Education, History, Politics, Satire, Social Commentary, Socialist

Expedient Evolution

What causes someone, particularly those who are in power, to change a conviction that is so deeply held that it is a part of a person’s identity?  The term evolution is associated with biology class and how lifeforms change over time.  However, in the political realm, if someone were to evolve they had a change of mind, and possibly heart, on various issues.  Many theories about evolution claim human beings were reptiles at one point in time and they evolved into the human beings that we know and hate.  In a symbolic sense, to devolve entails returning to the reptile stage because comparing a person to a reptile is an insult in our culture.  Looking at this in a skeptical light, politicians who change their views should be more closely associated with chameleons for their ability to blend into a background.  Like a chameleon, they adapt their outer appearance to their surroundings, but they are the same person inside.

On the surface, changing a stance on an issue is smart because agreeing with other people makes them more likable.  Likability is a major factor in getting people to support them no matter what the profession is because being likable means one can stay in that position and has more job security.  Being in tune with those in power in power requires certain personality traits, agreeableness being a big one, makes one more appealing.  Conversely, a politician who can read people and get them to support them will stand a better chance of getting elected.  A truly skillful person can adapt their views in a way that appears seamless and has very few inconsistences.  This task is made all the more difficult because over time people change their minds.

Unless someone is good enough to predict the future, most people have views that will appear retrograde fifty years in the future.  The trick to convincing people is to make it appear that they are not too transparent in their changing mindset.  It is amazing to hear a politician claim to be the voice of the people around election time, yet in the interim that populace streak is nowhere to be found.  On the opposite side, powerless people, especially ones from marginalized groups, may hide their true opinions in order to not offend those who are in power.  Go along to get along is a tough pill to swallow, but can be important for their career.  The difference is that for the marginalized group this is more of a survival tactic, while a politicians shifting views is an attempt to get/remain in power.

People say the admire conviction, but depending on ones status in society that may not work in their favor.  For those who are in power, especially politicians, any reptile is an apt metaphor for their behavior with snake being the best comparison.  Powerless people have to become chameleons in order to get their foot in the door.  Whenever the powerful adopt the chameleon traits they appear more snakelike because it is not necessary for them to do so.  The truth of the matter is that everyone has to make changes in their viewpoints, because if they don’t the world will leave them behind and the world can be a lonely place.  If people were completely honest all of the time and said what they really thought nobody would like them, because without a façade, most flaws would make them remotely attractive.

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Lucrative Love

Money can’t buy happiness is a cliché that feels nice to say, but is often contradicted by reality.  Another popular belief is that the key to happiness is having close, meaningful relationships with fellow human beings.  The thinking person would realize the link between close relationships and financial security is strong because money serves as a status marker.  Being financially secure leads to a greater opportunity to maintaining strong relationships because money not only buys access, but provides emotional security that allows one to confidently interact with others.  In a twisted way money serves as a form of Social Darwinism that creates winners and losers based on the luck of the draw.

The Social Darwinist nature of capitalism makes people strive to their utmost ability to prove themselves worthy of being acknowledged.  Everyone is entered into an unspoken competition with each other over friendships, companionship, and even the opportunity to improve ones status.  People want to cozy up to those with money so that they can have access to those who are well connected.  When it comes to the game of love, every woman is turned into a queen who rules the castle, not with an iron fist, but with a seductive gaze.  Improving ones status just makes someone exponentially a lot more appealing to be surrounded by.  Relations between two people always carries an imbalance of power: usually favoring males who have money and are seen as being powerful.  Men with money and power provide women with a sense of security that women can’t attain their own because men stand at the gates to keep them from true equality.

Attractiveness is subjective and the reason why some couples are together may not be clear by looking at them, but some couples stay in relationships and love is not the reason.  Another way of thinking of this is that having the appearance of being able to blunt any effects of an economic downturn makes them into the man of their dreams.  Being in this position allows men to be seen as naturally superior when that status is more the result of winning the lottery of life. On a related note, men who are born poor who never escape those material conditions, or are a part of a marginalized group have their mate value decreased substantially.  Men who are considered to have a low mate value will feel inadequate and possibly lash out at the world because they were thrown into the caste system of undesirables.

Having money and power leads to respect and the desire for people to bask in the light of the godhood they radiate.  People of high privilege and status tend to develop a sense of entitlement that will spill over into other areas of their life.  Men of more meager means who lack access to greater sources of power will fall behind and develop an inferiority complex because they do not measure up to arbitrary standards of desirability.  Resentment will build until the spirit becomes moribund, and little joy can be found in life.  Life situations such as this showcases the folly of thinking America is a classless society.


