The Sleeper Must Awaken

Tyler Durden's picture

Via Mark J. Grant, author of Out of the Box,

“Above the comforts of Base Camp, the expedition in fact became an almost Calvinistic undertaking. The ratio of misery to pleasure was greater by an order of magnitude than any mountain I'd been on; I quickly came to understand that climbing Everest was primarily about enduring pain. And in subjecting ourselves to week after week of toil, tedium and suffering, it struck me that most of us were probably seeking above all else, something like a state of grace.”
                     -Jon Krakhauer, Into Thin Air
I am not sure the country is seeking a state of grace but we are surely seeking something of a much higher order than we are getting. Congress adjourns, the President spends twenty million dollars of our money flying off to vacation in Hawaii and we peer over the edge of a monetary cliff of our own making because we have elected people that have all of the leadership skills of some Grinch that is stealing our Christmas because we let him. Ultimately it is us you know, “We the People,” and perhaps it is our two party system of government that has failed us because we put people in power who know how to run for election and re-election but who somehow have no idea how to govern the nation. It is pathos, absurdity and frankly a tragedy that we face a financial calamity, and it is just that, and our elected leaders head off on vacation.
"Well, thus we play the fools with the time, and the spirits of the wise sit in the clouds and mock us."
             -William Shakespeare, Henry IV
It may not be fiddling while Rome is burning but it isn’t that far off that course. In the end, I suspect, we will pass the deadlines and find ourselves in trouble. I say this because to date all we are discussing is who to tax and we have not made one serious effort to confront the social programs that have elected people but which the country cannot afford. It is not that complicated at its core; we cannot afford the entitlements that we have legislated and so the nation must, like any household, man up to what we can and cannot afford and get on with it. No use pretending that we are as rich as we once were and so we must first cut-back and then get down to the serious business of how we can increase our revenues. Households, corporations or governments; the fundamental issues apply and while different themes may apply for the fix; America’s economic condition must be fixed.
"The majority is never right. Never, I tell you! That's one of these lies in society that no free and intelligent man can help rebelling against. Who are the people that make up the biggest proportion of the population -- the intelligent ones or the fools? I think we can agree it's the fools, no matter where you go in this world, it's the fools that form the overwhelming majority."
                   -Henrik Ibsen, An Enemy of the People
I have suggested we place hard limits for our social programs and entitlements and work backwards and I believe this would be the prudent course but somehow prudence does not seem to be part of the thinking in Washington these days. If we said that 25 million Americans could be on food stamps or that only so much can be afforded for Medicare or Social Security then we could start from that point and make the necessary adjustments in terms of who qualified for what or raise the age qualification or allow people in gradually as a result of the limits that were set. Common sense, while never very popular in our nation’s capital, must have been banned in the fine print of some legislative act of which none of us are aware.
“Every day, man is making bigger and better fool-proof things. Every day, nature is making bigger and better fools. So far, I think nature is winning.”
                     -Albert Einstein
The awful truth is that WE are responsible. We elected these people. We condone a two party system where we end up with a choice between the mediocre and the inferior. We are left to choose between the fool and the idiot and the men of character, the people of intellect and those focused on the health of the nation are left behind either because they will not participate or because they cannot survive the taunts and tricks of those that have no other interest besides their own ego and their own self-interests. I make no apologies. This is our fault and until and unless WE start demanding a government that represents our interests and values and morals that sets-aside America from other nations; we have no one to blame but ourselves. That is the sad truth of it which is why going off our present fiscal cliff may be the best thing that could happen to the United States. We might just wake up!
“Without change something sleeps inside us and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.”
            -Frank Herbert, Dune

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centerline's picture

Probably.  If it comes from the boob-tube it must be right!  lol.

Actually not too far off from the method that I have had any degree of success with loved ones who are bonified sheeple.  A trail of breadcrumbs per se.  Little bits of information that help connect the dots.  Easy stuff that we see here everyday and talk about (Thanks ZH).  After a couple of years of this, I've noticed a few people starting to at least notice them.  I can only hope that once something really breaks, the breadcrumb trail will suddenly look like a airport runway at night.  

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

The problem is that there isn't a base of 'truth' waiting to be discovered under a thin veneer of surface lie. Instead there are layers upon layers of lies, half truths, subterfuge, denial and black ops, each of which must be waded through and absorbed in order to be able to proceed to the next layer, then the layer after that, then the next one and so on.

This takes great courage and perseverance, something that has for the most part been bred and conditioned out of the present day generation. One must want; one must desire to move into the path of the emotional pain. But why do so when the control system offers so many alternative softer, easier ways to denial and oblivion.

This is why the author is saying that going over the cliff might actually be a good thing. If the person doesn't want to face the pain, maybe the pain needs to face the person. The problem with this is that the control system will quickly offer up another panacea that just serves to further enslave us.

Real change begins within and there is simply no substitute for this process of growth and self discovery.

