• The problem

    by Donald K. Sanders

    I’d like to discuss problems. Everybody has them. We have small problems, bigger problems, and then we have huge problems that affect all of us, as a group. When I use the word group, I mean us as a species, all of humanity. Isn’t it difficult to imagine a problem that’s large enough to touch every human being on this Earth? I’ll explain.

    I’ll start with what we, as individuals know to be true. Something that we are all certainly aware of: our small problems. This is the crap that we deal with on a daily basis. The things we do because we have to live our lives, so we do them, hoping that we can better our positions in life. We work at handling these small problems in the hope that they will go away someday and at that point, we won’t have any problems.

    Well, that’s not going to happen. Small problems will never go away. Small problems have their own life. By life, I mean, we can see them, we can feel them, and they can reproduce themselves. Small problems are the spawn of larger problems. Problems have power. They control what we do and say when we interact with each other.

    OK, I’m going to toss two separate ideas out there for you to consider. Think about them and see if you can find a relationship between the two. I give you, “individual military suicide” and “corporation.” Can you see how one will affect the other? I think we all can see that the individual soldier is a small link in the chain and corporations are the larger link.

    On a chain, the larger links pull the smaller around. Oftimes the chain moves in a whipping motion that snaps the smaller link completely off the chain. This is the point when the smallest link realizes where it came from; where it originated. This is also the point when the small link realizes it is controlled by the larger, stronger links.

    We know that the smaller links are the individual soldiers, but who are the larger links? Corporations, of course. There are those who will argue that we are the corporations because we collectively own them. Well actually, what we own are the stocks and bonds that the corporations sell us while telling us that the stockholders control the corporation. This simply is not true. Stocks and bonds are worthless, they will eventually fail, and we are left broken with a lot of small problems. This has been proven true over and over.

    I think you’ll agree that corporations control governments through its purse strings. We call those that control corporations, “the 1%.” These, ultra rich and powerful people are the largest problem that controls us all. They control what we do, what we say, what we buy, and what we sell. Our corporations interact with corporations around the world, thus they become “global.”

    Corporations live by survival of the fittest. Like fish, the larger ones swallow the smaller and take everything they have, by force if necessary. Deceit and secrecy are the tools they use and we all know the web that we weave when we practice to deceive. Governments and laws change and mutate to serve the corporations in a continuous attempts to control the masses of people like you and I.

    The corporation give us worthless pieces of paper we call money. They claim to have piles of gold stored somewhere that each piece of money represents. We may ask, where is that gold? “Why, in the reserves,” they might say. Everybody knows that gold is too heavy to carry around as cash, right? The government will store the gold for us and give us bonds to spend instead. These bonds are negotiable at any corporate market, around the world.

    How do we know how much gold is in the reserves? Who controls the gold. Corporations control the gold through their banking industry. We all know how that’s going. The banking industry is under investigation on a worldwide scale. Recently, the government of Germany demanded to know where its gold reserves were and followed the trail to the financial institutes of London, the financial seat of the world.

    To make a small point, the financiers of London had to sell half of Great Briton’s gold reserve to satisfy Germany’s demand for its reserve. There simply is not enough gold on Earth to cover the gold certificates issued around the world. The cat is out of the bag and corporate who-de-whos are scrambling to keep things under wraps by making us concentrate on our small problems.

    One of our biggest problems that we all seem to just roll with and ignore is the fact that we give up without a fight that which is most important to us. More important than anything we have: our children. If corporations control governments through finance, and smaller corporations get swallowed by larger corporations with more military might, then we supply the individual soldiers, our children.

    Ok we have discussed the idea of “corporations’ now we move on to “military individual suicides” The military is the enforcement arm of the corporations. This in itself is a problem. What is happening now, more and more often, is that the individual soldier is finding out that the people they’re killing are the enemy of the corporations. They see that the person they just laid to waste is not their enemy. They see that that dead person was never really a threat to their homeland and loved ones.

    This realization is more than many can handle when it’s all over. Suicide rates among returning soldiers have gone through the roof, and we seem unable to save our children and we’re at a loss as to why they take their own lives. Why are things so horrible that they feel death is better than life. Are the soldiers mentally defective?

    This I can answer for you and it’s the point of this whole column. When I was young, I, and my fellow soldiers, killed for the corporations. When a person has time to reflect on the reasons he has done what he has done, taking the life of another comes to center stage. It stands in your way to progress and happiness and you can’t seem to get around it.

    At this point, there are two things a soldier can do. You can stick the barrel of a gun in your mouth and push the trigger with your big tow or you can do what I do. I have tried the suicide thingy but I lack the guts to complete the job, thus several visits to the suicide ward at David Grant. I find that I can live my life by keeping to myself and doing what I can to help those around me by doing things no one else wants to do, like picking up garbage and taking care of public property.

    When I find myself isolating, as I often do, it’s because I don’t want to cry in front of someone else. I don’t want to put them on that embarrassing spot. Like I said in the beginning, we all have problems, small and large. Ex-soldiers like me can’t handle the small problems of every day life because we’re stuck in a hallway and can’t get past the larger problems.

    So, if you see me living my life, it’s ok, I’m just trying to solve my problems, and it helps me if you don’t ask too many questions. You’re being there is enough for me to carry on.


      • Maya North

      • December 9, 2012 at 7:36 pm
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      I have a hug for you and a welcome home. No questions, though, as you prefer…



    • Love you Donald and I hope I didn’t ask too many questions when we spent some time together. I feel honored to know you and really enjoy your writing. You are a good man.



    • Thank you, again, Donald for taking us into your inner life.



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