I just watched The Hunger Games in the theatre. This is the movie based on the book published in 2008 of the same title by Suzanne Collins. The idea for this story is stated on Wikipedia as having sprung from channel surfing on television. What an interesting method for idea farming. When I first heard of the plot for this film, I thought it was an adaptation of a novel I read in early 2000 called Battle Royale. Battle Royale is a Japanese novel written by Koushun Takami published in 1999. The Battle Royale film was made in 2000. The stories for both these books are similar. And I’m omitting from mention the many other stories like these that came before. I’m not concerned with the matter of possible alternate origins. I’m observing a more sinister practice. I’m noticing the trend of glamorization for tyrannical philosophies. A lack of understanding of world events and history is leading to the acceptance of tyrannical governance. This result is the same whether the ignorance results from deception or laziness.
Here is a perspective argument: Schools are a lazy approach to education. The delegation of responsibility to the state to educate the young is an extremely dangerous practice that has grown to a degree of absolute tyranny. This has become such a point of control by government, that whole families are destroyed by state school board policy for ridiculously inane infractions.
The argument I have stated above is from a Constitutional Republic perspective that observes individual liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But our society is so misinformed of historical events that even the lies are openly taught in those same public schools. Logically, what you learn to be “true” at a young age has a great deal to do with who you become as an adult. So, the tool of the tyrannous is deception because the truth will set you free. This is a phrase that many people misinterpret. It has always been turned around so that it benefits the state when YOU are on trial. “Don’t lie; the truth will set you free.” In reality, you’ll be incarcerated if you’re on trial and ignorant of what laws they claim you’ve broken. What the phrase “The truth shall set you free” actually means is: “If you know the truth, you will be free.” It has little to do with telling the truth when questioned because you could say nothing and remain free. It has everything to do with being properly informed.
There is a method of slow indoctrination occurring with the glamorous promotion of stories and propaganda about totalitarianism. While these titles are entertaining stories, they represent a state that should never become. It seems that all industrialized countries are falling prey to the glamorous portrayal of slavery control schemes. And I see world policies reflecting the pseudo values represented in these books. Do not misinterpret my meaning. It’s the job of film production to make every story glamorous or else movies would be far less marketable. Besides, what is considered glamorous is a subjective opinion skewed by perspective. I wouldn’t have raised this argument had I not overheard teens that had sat in front of me, later talking about how amazing it would be to live in that world. How maladjusted is their perspective to think that? Their comments report a lack of understanding current events. What I think they fail to realize is that they DO live in a world where those ideas exist, they’re just not implemented to that degree yet or hopefully never.
These stories are a blessing. They are a warning system to alert us to the possibilities of where our governments are headed. We must encourage the publication of the ideas of the time because expression of current concern is a great defense against the cage for your mind. People have to be alert to what’s happening in their world; or at least their own town. It’s becoming a popular philosophy that the majority of humankind be seen as useless eaters requiring heavy moderation. This is presented as if the idea of authority over others is already widely accepted to be normal. This is an untruth. Authority can only be given, revoked at any time, and never assumed. When you’re born into slavery, then you don’t know the wrong that is done in the world. But it isn’t a natural practice to be subservient and accept slavery. Even children run away from their parents, so it is our behavior that determines who will follow us. We must respect one another.
These glamorized totalitarian worlds are the most artificial thing. The human being was not meant to be under the boots of others. You are no one’s property. If ever a nation embraces artificial values over the freedom of humankind, it is to be resisted by all free peoples until its destruction. One of the results of these types of totalitarian philosophies has lead to the birth of action plans like Agenda 21. Agenda 21 is a sustainable development plan that revealed itself to the world in 1992 at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. It is a blueprint for global land and resource management and has been incrementally implemented to add up to its whole. It’s much like the agenda of communism where government owns everything. Another result of totalitarian philosophy is Codex Alimentarius, meaning Book of Food. The Codex is another bad idea from the United Nations, albeit a subgroup called the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); the World Health Organization (WHO) has also placed their stamp on it. While conformity to Codex Alimentarius is stated as optional, nations have been adopting it without understanding the effects it has on trade and the liberties of people. And if the governments are competent to read and agree with Codex Alimentarius, then they are embracing the practice of full control over the food resources of the public. And that has always brought about disaster. The point is this: The outstanding goal of any organization is to grow, and organizations championing ideas of communism, or any totalitarian ideals, should be fervently avoided.
-Jeremy Edward Dion