Social Commentary

Blowback

It seemed like a good idea at the time can be a funny justification for just about any regrettable decision. One subject that wonderfully falls into this category are the carefree decisions of youth. Youth is traditionally thought of as a time when one can recover from mistakes without suffering irreparable harm is a rational interpretation of what it is like to be young. However, some decisions can blowback in inimical ways.

This concept nicely fits into situations that involves a flash of anger: succumbing to the id portion of the brain when the rational decision making switch in the brain is turned off. Given a worse case scenario the consequences can be long and everlasting in a bad way. Someone can get hurt or lose their life because someone had a momentary lapse of judgment is possible. This broad example illustrates how a life an change at the drop of a hat.

The business community usually employs a parochial type of thinking which is susceptible to blowback. Their decisions are myopic to the point of destruction that emanates from the company and could have deleterious effects on others who have nothing to do with the business. This is enabled by the thinking that money should be made as quickly as possible and make as much money as possible and all will be well. They are blissfully unaware that there are non-financial cost to their decisions. That damage to the company in terms of their reputation which can hurt the bottom line.

Overthrowing a foreign leader and imposing a dictator is a classic example of blowback. This is one of those mistakes that people never seem to learn from as demonstrated by the fact that it has continued unabated for decades. The country that made the decision to overthrow another country is surprised as to why the citizens of the overthrown country is resentful. This classic example shows what is wrong with thinking about instant gratification. A little consideration toward the future can prevent a lifetimes worth of pain.

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Social Commentary

Selfishness

There is no such ting as society; only individuals. This sentiment was uttered by Margaret Thatcher, the former Prime Minister of England, about mutual cooperation and looking out for one another. Every person should look after their own welfare and ignore the plight of others. This line of reasoning promotes an unfeeling notion that there is no need to care for anyone else unless it suits ones personal interest.

Selfishness as a virtue has been promoted throughout the industrialized world by people who elected them to office. This view promotes the idea that society has made a wrong turn by showing compassion and the only correction is austerity. Might makes right is the unofficial mantra of people who have selfish beliefs. Worshipping at the cult of self is seen as the only deity worth acknowledging. The voices and opinions of others is immaterial in the grand scheme of things.

One of the sayings on dollar bills in America is E. Pluribus Unum which is Latin for “out of many, one”. One would think this serves as a reminder of unity, but that is often ignored or most people are unaware of what that saying means. The meaning of words and what they stand for wither away over time, or have the context changed completely.

Selfishness is a belief system that sees sympathy as effeminate and repulsive. This usually applies to others, especially people who belong to marginalized groups. Strangers are seen as abstractions who do not have the same value as others one can relate to on a personal level. They believe people’s problems are of their own making and do not deserve help. If this way of thinking continues, we will have a nation where people suffer in silence.

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End of Days

Life has devolved into a sterile existence that has lost all meaning. The quotidian routine is leading to a spiritual death that leaves us in limbo. No signs of life is apparent due to a lack of meaningful stimulation. People have become inured to this state of affairs. We have starting to accept this as kismet;the end of their days is rapidly approaching.

Escaping into banal entertainment has become the norm as a way to escape the drudgery of life. The intelligent quotient is getting lower every passing day. This phenomena is so widespread that no one recognizes when they, or others have fallen into the abyss of fantasy. Always seeking distractions as a form of pleasure has lead to ignoring what happens in reality.

Paradoxically advancing and retrogressing at the same time: the problems have disappeared by pretending they went away, yet getting worse because they will come back when one steps foot into reality. We can surrender to technology and let it do the thinking for us. Before we know it, we will become so disconnected from reality that technology will replace our human identities, thus leaving us moribund.

The sterilization of life has lead to a false sense of freedom and security. The sedentary mindset creates a sense of helplessness that is hard to overcome. No true thoughts of originality emanate from a mind which has become vapid from disengagement. The mind will become an empty husk that had all of its potential sapped out. Without the will or effort to strive for a better future, a wasted life is the result being unable to face problems head on.

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Pandora’s Box

Pandora’s Box has been opened by mysterious forces that attacked the mind. All of the problems in life came bursting out without warning. A world of destruction and anomie was spilling out at an alarming rate. Life was so much more simpler and satisfying before the box was opened. Now it is too late to undo the opening of the box or stem the damage.

What emerged from the box was quite frightening and unexpected. It was a mirror into a past that was long forgotten, leading one to thing it is a harbinger of things to come. The sepulchral memories vividly come to life and every regret and transgression every committed and received is resurrected and haunts the living. The disturbing thing is that the problems were buried for an understandable reason.

Burying the problems seemed like a good idea at the time, but that may not have been the best decision. The problems were too painful to face so they were mostly ignored; mostly because it was easier to hope that they go away. The problems did go away for a time, but they kept coming back again and again. Every time they come back, they are stronger than the last time.

The problems were intractable before and they still remain so. Unable to receive assistance due to the nature of the problems being too individualistic in nature. They behave in a similar manner to bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. Realizing the situation is dire and grim and there is no other way to handle it. Every resource available must be used to put the problems back in the box forever. Only time will tell if one is successful in defeating the problems by making a box that is strong enough to keep the problems in check.

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Loneliness

Loneliness is a brutal mistress who will help one along the way to an early grave. She knows all of your fears, insecurities, and vulnerabilities. Her intimate knowledge of ones thought process allows her to know your every move before a move is made. Whenever one is at their lowest ebb she will whisper into your ear; nobody wants to be with you,otherwise you would not be lonely.

If your life had any value people would be lining up to be with you and your phone would be ringing constantly. At the very least, someone would check up on you to see how you were doing. Just to screw with the mind she reminds you of all the parties you were not invited to and all of those deceptive online photos of friends smiling when you are not around. She reminds you that the only use you have to other people is when they need something that benefits them.

By this point she has severed most of your connection to humanity. Very little vitality remains of those tenuous, fragile connections once shared with others. Most of that energy has fled to others who are more worthy of their time and compassion. They find others more exciting, successful, and filled with opportunity. Leaving one listless and filled with madness that the situation will not improve.

Loneliness is one of the worst lovers a person could ever have. She is the worst mental abuser anyone could ever know; which will turn to physical abuse in a psychosomatic way. She brings about the worst tendencies in just about anyone and has no compunctions about it. What is left is the charred remains of a person who has no sense of harmony, security, and common sense. She will make a person their own worst enemy.

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