As I write this post, massive uncertainty shrouds the United States territory of Puerto Rico. The people, from whom we naively believe government is derived, are sick of their corrupt government in ways I will never understand, much less be able to describe. The figureheads of the corrupt rule have drawn lines in the sand, and it appears the boiling point is quickly coming into view. With all of this in mind, we still want to believe that power comes from the people. I fear by the end of the week, we’ll see it comes from who has the most guns. The calm before the storm is that of living under a corrupted peace.
Many naively believe that violence is not an answer. On the contrary, violence may not be the best answer, but it is certainly an answer. However, it’s an answer that is only available to those with the power. To call for violence is to call for one’s own execution, so we retreat to the narrative that peaceful protest and disruption will cause change. It’s sad to say, but this approach has worse odds than any gambler would be willing to take.
By the time my readers digest this post, the deed may have been done. I hope for the best for the people of Puerto Rico, but I suspect the worst beckons. Power is a privilege. In government, many who become corrupt use the notion of “power” to imply that they were conferred special rights by a willing mass. However, it’s all just a show. The true sense of their power comes from their guns, bombs, gas, and threats of imprisonment. The people of Puerto Rico may be on the precipice of tasting such power themselves. Change will come, simply due to entropy, but those calling for change may very well have to pay the price of admission to get there. Godspeed.