Veronica Roth, Gordan Korman, Arty Jules, and Kevin
McFarlane presents sub-textual commentary in their
work on omnipotent governments. The authors argue
that governments brainwash their subjects into thinking
they are safe and benefiting but they're really not.
Bull-Hansen writes, "Most people in our part of the world take some kind of education after the obligatory school years. Then, we try to get a good job and when we finally and hopefully get such a job [...]. We buy a car, a house and lots of other things. To finance this, we have to ask some greedy bank to borrow money, which makes us unable to stop working. So, we work. Our kids grow up, we get old, and we die. And that’s it. Most of us never get to travel to those places we wanted to see, we never get to learn the skills and crafts we really wanted to learn, we never get to do what modern society and it’s hard to argue against this classic libertarian line of thought: Modern society takes care of you (healthcare, roads etc.) In return, you pay taxes. That’s the deal. But what if you don’t want to accept that deal?"
The author of this article
describes how we work hard, to do and get the things we want but then then government makes you pay taxes and takes away the freedom you want. The government offers free roads and healthcare but those are funded by tax payers. When you get taxed you have less money to do or see the things you want. Governments like this are most likely communist and one example is North Korea. In North you have free healthcare, but you can't leave the county and see cool things.
People in North Korea are brainwashed to think certain way. CNN Wire reports, "Speaking with CNN's Christie Paul, she described the complex psychology of people there 'being really lovely and absolutely human' but living in a bubble, emotionally and intellectually isolated. [...] She described a system set up solely to serve the country's leader, in which citizens have access to only one newspaper and one television station dedicated to teaching them about their leader. She said they don't travel inside or outside of their country, giving them little time or access to think about anything else but their leader and therefore conditioning them."
This quote shows how the people in North Korea aren't exposed to outside opinions or views. The media that the people get to see is just propaganda. Eventually the people are brainwashed into thinking that their leader and country is great. Due to this North Koreans are forced to believe that their leader, Kim Jong Un, is an eternal lord when he is just human. The people who want to speak out are killed.
The articles relate to Insurgent when citizens are lied to, to keep a secret. In Insurgent by Veronica Roth the people of each faction(community) were taught that the faction system was perfect and that there was nothing wrong with it. That lead the people of each faction to think that without the faction system the world would be in chaos. Roth writes from a girls perspective on the faction system, "My mouth goes dry. No factions? A world in which no one knows who they are or where they fit?[...] I imagine only chaos and isolation." The government leaders only tell good things about the faction system to stay in power. Some people like the "divergents" who question the system are often killed like the people who question North Korea's government.
The articles relate to the poem "Run Me Down, Freeze my Thoughts" by Kevin McFarlane when the narrator feels trapped in society where no one is free. The first stanza is written, "Trapped, run down by these jobs, down time spent staring. Happily hypnotized, stuck in a box, by a box." (McFarlane) This relates to the article when it says people are run down by their jobs and happily hypnotized. People are working so much that they don't have time to experience other things.
The second stanza is written, "Those in control have a plan. Those being controlled need one, when no one thinks for themselves there is no freedom to be oneself, and before you know it it's a crime to be thoughtful." (McFarlane) This relates to one of the articles when people are brainwashed so the government can stay powerful and you can't think for yourself.
The last stanza is written, "So let us out think the thought police, make them think like us. Let us be free once again." (McFarlane) This stanza shows the point that the two articles are trying to get across: think for yourself and don't let things stop you form doing the things you want.
The poem, "Let Me Fly," relates to the article when Arty Jules writes, "Trapped like a butterfly, Caught in a jar, Once I had freedom, Your bright morning star […] Why have you captured me, What is your plan? Do I mean nought to you Evil con man?" The character is being trapped by a man who he/she thought was good. In my article, Bull-Hansen wrote, "We are, in fact, slaves to mayer – you might even end up in prison and have your freedom taken away from you. You see, modern society is actually only nice to you as long as you play by its rules. If you don’t want to play, you will be financially punished. If you refuse to be financially punished, it will take your freedom. If you refuse to have your freedom taken away from you, you will actually, in the end, be subject to violence. You will be clubbed to submission or shot." He says that people are punished or will have rights taken away if their rules aren't followed. Therefore, people are forced to follow more powerful people's rules.
The articles relate to Masterminds by Gordan Korman where about 40 families lived in a city called Serenity. There were children in every family and to them, Serenity was a safe haven, but the parents of most of the families had been keeping something from their children. A few of the children got suspicious and snuck around. They found the edge of the city and tried to walk out but felt a shock as if there was a giant electric fence around it. They were caught and severely punished by their "parents".
In the article, Bull-Hansen writes, "We buy a car, a house and lots of other things. To finance this, we have to ask some greedy bank to borrow money, which makes us unable to stop working. So, we work. Our kids grow up, we get old, and we die" In the article and the book, people are restricted from doing a lot of things they want to do.
Insurgent and Run Me Down, Freeze My Thoughts relate to our thesis because citizens are brainwashed to think a certain way so that their leaders can stay in power.
Masterminds and my poem, "Let Me Fly" relate to our thesis because in all three, citizens are forced to believe that they are safe in one place. Really, they are trapped for another person/group of people's ideas or pleasure.
Bull-Hansen, BjØrn Andreas. “Are You Trapped by Modern Society? – Part I.” BJØRN ANDREAS BULL- HANSEN, 10 Aug. 2016, bull- hansen.com/2016/02/26/are-you- trapped-by-modern-society-part-i/.
Korman, Gordon. Masterminds. W. Ross MacDonald School Resource Services Library, 2017.
McFarlane, Kevin. “Run Me down, Freeze My Thoughts by gravity1665.” By Tupac Shakur - Famous Poems, Famous Poets. -
All Poetry, 2015, n allpoetry.com/poem/11951643- Run-me-down--freeze-my- thoughts-by-gravity1665.