The Myth of Modern Day Social Equilibrium

The balance of power just shifts, is all…

Modern people like to think that we are civilized, that we have come a long way in the course of human development, but we are not. We haven’t changed a bit.

The moment that conditions change and former underclass finally reaches the point that they (rightfully!) enjoy the same rights and protections as everyone else; a large number of them turn around and use that newfound power to persecute those they perceive had the boot on their neck in the past. Not the actual people, mind you, just anyone that represents that other class.

They do it recklessly, with complete abandon. They target individuals. They are openly hypocritical, but they know that the protection of their status as an underclass will protect them from being called out on it. They ruin lives and wreck innocent businesses, people, and families in their lust for revenge to tear down anyone who resembles the group who oppressed their ‘people’.

They talk a great game about reaching equilibrium, about equality for all and how everyone should enjoy the same rights and privileges, but the moment that equilibrium is reached, a large percentage of them start looking for ways to make others suffer. They rationalize that they are just out to champion the cause, that they are just ferreting out every last remnant of the bigotry that kept them down, but they are simply on a Crusade. It’s all they have known, and they can’t put down their swords.

They will rape and pillage wherever and however they can; maybe not in a literal sense, but certainly with what tools they have available. Lacking a real, personified enemy, they will continue to ravage the countryside, eventually enslaving whoever they can to their own ideas and whims.

They are cowards. They won’t pick on another underclass that would follow through on threats of violence, one that actively and violently persecutes them and kills them in less ‘advanced’ cultures, no, they pick on a group that would never do that. That makes them cowards.

I shouldn’t have to explain what makes them bigots.

We haven’t improved a bit. We just have different tools and more advanced methods of hurting and ruining each other. The balance just shifts, is all.

For all of our hubris, many of us are still, at heart, uncivilized bigots and cowards who will not hesitate to lord any power we have over any underclass or group that we can. Calling ourselves an ‘underclass’ or ‘persecuted’ in order to justify our actions is just more sniveling cowardice.

It’s a shame, really. But it’s human nature to lie to ourselves.

Sitting on the Edge

Just some random thinking from today…

Somewhere along the line we went from a vivacious culture of active, individualist go-getters who believed heavily in self-reliance, self-sacrifice, and clear priorities, to a dependent, muddied-view culture of reality TV, It’s-not-my-job, let-someone-else-carry-the-load couch sitters who want someone else to pay the way.

The damage is cumulative, and the more people that sign on to that paradigm, the more likely the rest are to shrug their shoulders and join their friends on the couch.

What a small-government, liberty minded minority is advocating is hard, it’s the hard way. It requires effort, responsibility, and critical thought. Our national system does not teach that anymore. In fact, our current crop of public servants, who fancy themselves as leaders and as authority, discourage the entire mindset. They do it because it foments an attitude of reliance upon them, empowering them with more control over the lives of the citizens of this nation.

We are sick. A malignant cancer presenting itself as the shining solution ravages our national body and mind and the only final result is an unrecoverable flat line. Its insipid tendrils creep out from D.C. and they infect individuals first, and then groups, and then entire populations.

What is the cure? And are we (as a whole) willing to undergo the necessary procedure? How can that happen when a majority won’t even recognize that we are sick and dying?

These are the things I think about as my feet dangle over the bottomless canyon of despair.

Know Your Place

Where do you stand?

When speaking of children, it’s easy to get into debates with regard to how to raise them; what’s appropriate and what isn’t what is too harsh or what might be too coddling.

The following is a list of things that might seem perfectly normal depending on personal philosophy.

  • When they misbehave, you scold them.
  • When they challenge authority, you punish them.
  • When they don’t want to share, you make them share or maybe take their stuff away.
  • When they are aggressive, you shut them down, maybe even medicate them.
  • When they say what you judge to be inappropriate, you reprimand them and perhaps punish them.
  • When they play games that hurt no one but that you judge to be ‘inappropriate’ or wrong, you prohibit them from playing in that manner, or make it difficult for them to do so.
  • When they call another person names, you lecture them.
  • When they get into a fight, you punish them by restricting them.
  • When they are offensive, you censure them.
  • When they don’t want to contribute their fair share, you take their things away.
  • When they daydream, you force them to focus with drugs or therapy.
  • When they express their opinion unasked, you shush them.

