Addicted to used books, I’m often lucky and find a keeper. The latest is Single and Single by John LeCarre, published 1999 and relevant to today’s latest scandal, the Panama Papers.
Single and Single details the lives of high rollers, shadow deals, and shell games. This world is created by the masters of illusion, the manipulators of truth. The manipulators promise fabulous wealth to those who master the game of resources (including human blood). Those successful in executing this extraordinary feat of illusion are gifted with the finest the world can offer.
Unfortunately for the masters of illusion, there’s a problem. As detailed in Single and Single, the works of deception-al art are damaged, the colors fading. Those rushing in to repair are panicked. Mistakes are being made. The truth continues to leak. Damage control is being applied. It must be repaired. If not, a cascade of events will follow.
This is our reality. It is not fiction. We, the collective of humanity, are beginning to see the illusion we are living. Seeing the truth, however, is a tall order. Many have forgotten how to live without the false supports of fast foods, conglomerate groceries, and mega farms producing poisoned goods. Corporations have created so-called needs, money with questionable value, retirement savings promising no returns, but enriching those who have created the various instruments of deceit. Costly medicines may treat the dis-ease, but do not heal.
Imprisoned by debt and the hope of a better tomorrow, we can’t seem to escape. We have become prisoners. We know something must be done. Our prisons are overcrowded. The structure is weakening. Something has to give, but what?
The break from prison and our illusions is underway. Too many are seeing how weak our structures. Will the next call to world-wide war be an all-out effort to repair the illusions (to quickly bury the Panama Papers and shameless deeds)? I suggest this solution has been planned. The opening salvo, the indicator that the world is being protected and saved, will come via a horrific “terrorist” incident. The outcome is yet to be determined. Will we take up arms against the illusion, or arms against one another?
We are entering a time requiring great bravery, a time that demands sacrifices, but most of all, demands the truth and not from the indispensable corporate media maintaining the illusions.