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problems addressed by TIA:
violence, drug abuse, alcoholism, other addictions,
road rage, office
rage, bullying, homelessness, teenage rebellion,
depression, major crime, even illiteracy, high divorce
personal problems that lead to neuroses, bankruptcy or
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So, This Is What We Have Come To
I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.
- Jack Kerouac, American novelist and poet (1922-1969)
If you are confused
about your world, don’t be alarmed. You have every right to be
confused. Indeed, you are obliged to be confused. Many official
agencies and industries around you work constantly to keep you
confused, thus helpless.
Our world no longer makes any sense. Bear with me as this is not a rant.
The confusion is
worldwide. It is in effect in almost every culture, especially those
that depend largely on modern developments and values.
We have legal systems
whose purpose is ostensibly to determine the guilt or innocence of
accused individuals, but whose primary function in fact is to decide
which attorney or barrister is the more effective debater.
The best debaters are
invariably the most expensive and never public defenders for those who
can’t afford their own defence, so the poorer you are the less likely
you will be able to be found not guilty, no matter what the facts may
Among large legal
offices, the lawyers most likely to be made partner are those who are
best able to accumulate “billable hours.” In other words, the most
notable attorneys are those who are able to drag cases out so their
firm can charge the most money.
We have medical
systems where doctors receive almost no training in how to make
patients well and healthy but mostly on how to make them dependent on
medications that will keep them coming back and keep their
pharmaceutical company sponsors happy and rolling in profits. Yes,
sponsors as many doctors profit greatly from payments made to them by
pharmaceutical companies that make the most popular medications.
In some jurisdictions
doctors are forbidden from advising patients about treatments that do
not directly profit other members of the medical community. In
California, for example, a family doctor may not advise a cancer
treatment other than chemotherapy, radiation or surgery. The doctor may
be charged and have his or her licence revoked for advising any
treatment other than those three, each of which is invasive and harmful.
We have pharmaceutical
companies who not only bribe doctors (their “pushers”) they bribe
politicians to pass laws and regulations that benefit the bottom lines
of the pharmaceutical companies, irrespective of the effects it has on
the health of patients. An excellent example is vaccines for children.
In many jurisdictions children are required to have dozens of vaccines
before they are allowed into school. The interactions of these vaccine
combinations and their effectiveness are never tested. Yes, never.
Sometimes the effectiveness of vaccines themselves are not tested.
Many governments now
pay pharmaceutical companies to provide free flu vaccines to people of
all ages each year. This year in the USA the common flu vaccine has
been proven to be only 10% effective. Almost all of the people who have
died from the flu this year were vaccinated against the flu. Because of
lack of testing and recording among doctors, no one knows the other
negative effects the flu vaccines have on patients. We have only
anecdotal records and the medical community and politicians pay little
attention to them.
Parents whose children
have had the MMR vaccine rage against other parents who refuse to
vaccinate their children. No one can explain why a parent believes
their vaccinated child should be at risk for measles, mumps and rubella
from another children who has not been vaccinated. Do the parents not
trust the vaccines they have subjected their children to? In fact, it
happens all too frequently that a vaccinated child gets the disease
against which the child has been vaccinated. Again, testing of the
vaccines does not include other health effects.
Children do get
measles. Studies have shown sometimes that the children most likely to
get measles are those who have been vaccinated against measles. Their
parents inevitably blame the parents of the unvaccinated kids. As a
child I had measles twice and my mother didn’t blame anyone. She just
put it down to another childhood disease.
We have supermarkets
whose shelves and aisles are filled with edible products that could
eventually cause degradation of the health of those who eat them.
Preservatives alone in canned foods act in our bodies the opposite way
to what we want. Preservatives are designed to kill pathogens, microbes
that cause disease. Inside our bodies they also kill the bacteria that
comprise 85% of our immune system. Yes, you read that right.
The most harmful foods
to eat are the cheapest, making them the most attractive to the poor
who can’t afford to eat better. In turn, when the poor (with weak and
compromised immune systems) inevitably get sick, they become a burden
on public healthcare systems. That causes taxes to be higher.
Politicians who want to keep taxes low will allow poisoned food (most
“fresh” produce is sprayed with insecticides or fungicides--all
poisons--while growing and before being presented for sale in markets)
to be sold by their food industry financial supporters, then want to
cut support for public healthcare (in some cases). That puts the poor
at greatest risk of dying too young.
We have giant
religious institutions that make stuff up regularly. Example: though no
one from any religion can explain the nature of God, people of many
religions regularly post statements about God wanting this, God
disliking that, God will help you if you just believe and ask, and so
on. These people boldly and carelessly speak for God. No holy book
supports any of it.
The Catholic Church
invented Limbo, Purgatory and Hell to keep its followers in line. It
has recently backed away from Limbo and Purgatory and is in the process
of eliminating Hell from its public statements. Some of its priests
still condemn church enemies to hell. (The enemies do not worry.)
religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) have for centuries preached
creation, Adam and Eve as unimpeachable truths. Now most are saying
creation is symbolic and fits in with evolution, that Adam and Eve were
just metaphoric symbols to help primitive people to believe in
something they could understand. That was not likely the way you were
The three basic
flavours of Judaism--reform, conservative and orthodox--differ in their
rituals and practices. As do the Shi’ite, Sunni and other smaller
belief sets of Islam. They all preach peace, but they are all almost
constantly at war or dispute.
Have you ever wondered
why governments allow poisons to be put into drinking water (fluoride)
and sprayed on food crops right from the time they are planted until
they are sold? Or why they allow herbicides (such as glyphosate) to be
sprayed on food crops when those poisons kill every living thing they
touch (including microbes in the ground that make land fertile--they
sterilize the ground) and they kill any animals that eat the primary
victims of those poisons?
This is the kind and
level of confusing situations that cause people to despair that there
is any hope for the future of our world. In the United States the two
most commonly prescribed medications are those that dull the senses and
impair brain function. Yet cases of suicide and mental illness are
Should we just give
up? No. One huge part of the problem is that the mass media love to
report what is bad, negative and harmful, but seldom report the good.
There is more good work happening in the world today than ever before
in history. Good work in the world is at an all time high and it is
People care. People all over the world want things to change for the better. Many are prepared to take action.
The reason why most of
the situations above are familiar to you is because they have become
world causes. Just as sexual harassment and abuse of women has become a
world issue recently.
These are all
positives, not negatives. The world is in the process of changing like
never before. Social values are changing faster than ever. The human
species is evolving into something greater than it has been.
Don’t look at the
upset caused by change and assume that it is the new normal. Keep your
eyes on the goal, not on the disarray around you. The world, as always,
is changing for the better.
Bill Allin is the
author of hundreds of articles (all available free on the internet)
about social change, how it can happen and what its effects are on all
It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's