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An Enquiry Into The Real Costs of an Apathetic Nation

An Enquiry Into The Real Costs of an Apathetic Nation

Yasmine Black

Copyright © 2016 Yasmine Black

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p<>{color:#000;}. An Author Defined

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p<>{color:#000;}. A Cynical Perspective of Society’s Identity Dilemma

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p<>{color:#000;}. An Even More Cynical Perspective: “Branding” to Hand-Ball Responsibility Else Where

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p<>{color:#000;}. The Importance of this Topic

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p<>{color:#000;}. The Illegal Citizen Defined

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p<>{color:#000;}. A Case Study: Citizen X

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p<>{color:#000;}. The Prison System

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p<>{color:#000;}. Monetary Values and Social Values: Perceptions and Self-Deceptions

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p<>{color:#000;}. A Cynical Perspective of Current Policy

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p<>{color:#000;}. Real Solutions to Social Problems

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p<>{color:#000;}. The Rise of the Tiny Home Village Movement and its Potential

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p<>{color:#000;}. Concluding Remarks

 

1. An Author Defined

I would like to firstly introduce myself. I am no scholar. I am certainly no genius. I am not from an affluent family of “exceptional breeding” nor do I have any powerful political ties. In essence, I have not that persuasive power that would incline the “right” ears to the sound of my voice whenever I should be so charitable as to share my words of wisdom with that “right” sort of people. You know the type, the ones who fancy themselves unicorns who fart rainbows and shit gold bullion. I am proud to admit that I am NOT of that breed. I am of the working class. I earn money then I pay taxes and bills. Music, art and literature help to keep me sane when life gets hard. My family and friends are important to me. That’s an understatement… They are everything to me. But I have no illusions about the world: In the grand scheme of things we are all, that is my entire family and I, just tiny ants toiling away alongside millions of other tiny little ants within an infinitely large colony. Each of us, unique little ants, burns bright and real and wondrous but for a short time then fades out and then we are simply gone. In the grand scope of humanity’s great history stretching back for thousands of years, if our entire lives were represented by a single burning flame then it would be but the tiniest flame that flickered only for a fraction of a second before it were extinguished… Then another bright flicker would take our place and before long it would be as though we had never shone there at all. In the grand scheme of things, we are tiny, unimportant and forgettable. I have no illusions about this. My life and fate will likely follow the same play script as that of millions of others who came before me: I will live and perhaps I will leave some vague impression on humanity’s wall of fame (but this is highly unlikely mind you) and then I will be gone and only my friends and family will remember that I ever lived at all. I’m okay with this but dammit, I will burn as brightly as I can whilst I live and breathe!

2. A Cynical Perspective of Society’s Identity Dilemma

Within our families, we often at some stage in our lives wrestle with this idea of identity. That is, we question who we are, where we came from, what contributed to our beliefs and other unique aspects of ourselves and many other things. We in essence, seek to define ourselves in terms of our souls: That which makes us who we are and by extension, our reason and purpose for living. Within the global “Ant Colony” however, the view is far less romantic. Our identity and where we fit in society, as defined by law depends on the serial numbers we have been issued. We have Medicare numbers, employee numbers, passport numbers, license numbers and reference numbers for all those important moments in our life from our birth date to our marriage date and eventually even our passing. These official numbers, by law, define us entirely far more than our given names. Our given name can be easily changed but these numbers cannot be. Without these numbers we become a citizen of nowhere. We effectively lose our identity, our legal status, even our country of origin and consequently, our human rights. In short, without the protection of our identification cards imprinted with our unique numbers, we are entirely at the mercy of the state and we are all in exactly the same position: Our identification cards are all that stands between us and refugee status which is no status at all. You may have at some stage experienced the loss of a wallet with all your identification cards. If so, I am sure that you keenly recall the living hell that followed directly after that event as you suddenly became aware of how many simple day to day tasks do actually require identification. These include driving your car, seeing the doctor, getting into your office building and much more. A temporary non-citizen status presents more than just a slight inconvenience to everyday life. Identity theft as you can imagine can turn your world upside down entirely. But of course there is yet another way to effectively become a non-citizen and that is by being issued with yet another identification number, a convict serial number. Similar to the impact of identity theft, this number alters your world entirely and permanently. It narrows employment opportunities, housing options, self-improvement opportunities and personal financing options significantly. It restricts physical movement within and across countries and all but brands you with a terminal (and potentially contagious) form of leprosy. Welcome to the world of the illegal-citizen, not to be confused with a legal citizen. Ultimately, we are all just one more government issued number away from losing many rights and privileges, not to mention freedoms and privacy that we all, as good citizens take for granted. Of course, most of us never give this dilemma a second thought. After all, we are law abiding citizens who do not do anything wrong. Don’t be so sure. You too can join the category of unsavoury people for launching a non-government authorised protest about a serious issue affecting your local community. In short, the definitive line between legal and illegal activities can be very vague but the repercussions of being labelled an illegal citizen anything but vague and truly devastating. It is my opinion that as a society we should be devoting more resources to preventing the creation of more illegal citizens, rather than searching for bigger sticks to beat them with!

