"There is no need to worry about mere size. We do not necessarily respect a fat man more than a thin man. Sir Isaac Newton was very much smaller than a hippopotamus, but we do not on that account value him less." - Bertrand Russell
The fatter we are, the less likely we will be able to hold up in a sustained conflict, the lazier we are, the less likely we are to care either way, and the dumber we are, the less likely we are to even know that something is going on that requires the attention of the citizenry. This really does seem to be the pit that the people of the United States have been thrown into. Were we put in this position by forces outside of our control, or did we jump in willingly? Is it a bit of both? It very likely is, but either way, we are so deep in that getting us out is going to be a monumental challenge. The crap that is put into our food by the government, as well as, the companies and farmers that produce everything, through association, are all part of the reason that we are fat. This, of course, can be delivered most effectively in the fast food industry, which many Americans find it impossible to avoid. There is also the problem of our bad stress levels. It is widely known that bad stress produces more fat cells more rapidly.
Each of us is also bombarded with information from the moment we wake up to the moment we go to sleep. It is non stop. Sometimes, the human mind needs a break from all of that processing, and it wears out when rest is not possible. They give you a million quick fix options that only work for the time you are doing the workout or taking the diet regimen that supposedly, requires minimal effort. They also advertise wonder pills that are supposed to drop your weight dramatically with no exercise, giving little warning about what bad things those pills can do to your mind and body. We have our addictions; as well, and generation after generation our people is getting dumbed further and further down by a public education system that is increasingly incapable of preparing young students for the future. This is so because of an 'unfortunate' lack of funds in these so called 'difficult economic times.' We are also made more and more heavily dependent on what I like to call the, 'Techno Titty," as time goes on.
Who exactly, then, is the 'we' that I am always talking about? I am, of course, talking about the normal citizen who is working a job they hate to pay for a home they do not own, in a country that is slowly devaluing labor to the point that people cannot survive on a day's wages. This, inevitably, results in people taking extreme measures to meet their basic needs, crime, or people having to work two, sometimes, three or more jobs just to make enough money to be broke at the end of the month. We have already examined the fat factor, so what else is done to the people to keep them from getting physical about such a glaring and ever expanding divide? America's Got Talent, American Idle, the NFL, MLB, the NBA, the NHL, casinos, commercials for products, Reality TV, video games, alcohol, marijuana and other drugs, sex, religion, war, and many many more similar distractions, keep our eyes turned away from the reality of our situation. The tools at the elite's disposal are vast and very effective. We are spending so much time on these other things that we are not paying attention to all of the other dirty crap that is being laid on us, and when people try to tell us this, we get mad that they are interrupting our game or making us miss our favorite show. We care more about who one the game or the next episode of our favorite show than we do the next law designed to strip us of even more of our liberties.