Oppression and oppressed

March 11, 2007

Every day there are new aggressions against women, against children, against elderly people. As it happens it seems the world is turning against the weakest human beings. This is nothing new, it has happened for centuries and centuries, but never was the world so technically advanced as it is now. Never were morals so much considered as they are now.

I feel a sense of oppression myself, something against which I cannot fight, something that leaves me depressed and unable to shake it off, and I presume the rest of the human beings around me find they are themselves in the same helpless position, although most of them have never been aware of what produces this depression.

I think our religious education may have something to do with it. Our moral education sees itself so many times compelled to contend with irreligiosity – in the strictest sense of the word -, with immorality. Those principles we were  reared on are of no use any longer. Double morals to explain the inexplicable are continuously used to contain any likelihood of our rebelling against the established system, a system which we have contributed to shape because we have bowed to the pressure of our oppressors.

And the worst part of it is that people do not think, do not discern over what they are forced to do. They go to wars, they accept that human beings be killed for motivations that they have never come to understand just accepting those motivations because it is simpler to do so than fight against them. And that is to me nothing less than oppression.

Men speak about rights for women, for children, for the elderly, but it is just a way to content themselves that they are doing their duty in accordance with the principles they were brought up with, but there eventually is no effectiveness after the decisions have been taken. Women’s standards of living are below men’s, the children are neglected absolutely and parents duties are not exacted but, instead, those duties are transferred to the state which is the ultimate decider via the Law or otherwise.

There is no reality in education, every new political tendency that takes the power either by election or by force creates its own educational system, again oppression.

The elderly see how their end approaches and muse over what they have done during their life, not realising that their life has not yet extinguished and that they are as valid – or perhaps more valid – to society as always although these last years they are forgotten by the establishment because they are too dear to maintain. Again oppression.

There are very rich countries whose health and social security conditions are really third-world, they exact from their citizens whatever they deem convenient, but again this kind of oppression does not take into account that these citizens have imperative needs both physically and spiritually, citizens are not compensated for going and dying in wars, and when they return the oppressing state does not think it is neessary to see to their quick recovery and rapid attention.

There is a generalised feeling of despair that we are living this life as best as we can, irrespective of how we are treated. Our sense of responsibility has also been affected by these conditions.

Responsibility seems it is no longer our duty but the duty of the oppressing state.

These are just thoughts that keep ocurring to me and I write them because it so seems I let steam off and it helps me to carry on.

Apologies.

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17 Responses to “Oppression and oppressed”

  1. Richard said

    It’s called ‘Social Darwinism’ – and it’s a very real global policy of ‘survival of the fittest’ (eg might is right)

    The ‘weak’ (eg right is right) are not weak at all – and must not give in to despair.

    ‘Might’ is seroiusly threatened by ‘Right’ – why do you think they resort to oppression ?

  2. Jose said

    Oppression, Richard, is a logical system in today’s world. They can disguise it with whatever they wish, but oppression is there. There is oppression in religion, in politics, in laws, in our coexistence, everywhere we turn our attention to we can only see oppression. There is even oppression in sports and spectacles.

    Conversely there’s no freedom. LOL.

  3. seachanges said

    Has this got someting to do also with the quite fundamental change as described for example in ‘The World is Flat’ by Thomas L. Friedman: not only do we compete across the world for jobs and wealth, in a globalised world this ‘flatness’ (immediate accessibility) surely must also have implications for the way we treat each other and the way in which this new open world provides opportunities for oppression that cuts much deeper and wider. Oppression is about the will and power of the strongest, now even more on a global scale than ever before, because of the immediate communication systems, the flat world allows us to oppress and be oppressed by everyone else in the world… quite depressing actually!

  4. Jose said

    I haven’t read “The World is Flat”. Globalisation is also in a way oppression; discrimination in the living conditions of Third-World countries. I cannot see competition in globalisation unless the workers in the abandoned country accept the same conditions of the workers in the new one. Suppose Europeans would accept the economical conditions ruling in India, there is the competition! That the big corporations decide to find places where production costs and conditions are significantly lower is another form of oppression, because ironically those products manufactured in the new places are to be consumed in the old ones.

  5. No apologies needed Jose. You are correct in your assumption that many of us are experiencing the same emotions and feelings of helplessness. And your stating it here on this post helps us all cope with it a bit better too. So thank you.
    I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the way today’s culture treats the most valuable part of Society. There was a time (before cable) when the wisdom of the elders was held up above all else. Those who’ve been around the block and lived to tell the tale surely have the most valuable historical perspective and ought to be given the proper status among community leaders and institutions of global influence, however this notion seems to be diminishing as we move into the 21st century. As our rapidly advancing techno-Bigger, Better, Faster Now!-society looses touch with the world’s indigenous peoples we loose touch with the ancient tradition of referring to our elders.
    I for one have not. That is why I like hanging out with you gray hairs so much. 😉
    I’ve skimmed ‘the world is flat’ and other books on globalization and I’m always left with the overall impression that the shrinking of the planet through information mediums and transportation tech. has the potential to support and promote egalitarianism and social good. It’s just not going that way right now is all. It is far from being managed properly.
    Peace

  6. Jose said

    Thank you, 1loneranger. As a young I always kept in touch with the elderly and of course learnt a lot from them. I remember sitting at a cafe, always near tables occupied by elderly people, who fed me with their knowledge which served me for my later stages in life.

    We are continuously oppressed, consumerism is a tool oppression has to control us, and corporations grow in strength because our governments, those governments supposedly elected by us, try their hardest to keep them safe and sound, at the expense of all of us.

