ne of the recurring phrases mentioned in the circles
we travel in is a humorous pseudo-excuse why something didn't get
accomplished. It goes something like this: Someone will ask someone else
about a task that was supposed to be done, a product that was supposed to
be ordered, or something similar. The associate will then respond "I was
working on it, but then I saw something shiny."
This contemporary equivalent of "the dog ate my
homework" is related to the obviously short attention span that has swept
over our sound-bite driven society. Like the proverbial puppy that goes
outside to do his deed, he usually stops to sniff an unexpected something
on the way. This frequently turns into a lengthy excursion that was
completely unplanned when he decided to go outside.
Unfortunately, people function with essentially the
same sort of pathetic lack of focus; and worse yet, the hidden powers in
our social structure have learned to utilize this shortcoming in a
masterful fashion. For example, in listening to this morning's news,
half of the entire news cycle had to do with an inter-racial couple that
recently staged a jailbreak.
This story has all the ingredients vital to a news
program that functions as the high tech media equivalent of "something
shiny" -- sex, criminality, murder, and even racial undertones -- a story
that news directors dream about. But in a nation of 260 million people,
the misbehaviour of 2 small time miscreants has crowded out the stories
that should be told.
Not a word today about the million dollars stolen from
the UN by the Russian procurement official who will likely
implicate political figures from a dozen countries in the huge Oil For
Food scam. No word yet concerning which cities the Al Quaida
terrorists have targetted with their suitcase nuclear bombs. No information is
available on why over 40 microbiologists have mysteriously perished around
the world. No-one was around to cover the 300,000 Israelis protesting the
Gaza evacuation in Israel that threatens to boil over into civil war --
and perhaps a larger conflict.
The news anchorman might as well say "I was going to
cover the Pentagon's leaked plans to attack Iran with tactical nuclear
weapons, but then I saw something shiny."
The fact is, the world's conspirators depend on
Michael Jackson, or OJ Simpson, or the attractive but disturbed
teachers caught having sex with their students in order to keep us
occupied. Like the hypnotist waving his watch in front of 200 million
television sets, they don't want us asking why we're bombing
weddings on the other end of the world, or spending a billion here, or ten
billion there on goods we could make in America that would create jobs for
all the silly people that are unemployed sitting there watching the
hypnotist on their television sets.
Apparently, we don't want to know the truth about the
immigration crisis, the dollar's potential collapse, or Red Chinese
control of the seaports on our Southern flank. We mustn't ask why
Alzheimers and Parkinsons cases are soaring because it's really
Mad Cow in humans intentionally misdiagnosed to protect the billion
dollar beef industry. Besides, no-one was available to tell us the truth
that the world is about fall into the most horrifying catastrophe in all
of recorded history in an unprecedented Apocalyptic convulsion. Even if
there was someone willing to tell us what's really happening, the decision
makers wouldn't dare allow it, because they themselves are too busy
looking at something shiny.
August 12 2005 -- James Lloyd
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