Ignatius's picture

It is very few who would choose to jump into ice water.

We're gonna get pushed.  When?  Who knows.  Sooner, than later, I suppose.

The Old Man's picture

Cog, Merry Christmas. What I'm seeing currently is a response from the press (MSM) putting forth the concept of a Fiscal "Slope, shelf etc...". Downplaying the reality of the situation. It's as if they have been instructed to keep the masses calm. Waking up what needs to stay asleep would accelerate the problem. Think about it. Runs on banks, a halt to personal retirement investment, heck, let's not pay the mortgage this month, we may need the money for bread, milk, fuel. Eventually this will all happen anyway. Stopping the waves of awakening will be impossible over the long run...... Maybe they don't want a panic over the Holiday. One last party before the real end.

WezTheJuic's picture

Maybe it is also time for some of us to come out.

More are coming out, which is why on certain levels it has been accelerated.

Either way, agreed.



Element's picture

Just like belief is a toxic act of inner-desperation to believe in the unbelievable. The so-called awakening potential starts with an act of inner desperation, to not accept a damn thing, no lies, no myths, no fables, no opinions, no speculations, no delusions, no honor, no word, no third-parties, no descriptions, no assumptions, no imaginary stuff. It can't be some shabby choice that's verbal or decided via self-selection. None of it can go any where without 100% smashing, demolishing and rejection of everything you've ever been. It wasn't described in ancient teachings as a full death and a complete rebirth, for nothing. It can't be conjured or faked, and is pointless if not detrimental to even talk about it like it's optional and achievable. People don't even know if they go through all that if anything could even come of it. So who's going to do that? Yeah, almost no one, but the deeply desperate and dissatisfied. Not expecting a golden-age gusher of that sort.

Element's picture

I was thinking more in terms of an enlightenment Taser to a bollock. ;)

centerline's picture

I've tried.  And tried.  The most heavily programmed actually dig in further.  Kind of like that movie Inception.  lol.  Self defense mechanisms within dreams.

SheepDog-One's picture

Yep, it just doesnt work waking people up, they just get angry at you.

CPL's picture

 Robert Heinlein: Never try to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and it annoys the pig.

centerline's picture

That is classic.  Thanks.

I just know I am going to whip that one out at a really poor moment though.  Too hard to resist.   Too funny. Gotta use it. 

StychoKiller's picture

How do you wake up someone that's pretending to be asleep?

LFMayor's picture

a bic lighter usually does the trick.

Go Tribe's picture

"Out of Stock" signs for everything AR and ammo is the sound of the sleeper awakening.

SheepDog-One's picture

I didnt elect ANY of these fucktards! I've been saying it's all just nothing but a puppet show for years, Act of 1871, Emergency Banking At of 1933....there is no 'govt' its a board of directors overseeing the bankrupt corporation, thats all.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture


Someone might just hear you and begin to ask questions. That's not good for the status quo.

knukles's picture


The both of you. 

Dissent is not allowed
Or it's off to the Never Ending Summer Camp for you


(Where you'll be housed in the Blankfien Barracks
And subject to lectures by the Good Dr Krugman 24/7/365)

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Mrs. Cog and I would like to know if we will be afforded conjugal visits.

<Just askin' cus..........well, you know.>

cynicalskeptic's picture

When the system is run for the benefit of criminals then those that dare point out the crimes committed are treated as enemies of that system.


How many bankers and Wall Street execs have been prosecuted (much less sent to prison) compared to all those in OWS that were arrested for protesting against this situation?

CPL's picture

And today we can watch TPTB tear each other apart in a world of diminishing resources.  

Won't even have to fire a single shot.  This is now a unsolvable math problem at cost to the people running the show and the suckers that believe them, even after being given thousands of indications daily that they are next on the chopping block.  The delusion is deep and unalterable until something terrible happens to them.


At that point the excuse "it could be worse" just won't cut it anymore, people are going to be pissed and judging by the news of gun sales.  Very well armed.

eddiebe's picture

Really hands in the air all of you who think there really is a choice in electing our leadership. Who are the retards here? The other issue I have with the author of the above missive( which, granted, does make some good points): Why start with picking on entitlements, which were a solid contract by we the people for the people and which every developed country has by the way. No mention of the interminable wars on terror or whatever the enemy du jour may be including the farce that is the war on drugs, or corporate welfare or maybe even the subsidy of banking and all the little dictatorships all over the world. I could go on and on.

 Sorry, but which ever Tyler wrote this little above piece ( and I really am restraining myself by not calling it a piece of something more odious) definitely sounds like a shill to me. Shame!

blunderdog's picture

      Why start with picking on entitlements, which were a solid contract by we the people for the people and which every developed country has by the way.

Personal taste, probably.

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

Why start with picking on entitlements, which were a solid contract by we the people for the people and which every developed country has by the way.

