I don’t know who you are. I don’t know if you’re a powerful individual or a legion of devils. But I bow to your brilliance. How clever of you. Just when we were starting to lower our swords in the war of the sexes and remove our race distorting headgear, you threw one of the oldest, yet still highly popular, strategies into the arena.
Dīvide et Imperā.
Divide and conquer. Bravo. I really didn’t see that one coming, although perhaps I should have. It was in play long before Caesar utilised its benefits.
Haters are a joy to manipulate, aren’t they? Drunk on cortisol and adrenaline, they scream for an enemy. How much easier for you to hide behind the dark curtains of deceit and corruption when we’re all raging at each other on social media. Keep us distracted and apocalyptic with rage, hey?
I especially loved your ploy to eradicate the individual (unless attacking, of course and then we love attacking individuals). It’s vital we no longer see Frank, the hard working father of three boys, dying of bone cancer or Adiva, the sexually abused teenager who’s been in and out of foster care since she was three years old.
Group Hating makes our lives so much easier. Previously we had to consider a person’s words, actions and values to determine their worth. Not any more! Now, we can just look at their skin colour, gender, consider their religion, sexual or political orientation to know if we should like them or not. We can deaden our hearts and deafen our ears to the people in the groups we despise.
But for how much longer?
Perhaps you think you’ve created divides between us that are irreparable. Perhaps you’re already celebrating. I imagine your smug smile, your sense of achievement and power. Enjoy it while you can, mate. We’re not as ignorant as you believe us to be.
A generation is uncurling, like a bud, like a butterfly. You won’t fool them once they are standing to full height. They will see through the lies and bullshit.
My favourite generation. The precious Millennials and the wise ones who have followed them since.
They will be your undoing.
You will not divide them.
All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything.
– Swami Vivekananda
If everyone helps to hold up the sky, then one person does not become tired.