I often hear people talking about the “country” and our Nation”. They use the terms interchangeably. So what is the country? People? Traditions? Land mass? Culture? Language? What is it? Is it just an “amalgam” of all these things?
Is it tangible? If not then what is it we are singing about when we sing the “national anthem”? What about the flag? What does it represent?
You have probably never thought about it beyond just the most standard government/think ideas that were put in your head during government schooling, you know, freedom and the people and our “history” etc.? Just utter nonthink. Brainwashing really. Repetition without thought.
Why does it matter? Well for one, because the concept is used constantly to take your freedom that’s why. You have to “sacrifice” for it in the form of taxes. You have to “compromise for it” when the “nation is divided” on an issue. Like abortion, or Obamacare. And we are asked to fight and die for it.
The QUO gets everyone thinking and talking in terms of “we”, meaning the people of “the country”. And under we and “the people” of the “country” all sorts of things are discussed. When “we” go to war, then “we” all “have to support the country”, etc. get it?
Our “leaders” are always telling us that the people have made it clear, they want X or Y. Or the People have made it clear, they don’t want X or Y. Everything is about “us” and what “we” as a “country” need or should or want or don’t want to do.
Beyond the absurd fact that there is NEVER agreement on anything, But I am not talking about that. That is a whole other topic related to authority for the government to act all. I am now just talking about what the country even IS. Can we even AGREE on that?!
If we can’t even agree on what the country even is then what in the world is the basis for ANY of the discussions about what the country should do or the direction it should go or what sacrifice we should make, or under what principle someone can be made to go along with anything that is “for the country”?
It could be that what the “country really is” is not what you think, and then maybe “doing things for the country”, or sacrificing for the country is not something you or I want to do after all. I mean. How much are you willing to “sacrifice” for a serial killer? Probably not much. How about your kids? Probably a lot.
So it makes a big difference what it is you are being asked to sacrifice for or to act on behalf of. So we need to know what a country, or at least what OUR “Country” even is, just to start THINKING about what that “country should do”.
Yet, you’ve never even thought about it. You have just accepted what YOU WERE TOLD as a child, and what the QUO feeds us all in movie and TV and books and through government mouthpieces. That is the way the system is set up. Make sure your foundational beliefs are muddled or wrong. Then the QUO builds on top of that, and they don’t have to worry about people asking the really tough questions. They just get people arguing about non-issues.
When pressed about “what the country is” people usually finally come around to mumbling something about one or more of the following.
The People. But is it the people now alive, or to be born or the ones who lived in the past? And as they die or move or come in what is the effect on “the country”? How could this “country” ever “go in the wrong direction”? It is always just changing by definition.
The History. What history? Who picks it? Sum total? Again, how could it ever “be lost”? There is nothing to lose, it exists as it exists. Period. But it is always being recreated. This simply makes no sense as a definable thing to “support”.
The language. Who has to speak it? What percentage?
Finally many people settle on the idea of “generalized concept” of Freedom. Well I hate to tell you, but that is not a country it is just an idea. Happiness exists, but it isn’t a country. Plus who’s definition of freedom? I disagree that I’m free. Do we still have a country? Can you choose not to be part of the freedom? Not to pay the tax? No. So what freedom is there?
So the concept of a “country” is a lot trickier than we were led to believe in “civics” class where we learned to be good worker bees for the QUO.
But let me ask you, if the US government lost a war and the “evil” Chinese “took over” our country, would our “country” still exist? NO, it would not. It would, by definition, be gone. Got it?
But what would have actually changed? Almost nothing. All that would really change is that a different set of gangsters, called politicians, would have the “right” to collect the taxes and tell us what to do. That is it. Instead of sending your money to Washington, it would be sent to “new Washington”.
Our “country” is nothing but a construct that represents the political control of you and me. Nothing more. It is nothing but the power structure that controls a defined set of people and resources. That set can increase or decrease. Of course within the area that this power structure controls there are people and there is land and there are customs. But they are NOT the country.
People naturally want to live in groups. And that makes sense. Those tight knit groups are worth fighting to defend. They represent YOU and YOUR customs. And those are things people naturally defend.
The grand trick the QUO has pulled on people is getting them to identify with an entity that they get nothing back from, all the good things people think when they think about the “country” exist without the government. That is what is so funny to me. The “country”, in reality, isn’t anything but a source of control over the people. And yet the QUO has conned the people into CELEBRATING this control.
I hope you understand a bit more about this and see now that the concept of a “country” is not such a simple thing. And that the concept you have in your head, serves the QUO, not you. There is a lot to this topic.
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