The following is another product of my random writing exercises.
I’ve been thinking a lot about this subject lately. Control seems to be the thing that the younger generation wants more than anything else. Control is power, and power brings money. Albeit the root of all evil, money still equates to happiness, however brief, to those who posses it. The idea of control gets into every single aspect of our living. Communication can do much to sway the balance of control and hence power to those who can manipulate the ability to communicate.
In this day of the personal computer, and the Internet we have an interesting struggle for power (control) taking place. The industry giants, Microsoft, Intel, and IBM, just to name a few are vying for control of the hardware and software that keeps all the networks in touch with each other, and the hubs of communication on the information highway humming.
Where would we be? What would happen? If Someone pulled the plug on all this high tech cyberspace environment we have created, could we survive? It is scary just thinking about it.
The one thing which is the most desirable for world leaders to control, is the one thing they will never be able to, thank God. He has given each of us our own free will and choice to think and believe what we will. This also gives us, within limits of our own choices the ability to do what we want when we want and for as long as we are able. The controllers of the world will never be able to control what the individual mind will think and believe.
With the power to choose and think as we will, comes the responsibility to inform and educate ourselves so we can make wise choices. With freer access to information it becomes harder and harder for those who would control, to manipulate public opinion and win elections. That is why the controllers invented the evening news. Most people are too lazy to read anymore. They would rather sit on the couch and look at pictures or their favorite anchor person and listen to the news as it has been reinvented by the media hype mongers who would sell their grandmothers if it would help their Nielsen ratings.
Control freaks have an obsession to influence everything and everybody. They want to create trends and markets. They want to have a say about everything we do, say, or use in our daily lives. From how many children we have, to the color of our underwear, they want to control it all. If a person tries to be different or control their own manifest destiny, they are labeled as a weirdo and shunned by the mainstream of society.
This is why individuality and diversity are such important commodities. We must fight to maintain our identity and our freedom of choice. We must make the effort to get to the bottom of the evening news and find out what really happened. We must learn not to believe everything we read, and only half of what we see. Above all we must learn to think for ourselves and make decisions based on truth and facts. We must learn to ask ourselves is this news story really important? Will the news I hear tonight make any difference fifty years from now?