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Nobody

October 2, 2011
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I’m a nobody.  Well, that’s what I’m told at least.  By who you may ask?  Why the world around us!  Sure we are individuals, but are we not also just little cogs in the giant machine of society?  All parts moving in harmony together to a happy ending, right?  It is the responsibility of us all to work together, so the least among us can keep moving.  Nobody should be above another, nobody should be better than another, we should all be equal.

At least that is what we are told.  By whom?  Our leaders!!  For the good of society, for the good of the machine, we each labor in our small way so that society, the machine, continues to operate.  A portion of our labor is to support the good of society, for without society we can’t have the things that are around us.  No police, no fire protection, no schools.  For this we are to give a portion of our pay, a result of our labor, to society.

Yet there is a cancer in that society.  A large portion of the cogs in the machine have seized up and are no longer spinning.  No longer contributing to the society.  No longer putting in their portion of pay, their labor, into society.  What has happened?  Our leaders!!

Society is an imperfect machine.  Trade for value makes that machine move.  It is the lubrication, the oil, that ensures that the machine does not seize up.  That trade for value may take its form in many ways.  Historically it was through barter.  As society developed barter became burdensome.  You can’t always carry chickens around if you want to get some beans from the farmer.  Another form of exchange representing value was developed.  Money.  Money has become that lubrication because of what it represents.  Value that has been added to something, be it a product or service.

Now we are getting to the heart of the matter.  Some of the cogs aren’t putting in any lubrication, they are taking it.  All they are doing is absorbing the oil that allows the machine to move freely.  The machine, society, is beginning to slow down.  It is beginning to grind quietly, but it is ever growing louder in the distance.  Society can only continue for so long with less and less lubrication being put into the system.  It will eventually seize.

So, I can’t forever be a nobody.  I can’t forever just be a cog in the machine.  I need to be more.  More for myself.  More for my family.  More for society.  Yet I can’t be alone.  I can’t be the only one who realizes this.  I need to bring others with me, bring them out of the machine and help them understand that the machine is worthless without people who produce the lubrication.  Yet the ones that have to be taught, are the ones who are absorbing the lubrication.  They are benefitting from the effort and labor of others.  They are merely taking that which others produce.  Society cannot sustain itself this way, it must change.  Otherwise I fear what might happen.

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