Has everyone reading this seen the movie “The Wizard of Oz?” Virtually everyone in North America has, I’m sure; it’s a very familiar tale.
Young Dorothy is whisked off to the land of Oz, where she encounters the Tin Man (who needs a heart), the Scarecrow (who longs for a brain) and the Lion (who wants so much to be brave).
They journey down the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City, where they expect the “Wizard of Oz” to give them what they each so desperately need. (Dorothy herself wants to go home, back to Kansas.)
But the Wizard of Oz turns out to be a fraud. He’s just an old man behind a curtain, using a loudspeaker to make his voice sound loud & mysterious & (falsely) authoritative. Although he doesn’t turn out to be at all the way they’d expected, he does impart some words of wisdom.
There are a few things in this classic movie we can apply to the world as we know it in 2009.
One of them is that all these “experts” we count on and look up to; all these celebrities whose lives we want so desperately to emulate; all these “captains of industry” & corporate hotshots & high fliers – are all very much like the Wizard of Oz. It’s all a great big smoke & mirrors game.
They don’t have any magic – they mostly put on a great big show – & they cannot give us what we really most want & actually need.
They’re frauds – & btw, we are up to our eyeballs in their fraudulent carryings-on.
Think for a moment of all the systems we have in this world: the political system, the legal system, the educational system, the health care system, the food/agricultural system, the corporate system. Capitalism itself.
They’re all broken. They are not working. (slight understatement, hmm?)
All are being propped up by people both “bad” and “good.” They’re being propped up by all of us, in fact!
As a clever saying I’ve come across goes: “There isn’t a problem with the system. The system is the problem.”
So here we all stand, now.
The “wizard” has been/is being exposed. What does the Wizard of Oz tell Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion & the Scarecrow?
He tells them they don’t need a wizard; they each have the answers & strength & all they need within themselves – & collectively, as friends to one another.
This is exactly where we are too!
The wizard(s) are frauds.
It’s all up to us.
And we do have what we need. We have our hearts & our brains & our friends & loved ones & communities – and we also have guts & energy & the passion for change & growth.
Is it not so??
p.s. & if we don’t all have the sorts of communities we need, yet, then what better to do than begin building them?
p.p.s. on Dec. 8/10 - a year & a half after writing this post: our nuclear agencies - our Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) & the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)? They too are falsely authoritative 'wizards.' I've been dealing with some nuclear issues since I drafted this post in June '09. Yessirree. Our nuclear agencies are so corrupt it would make the average person quake in her/his boots to know the kind of shenanigans that these "experts" visit upon us routinely. Egad....