Archive for June, 2014

The Indestructible Battle Design

June 24, 2014

Check out what you’re actually doing.
 Think about what you’re going to make.
 Abuse the privilege of self-reflection from time to time.
 Give the occasional impromptu performance, because that form of might
called Creativity can be yours.
Being alone or lonely isn’t always terrible.
Sometimes, by leaving people behind or by being left behind,
you are reminded of what you actually have — whatever it is —
and it may be a time of self-realization.
Conversely, it may be a time of self-denial.
Be careful either way.
Overcome fears related to budgeting, because the economic system is largely
 bullshit anyway.

The indestructible battle design prevents society from being totally reformed,
or totally destroyed — unless perhaps a meteor hits the earth and wipes us all out (or something to that effect).
What do I mean by the indestructible battle design?
These systems of thought, both formal and informal, intentional or not,
 which collectively and individually shape human interactions and systems
 of thought to always be in  conflict with each other and themselves, even
 when they seem to “work”.
Some elements of this design are surely by nature in general, as opposed
to what we call “human nature,” but they structurally make up our break downs,
yet we rely on them just the same.
Because of this, shouting is not always enough to get your way. 
There are always louder groups than whatever particular one you
find yourself in on a given issue.
Sometimes stop shouting and start thinking and talking.
If you think enough, it will eventually be harder to be a total idiot,
even if you’re not the greatest thinker.
You will make some observations that are difficult to refute.
For example, I often tell conservatives that if they object to people being
 on welfare, offer these people employment, money, or a place to live.
If critics can’t do any of those things, or refuse to, they are just throwing
around words and won’t actually accomplish anything.
If you tell them, “Stop being lazy and get a job!,” then put your money where
your mouth is.
If you cannot offer a real alternative to their situation,
people should be skeptical of your claims otherwise from a grander, philosophical
perspective.
See, that I believe is a valid point, with plenty of practical merit.
It’s hard to debunk the logic in it.

I would say similar things about theft.
If you are generous to people, yes, some might eventually abuse your generosity
by expecting it all the time, but these people are at least somewhat
 less likely to steal from someone who is nice to to them anyway.
Why steal when all someone has to do is ask?
From there I will say it’s not enough to generate the business half of life
and leave it at that.
Even from a business-savvy perspective, it makes sense to cultivate some
personal relationships that are mutually beneficial.
The alternative is to lead a disparate local existence with
no relief from extended middle fingers.

If you make too many enemies you increase the odds of facing trouble.
Speaking of trouble, people spend way too much time believing jail or
prison solves — or even addresses — society’s troubles.
Bars for them equal freedom.
Is it a failure to act responsibly to ask whether concrete
cells are good enough to really address a problem?
Unfortunately, many people do not see need to ask such questions,
and simply internalize the status quo.
They are mostly dabbling in a mythology, if they think about such
things at all.
What about a concrete cell actually addresses some root cause of a
given problem?
It merely conceals it, at best.
It’s also cruelty.
Certainly it sometimes inflicts cruelty on someone who was willfully cruel,
but that is not always the case anyway.
For example, I’ve heard of a man who left his baby in a car
while he was at work, and the baby died from the heat.
In response, someone argued that the man should be imprisoned
as a murderer.
I explained that it may not be murder at all but neglect,
that people are capable of doing stupid things, and that
putting him in jail probably won’t really accomplish anything.
After all, did the possibility of punishment prevent this particular neglect?
Obviously not.
From there it simply follows that it won’t likely prevent similar events.
To top it off, I even suggested that this parent (or anyone like him)
 may not have been a neglectful “monster” all the time, but possibly
just on this one occasion.
What were common sense considerations for me apparently were ever elusive
to this person, which illustrates how far down the pike we’ve gone
from being an intellectual society.
None of those are particularly brilliant observations, but plain
and entry level ones.  Still, I had to be the one to step in and make them,
possibly in the face of condemnation.
As Emma Goldman once said, it is easier to condemn than to think.
It is also easy to fuck up in life changing ways, like that guy probably did.
In the broader sense, this is what people have done all around.
The human race has fucked up, but we’ll take it all out on some idiot,
just so we’ll feel better about ourselves.
Of course, we’ll forget about our outrage at that instance when a new issue
comes along, and pretend we’re accomplishing something grand.
Again we will say, “We’ll never be like that person!”
Meanwhile, systematic and ideology-based abuses continue to flourish,
including in those places we send these neglectful or evil criminal fools.
We’ll tend to ignore systematic abuses because they belong to the
 indestructible battle design, and redesigning anything requires too much thought.
It’s out of our control, right?
That’s why you should occasionally sit and quietly think.
Check out what you’re actually doing.
You have probably missed a few details.

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