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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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History, Politics, Social Commentary, Socialist

Alternative History

Let us imagine a future dictated by reactionary forces writing the history books. The past would be different with vital parts missing that was once usually taught in schools. These specific parts that are elided focus on marginalized people and labor organizing for their fair share. Those accounts are replaced with heroes who are avatars of rugged individualism who flourish in Ayn Rand novels. George Orwell’s quote will ring true: who controls the past will control the future, who controls the present controls the past.

True causes of events will be obscured and distorted beyond recognition. Shay’s rebellion was about nutcases instead of people who were angry about taxes that benefit the rich. The civil war was about state’s rights and other myriad causes that have nothing to do with slavery. Unions are evil anarchist and terrorist instead of an organization that brings democracy in the work place. Book burnings of socialist authors such as Upton Sinclair, Sinclair Lewis, Norman Thomas, and Herbert George Wells will be conducted. America The Beautiful and This Land Is My Land will be declared obscene because those songs were written by subversives. The Pledge of Allegiance will be replaced with bible hymns.

In this grim future the film Birth of a Nation will be seen as a prophetic documentary. Gilded Age captains of industry are the best Americans that were ever produced. Bible questions will start to appear on standardized test thus blurring the line between church and state. Sea levels will rise and flood the Gulf Coast and people will think it is an act of god. The collective intelligent quotient of the American people will dip below 65.

This future can be avoided if the truth is told constantly and reinforced thought teaching the younger generations. It is important to wage a culture war about what stories about the past that are told. Stories about the past can serve as an inspirational guide towards the road to the future. Different parts of the country have different histories as exemplified by what southerners call the war of northern aggression. One positive thing about this phenomena is that this war is not bloody yet.

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Social Commentary

Satire

Social critics, commentators, and teachers often say there is truth in satire. By definition satire is based in truth and humor is used to make a comment about a particular subject. Comedy often seems to be more important than the truth when it comes to satire. While it takes a tremendous amount of skill to be a great satirist, it is not always the most effective form of communication.

The important thing about satire is that it is rooted in intellectualism. Confusion is created when interpreting satire because certain segments of American culture embraces anti-intellectualism. In order for satire to work, the receiver would have to be familiar with the source material and references. The likelihood of the comment being understood the first time around depends on the popularity of the subject matter. If the receiver does not understand the subject matter, the point will be easily missed, and as the Joker says; if you have to explain a joke, then it is not funny.

Although satire can open a few eyes, it does not inspire lasting changes in points of view. In order to change a person’s viewpoint, an anvil has to be dropped, and that is hard to do under guffaws. Comedy is meant to distract people from their problems and not necessarily to make them think about critical issues. Embracing comedy as a distraction would require avoiding satire that is polemical. In the end, satire is relegated to a joke with much of the nuance stripped away for mass consumption.

Satire may not be a great agent of social change but it does serve a purpose. Creativity is required for satire to work which is a great way of expanding intelligence. Getting at a truism in a subversive way is probably the only time an audience is exposed to that particular viewpoint. It is such a shame that in American culture addressing polemics needs the mask of comedy. In this country, the only way to speak the truth is as a joke.

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Social Commentary

Nobel Laureate

The electoral president Donald J. Trump has just been awarded the highest, unexpected honor no one could have imagined; the Nobel prize for literature. He is being rewarded for his writings on the social media platform known as Twitter. Within the span of 140 characters he has managed to misinform the uneducated masses of America. Speaking his mind and letting everyone know how he is going to ruin the country before and after inauguration. As the electoral president, he has chosen an innovative way to bypass the lamestream media and go straight to the dittoheads.

The electoral president is now in the company of the greats of literature like George Bernard Shaw, Thomas Mann, Sinclair Lewis, and John Steinbeck. His concise, delicate tweets make the world take notice and ask how he can come up with this stuff. Only a mad genius can come up with the thoughts he sends out and announces to the world that he is an egomaniac who demands to be the center of attention. His dedication to getting his message out is evident by the fact that he is informing the public at 3 A.M. and likely has an insomnia issue. Such talent cannot be outmatched due to the sheer grandiosity of his vision to make America hate again.

The electoral president reminds us of our constitutional rights we take for granted by promising to violate them. He reminds us that the best way to drain a swamp is to fill it with ravenous crocodiles who eat out of the public trough. He demonstrates his skills by showing what a master hostage negotiator does by giving into the demands of economic terrorist. He uses Twitter to show how he is an expert player of the dozens, thus showing how a boss handles those beneath him. He combines the most admirable traits the worst presidents: the cronyism of George W. Bush, the blind eye to corruption of Warren G. Harding, the internecine nature of Benjamin Harrison, and the disregard of the law demonstrated by Richard Nixon.

With this selection of the Nobel prize to Donald J. Trump, we hope to become relevant again. We did not get the boost in attention we needed from giving the peace prize to a warmongers like Henry Kissinger and other leaders who have waged wars. In the spirit of the founder of the prize, Alfred Nobel, we decided to honor someone who likes to blow stuff up. No one represents the ethos of post-truth reality: where facts and opinion are indistinguishable from each other than, Donald J. Trump. The dignity of this award-and America- has just sunk to a new low.

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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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