3. An Even More Cynical Perspective: “Branding” to Hand-Ball Responsibility Else Where

As a nation, we justify the treatment of persons issued with criminal identification numbers by saying that these individuals clearly made the wrong choices in life and need only look in the mirror to find who is to blame for their current unfortunate predicament. I would like to challenge this theory. Whilst we are all born more or less equal, from the time we take our first breath outside the womb, we are anything but equal. Our opportunities in life (or lack thereof) vary greatly due to many things beyond our control, namely, assets, resources and cultural identity. These variables combined, determine the options we will be presented with and thus, what our true potential in life will be limited to. Our potential for success depends on what assets and resources we are bestowed with and these do differ significantly from person to person. These things include but are far from limited to: The educational level of our family, financial status, size of our family, the sub-culture we are born into, not to mention the genetic flaws and strengths of our specific genealogical lineage. Given that the levels of assets and resources bestowed on each unique citizen varies markedly from one citizen to the next, it follows logically that there exists also vast differences in the scope and magnitude of genuine opportunities available to each citizen. How then can we rely on that blanket statement that every adult is entirely responsible for his or her own actions? Is it not possible that as a society we are all partly to blame when we do not do our utmost to ensure that ALL citizens have fair and reasonable opportunities to succeed in life? This article is designed to be a light-hearted discussion, focusing specifically on human-service shortages within our community and the link between this unhappy situation and current crime statistics. My personal viewpoint is that it is our apathetic attitude as a society that has led to rising crime rates in recent times and that these statistics are the real and quantifiable costs associated with social apathy. Furthermore, I believe these costs need to be properly accounted for and resources reallocated towards services that will promote crime prevention rather than systematic retribution, after the fact.

4. The Importance of this Topic

You’re probably asking yourself why I am even bothering. Clearly this is a timeless problem that has not been solved in hundreds if not thousands of years and likely has no true solution. Given that it is one of those “unsolvable” problems, why then am I wasting my time? The answer is simple: I am bothering because it matters and because the costs are REAL. Every society at every age has been characterised by some form of two class system: A ruling upper class that influences written law and social etiquette standards and an effective slave class that invariably perverts both. Thus, shifts in the relative proportional size of these two classes, specifically a growing percentage of slave class citizens is both positively and directly related to growth in criminal activity. What is less acknowledged openly, is that beyond some point of “critical mass,” the fleeting notion of internal rebellion becomes manifest. Somehow though, despite this phenomena being a clear and obvious trend (and therefore almost a guaranteed statistical probability) supported by thousands of years of historical data, we are perpetually shocked and dumbfounded when confronted with the unhappy situation of street riots and revolutionary back lash… But is it really so shocking and surprising that the underclass may feel a desire to revolt when they are many in number and their condition of subsistence is such that they actually have nothing left to lose? Every man in his natural state seeks to be equal to his fellow man. What is unnatural is the extent to which we as a society are permanently blind and deaf and ultimately indifferent to the suffering of other human beings. Do not ask for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee. Every person’s suffering negatively impacts upon the whole and beyond some point it becomes a self-sustaining and vicious disease, not dissimilar to a cancerous growth upon the body of society. This is why it matters. This is why it will always matter. The costs are REAL. Communist China, Socialist Russia and many other class uprisings began as mere public displays of discontent among the disenchanted middle and lower class citizens of society. Then like a firestorm, these citizen movements took on a life of their own and dramatically and in many instances violently changed the social, political and economic landscapes of those nations for generations. This is the ultimate cost of nation-wide apathy. Ensuring such an outcome will never eventuate in our great nation is my inspiration for this enquiry.