One could argue that everything on that list is more or less common place when it comes the discussion regarding the teaching, control, and raising of children, right?

But look at that list again. Go ahead, I’ll wait…

What if I wasn’t talking about parents and children? What if I were talking about your relationship with the government? Does that change your perspective on that list?

Welcome to how your government sees you.

Once you see that in context, it’s very easy to add to that list, isn’t it? You could add that when you exercise basic human rights the government doesn’t like, the government does its level best to ridicule you and shame you.

You could add that when you refuse to follow government defined ‘norms’, you are shunned and your judgment is called into question.

You could also say that when you ask uncomfortable questions, you are defined as a radical and your character is impugned… the list is practically endless.

Everything has been turned upside down. The government is not our parents. The government has chosen to ignore that they are not the authority, they are simply the chosen representatives of the authority wielded by the true government, We The People; the citizens of this once-great country. The men and women who serve in government are not the authority; they are servants of the collective authority of We The People.

And they have forgotten that one, very important point.

What’s more profoundly important and disturbing is that We The People have forgotten that as well. We have. And that is a horrible thing. What once made us great, something that we have every right to be proud of; is that as Americans, we once had our hands on the yoke of our own destiny; from the individual all the way up to the entire nation; but that is gone.

We have been reduced to a divided group of bickering hens that would rather lie on the couch, eating chips out of a bag, while we watch the latest reality show or sports event. Most people would prefer to do that, than to actually stand and take a hand in steering our own course. We long ago shrugged a lazy shrug and handed our destiny over to power hungry, greedy lawyers who have more interest in their own enrichment, than they have a sense of duty to their country and their fellow man.

We have set about destroying ourselves from within; something that we were amply warned would be the case. And like so many other things we have put our hands to, we did a bang-up job of it.

But it might not be too late. There might still be time to set our course right, if enough people care. If enough people are willing to get up off of the couch and bust out of their comfort zone. If enough people have the will, and the heart, and the tenacity to take a chance on losing it all in an effort to regain what we once were, what it was once our destiny to be. We could get it all back.

It’s all lost anyway, if we don’t wake up.

The question is; will that happen? Are you willing to fight? To dedicate what the youngest and the ‘least’ among us signed up for when they volunteered to defend this country and its people from all enemies, foreign and domestic? Do you have the cajones?

Or will you gladly let others shoulder that burden while you lazily drink your craft beer you’re so proud of; and you work your way through that bag of chips as you tiredly root for the meaningless outcome of your favorite sports event?

Do you Know Your Place?

Facts & Narrative; Science & Faith; Heaven & Earth

Balance is a never-ending effort…

I find it fascinating that people of all stripes will consider a scientific fact indisputable only when it fits their agenda or belief system, but reject it out-of-hand as conjecture when it doesn’t.

This may get a little complicated, so stick with me. Then again, I could even lose track of my own narrative here. If that happens, it means that it’s time to start drinking. I have my tequila bottle right here.

What’s wrong with us? I know that we’re not necessarily a logical creature, a completely rational creature, but where did it all go wrong? Have we become so wrapped up in agendas that we are willing to sacrifice rationality and fact for the sake of our point of view ‘winning’ out?

Back in the early 1970’s, we were going through a cold spell. There was widespread panic and there were a lot of people who realized that they could benefit monetarily and politically by spreading that panic and keeping an edge on the population.

As it turns out, the ‘Global Freeze’ never happened; it looks as though that period was simply a natural occurrence in the cycle of how this amazing planet responds to outside stimuli (the sun and its cycles, gravitational effects, etc.) and internal stimuli (weather patterns, populations of respective species, tidal fluctuations, etc.).

We all breathed a sigh of relief and we moved on with our lives, though the event did impress upon the human race that we should be more conscious of how we treat our planet; that we should participate on support of the natural thermostat that is this planet and do what we can to reduce our footprint.

That’s a good thing. Not everyone enlisted in the cause, but that’s to be expected.