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Funny Thing About Feuds

Very few situations a person can find themselves in that are as emotionally taxing and devastating as being in a feud.  In works of fictions feuds are what makes stories dynamic and compelling enough to keep the readers attention, provided that the feud is surrounded by a compelling narrative.  Classic battles between the forces of good and evil continues to fascinate the public because that conflict covers familiar ground.  The reductive nature of good versus evil does not challenge people to think, which gets in the way of being entertained which works out well for attracting audiences.  Even our amorphous concept of reality people like to have a binary view of life situations because labeling things makes information much easier to process.  However, in real life feuds are hardly this simple when viewed through a critical lens.

The beginning of every feud starts off with ourselves or the side that we identify with as being the hero in any given situation.  Escaping a tendentious starting point is not easy and requires attempting to see the world through the antagonist point of view.  Being part of a feud makes walking in another person’s shoes difficult because they are seen as the enemy.  The value of trying to see the other person’s viewpoint is that it could provide new insight about how best to go about winning the feud.  This analysis presupposes that a feud is hostile and not a friendly rivalry for the sake of boosting ones own ego.  The semantics involved thus far implies that the participants are not on cordial terms.

People are attracted to feuds because strong, passionate feuds are what makes for the best, legendary stories in history.  War is a concept that comes to mind as it is so often framed in the history books that people read as kids.  One would be hard pressed to look through an American history text book and not find war being glamorized.  A large part of this is that binary thinking that eliminates nuance and sides in a conflict are reduced to pure evil or the brightest good.  One contradiction that people often have when picking sides in a conflict is that people say that they support the underdog, but they also want to back the perceived winner.  Inconsistencies such as this turns the concept of loyalty moot and support becomes merely a horse race.  The truth of the matter is that we vicariously wish to be on the winning side in a feud regardless if the side that wins is the underdog or the elite.

In large part, getting involved in a feud in our personal lives is unavoidable, but the damage can be mitigated with some wise thought and actions.  If one side approaches the conflict with a cool head and manages to maintain that mental condition events can proceed with much less drama.  The big problem with this approach is that emotions override logic and when tempers flare the conflagration can easily engulf everyone involved in the feud.  One side can attempt to put out the fire or all parties will be consumed by the flames.  A cool head can accelerate the process of the flames dying out if the other side does not add gasoline.  All things considered, the ending of a feud is determined by the intensity of the feud and the desire to douse the flames.

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Youthful Remembrance

Very rarely, does a person recognize something good happening when they are caught up in the moment.  Being able to appreciate a pleasurable event or outcome in that precise moment requires a great degree of concentration and mindfulness.  Endeavoring to achieve this mental state is made much more difficult by the break-neck speed American society has become accustomed to, as if being busy is a sign of ones importance.  One corollary of the fast paced society is that useful or important things in life will be ignored in favor of more pressing and trivial issues.  The disastrous result will be small things going unnoticed until they become big issues, or failing to savor the simple things in life.

During childhood this situation is especially noticeable because learning takes place which sets the stage for where one will go in life.  Only upon reflection and the passage of time altering memories does childhood appear to have been the best time in ones life.  Even the worst childhood experiences seem less severe because it is hard to understand the cruelty of reality at a young age.  Good memories become euphoric even if they were not so great; as evidenced by how poorly childhood entertainment holds up to contemporary standards.  Preserving the sanctity of childhood requires visiting the paradise of altered memory to avoid the cringe worthiness of outdated fads and entertainment.

Just being young and naïve plays a significant role in having a lack of awareness of the present and the inability to see the big picture of ones environment.  Life and mental energy is being consumed by matters that seem trivial in retrospect and recognize that one has dodged many bullets through the journey of life.  On the other hand, serious, depressing matters are less severe when one is unaware of the magnitude of various situations young people may find themselves in.  Ignorance can make for a happier and more fulfilling life until problems catch up to them, forcing an unpleasant confrontation with reality.  Whenever problems reach critical mass in a persons life, memories of a better, more blissfully ignorant time can help ease the pain.

Embracing the notion that the past does not matter can lead to a delusional and tranquil life, but being mentally prepared for the vagaries of life can lighten the beast of burden one carries on their back.  Young people view life through rosy spring fields that allows them to live in a fantasy land shaped by their imagination.  Getting older, the field has cloudy skies that thunder and rain changed the outlook of life substantially.  During these conditions the ground might turn muddy and covered with flies while vermin scurry across the field, but remembrance of getting through a bad experience can make a difficult situation more bearable.  No matter the problem, it is important to stop and think about what direction the past has taken one, so that the path forward will be more clear.


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Stone Age of History

The stone age did not end because the cavemen ran out of stones, as demonstrated by the fact that the masonry business is still in existence. What happened is that over time humanity evolves and advances beyond even its own preconceived notions. Although related to technology, this concept is important when accurately accessing the events of history and how those events should be viewed. Are major historical events collective efforts that sprung seemingly out of nowhere, or did some charismatic individual create the spark that led to major changes?