5. The Illegal Citizen Defined

So what is the main difference between an illegal citizen and a legal citizen? As babies we are all born equal so what then is the difference? The answer is simple really: The family and socio-economic culture we are born into. In short, persons born into low income communities characterised by high unemployment and limited self-improvement opportunities due to financial barriers, are far more likely to seek a career in organised crime and eventually become an illegal citizen. Okay, before you start listing all the services we currently provide to such underprivileged communities I would like to add that I am aware of the services currently being provided. I am by no means suggesting that there are absolutely no services available to persons in the situation I have just described, I am simply saying that I do not believe there are enough services. May I be so bold as to also add that if there were enough services and of the right sort then surely we would be experiencing record low crime rates rather than those crime statistics we are actually facing… And given that we are currently in a deepening economic recession characterised by rising unemployment, it hardly takes a rocket scientist to predict that crime will also soon be heading in that same direction but at a faster pace. So please, indulge me for a moment. All I ask is that you have a read and a think. This is after all, just my opinion and ultimately my goal is not to brainwash you to my way of thinking… I simply wish to make you stop and think… I am really just trying to ignite that flame of passion and brilliance in you so that you might spare a moment to really consider this issue that affects us all and perhaps even offer your own unique thoughts so that together we can find a workable solution.

6. A Case Study: Citizen X

So let’s consider a case study of an imaginary citizen whom I shall refer to as citizen X. Citizen X was born into an abusive household loosely referred to as his “family”. He learnt the applied method of self-defence as a means of staying alive. In school he had all the classic symptoms of an abused child but when asked subtle leading questions by concerned teachers, he refused to say a word. He simply recited everything his parents had programmed him to say word for word. His family’s word was law and he never thought to question his situation and couldn’t pick up on the subtle signs of concern from his teachers. This is because he had classic high functioning autism which means he took everything literally (such as death threats made by family members) and could not understand body language or subtle cues by caring adults. However, because processes for diagnosing a child with high functioning autism must be instigated by the family, he was never diagnosed. His “family” did not care to have him diagnosed by a psychologist despite clear signs that he was not developing “normally” because this would have involved spending money on the child. Furthermore, those family members who did care were unable to help Citizen X because they were considered social lepers with poor communication and diplomacy skills and consequently were unsuccessful in recruiting allies in their plight for getting real help for the child. You guessed it, the concerned adults in the family similarly had high functioning autism and were overwhelmed by the amount of paper work, ridiculously long waiting lists for public service specialists and consequently simply gave up trying to get Citizen X correctly diagnosed. They rationalised their decision by telling themselves he simply had more extreme traits of common traits that had been in the family for generations and they all survived just fine without a diagnosis so therefore there was no reason to believe that he wouldn’t just grow out of it. Besides, he was the smart one in the family so he was certain to be just fine.

First few points of Contention: On the topic of child welfare: Why are teachers not more proactive in the investigation of the welfare of at risk students?

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An Enquiry Into The Real Costs of an Apathetic Nation

Every society at every age has been characterised by some form of two class system: A ruling upper class that influences written law and social etiquette standards and an effective slave class that invariably perverts both. Thus, shifts in the relative proportional size of these two classes, specifically a growing percentage of slave class citizens is both positively and directly related to growth in criminal activity. What is less acknowledged openly, is that beyond some point of “critical mass,” the fleeting notion of internal rebellion becomes manifest. Somehow though, despite this phenomena being a clear and obvious trend (and therefore almost a guaranteed statistical probability) supported by thousands of years of historical data, we are perpetually shocked and dumbfounded when confronted with the unhappy situation of street riots and revolutionary back lash… But is it really so shocking and surprising that the underclass may feel a desire to revolt when they are many in number and their condition of subsistence is such that they actually have nothing left to lose? This book is a light hearted discussion of what contributes to inequality as well as why and how this gap between the ruling and underclass can be narrowed.

  • Author: Yasmine Black
  • Published: 2016-07-16 19:50:07
  • Words: 12599
An Enquiry Into The Real Costs of an Apathetic Nation An Enquiry Into The Real Costs of an Apathetic Nation