Because we all know a fat lazy ass or two who are sucking off the government tit just as fast as they can. The safety net is not supposed to be a hammock.

knukles's picture

Betcha that Moron thinks thats Crappy


(I couldn't resist)

A Lunatic's picture

For the last fucking time; There is no fiscal cliff......

centerline's picture

It's a debt target cleverly disguised as a cliff so that the cannabalism of the system required to derive yield can be more readily sold to the public.  Yeah, everyone get bushwacked - in different ways mostly.  But, the massive and numerous divides (public/private, right/left, poor/rich, black/white, etc.) will keep the masses at bay - at least until something profound breaks with supply chain of bread and circuses.

ekm's picture

Death and Resurrection is the solution.


Dealth by a thousand cuts is agony.

imapopulistnow's picture

Compromise between competing interests is what has kept this nation going for so many years.  Sadly both parties have lost control to their respective ideologues.  Each is no longer able to compromise because to do so would violate their "principles".

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

We have compromised our way into a 16.5 trillion dollar hole. Your version of compromise is the wife agreeing to sign up for another credit card if the husband agrees to reduce the amount of money he gambles at the casino from $1100 a day to $1000 a day.

Vendetta's picture

but the trillion on 'defense' and mult-trillion banker bailouts should continue?

CPL's picture

Yes, but that trillion buys half of what it did four years ago.  Each print job further shrinking the availability of energy, inventory and supplies.


Attrition is a bitch.  Entropy is a bitch.  Just stand back and watch it happen.

hawk nation's picture

When the parasite becomes bigger than the host the host dies. I just dont know how long we can last on life support.

Fortunately government continues to overreach with its regulations and taxes so it is in effect helping to kill itself

God we need a reset but it will be nasty

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

Good analogy. It's like the movie Alien. The monster is about to explode out of our abdomen any time now.

Bob's picture

Is it not widely understood that Einstein was a proponent of socialism?

StychoKiller's picture

It also looks like he never combed his hair, what's yer point?

There are some people that can perform astounding computations in their minds, but are sadly lacking in other cognitive functions...

Bob's picture

Just saying that using him to support an argument against the cursed majority rings a bit hollow. 

hootowl's picture

Socialism, like psychiatry and fractional reserve banking, is a Jewish scam.



Disenchanted's picture



"The majority is never right. Never, I tell you! That's one of these lies in society that no free and intelligent man can help rebelling against. Who are the people that make up the biggest proportion of the population -- the intelligent ones or the fools? I think we can agree it's the fools, no matter where you go in this world, it's the fools that form the overwhelming majority."

                   -Henrik Ibsen, An Enemy of the People


I've been under the impression that's it's the 'smartest [financial] guys in the room' who've gotten us to where we are today. They are certainly not the majority.

Am I wrong?


Bohm Squad's picture

With the point being that those folks aren't ever punished - their actions are tolerated, ultimately, by the majority.

Temporalist's picture

Sharing these because I hadn't seen them discussed much:

S&P downgrades Scotiabank, National Bank, 4 others

"Standard & Poor’s has downgraded the ratings of six of Canada’s financial institutions by one notch.

The credit ratings agency cites a softening economy, low interest rates and pressure from the headwinds facing Canada’s economy."


And as it relates to the Canadian Real Estate market:

Canadian Housing Bubble About to Pop

"Perhaps the saddest part of this oncoming crisis is that only a few years ago, the U.S. had all the same symptoms that Canada has now: heavy debt, credit downgrades, rising housing prices, misplaced confidence in the system—but Canada hasn’t learned from its neighbor."


Canada housing starts slow in November


Housing Market: Bank Of Canada Outlines Scenario For How Home Sales Slump Could Drag Down Economy


Canada Household Debt Ratio Hits Record 164.6% in 3Q

"The ratio of Canadian household debt to disposable income rose to a record last quarter, highlighting what Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney called the biggest domestic risk to the economy."



Also something recent:

Moody's downgrades three Dubai banks

"Moody's Investors Service has downgraded three Dubai-based banks, including the emirate's largest Emirates NBD, on concerns about problem loans.

The rating agency also put a fourth bank on watch for a possible downgrade owing to high levels of non-performing loans (NPLs)."

CPL's picture

Funny how in Canada we have to go outside of our own news here to find out what is happening.

Bay of Pigs's picture

Yes, and I noticed BNN, Canada's version of the BlowHorn [CNBC] now has the ex Goldmanite and Deutsche Bank barbie doll Catherine Murray as their news anchor.

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

She's way hotter than Becky Quick.

Freddie's picture

Cute but another NWO stooge who worked for the Goldman/DB and other bankster stooges.

WezTheJuic's picture

While now, that rule is being applied to so many other western countries in this world.  While what is funny, is some are actually paying for such levels of disinformation.



BlueStreet's picture

That is the sad truth of it which is why going off our present fiscal cliff may be the best thing that could happen to the United States. We might just wake up!

The country will wake up because of the cliff, that's funny.  Take their television sets and internet away and then maybe.