I call it the “American Peace”.
Basically, what it says is that America creates a “peace” by destroying belief, religion, tradition, culture, and identity. In other words, it turns everyone into an “American blurr” so that we can’t tell the difference between each other. This way, there are no disputes, no conflicts, no disagreements. In this way, a “peace” is achieved, hence my saying:
“The burr insures the peace!”
Any dispute? Just destroy the difference between people. Make religion useless. Make culture useless. Make the individual person useless. Make us all the same, all “equal”, all a big blurr, one big massive blurr of humanity . . . after all, isn’t that what America is?
I was surprised that this line of thought was even stated, interestingly enough, by John Lennon, in his song “Imagine”. He speaks of having no religion, no belief, no government . . . and the world will be “one”, all peaceful and cozy . . . a future utopia. No war. No hate. But at what price?
ITS EFFECTS ON US AS INDIVIDUALS
The problem is that the “American Peace” requires us to destroy who we are as people, and that’s exactly what it has done. In that sense, it is really anti-human, as it goes against the natural patterns of human life. In a way, its like saying, “to ensure peace we must destroy who we are and relinquish our humanity”. As a result, it has a dehumanizing and alienating quality.
By blurring everything we become a blurr and, when we become a blurr, we become nobodies. Its effect, then, is to turn people into nobodies. It makes sense, though, that to ensure peace, where nothing happens, you must have a nothing people who are made up of nothing: nothing begets nothing, hence the peace.
ITS EFFECT ON US AS A SOCIETY
The “American Peace” also has the quality of requiring us to relinquish naturally appearing social phenomena and patterns of behaviour. In that sense, it is anti-social.
They’ve made it practically a crime, for example, to note the difference of people, or to treat other people differently in any way. In fact, I have always felt that the “American Peace” created a new form of crime, where a person cannot, in any way, treat people differently. If you do then your are a ‘racist’, ‘sexist’, or whatever name they can come up with. This has had dramatic effect on how people associate with one another nowadays. In some cases, you’re almost scared to look at someone the wrong way or say something, as it might be interpreted the wrong way. My God, we don’t want to upset the “American Peace” now do we? It’s effects has helped to create a generalized paranoia and fear when associating with other people.
What all this has done is create something like a social breakdown. The paranoia and fear have created a wall between people and ,with no social identities and nothing to bond us, the result is that no society can be created. Our society becomes a nothing.
Again, a nothing begets nothing . . . and “peace” ensues.
THE UNDERMINING OF AUTHORITY
The blurring of belief, identity, and such has the quality of undermining the authority of these facts. In that sense it is anti-authority.
We can believe and have an identity but it must be ‘watered down’, a shell of what it is, and we cannot act on it. As a result, it has no authority. Without authority they are almost useless. As a result, they seem to fade and disappear: authority is undermined.
Taking away the authority is to take away the potency, the fuel, the juice that makes things relevent and important. Its like having a car but with no gas to fill it. What use is having the car? In the same way, what use is belief and identity without authority?
But, without authority, no one takes action or does anything . . . nothing happens.
And nothing begets nothing . . . and “peace” ensues.
THE CREATION OF FALSE INTENTIONS AND MOTIVES: THE CREATION OF A DISTORTED VIEW OF THINGS AND PEOPLE
The “American Peace” is rooted in the idea that certain things create hate and war. As a result, it requires that these ‘certain things’ must be eradicated. But its definition of these ‘certain things’ has created all these false intentions and motives in people’s actions. Its made many things ‘bad’ that aren’t and totally misrepresented other things as well. Its created a whole misunderstanding of why people do what they do. In fact, there’s almost no understanding of human nature at all with “American Peace”. It is rooted, really, only in fear and the necessary need for peace . . . and at all cost. Human understanding never makes an appearance.
