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Scott Bennett
Scott Bennett

Location: USA

Specialization: Counterterrorist Finance

AMERICAN LONELINESS AND TECHNOLOGICAL ADDICTION AS THE DRIVER IN ITS QUEST FOR GLOBAL EMPIRE

There is a very profound and enduring truth to be recognized in comparing the current average American personality to the main characters in the film “Her”

There is a very profound and enduring truth to be recognized in comparing the current average American personality to the main characters in the film “Her,” starring Jauquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johannsen (as the computer voice).

It is a somewhat fictional story set in the very near future about a young man who works for a company as a writer of sensitive, beautiful, romantic letters.  The letters are bought by people looking to use them as their own to influence their loved ones.  A sort of literary prostitution service using personally designed Hallmark cards as the kiss, embrace, and ecstasy of romance.

He is a quiet man with a soft voiced shyness in a Woody Allen physique.  Content, but aware of his loneliness, his heart is empty and fertile to grow an emotional bond...only he lacks the seed to be implanted in his life.  That seed comes from the voice of a new computer operating system which he buys and installs in his computer and connects to every space of his life.  With a bluetooth earphone in his ear, and a wallet sized computer in his shirt pocket,  the man goes about his life, and listens happily to Scarlett Johansson's smoky voice narrating, observing,  questioning and experiencing all the activities, colors, sounds, texures, and philosophical elements of passing life.

At the climax, he sees a parade of subway stair-climbing people similarly listening to their earpieces and talking and laughing with the personality listening on the other end.  He has a falling-down epiphany as he observes and presumes they are doing exactly the same thing as he is.   He shakily asks and is told by the computer operating system (Scarlett) that out off the 83,000 people the operating system talks to, 600 of them she/it has come to love...just as she/it  loves him.  She explains this is natural because her ever growing cyber-heart cannot be filled with love, but constantly must grow and evolve, unlike the human one.  Eerily, it is a reflection of how people can engage in conversations or chats on the internet, and each one is a separate world, relationship, exercise of love by itself. 

He awakes from this cyber life as the computer system evolves and moves on into oblivion, saying goodbye.  The movie ends with the man and a woman friend standing atop a skyscraper viewing at the rising dawn.

The film plot symbolizes flashes before our mind's eye the relationship we cultivate on the plain of cyberspace through Instant Messenger, Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, and other social networking sites.  We are tapping on keyboards desperately reaching out into the dark silence of cyberspace, and hoping to connect, and through that connection, love, and in that love infuse ourselves with the mystery of destiny, transcendence, and God....all in the blink of a cursor.

Since September 11, 2001, Americans have been suffering a sort of slow, insidious moral schizophrenia which has been tearing their souls in two parts:  the Kennedy-Reagan democratic-capitalist side, and the George Washington non-interventionist side.  One side has been told that the transformation of Middle Eastern Muslim countries from a desert of instability into an oasis of productivity will come only after the creative destruction caused by democratic-capitalism wipes away the impediments, dross and retardation of Islam, however it might be defined.  The implication being that a psycho-social dysfunction exists and must be remedied before healthy and productive socio-political-economic behaviors can exist. 

However, after 15 years of this creative destruction, the transformation has largely yielded the reverse:  less order, less happiness, less stability, less hope in the Rumsfeldian “messy” theory of democracy organically growing bridges of tolerance and respect among different tribes and sects and blossoming peace and productivity in the Middle East.  And, psychologically speaking, it is the self-realization of the implicit hypocrisy in the now obvious failure of this global war on terrorism policy that has caused a kind of psychic break which has stunned Americans cold. 

The other psychic break has only recently occurred as a result of Americans seeing the result of this global war on terror policy both creating the Islamic State and consequently causing  masses of Muslims to flee the Middle East and invade and upset the tranquility of Europe and America under the refugee banner.   The next major break will come when the Europeans furiously begin lashing out at America for all the chaos, bloodshed, fear, and misery that these Muslim hordes are going to trigger in Europe, and the coming European Civil War and European Union confederacy leaving the U.S. alliance and joining for Russia in desperation to preserve Christian Europe.  This will reignite the debate that the Russian Orthodox and Protestant Christians will not follow the new age humanism being pontificated by the Catholic Pope, Brussels, or Switzerland’s elite bankers.

Now, of course, the neocon war hawk side will thrash against the light of this observation and whine out the ‘beaten dead-horse logic’ of, “Well, we don’t have Saadam Hussein anymore running Iraq, paying $25,000 to the families of Palestinian suicide bombers (which in one sense was a smart political move because it kept them from infiltrating his country and blowing themselves up), and he can’t do any harm, and the Iraqi people are free from dictatorship; and the Middle East Arab Spring started, and Libya gave up their weapons, and now Syria is teetering.”  However it seems to me there is an equally compelling argument which could be made in the logic of:  The Iraqi peoples, and Libyan people, don’t seem better off or healthier, or happier;  Saadam Hussein, like him or not, was the best controller of his Muslim people, maintained balance as a semi-secular leader, was not a Wahhabi-Salafist, did not love Al Qaeda or Islamic extremism, and fundamentally had been mischaracterized and lied about by the neocons for decades in order to achieve the regime change which is now sold as America’s exceptionalism perverted into foreign policy, and the nullifation of UN Security Council's restraint.  Or in other words, America’s own tune of “It’s either our way, or the high way; you’re either with us, follow us, obey us, or we will bomb, economically isolate, perpetrate economic espionage, and all other acts of war by other means."

Of course in a sense this is a glass half-empty, half-full dilemma.  Or rather, the infection is gone, but unfortunately so is the leg it was infecting—which takes us to the next analysis:  is the body politic more stable and healthy, or not.  That is the ultimate deciding factor.  It is not about happiness, it is about stability; it is not about democracy, it is about peace; it is not about liberating the soul, it is about establishing law and order for souls to survive.  Sadly it seems, we are in a semi-worse condition after all of the War on Terror decisions and policies.

Additionally Americans are now confronted with realization that Russia has not only resurrected itself, shrugged off the spiteful U.S. prescribed economic sanctions imposed on it, and exposed the embarrassing failure of the U.S. military operations by the light of its own fantastic military successes in Syria, but successfully won the hearts and minds of most reasonable people on planet earth by defining itself as the source of order and juxtaposing the United States as the source of chaos. 

The only important question which remains is, will the United States further meltdown into confusion, hypocritical policy, and self-destruction of its own constitutional liberties, or will it rise from the ashes of its own lies and foolishness to manifest as the Phoenix of freedom, justice, and peace its founding fathers and God imagined.  Time will tell.

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