Archive for April, 2010

Everyday seems like doomsday

April 29, 2010

It seems we’re experiencing a cultural and economic decline, leading into a new, high-tech Dark Age. Don’t get me wrong.  Consumerism has probably given you brief flickers of fulfillment — but they are fleeting, and typically little is learned.  Still, you may say, capitalism gives us stuff to do with our lives. More importantly, you have stuff to do with your life. Supposedly, that’s what having a politico-economic system is all about. And, because we have so much stuff to do within it, a lot of thought must go into running it, right? It’s easy to assume that, quite often, society is run like an actual program — meaning people are capable of making relatively complex arrangements over flexible periods of time. And indeed they are. It sounds fine and good to me at first, too. However, the more I think about it, the less sustainable it sounds. Assuming the system is all that complex, much still goes overlooked. Hunger and poverty seem practically inevitable because, for a variety of reasons (none being any one person’s fault) many literally couldn’t produce their own food wherever they live. And, if you are consumer in our global economy, that’s a problem that will, in some way, relate and trace back to you some day. Chances are you drive a vehicle, and I won’t criticize you for it. We all have our convenient needs, and I don’t believe people are “evil” because they drive.   However, it actually does cause serious pollution problems, and, by that fact alone, contributes to social alienation.  The point is, we’re far from perfect, and our perennially new and improved global system clearly mimicks and enhances that fact.

Just some food for thought.

The quick, simple lesson we should have learned from September 11th.

April 12, 2010

In 2001 we learned that, for better or worse, the world can be changed in a single day. But a great, humanity-wide question was raised: Why are acts of violence so common? The quick answer is the quest for power. To a large extent we have “politics” because prevailing authorities, or aspiring ones, wish to conquer every nook and cranny of human understanding; to take over every single issue imaginable, and to shape us to their liking.  But a free society would not want that, and we don’t actually need it.  What are your thoughts?