"What are we going to do with you?"

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Please click away if you’re easily offended, or else blame yourself for your own thoughts!

“Nothing is good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”


I’ve always found the term “what are we going to do with you?” offensive. But fuck that, so what if it’s offensive to me? No matter what is said, someone is bound to have their sensibilities perturbed. I know it’s old-fashioned but I believe in free speech. Shocking, right? The term I speak of is almost always used in a light-hearted manner, but I still find it creepy. Why?

Simple. Taken at face value, the implication is that you are controllable, and more, you should be controlled, by others. Is this a ‘bad’ thing? Yes. I’ll explain why. Presently, we are groomed to be trusting of authorities - parents, teachers, police, politicians, doctors, socially distinguished sycophants, and whoever is your superior at work, to name a few. There is no room for leeway. It’s a black-and-white affair.

You must stare dumbfounded at authorities and accept without question their ideas and commands or else risk being subject to some punitive measure taken purely out of spite on behalf of the authority whose pride was wounded at not having received a gratifying appraisal.  Gratifying because most likely the authority has done absolutely nothing to earn the respect they so crave, yet expect it all the same, just as a tyrant would, simply because they hold a certain position of power. This is cowardly grasping at its finest - the solace of a pathetic, unaware man with no humility, originality, or sense.

So it happens, in virtually any political system I can think of, that such men (and women, get over yourself, obviously I meant that as well) occupy the executive positions of government. For example, look no further than the contemporary oligarchies of the developed world, who only call themselves democracies for the romantic flair, and in actuality vehemently support the further establishment of authoritarianism, and enjoy rubbing cocks with profit-over-all-else-including-morality corporations.

Not indoctrination, nor social conditioning, propaganda, corrupt executives, forever war, and a military-industrial complex pumping in full swing yet unnoticed, are strange in this context. It all fits the police state narrative just like in North Korea. Let’s just say the next Tienanmen square massacre probably won’t be in China, but we should expect it much closer to home given the current political climate, whose proponents have now unashamedly adopted the rhetorical use of the pandemic to push authoritarian policies into legislature.

If the monstrous inclinations of such people, or at least the great majority of them acting in unison, are any indication of how ‘bad’ their control of us therefore is, then being complicit to the control of others is a very bad thing indeed. Healthy skepticism, originality of thought, and open discourse, must be encouraged, lest we devolve further in the direction of witch hunts and crusades.

“Let not any one pacify his conscience by the delusion that he can do no harm if he takes no part, and forms no opinion. Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing. He is not a good man who, without a protest, allows wrong to be committed in his name, and with the means which he helps to supply, because he will not trouble himself to use his mind on the subject.” 

John Stuart Mill

Submitted: October 10, 2021

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dewey green

Well said mate!
The constructs of control are ridiculous, and tied to a patriarchal self righteous domination, followed by men in uniform, just following orders. No one will ever be free, until borders are smashed and conformity is considered passé.

Sun, October 10th, 2021 5:21pm


Love my only real world value as a poor person is in being a modern slave!

Sun, October 10th, 2021 8:31pm

88 fingers

Great piece. Always question authority. Speak your mind even if some might think it's not politically correct, (I hate that term and I hate that I wrote it). When you don't, you become China, North Korea, etc...

Sun, October 10th, 2021 9:02pm


Thank you! Exactly!!

Sun, October 10th, 2021 8:28pm

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