    To check this we just have to have a look on the scale of taxes in every country, nobody is treated like the powerful are.

  7. earthpal said

    Some good thoughts here by all.

    I especially like what Richard said.

  8. christianzionismexposed said

    Jose, I can identify as well with the vague feelings of ‘oppression’ for lack of a better description. It seems to me that the elderly, at least in America, are somewhat (although not totally at all) responsible for the situation in that, at least in America, in my parents’ generation, something began taking place that was new: retirement communities for seniors.
    Before that, people of all ages and generations lived side by side and families interacted through 3+ generations and the young learned from the old, the old were energized by the young, etc. Then these ‘gated retirement communities’ came as a promise to the seniors that they could be free of noise and bother with kids and live a serene life with swimming pools and locking out anyone who was not of the same mindset here. Here too, lately, we saw the development of HMO’s, which seemed to give seniors a new retirement option: Career medical visits. In fact, my doctor stopped taking HMO patients as he said his office had turned into a social center for bored seniors when he wanted to treat sick people.

    Our grandparents used to mentor us; grandma cooked and told stories, grandpa was a ‘patriarch’. Now, we are separated and segmented not only emotionally but physically from one another. And, frankly, it seems the ‘state’ encourages this separation.

    Now, they want all children in California to start nursery school as mandatory, at 3-4 years old.

    I don’t find globalization to be appealing at all. It’s like the megacorps. I don’t see that much good having come from consolidation and the death of the ‘mom and pop’ shops. ‘Economies of scale’ have further institutionalized and homogenized society. There’s not the interaction and sense of community of the neighborhood corner grocery. Even the ‘megachurches’…even our religious institutions have ‘consolidated’ into faceless, personality-less ‘organizations’ where the individual becomes lost in the crowd.

    Just my two cents.

  9. christianzionismexposed said

    Woh…I didn’t realize I had written that much!! My dog had cried for attention and when I got back, just kept going with the thoughts. 🙂

  10. Jose said

    You are right, CZE. The elderly are more and more bereft of love and isolated in crowded homes for the elders. Visits from relatives are occasional and serve simply to relieve those relatives’ consciences. I bet capitalistic consumerism also has a hand in all this. Family homes are every time smaller and dearer, which entails smaller families at both ends of the age scope.

    The sense of family has been lost, which contributes to the sense of oppression we feel. We used to vent our frustrations with our parents, someting we do not dare to do with our friends, generally speaking. The lack of a common-sense education has also been a reason for the huge changes in generational levels. Every day we individualise ourselves, we no longer take ourselves as communities with common duties and rights, and the more we individualise ourselves the more unprotected we are.

    In this politics are the main responsible factor, instead of uniting countries it splits them. Pitting one against the other with false ideologies is also a contributory factor to our feeling of isolation, therefore of oppression.

    The “Divide and Conquer” tactics extrapolated to the citizens.

  11. anticant said

    Jose, I am sorry you feel depressed and oppressed – but don’t we all? I have never before felt so depressed and alarmed as I am now about the world situation, and the growing dangers threatening us because of the pisspoor ‘leadership’ provided by Bush & Blair. It is indeed difficult to keep cheerful adn calm in these dire circumstances. But surely that is the only sensible thing to do and you, of all people, are one of those we rely on to keep a balanced perspective.

    BTW, I have just put a new comment addressed to you in anticant’s arena.

  12. lpaula said

    The latest ‘thing’ here in Holland is to have all women out in the work force. No matter that their are little ones at home to raise and tend to. We are supposed to contribute; period.

    I think it should be entirely up to the women (and husband) and if they chose to have the mother or father stay home with the kids their should be no pressure from the government. Before the Nov 22 election there was talk of canceling the tax write off the working partner receives for their stay-at-home partner. Talk about putting pressure on!

    Here in Holland you have a baby and three months later you are back at work. They are under the impression that in order for a women to have a career they need to be back into the workforce as soon as possible. The Dutch need to look at countries like Canada where they have one year mat leaves, working successfully.

  13. Jose said

    Hi, Paula. In Spain this issue has been contemplated by the new Socialist government and men and women are going to have the very same duties and rights in respect of children’s nursing after birth.

    Holland that up to now had seemed to me as a paradigm of equality, looks like it is changing tack, taking a wrong course regarding women, who needless to say are the roots of any civilisation.

  14. Richard said

    If the forces driving the economy of a country at a particular time DO NOT require women, the ‘powers-that-be’ tutor us in the importance of looking after our children at home, family etc – and the social problem of ‘home alone/latch-door kids’, working mothers etc.

    If the forces driving the economy of a country at another time DO require women, the ‘powers-that-be’ tutor us in the importance of career women, work-home balance, ‘superwoman’ – and the economic problem created by not working etc.

    It’s just another form of oppression, as I see it.

  15. Jose said

    Interesting angle of the issue, Richard. That could well be indeed.

  16. christianzionismexposed said

    For years the trend has gone this way all over the world. The ‘powers’ behind the powers are patient folk but it seems to me from reading these posts and thinking about it, the goal is for the state to educate and control our children from the day they are able to begin THINKING.

  17. Jose said

    In the meantime, CZE, the Socialist Party governing Spain now together with all the other political forces in the Parliaments have approved a Law of Equalities (free translation) which gives women exactly the same opportunities as men in political parties, Boards of Directors, nursing of children, etc, etc.

    Only the Partido Popular, the Right, voted against, alleging that it should be free election among the best-gifted, something that hides the reality of the Right where men have always been given the best chances. In the Right in Spain, its representatives have never been elected, just designated among those with more power.

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