Going Forward, It’s the Only Way!
Mr. Tillerson is the recent Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Exxon, the world's 6th largest company by revenue, and is now the United States of America’s Secretary of State. At a recent talk to employees at the State Department Tillerson said, "I think it is really important that all of us understand the difference between policy and values. Our values around freedom, human dignity, the way people are treated—those are our values. Those are not our policies…. In some circumstances, if you condition our national security efforts on someone adopting our values, we probably can't achieve our national security goals…. If we condition too heavily that others just adopt this value we have come to over a long history of our own, it really creates obstacles to our ability to advance on our national security interests our economic interests."
Sophistry, “reasoning that seems plausible on a superficial level but is actually unsound, or reasoning that is used to deceive” Merriam-Webster has always been a tool of the forces of Retrogression. It was, for example, very instrumental, starting with the, murder by law, death of Socrates, in ending the Golden Age of Greece, and has been a major staple in many, many of the individuals who have over the centuries risen to positions of power in our struggle to evolve.
Sophistry, after failing miserably in the world wars which were generated by the version of sophistry called fascism, became somewhat subdued. Since then sophistry has had a resurrection with the advent of Ronald Reagan--a stark contrast to the strident and fanatic version presented by the Nazi Superman, Hitler--and has been growing ever since, within countless Senators and Congress persons, and all manner of Government Personas. It has been sprouting “think tanks” such as the American Enterprise Institute, academic fortresses such as the Chicago school of economics, the Hoover Institution, Bankers such as Jamie Dimon, and now apparently, Oil barons such as Mr. Tillerson.
Tillerson’s background of obviously great finesse in becoming the CEO of the world’s 6th largest Company in one of the most cutthroat areas of competitive business explains the illogical and unprincipled disconnect in the above statement that he sees as perfect sense. How he separates “values” from “policy” is a basic aspect to the “art of the deal” world where values are measured in how successful they are in the accumulation of wealth and power.
The issue is, of course, that his version of what constitutes our national security and economic interests is light years away from the basic premises of the Constitution upon which the Nation was founded and is trying to stay based. His position requires that for appearances sake [Creating a pleasing appearance of a thing regardless of its actuality is a highly-honed skill which lies at the heart of the art of the deal] he pays lip service to the values which underpin our Democracy and our image in the World. However, the “values” he lists really have no place, and in fact, are seen as simply stupid hindrances (Why Trump wants to "shut down" the Government) to the policies he would employ in gaining his vision of what constitutes our “national security interests” which, by the way, he con-fuses with “our economic interests."
This is only to be expected from an individual who is skilled enough in the ways of the jungle of corporate competition to become the CEO of the sixth largest Corporation in the World. The bottom lines of Capitalistic Competition do not even recognize the existence of weak human values, “freedom, human dignity, the way people are treated”. Their chief and only concerns are, “Can we control this market? How much profit am I making? Let the buyer beware”.
For example, without the tiniest concern for the Common Good, let alone “freedom, human dignity, the way people are treated” Big Tobacco made billions of dollars in profits while making hundreds of millions, if not billions, of patients with lung disease and various cancers for their co-conspirators, the other drug industry, Big Pharma, and the Insurance Industry. Big Tobacco was not even remotely concerned with their victim’s lives, let alone freedom. In fact, they consciously engaged in a years long conspiracy of criminal lies and fake science to thwart any kind of ameliorating efforts by the People’s government. And now they are making candy with nicotine in it to get more of the unwary buyers hooked.
It would be easy to present similar acts of criminal conspiracy in many sectors of Big Business to continue a profit-making system that is causing millions of individuals to lose their freedom in the form of decent living conditions and bodily harm from ceasing or changing systems that would even slightly interfere with their bottom line profit. Think of the recent collapse of the crooked mortgage markets, the refusal of auto manufacturers to eliminate smog causing exhaust systems, of water companies with lead pipes, of coal companies which poison the drinking water of millions, of the continuing sugar poisoning through the selling of “soft drinks” which generate diabetes, and other chronic illness in the hundreds of millions of children. It would be a very long list.
This is what we get when the Supermen are left to run the show. This is Ayn Rand kind of stuff. I bet she sat up in her coffin and clapped when Tillerson was made the Secretary of State. As her hero in Atlas Shrugged, states “The political system we will build is contained in a single moral premise: no man may obtain any values from others by resorting to physical force [this means that no one can be forced to pay taxes for the support of the weak fools] no rights can exist without the right to translate one's rights into reality—to think, to work and to keep the results—which means: the right of property". John Gualt, Atlas Shrugged.
So, it seems that while everyone was decrying the Ayn Rand inclinations of Paul Ryan, Donald Trump shrugged his way into the President’s office and has brought a lot of his most ardent followers with him.
We must not be stupid now. The agenda of these folks is to re-establish the control of human life by the Supermen, the Chosen Few who are heartless and care not a fig the “self evident truths that all men are created equal and are endowed….” These individuals are the dinosaurs of the modern time. Their day is rapidly coming to what will be a somewhat rapid and not that spectacular end.
What is important today is for everyone who thinks to pay attention, focus on the actions that serve the Common Good. We have enormous power when we focus it through the heart and consciously direct it toward specific areas of need, the environment, the health and financial systems, politics, who gets elected and so on. Just thinking positively about these areas empowers them, so does supporting them with money and other kinds of participation.
Evolution wont come from wishful dreaming. We are the cavalry that has to make the charge into the valley of death to secure our future from the treacherous grasp retrogresors. It is a matter of individuals exercising their free will to chose the way that leads into the light of inclusive Liberty and Freedom for all. It is something that we can and must do.
Major is the inner joy and certainty that we carry in our hearts and minds. We, and our free choice to solve them are the solution to our problems. Every conscious effort we make to lift, to free, to make beautiful attracts the power of Cosmic energies. Evolution will happen. It is unavoidable. How? When? We are the answers to those questions.