Unrestrained capitalism cannot be allowed to prevail. Pure capitalism is completely oriented toward profit. Pure capitalism cares about nothing else.
Pure capitalism will:
- Exploit human resources with a stark result
- Exploit natural resources without regard for the future
- Use politicians to pursue foreign resources, urging war where necessary
- End with the planet devastated and dead
This is why we need a strong government run by politicians that have not been bought by corporate or private concerns.
What needs to be done?
- Politicians that have been bought by corporate interests or by privileged rich individuals must be identified and purged from the government
- The EPA needs to be given wider powers to stop exploitation of natural resources and control what we have left
- Conservation and recycling of resources rather than discarding in landfills must become part of the national psyche
- Corporations that have been found guilty of bribing politicians or of buying politicians must be banned from doing business in the U.S.
End of preliminary analysis.
Religion may be innocent after all. Although religion is often used to control people and direct them to a desired purpose it seems it may be a victim rather than the cause of violence and war. Other philosophies may be innocent as well.
The real culprit behind the century upon century of war and violence may be the very thing that initially helped people to survive against great odds. When in its infancy humanity learned to depend upon one another and form clans… or groups. Various groups developed and competed against each other for whatever resources were available. Each group became an enemy to each other.
Individual members of this or that group adopted the beliefs of that group in order to fit in. Those that attempted to resist the beliefs prevalent in that group were excised… perhaps even killed. Each member learned to cooperate and work towards the goals set for the group, goals usually set by a dominate leader or group of individuals within that group. The members often became zealous in their efforts to reach that goal.
If it became a belief that another group was out to destroy your group, whether the belief was true or not, hatred for that suspect group was initiated and fanned into a flame. War was inevitable.
Although religion and other philosophies may provide the means to control groups, it is the group that is the source of the violence. More correctly, it is the ideology of that group that is the source of the turmoil that has plagued mankind during the entirety of its existence.
Many would like to claim or would like to say that a life led by logic and reason devoid of emotion would be a better one. Logic and reason are cold, and without emotion, callous.
For example, the Iranian leaders proclaimed that they will destroy us. If only logic and reason were used and it was determined that the threat was real, the final decision would have to be total genocide for the Iranian people. All of them, down to the tiniest infant. It would be the only way to insure that the threat never occurred from that quarter again.
This reasoning would apply to any petty dictatorship or other type of government that threatened to harm us. The only solution would have to be the final solution so as to guarantee no threat from that source ever again.
To start… there has never been a patriarchy. There was a group of rich people that suppressed and controlled everyone, but… they were not all men… and they weren’t all white.
The KKK was a rebellion against those who sought to end slavery. It sought to demonize black people to make those black people seem inhuman, making it easier thereby to mistreat and subjugate them.
Gays have fought against imagined suppression for many decades, and have made strides in loosing their lifestyle onto a unwary public.
Feminism arose out of the suffragette groups, a legitimate fight to get the vote, which by the way, since women did not serve in the military, they did not deserve. Women now have all the rights men have, plus a few privileges men will never have. The fight should be over… there is not one right a man has that a woman does not… yet… they still exist.
The only reason feminism could possibly still exist is for the same reason the NAACP exists… a battle for power… a battle to subjugate men and rule the country. There is no other logical purpose for the continuation of such a hate group as NOW as well as feminism in general.
In Germany the Nazis demonized the Jews in order to organize the ranks behind them. They had to have an enemy. They gassed them by the millions.
In America, and other Western nations, feminists are demonizing men to solidify the ranks of the misfits that follow them. They need an enemy so as to retain power of their group. Who knows what their plans are for men.
Just like humans there lurks within me a hidden monster. That monster has thoughts foreign to that which people aspire and must be constantly suppressed and stifled in order for civil behavior to exist.
There are those that exhort for others to be yourself, not realizing that the façades they all maintain and have on display are the only manifestation of society that be dared. To unleash the monster by dismantling the many inhibitions people possess is to initiate a chaos that would only end when one or none are left.
The civilization that is so widely hailed is only a veneer so thin that if people were to examine it, it might dissolve within their hands. It lies just beneath the surface, put there by evolution, ready to explode should the right stimulus present itself. An economic collapse might do it. Another world war, this time with nuclear bombs, would most likely cause it. Even a staggering natural disaster could shatter its fragile containment.
In a mind boggling catastrophe it will most certainly become an “every person for themselves” world in an instant.
Posted in Reality, Reason
Why do humans exist? The basic answer is Evolution.
Chance? No, evolution is not about chance at all. The creature best able to survive continues to exist… there have been many more become extinct than survived, as you would expect.
It just so happens that a creature with a large brain, arranged in the proper fashion, was able to overcome many obstacles over time.
This does not solely apply to human beings. Every niche contains creatures that had the prerequisite abilities to survive a set of variables within an environment.
A Chimpanzee is best suited in its environment, and indeed, may be better suited in that environment than humans are in human environments.
Many ask… but is that all? Is there no purpose? Is there no great plan?
The answer to that is no.
Then what meaning is there to life?
Life has the meaning that you provide it.
What good has anger rendered to the species called human? Like worry, anger imparts more damage to the holder than problems it relieves. It no doubt stresses the host in such a fashion that many minutes if not hours of life are subtracted from the original total. Anger not only is detrimental to its host, but since it is communicable it may spread and infect another.
Anger is a human emotion, though not limited to humans. Some animals seem to express it too. Does that mean it has some evolutionary advantage? If it has an evolutionary advantage, does it still have value or has it become like some useless vestige… like the bones that used to lead to a tail in humans, which human ancestors possessed in ages past? Have humans matured beyond anger yet?
Evidence suggests that humanity has not yet progressed to a level where the detrimental effects of anger are recognized. There are many factors that are involved in the retention of this emotion. In many facets of human behavior anger is encouraged… as in sports. Anger at an enemy foreign or domestic is commonly fanned into a blaze. Even the main religions have a god that is not only jealous, but often angry.
Yet… how can it be expected that so illogical a thing as a human being can deduce that anger is affecting detrimental effects?
Posted in Reason
You can, if you put the effort into it, put yourself into a calmer state of existence. I suppose one might call the method a form of meditation. You simply do what Yoda asserted that Skywalker had to do to attain Jedi status. Concentrate on where you are, what is happening around you…. try to take it in all at once… it’s not easy, those things in life that have value most often are not easy. Be aware of your breathing. Be aware of the rustling of leaves. Breath in through your nose, out slowly through your mouth. Hear the distant beep of someone’s car horn… the roar of a Semi on the interstate nearby. If you have someone living with you be aware of their activities too. This is a strenuous thing to do, do it for as long as you can… the effects of the calming will last beyond your efforts.
So that’s where I am now. In a state of calm I do not often experience. My thoughts are clear, concise. My efforts easier, more precise. Feel it? You can do it. I know you can, as I am no one special possessing no great powers, no greater or lesser than anyone else’s.
Don’t expect it to last forever. It must be renewed again and again.
Posted in Reality, Reason
I am tired of people that make repeated, perhaps eternal, claims of victimhood. They have played the role so long, so loud, that I have become numb to them. I will no longer hear them. I will throw the claim back in their faces.
I am tired of those crying racism… because in the act of doing so they reveal that they themselves are racist.
I am tired of those crying harassment, discrimination, or a hundred other claims… because in the act of doing so they reveal their own bias.
I am tired of the myriad and endless numbers of groups claiming that they are being mistreated, harassed, discriminated against, and other wise annoyed. They can all collectively seek the nearest cliff and do a nosedive.
I am tired of people and their endless complaints about other people.
I am tired of people.