Things may be different from what you think. Things are not always as they seem. Evil takes many forms. And remember that misguided goodness causes just as much evil as sin does. Even visible evidence can tell a clear story with a false tongue. The whole world is on an evil loop. Everyone can lie. Anger, fear, and oppression are everywhere. Fear is what keeps people in line. Tyrannical power seeks to inspire fear. Fear leads to anger, anger to hate, hate to violence and suffering. It’s easy to fool people when they’re already fooling themselves. We sell ourselves into tragedy, despair or stupidity to gain “life.” In the process we choose the wrong paths. We give a foothold to the dark side, which is attained through anger, seduction, and aggression. But even lies and bad ideas can be manipulated to sound true and virtuous. The world is broken, and broken people—even good people— can be monsters. People have an almost boundless capacity to destroy their own lives, and it is brought about by excess, then deprivation, then fear, then anger, then violence. People use each other for their own gain. Without an ability to discern right from wrong, our world becomes both wild and alienating. Technology, like government, poses as helpful, but both are really a quest for control with their intrusiveness. Knowledge can be just as corruptive as power. Beware of every encroachment by the government. They add up to oppression.

Negotiation is more about power than cooperation.

When good people do nothing, evil grows and takes over. The system is rigged. They want us to think they’ll protect us, but they won’t. We protect us or no one does.

– The movies: Star Wars 4: A New Hope (1977); Black Swan (2010), Star Wars 6: Return of the Jedi (1983), Star Wars 1: The Phantom Menace (1999), Requiem for a Dream (2000), The Hunger Games (2012). American Hustle (2013), Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens (2015), Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), The Circle (2017), Tomb Raider (2018), Knives Out (2019), Code 8 (2019), 6 Underground (2019), Spiderman: Far From Home (2019); Bloodshot (2020)

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