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

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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A Nonconformist View, Education, History, Politics, Satire, Social Commentary, Socialist

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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A Nonconformist View, Satire

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.

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A Nonconformist View, Education, History, Politics, Social Commentary, Socialist, Uncategorized

Bleeding Heart

When the blood stops flowing from the bleeding heart life ends in a literal and metaphorical sense. A bleeding heart is someone who cares about others out of a sense of human decency and bonds that link humans to each other. Blood pumping out of the heart is not eternal and could get blocked by events orchestrated by outside forces. When those forces are too great, a person is left moribund and surviving on life support in critical condition. This situation is closer to a death by a 1,000 cuts than death by suicide.

Bleed hearts flowing with rich blood gives life to humanity and compassion for even the least amongst us. For various reasons-based on the individual-they work tirelessly to make the world a better place and bring a little sunshine to the darkness of life. People around them may think them naïve, but must respect their commitment to improvement of the lives of those around them. The world is changed, hopefully for the better, by those who care enough to work for change, and not by the apathetic and the pernicious. The world usually does not return the favor which cast a dark cloud upon reality and continued efforts to improve the future.

The problem with having a bleeding heart is that sharks smell blood and will attack at the first opportunity available. They find the blood of the bleeding heart delicious and because of their ravenous nature, their greed will devour as much blood as possible. Drawing from the rich nutrients of the blood, the sharks can feed for a long time because the supply is in abundance. The sharks have shallow, decrepit hearts which makes feasting on fresh blood necessary. The sharks will devour the world and will not stop until the bottomless well of their needs are satisfied.

What society lacks is a sufficient appreciation of the bleeding heart, which serves to prevent new life from forming. Before long, a new generation will become stone cold from an emotional standpoint, which will produce a legion of emotional zombies; fully functional humans who can simulate emotions at best instead of feeling them. Compassion and sincerity will end and be replaced with selfishness and rugged individualism. If this trend persist, a new era will slowly be created in which society will be unrecognizable and worse off than before. This grim trend could be prevented only if people could observe a universal standard of decency and respect.

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Education, History, Politics, Social Commentary, Socialist

Kakistocracy

It should not come as a surprise to observers of American culture that this republic has become a kakistocracy. The worst, least qualified people are running the government; the lunatics have taken over the asylum. In a democracy the politicians are representative of the people, which highlights the twilight of the republic. Electing a leader should be a logical, deliberative decision, and not an emotional outburst of anger. American society has denigrated the intelligent and championed the asinine which is a breeding ground of corruption.

There is nothing wrong with a working class that uses their hands with which to sell their labor. The problem is that many people in this society choose to remain unaware of what is going on in the world and how elected officials make their plight worse. Most people are unaware of how public policy is connected to private pain and people voted against their best interest. Being able to relate to a candidate and feeling that they represent us is a great feeling, but not realizing how much data and market research goes into crafting the public persona is shows a lack of analytic thought.

This situation is reminiscent of the classic tale of the scorpion and the frog; a story where the frog helps a scorpion cross a pond and the scorpion kills the frog during the journey because it was in his nature. People vote for politicians who reflect their values they wish to enforce on others. Values which in reality are unenforceable because people value different things. America often espouses the virtues of a meritocracy, yet societal success is often based on personal connections. Nepotism is a cultural trait more acceptable than competence as long as we fell comfortable with those whom we know. Living in such a bubble will suffocate the decision makers makes the culture incestuous.

The worst people imaginable have somehow come to power and people seem to have no problem with this situation which is of their own making. In America the lower the melanin count the more one can benefit from the kakistocracy. Anti-intellectual currents run through the American bloodstream and the people are too distracted to notice. The problem with anti-intellectualism is that it is a poison that will destroy the country. There is no panacea for this problem, which makes this situation dire. In a perfect world a working class clerisy words would be heeded for directions to working class tranquility.

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Education

Culture Clash

No one can truly pinpoint an American culture. The differences between geography, demographics, and natural resources is quite stark. Similarities may be found in clusters, but for the most part-the further one travels, the more cultural worlds diverge. Despite being citizens of the same country, wandering too far from the region of origin gives one the feeling of being a stranger in a strange land, thus creating a culture clash.

Personality, culture, and experience vary from place to place. These facets unite people in clusters, yet ensconce them from outsiders. When an outsider wanders into a different culture-the natives might as well be aliens; for that is how the natives perceive the outsider. Personality, culture, and experience serve as the building blocks for culture, and culture is a defining characteristic of a region.

Barriers are not always physical constructs. A closed mind can block the outside world to new concepts more effectively than a physical wall. If one were to break through a mental wall, they might find commonalities with a stranger, but only if one is willing to seek commonalities. However, breaking down cultural barriers is usually difficult, especially when fear is present.

Cultural factions are comfortable because of the sense of inclusion it provides. Reinforcing preconceived notions feels great, but it stagnates the mind and soul. Staying in the usual comfort zone is an cultural dead end. There are various forces at work that keep people from uniting, and those forces prevents the advancement of culture.

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Education

Dignity of Work

Out of all of the virtues America extols, few are held in such high reverence as the dignity of work. It is supposedly based on the so-called Protestant work ethic; implying that people who are not Protestants are inferior. We value work over any other activity in our culture, including leisure. This has been promoted to the point that what we do for work is our identity. However, our view of work and the experience of the proletariat has presented many social problems.

When we think about the dignity of work, we do not think about slave labor. Slave/free labor built most of the economy of the western hemisphere. Treatment and conditions were exploitative and humiliating with no reward or regard for human dignity. The practice was so lucrative it never really went away. The only change is the location of the slaves and the color of their skin. Seeing as how slave labor is used to make most of our modern conveniences, people try not to think about that issue too much. As long as we do not have to look them in the eye we can pretend that technology we use everyday is a reward from God for all of our hard work.

Making enough money to have a comfortable living is what makes work dignifying. Working for employers who pay their workers a pittance is a shame. With the massive disparity that workers surplus value creates there is no reason the proletariat should have to rely on the government to survive. Society views the lumpenproletariat as somehow deserving their station in life so the problem will continue. Precariousness has led to people becoming unquestioning servants to moneyed interest.

The leisure society portrayed by the Jetsons is just a fantasy despite technological advances.   The idea that people will be defined by their leisure more than their work  was within our grasp.  Americans love the concept of work, but look down upon people who do manual labor. We celebrate Labor Day, but that is seen as the last day is summer.  Class issues are rarely discussed in America, which is why we are truly exceptional.

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