Then, as the sun was going through a raging bout of sunspot activity, we started to panic again. This time it started to get warm. Again those with less than a modicum of integrity realized they could use the natural changes and adaptations of the earth to enrich their coffers and their careers. They gathered ‘evidence’ and subsidized scientists and economists, they made movies and perpetuated another panic, this time it was Global Warming.

Which lasted about as long as the Global Freeze, with the same exact outcome; a move back to a baseline (Global temperatures have been steady or dropping for more than eighteen years and the polar ice caps are as deep and as strong as ever). But that didn’t stop, and still doesn’t stop, those who can benefit in any way from screaming lies everywhere they can. Phrases like ‘The science is settled’ and ‘global consensus’ became buzzwords that convinced people who didn’t care to actually do the research for themselves to panic again, and spread that panic. We never learned our lesson.

There is a balance that we need to strike, science is pretty clear about that. Can we afford to rely solely on non-renewable resources and continue to suck the planet dry? Of course not. That would be silly and short-sighted to think so, but it doesn’t mean that we should stop making the best of what we have.

Can we afford to invest completely in natural renewable resources, mostly at the tip of the government spear? No, of course not. The science just isn’t there yet. Though we do need to be real clear about alternate resources and stop suppressing research that could get us there quicker. It may not be widespread, but there are greedy people and greedy corporations who will do what they can to keep alternatives down, alternatives that will cost them money and profits in the long run. It would be foolish to think that doesn’t happen.

But while there are people in the middle like myself who can see and appreciate both sides of the issue, there seems to be a large and vocal contingent on each side who are more than happy to ignore scientific facts that disagree, as well as support only the studies that endorse, the narrative that will result in a more positive light on their side.

It’s a power struggle, a huge tug of war for egos that in the end results in nothing really getting done. And it results in over-the-top government waste and spending that gains us nothing, except providing a payoff. Meanwhile, the marker keeps moving back and forth over the center line.

And global climate change isn’t the only thing that is up for grabs.

Consider the fact that science keeps redefining the point at which life begins in the womb as viable. That point actually keeps getting redefined as closer to birth. But since each side sees it as an all-or-nothing struggle, each side refuses to give an inch. People who would endorse abortion are hesitant to give any ground for fear that they will lose what they have ‘gained’ all together. At the same time, pro-life people are hesitant to refer to the science because that might give the abortionists credence and therefore they might lose ground or credibility.

With actual lives in the balance, no one will cede for fear their faction will lose ground and/or power with regards to the issue.

And the examples don’t end there. Anywhere you look, any issue you look at, hold the same examples, the same seeds of rivalry and bids for power.

We like to think that we have evolved, but we still separate ourselves into tribal factions and fight like the dickens over everything! Even beyond the scope of the rationality of our own argument or even or position.

It might sound like I tend towards endorsing science as a baseline for answers, and to a certain extent I do. What science we have developed has given us answers through a process that we can follow, put the answer in our actual hands, so to speak. But I’m also very aware that science is not infallible. Science changes its stance on issues, even major and sometimes seemingly simple issues, every single day.

Moreover, science is every bit as fallible as the people who wield it.

Too often the ‘answers’ we arrive at through a scientific method are a direct result of where the funding comes from for that particular research. Man is an animal that is very wrapped up in self-preservation. If finding the ‘wrong’ answer or even arriving at a final conclusion means that you lose funding and your ability to feed your family, or even your ability to just feed your greed, a lot of scientists will find a way to keep that funding rolling in.

Or answers can even come from something as innocent as a preconceived bias. A fancy way of saying that we get the answers we are looking for. We’re only human, after all.

That being said, I don’t discount faith either, or the power of focused thought and meditation, also known as prayer. There is too much we don’t know about the universe. Too much that we would be foolish to discount as viable and effective. Just because we find an answer to something, doesn’t mean that another answer or method doesn’t exist. Like anything else, there’s a balance to strike, and it’s not easy to know where the balance point is.

One thing is clear to me. Locking one’s self into one point of view or the other, into one belief system or another and refusing to entertain outside thought is not the point of balance.

In the end, Shakespeare had a point. “There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy”.