For centuries, we humans have sought peace and order in governments, only to experience wars and disorder; we have sought God in churches, only to discover confused priests,; we have sought intelligence and understanding in schools, but emerge with only indoctrination and training; we have sought rationality and morality in philosophical systems, only to find rationalization and moralizing; we have sought well-being and the joy of work within business firms, only to be rewarded with money for participation in monotonous routines. We were assured that institutions would provide the order and rationality that would permit us to experience the essence of being human. But we where we thought we would find planned order, we have discovered only calculated chaos; where we expected sanity, we found a nearly universal commitment to sanctioned schizophrenia; where we had hoped for inner peace, we experienced only the normal neurosis of so-called “civilized” living,; and where we we looked for the essence of humanity, we discovered only twisted and mutilated humanoids.
==Calculated Chaos, (Butler Shaffer)
There is a tendency to judge a race, a nation or any distinct group by its least worthy members. Though manifestly unfair, this tendency has some justification. For the character and destiny of a group are often determined by its inferior elements. The inert mass of a nation, for instance, is in its middle section. The decent, average people who do the nation’s work in cities and on the land are worked upon and shaped by minorities at both ends—the best and the worst.1 The superior individual, whether in politics, literature, science, commerce or industry, plays a large role in shaping a nation, but so do individuals at the other extreme—the failures, misfits, outcasts, criminals, and all those who have lost their footing, or never had one, in the ranks of respectable humanity. The game of history is usually played by the best and the worst over the heads of the majority in the middle.
==========The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements, (Eric Hoffer)
Wake up citizen, wake up–“Winter is Coming”