The Tyrant Ever Lurks

There is nothing I despise more than tyranny, yet there is nothing I see more of with every passing day.

I see governments perpetuate a needless cycle of violence so as to benefit a privileged few. 

I see corporations fleece the people of their labor in exchange for handouts. 

I see politicians extol their virtues in front of the camera while betraying their country behind their desks. 

I see non-stop propaganda emanating from the mass media, telling me I am free when I am anything but. 

But most of all I see that other people, for whatever reason, do not observe the tyrant, and as a result, allow themselves to be oppressed.  It is difficult to enslave those who would value their freedom, but it is easy to enslave those who care little for it. 

My hope is that one day the tyrant, in each of us, might be vanquished.  For now it must remain a hope. 
Seraph1m Seraph1m
26-30, M
5 Responses Feb 14, 2007

@radiant mentions freedom of speech.<br />
I say act NOW. Or you are to late. Freedom of Speech is under attack, heavily!! Watch the bill being prpared. What are YOU going to do?<br />
xW

Is false hope better than no hope at all? Ideally I would love to see the fall of tyranny, but I think the want of having immense power is a trait of our increasingly degenerate and hedonistic society in generally.<br />
To quote the words of Mahatma Gahndi "if you want to change the world, first you must change yourself". I guess to have any global impact, we must first find a way to change our ways, so that we may reap the benefits in the future.<br />
I enjoy reading your eloquent entries, and hope you deliver more profound and thought provoking articles.

Your observations are shared by many. Hope is here precisely because we can still freely gain and share information. Hope is here because legal "due process" settles more disputes than free weilding gun owners. Hope remains because there are a FEW journalists that present the emotion and the facts of all sides, thus allowing the public to learn and make informed votes and intelligent petitions. <br />
We can loose hope every time people vote without making a study of the issues.<br />
We can loose hope when people believe that freedom of thought, information, and speech are to be given up in the name of some politically correct stance.<br />
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I will not abide the Muslim Leaders in Iran or Iraq telling us to appoligze to their religion for a cartoon characterization. They can make rules in their own religion or even in their own land but they can not MAKE the rest of the world OBEY their Koran. <br />
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Especially, when the truth is, that they blow up human beings so that they can live with 42 virgins forever. <br />
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President Bush can't make Iraq become democratic. The people have to want it enough to make it happen.<br />
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Since people can not make informed decisions when a Theocracy teaches only one philosophy, a Theocratic nation naturally does not want freedom of speech or thought. It does not want the true portrayal of the emotion and facts laid out before the people. <br />
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Since Mr. Bush is the primary active force toward allowing democracy,(which included freedom of speech as a corner stone,) he is considered the enemy of the Muslim extremists.<br />
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Since we guard the ONLY state of democratice freedom in the middle east, Israel, we are doubly hated. <br />
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Having said all of this, I know that we are no perfect and that the U.S has made some big mistakes. <br />
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Keep the good and bad in perspective, so that we can work out the bumps and lump in this metropolatin mix that leads the democratic world. <br />
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You have good ideas and present your thoughts well. Are you known as a leader?