Our Savage Nation
There is something we need to face in America.
One honest look in the mirror is all that it should take.
We are a nation with over half of a millennium of human suffering under our belt. But somehow, even with all that baggage, we still have not had the courage to confront our own identity. We’ve been too busy obsessing over the promise of wealth and material prosperity. The same red herring that has led to the demise of virtually every human being and human collective that has ever pursued it. With all the information that we have compiled about the civilizations that have come before us, one would think that we would know better by now, but we still haven’t gotten the message. If anything, the distractions are more plentiful than ever. Our society has literally become a clusterfuck of an innumerable number of superfluous outlets and endeavors that allow us to easily overlook such a blatant, yet unspoken truth.
Put down the beer, America. Step in front of the vanity. Look into your own eyes.
We are savages.
We have built a savage culture.
We have empowered a savage nation.
And it is only a matter of time before we will all pay for our transgressions.
According to Dictionary.com, the term savage is defined as follows:
1. fierce, ferocious, or cruel; untamed:
2. uncivilized; barbarous:
3. enraged or furiously angry, as a person.
4. unpolished; rude:
5. wild or rugged, as country or scenery:
7. an uncivilized human being.
8. a fierce, brutal, or cruel person.
9. a rude, boorish person.
The Koch Brothers: Our modern corporate savages
Our savage culture has simultaneously been the bloodline and the morbid bloodthirstiness of this nation. We are the modern evolution of the moral vampire. It began when the first European settlers landed in the New World. There’s no need to go into explicit details of what has transpired since. By now we are all quite aware that there are an innumerable number of atrocities that America has accumulated. This is the primary benefit of living in the Information Age. It is almost impossible for any of us to blame our own ignorance.
Our history is not what plagues us. It is the sum of our history that we are struggling to overcome. Savagery has become our primary commodity. It is our chief export. It is our greatest shame. It is the plague that is threatening to eradicate the human race.
American culture is quite peculiar and quite barbaric. We have never admitted to being savages, yet we have consistently claimed to be surrounded by them. According to American culture, the savages are the people we “Americans” choose to point our fingers at. According to American culture, the savages are the people who stand between us and our rightful destiny.
It is the “Indians.”
It is the “niggers.”
It is the “wetbacks.”
It is the “immigrants.”
It is the “terrorists.”
It’s the people we have massacred… enslaved… tortured… shamed… and abused.
But they are not the savages.
It is us.
It has always been us.
We are subversive to nature.
We are subversive to humanity.
We are subversive to God.
Our savage politicians
Don’t be too offended. “Us” is a relative term. “Us” means those who wield aggression and violence without remorse. “Us” means those who actively, or passively, settle on savage tactics to keep our savage culture afloat. “Us” means those who have been willing to destroy the humanity of others for their own advantage. Many of us have mastered the artlessness of American savagery. Some of us have only learned a few tricks of the trade. Most of us are merely complicit in the passivity that has allowed its continued proliferation to all corners of the globe.
Savagery is our national pastime and the core of our national agenda. It has never been baseball. Football is nothing more than a trifling pleasure. The right to bear arms is in the ballpark, but none of these recreational diversions will ever match the savageness of those who have been credited with “building” our country. In reality, they have not even built a country. The land was already here. The people were already here. They simply erected a culture and an infrastructure of savagery. And they have done it on the backs of those they accused of much, much worse. And no, it means nothing that those accusations were, in almost all instances, wholly or completely fabricated.
Our savage forefathers
The rhetoric of our founders is intentionally misleading. We say “[l]iberty and justice for all.” We hear “land of the free and the home of the brave.” We read “all men are created equal.” But when it comes to our actions and our tangible assets… all we have is savagery. Savages are quite prolific at employing the most Machiavellian logic and tactics imaginable. Even as they espouse lofty ideals of democracy and equality to their unsuspecting counterparts. If we ever want to take a comprehensive look at American history, policy, and culture, only one conclusion can be made:
The savage must obtain what he desires… at all costs… and by any means necessary.
Our ultimate savagery
American savagery is unparalleled in its ruthlessness. Savagery may have existed long before our country was founded, but we gave it growth hormones, and now our pride and joy has grown into a wonderful little apocalyptic juggernaut.
The roots of our savagery are quite elusive. It cannot be traced to a single thought, a single act, or a single omission, but it was born, and has thrived, because of humanity’s greatest threat:
Fear is as natural as wind, water, fire, or earth. Fear was meant to be a part of our lives. Fear remains with us because it is a foundation for change. Fear pushes us all to places we never dreamed possible. In its best of times, it allows us to transcend towards enlightenment. In its worst of times, it causes us to descend into depravity.
America became a savage nation because of men who peddled fear. America perpetuates its savageness because our culture promotes fear. We are savages because we have allowed fear to dictate our lives.
And as long as we continue to succumb to fear… we will never escape our savagery.
Thankfully, as toxic as our savagery might be, our future is still untold and our story is not complete. We still have the ability to overcome fear. We must only remind ourselves that as long as we are still breathing, we have the most powerful weapon imaginable at our disposal.
We have our own free will.
We have the power of choice.
Fear will never leave our consciousness. Fear will never leave our world. Fear will never leave our lives.
Fear will always exist.
But even with that fear at our nape… we can conquer our savage history… we can tame our savage culture… we can save our savage nation.
All we have to do is learn to live above it.
Courage in the face of our American savagery
For many of our ancestors, our savage culture was not a choice. It was a mandate. We no longer live in those times. We can no longer afford to accept fear as our primary motivation. Not unless we prefer to die within its grasp.
Look back into that mirror, America.
Live above fear.
Love above fear.
Rise above fear.
We cannot wait any longer.
The savagery cannot continue.
We are our only hope.