In Electrical Power Systems yesterday, Dr. Graff said something that came to be of interest to me. In a devotion about faith, he off-hand mentioned Governmental control of information to the public, and wound up leading himself to mentioning the “display cities” in the USSR, and finally to observing that America itself was showing many signs of descending into a Communist state. What got me, though, was that he added, “…scary, isn’t it?” to the end of the sentence.
My first thought after he said that was a slightly mocking, “No, it’s not scary. It’s normal.” Then I thought a bit more, and after wondering if it was a bad thing that I was so unperturbed at the mention of America’s downfall, I realized that it is scary to Dr. Graff (who may be as old as the hills themselves) and so many others because they might actually remember a time when America resembled Communism a great deal less than it currently does.
The issue that Dr. Graff highlighted about Communist states (and by implication, America), was information control–not letting the outside know what a wreck the inside is (ala display cities in the USSR), and hiding the real workings of the upper echelons from the “little people,” things of that nature. I would suggest that America probably already delves significantly into the latter sin, but I won’t go getting into too many conspiracy theories. I just found it interesting that I was reminded again of America’s decline–no, willing descent–into its own annihilation.
Isn’t it interesting how Satan can take good things, good people, and good ideas, and by exploiting the greed of a few bad apples, turn it into the exact opposite of its intended form?