Why all the fuss? It is clear that ‘remembrance day’ poppies are a religious symbol, a political slogan, and a ‘commercial’ logo. End of argument!
Evidence: (boredom, youth, and family disagreements aside) it is only religion, politics and capitalist enterprise that can generate such floods of passion and simmering thuggery, while inducing a blanket of ignorance amongst the general public.
More evidence: the symbolism and ritualism that accompanies the red poppy can only be understood as religious in nature. There is also a push to make wearing a poppy emotionally necessary. If we are not careful, no one will dare venture out in the month of November without first making sure their poppy is highly visible, for fear of physical attack by disapproving ‘poppy puritans’. The entire establishment is entwined in the promotion of this quasi-religion.
One should remember that November is the month Christians (Catholics) traditionally remember our dead – Remembrance Sunday piggybacks the pre-existing framework of cultural and religious understanding.
But remembering the dead should have a result – religious result. Our compassion should grow and flourish, we should change in our behaviour and, in remembering the souls of the departed, we should turn to remember the living.
Yet Remembrance, despite its thought out religious trappings, brings no change – it is the ritual of a false religion, a death cult.
It is death and carnage that is celebrated through the illusion of remembrance. We are made to forget the insane horror that psychopathic death merchants connive to manifest.
True remembrance of our young men (and increasingly young women) made to march to mad mayhem would bring an end to all war. We would even understand that it would not do to rise up and rip our misguided leaders apart, limb from limb. We would simply see these sick and disturbed individuals, that happily create wars, for who there really are and their shame would be made plain for all to see.
So, poppies are a the symbol of a false religion, of a sinister death cult.
A political slogan: we can move from religion to politics by pointing out that this death cult is a state religion.
The political objective is clear to anyone prepared to step outside of the cult’s narrative: to make unacceptable war acceptable, respectable, and desirable. This has often been a political objective but the absolute unprecedented levels of slaughter and stupidity of WWI, that Great War, required a new glue to bind the people, in shock and anger, to those responsible for their pain and suffering.
It was important for the survival of the establishment that we forget, not remember. Since the wars of the last decades, there has been a growing militarization of British culture (e.g. Armed Forces Day: a political act) and poppies are tied into this political agenda – the population needs to be more forgetful if they are to be ‘on side’ with the madness and evil of war.
We need true remembrance to end war and we need to remember the living as well as the dead.
A commercial logo: corporate sponsorships are a well known part of professional football. Companies pay large amount of monies to have their brand advertised by a football team.
When we see a (cheap plastic) poppy we think of the British Royal Legion. Now there may be a legal difference between a charity and a business but there is not always a moral or practical difference – that is to say: the distinction between what is business activity and what is (an organised) charity activity is not always clear; there is a blurry line (for good and for bad).
The British Royal Legion make their money, in part, from people buying poppies (and other remembrance memorabilia, products, or icons). This money is used to employ people and funds activities that are in addition to helping former combatants (there is even a market place in charities helping these ‘self-inflicted’ victims of war).
Although I do see more poppies being worn (part of which I see as media influence – maybe Jon Snow is the only news anchor left with any integrity), as a general rule I do not see groups of young lads (other than soldiers), wearing poppies. So I am curious why a group of well paid football players would be so different.
There is intention and promotion is its name. Footballers wearing poppies (and in defiance) makes wearing poppies cool and desirable amongst a group of perspective customers who are resistant to the appeal of the brand. If footballers are wearing poppies (and in defiance) many others will wear poppies in support of the footballer (and not in remembrance). Footballers brandishing poppy armbands amounts to much money being made.
If I allow a little TFHT (see rant 4), taking into account the involvement of political and (false) religious interests (and the need to have the population ‘on side’ for the much larger business of mass war), one might wonder if the whole poppies ‘in defiance’ thing is part of the branding effort, in agreement with the cabal of evil that seek for us to forget the living in fake honour of the dead.