Val enjoys writing prose in rhymes by always leaving a message of a life truism in each piece.
I shouldn't be saying anything new in this post while merely reminding about the tandem of politicians and the mainstream media and their unholy business of messing with our minds.
To keep us as their customers, they are using that very effective selling strategy of playing on our fears, since fear is the strongest and the quickest emotion to arise while being the important part of our survival instinct.
Even those TV weather channels keep repeating the scenes of past natural disasters, to keep us worried about possible new dangers befalling us from the mother nature -- and to keep us coming back for more information.
It's all about ratings they get; and with politicians, it's all about their careers, while they keep using as sparring partner that other party to advertise how good they are.
You see, if they ever removed that suspense over their political struggles with the opposition -- by starting more cooperation with them -- there would be nothing to emotionally attract the masses to their game. It would be something similar to knowing in advance that a score of a game has been "fixed" to be a tie, resulting with nobody bothering to watch it.
So we need two parties to create an illusion of a political antagonism and "democratic choice". But, like that renowned scholar Noam Chomsky has said, "in reality, there is only one party in the United States -- the Business Party -- which branches into Republicans and Democrats."
The only slight difference between them may be that Democrats have more social programs -- otherwise it's all one big charade of apparent struggle for popularity. A bunch of careerists on both sides using a bunch of same slogans and phrases from one election to another to get our votes.
Indeed, democracy is a big joke invented by the ruling class to create an illusion of people having a say in governing. Has any huge demonstration ever, EVER changed the course of important policies? Did those massive demonstrations succeed to stop the war in Vietnam, or Bush's long crusade in the Middle East?; or affect a use some of that astronomical fund for advancement in armament for an affordable medical care instead, or anything else of some value to us, the majority?
In short, we are just sucked into that political and mainstream news farce, readily giving it more attention than to our need for peace of mind, our stress management, our mental health, in other words -- our own business of living.
If we cut that "lively interest" down to some minimum, believe it or not, we wouldn't be missing anything. We might even find something like happiness, once that we have realized that our happiness doesn't really depend on which bunch of clowns are calling all the shots.
Well, here I go with my three rhymed pieces of prose on this theme of politicians and the mainstream media messing with our heads.
No, I am not on some insane mission of changing anybody's mind -- but, if you can, at least, find some entertainment in any of it, all this scribbling won't be in vain.
Instigators of Global Hate
Politicians and news are affecting our worldview
as they make us think how all is falling apart
it's their job to give us that negative clue
but it's up to us to go a little smart.
A friend abusing our shoulder for their crying
after some time would stop being a friend
so crappy news we should stop buying
after it's become a sickening trend.
Most of eight billion of us are a normal crowd
except for relatively few who commit crimes
but the voice of those news is overly loud
exaggerating about these "testing times"
Then politicians instigate an international hate
propaganda painting others as sinister force
without it global coexistence would be great
but they keep their racket with no remorse.
So, let us not go paranoid over all lies
nations don't hate nations, as we know
we got illusions smeared over our eyes
so let's minimize how they run our show.
We don't have to fall for the crap
while they keep taking us for blind
with crazy news they dump on our lap
so let's learn instead to use our own mind.
Downside of Being Informed
"What you don't know, won't hurt you"
a good motto in this age of information
much of what we're hearing is not true
merely causing some negative fixation.
Nutrition is such field of crazy confusion
conflicting claims cancel each other out
"knowing" something there is an illusion
no one really knows what they talk about.
So eating simply with some common sense
while knowing nothing of that fancy stuff
is good eating and preventive defense
everything else is food industry bluff.
Then we might as well go on some mental diet
when it is about socio-political information
to keep ourselves sane and nerves quiet
spared of gamut of media sensation.
Existential fear gave a birth to superstition
instigators hurting us with myths about evil
oftentimes disguised for some holy mission
while preaching narratives that are medieval.
So again, let's try to be more grounded
to all fake stories being always on alert
so much information is poorly founded
and being "informed" we could get hurt.
Not knowing is better than what's half-true
or what's only subject to an interpretation
using your mind is much healthier for you
than falling for every offered information.
Thanks to the internet and its facilitation
global connections are growing and many
with falling taboos and the news manipulation
whether it may be political, religious, or just any.
That's where minds and hearts can meet
to either agree or to start a smart debate
in the process unmasking the ruling elite
awareness evolving into something great.
No media trickery to impose our ceilings
we learn first hand all what people think
and even inspire with liberating feelings
without doctor's pills or help of a shrink.
It's a revolution of a brand new kind
with no swords and guns destruction
but world awakening the common mind
no need for slogans to spur for some action.
The world of lies is collapsing at a speed
birth of some new values being conceived
making extinct wars and underlying greed
thanks to the internet it can all be achieved.
© 2021 Val Karas
Val Karas (author) from Canada on February 07, 2021:
Peggy -- You are right, but internet gives us a chance to voice our disagreement -- like you did now -- whereas mainstream news don't.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 07, 2021:
I would like to believe the last four lines of your poem could come true. Sadly, the Internet spreads as many lies as truths. We need to self-edit all of the information we receive to ferret out the truths.
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 06, 2021:
I agree with everything you wrote, val. I like your poem also. I have gotten where I try not to watch much news, even if my husband has it on as I just get mad. Life is too short to walk around mad!