The Monkey in the middle

What does monkey in the middle mean?

A game in which a ball or other object is kept away from one person by two or more other people. 

Monkey in the Middle

For the scope of this article the object to which we refer, is that which is just out of your reach. It is an individual object, constructed in just such a fashion that is keeps you from moving upward and onward. You did not put it there, you are just the monkey in the middle, trying to grab the dangling carrot. They have convinced you that someday you will get that carrot, and for your trouble, they throw you a few scraps. This is how the world works for the poor, the underprivileged and the downtrodden. Sold the promise of  success, while being setup for absolute failure.

Played by 2 sides with promises broken, and dreams destroyed. Led along the Yellow brick road, into the storm and abandoned. We go to meet in the middle, but there is not going to a middle anymore as the stakes are driven between us. Walking into the pass blindly, only to find a dead end and the bridges burnt behind us. Being led and blinded by a promise of acceptance and satisfaction. Welcome to the machine. A place where the way you think is manipulated and distorted, by propaganda and intense misinformation. Where the flames of hate and separation are fueled by confusion and isolation.

None of this is new, just the way in which it is fed to us has changed. Targeted, specific propaganda and misinformation, tailored to your experience. If you do not believe me, try it for yourself. Go to your social media feeds, notice what feeds you see the most. What kind of emotion do they spark in you? Anger? Happiness? sorrow? Do the feeds generally follow the sentiment you carry onto you feeds with likes and comments? Maybe take some screen shots for comparison at a later date. Now for the next 30 days, make a concerted effort to avoid all the things that stir in you negativity. Block ads that make you feel any type of anxiety at all. Stop following anyone or anything that is a breeding ground for conflict.

Come back here in a month, and tell me how your feed has changed based on changes you made to how you react to the things you come across on the big bad web. The machine is built to keep you focused on it.  It knows what you will react to and how you will react. If negativity breeds reaction, that is what you will be fed. The truth is no longer a viable option, it does not fit their narrative. We are forced to chose between someone else’s distorted views of happiness, and spoon fed their pompous rhetoric. We are a forced into anger.

All designed to keep you focused on what it wants you to see, to hear what it wants you hear, and to feel the way it wants you to feel. All the while here we sit like the proverbial Monkey in the middle. A corrupt healthcare system, that does not work for the people who need it the most. A system of Welfare that works to keep those in need, IN NEED. A political system that is so broken and corrupted it may be unrepairable. Here we are, the Monkeys in the middle, just trying to grab that ball so we can survive. All the while, the machine working to keep us a Monkey in the middle.

 

Welcome my son, welcome to the machine
Where have you been?
It’s alright we know where you’ve been

Welcome my son, welcome to the machine
What did you dream?
It’s alright we told you what to dream

Roger Waters

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