Many of these ‘certain things’ are based on uncertain assumptions. Much of the “American Peace” was created during the cold war. During the cold war, the period of time of possible nuclear annihilation, it was natural for Christian America to use its Christian principles. As a result, the solution became: Love. How many times have I heard, “we must love one another man”? But, because they saw Christian love as the answer, it automatically made it so that anything else was a result of hate. As a result, all sorts of things have been ascribed to ‘hate’ that has nothing to do with hate all. They’ve even made a special crime out of this idea: the ‘hate crime’. This preponderance of seeing hate in things I often speak of as the ‘hate myth’. Taking this point of view, they see hate in all things. A look. A statement. A word. In the ‘hate myth’ hate is everywhere. It’s created a philosophy of misunderstanding and blind assumption gone wild: false intentions and motives everywhere.
As a result of this, it’s created a whole point of view based on erroneous assumptions of things and in little understanding. Because of this it’s created a distorted view of things and people.
THE CREATION OF A ‘FORCED PEACE’ OR ‘FORCED LOVE’
In many ways, the “American Peace” is nothing but a ‘forced peace’ because it forces us to follow its dictates. In other words, it’s not a natural peace at all, but one imposed upon us . . . with the threats of lawsuits, punishment, fines, etc. This is why I have always said that the “American Peace” is a false peace. It is not a natural occurence that ‘wells up’ from the people and historical situation. We are forced to act that way.
Because its forced it has created, in a way, a ‘forced love’. In this ‘forced love’ we are forced, by act of law, to “love one another”. Its basic tenet: love or be punished! But that’s not love at all, far from it. It is only obeyance. The false peace is only enforced by a false love, another example of their distorted view of things and people.
In this way, the “American Peace” has created an insincerity, a false show of humanity and love.
UNREST AND CONTEMPT
The ‘forced peace’, though, creates a deep inner sense of frustration, an unrest, a contempt. It causes a constriction in us, a blocking of natural tendencies. In the end, it makes people uptight, restless, and despising of things. In many ways, it creates a generalized contempt or dislike for things. People are just upset, but they’re not sure at what. It hovers over us like a great cloud, uncertain and undefined, a big blurr just like our blurred “peaceful” lives.
DEHUMANIZATION AND ALIENATION: A ‘LOST HUMANITY’
Living in the “American blurr”, being nothing, with watered down belief and identity, we naturally lose sense of who we are. We become dehumanized and alienated. The “American blurr” as if makes us detached, removed from things and life. In that sense, it creates a ‘lost humanity’, unable to find itself.
Over time, the blurr and alienation leads to an apathy and lack of movement. Life within the “American blurr” is devoid of any movement, of any direction. Being nothing, in a nothing society, leads one to go nowhere. It causes an atrophy and a dying of the soul. What is there to believe? Where is there to go? Can I even conceive of who I am?
All this wastes away in the blurr. A great atrophy occurs. We waste away in apathy. Our life becomes apathy, withered, and weak. The blurr takes its toll.
The results of the “American Peace” include:
- Distorted laws.
- Distorted social relations.
- A lack of insight into human nature.
- A sense of unrest and contempt.
- Dehumanization and alienation.
- An apathy.
And so “American Peace” has had far greater impact than one would initially imagine. Truly, the blurr has created a blurr life, of blurr people living in a blurr society. Existence and life becomes a blurr . . . all for the sake of peace.
A DESIRE FOR PEACE OR BLIND FEAR?
The problem with all this is that the “American Peace” has been created under the threat of imminent nuclear annihilation which, frankly, is an unusual circumstance and one in which we are not under now. In other words, the “American Peace” was a BIG reaction against a BIG threat. That made it seem necessary at the time. But, the threat no longer exists. The “American Peace” continues but the threat does not exist.
Even more than that, it was actually a reaction to blind fear. In actuality, behind the “American Peace” is not a sincere desire for peace but a great, and imagined, blind fear of a ‘possible’ war. As a result, blind fear spurned the “American Peace” on and made it legitimate. Blind fear made it relevent and true.
And so, by taking the path of the “American Peace” it became a situation of the blind leading the blind.