This brings the question of the chicken or the egg to the forefront of which is more important to focus on; individuals or a cohesive mass that rises up? American culture, with its individual ethos, favors major changes being made by individuals. This is a shallow view because this notion prevents people from seeing a deeper, richer, version of history that acknowledges the contributions of nameless foot soldiers. Another factor that influences major historical change is a change in cultural zeitgeist.

Keeping in mind the zeitgeist is important because they form the charismatic figures that are often studied in the history books. In all likelihood, the charismatic figures in the history books were aware of the changing mood of their environment, and seized it to create immediate change. People like sensational stories, this accounts for the popular viewpoint which ignores the possibility that other people could be doing similar things at the same time, but for some reason they are forgotten to history.

Those who are in power tend to define the popular narrative that history remembers. Once this narrative is set in the minds of people, any alterations attempted is extremely difficult to enact. When the stone age ended something better replaced it, which is a constant goal of human beings. This is the hope that we should have for humanity, that the next era will be better than the one that preceded it.

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Empathy Trap

There is a belief among many intellectuals, especially psychologist, that the best way to make peace with other people is through empathy. The reasoning is that putting oneself in the shoes of another and trying to mentally channel their experiences will create a sense of understanding by creating emotional bridges. In theory, if one is empathic enough, ones original feelings will be replaced with the person they are trying to understand. This sense of understanding can be a good thing or a bad thing depending upon the views of the one who is being reached out to. As great as this may appear this could be, this situation could be problematic if one adopts pernicious views of another, thus making them indifferent to the suffering of others.

Shame is seen as the antithesis of empathy because instead of building a bridge, shame makes people crawl into their silos. This is a dark silo that they would do anything to get out of so they can show their true selves without reproach. They would be happy to answer the clarion call of a demagogue who will arouse the spirit and inspire them to express disdain for marginalized groups. The aura of hate that will be generated will seem natural to them and externally destructive to the target of hate. These targets are easy pickings because they were never allowed to assimilate and have to fear their fellow countrymen.

Due to the power structure, it is those who are in power who are entitled to empathy because of who is seen as deserving. No matter how much hate is in the hearts of the powerful, society constantly urges us to treat their concerns as paramount even when espousing hate. What makes matters worse is that the majority relates to those who look like them more than the minorities who are in the same economic class. The views of minorities are often shut out to make way for members of the majority to talk about how civilization is decaying. The cause of that decay is a mongrel horde who are seeking equality which is framed as a takeover.

People speak as if empathy is the best trait one could have because empathy bridges gaps and nourishes humanities thirst for companionship. However, empathy can be dangerous because it can serve to condone hateful views that cause pain and misery to minorities. An important factor that contributes to this problem is if people can relate to those espousing hateful views, and the worst part is that some do not realize how their hate destroys humanity. The ultimate effect of having empathy for hate is that good intentions will turn into a cover for views that are verbally condemned, but tacitly supported.

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Praying Mantis

She is a praying mantis who is always on the hunt for a new mate to make a part of her. Always hopping around on hind legs from one man to another in search for a new parts to put on her mantle like a taxidermist. In her mind she is entitled to anything her cormorant eyes desire because she thinks she deserves to be treated like a queen. Very little planning goes into her attempts to satiating her ravenous hunger for men. This makes her dangerous because she is uninhibited by reason and operates on savage instinct. She shows absolutely no mercy, because that is her nature.

She is a predator with years of expertise in selecting her targets for destruction and humiliation. The trail of destruction she leaves in her wake is substantial enough that she can fertilize a garden with the remains of her unsuspecting victims. Not that she notices the devastation she created because she has moved on to seeking her next repast of cuckolds. In her mind men only exist to serve her every whim and fancy to satiate her overrated existence. Her intellectual capacities rotted away over time, what little she had to begin with, making her a being of pure id and unaware of the consequences of her actions.

Her victims are vulnerable men who are blinded by an unassuming demeanor and unaware of the situation they find themselves in. Often claiming to be the victim of circumstances she has unknowingly created in her effort devour innocent victims. She drops her exoskeleton to ensnare men by feigning sympathy to create an artificial connection with her intended prey. When the target is in her line of sight and is at his weakest; she strikes by tearing his head off, thus ending his life. She expresses no remorse for ending the life of truly innocent men, because she is aroused by violating a man’s dignity and reflects on the experience with glee.

It is in her nature, not nurture, that explains the lifestyle she has embarked upon. The term “jaws of death” is more than symbolic because the liquid secreted through her mandibles induces madness. She steals the possessions of everything her victim’s lifeless husk has, as if she had earned the items through honest work. It is hard to recognize the evils of the praying mantis when not fully aware of ones surroundings. Suffice it to say, a strong mental defense is the key to survival in dealing with the feminine wiles of the mantis.