Living with embedded extortion

Living with embedded extortion

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Living with embedded extortionWe live in a system of structural extortion, as willing slaves. Our modern day society has transformed itself into a theater of absurdity. Here the puppeteers become kings and queens of insanity. The invisible cage of authoritarianism comes in the shape of a bottomless pyramid. The pain of “others” becomes your gain. You are encouraged to cash in, on human misery of others who are struggling in society.

By Nazarul Islam

No matter how valuable I may pose myself to be, through my perceptions —fools will certainly play me down, so let’s exclude myself from the inflammatory environs of fools. There can be no greater stretch of arbitrary power than to seize children from their parents, teach them whatever the authorities decree they shall be taught, and expropriate from the parents the funds to pay for the procedure. Ever thought, this could be allowed by system, we have built?

Our modern day society has transformed itself into a theater of absurdity. Here the puppeteers become kings and queens of insanity. Prima facie’, our society is fast losing its logic, history, facts, integrity, sincerity, creativity and imagination, as the monstrous imaginations of the deranged ruling class continue to devour humanity and nature.

Here, the invisible cage of authoritarianism comes in the shape of a bottomless pyramid. Fear and hopelessness fill the dimly lit bottom layers. Layers and layers separate us, alienate us and dehumanize us. The pain of “others” becomes your gain. You are encouraged to cash in, on human misery of others who are struggling in society.

The power of oppressors becomes your safety: They provide a sense of false security, while living in the dangerous imaginations of the kings and queens.

But such a thought vanishes as quickly as our minds get flooded back with the numbing noises of the insane theater (of the absurd), where we exist—while our remaining logic, seriousness and honesty are ridiculed and attacked by fearful fellow humans (who matter) with cynicism, hopelessness and cowardliness.

Unfortunately, we also live in a huge canopy of camouflage, where our world doesn’t look like that at all for those who belong to the club of kings and queens. The unruly mass with no understanding of the righteous path of “humanity” has been inherently expendable for them. This has been shown over and over and over: colonization of natives by Europeans, enslavement of African people, genocides of many sorts. Want more….?

Besides, one also sees the same kind blunt inhumanity embedded among us today: homelessness, deaths by treatable diseases, hunger, deaths by substance abuse, suicide, poverty, refugees, mass incarceration, state violence, the psychological torture of alienation. Here…the kings and queens don’t recognize those, as issues to be solved with their resources.

Instead those issues represent things they must deserve as forms of punishment for them…..because they are they have been condemned by fate, to include who fail to secure viable positions within the capitalist hierarchy. The fear of the punishment and the fear of the authority work together to lock us all in positions (of fake intimacy), in the hierarchy, forcing us to protect our positions which systemically and structurally have threatened our wellbeing 24/7; we live in a system of structural extortion, as willing slaves. There is no escape!

Sometimes, by using coercion to drive our charity, I have experienced a feeling that acts of kidnapping are being put to use, in order to create harmony and love. We do live in the realm of the absurd, where Human “Rights” are something made up by governments to make each one of us feel like he is buying something with your taxes (and not his own).

A stray thought: Of course, men often like to ‘use their economic superiority to gain sexual advantages,’ but women often use their sexual superiority to gain economic advantages. So who are the real extortionists?

No matter how valuable you are and your ideas, fools will certainly play both of you down, so exclude yourselves from the inflammatory environs of fools. And, for those extortionists who expect us to obey—let me say:

They want us to be afraid.

They want us to be afraid of leaving our homes.

They want us to barricade our doors

And hide our children.

Their aim is to make us fear life itself!

They want us to hate.

They want us to hate ‘the other’.

They want us to practice aggression

And perfect antagonism.

Their aim is to divide us all!

They want us to be inhuman.

They want us to throw out our kindness.

They want us to bury our love

And burn our hope.

Their aim is to take all our light!

They think their bricked walls

Will separate us

They think their damned bombs

Will defeat us

They are so ignorant they don’t understand

That my soul and your soul are old friends

They are so ignorant they don’t understand

That when they cut you I bleed.

They are so ignorant they don’t understand

That we will never be afraid,

We will never hate

And we will never be silent

For life is ours!

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About the Author

Nazarul IslamThe Bengal-born writer is a senior educationist based in USA. He writes for Sindh Courier and the newspapers of Bangladesh, India and America.

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