I wonder if I will actually stay in the US. The country and society is far too chaotic to stand on its own; too chaotic within itself to make itself a viable social structure for the time being.
Too many people are allowed to have an equal voice whose opinions don’t merit equal weight in the conversation. Too much ignorance given too much leeway within our social and government worlds. We lack a truly professional and effective government that works for the public as a whole, as opposed for just the business elites and we, as a people, are proving ourselves consistently inept at getting what we need and want from our government and the well-endowed interests who have purchased access to our policy-making world above the public at large.
I see no end in sight and no real point in sticking around trying to save this neurotic society from itself. It is definitely true that other societies have their own neuroses and problems within themselves. However I think they are more likely to be willing to accept the medicine that I’ve got to offer, mainly because, their heads aren’t so far up their asses with notions that freedom is something that is inherent in this universe and is something that is valuable relative to one’s own survival, well-being, and freedom to otherwise act within the natural laws and conditions of the universe. Many other people don’t seem to think that reality is something where everyone’s opinion has an equal weight relative to common reality. Existence is truly a dictatorship. You can either accept the natural laws that are discovered, or die trying to go counter to them. It’s your “choice”. I for one am not interested in staying around for the fallout that will result from our tendencies to believe things that aren’t real or to lose grounding with what is intuitively and consistently present in front of us. Unless something changes within the society of the United States, such that we, as a people, are motivated, capable, and willing to effectively remove the dunces from our government and to permanently ignore the rest of them in our society, I see no further point in exhausting my efforts with this American society. May it, and its people, pull their heads out of their own butts in time to save themselves. The market will kill itself when allowed to benefit only a few individuals at the expense of our environment. It is, technically, the government’s role to manage these things effectively in order to prevent them from either running too hot, running too cold, or operating outside the sustainable and safe limits of the environment. But, Americans don’t seem to want to listen or care to listen about such things. They’re way too concerned about the latest celebrity gossip or football game, and they are way too wrapped up in the notion that opinions are sacred onto themselves and are worth cherishing, even when proven to be incorrect or not 100% grounded in factual reality. They balk at the notion that there is a higher order (common reality, not researchers) that reveals what is correct and what is not within common reality. Having diverse ways of looking at things is a beneficial thing. However, science ultimately shows the truth hidden amongst the many perspectives. When it is shown, it is ultimately the humans who have to bend; reality does not. Americans don’t seem to understand that point, especially in the worlds of policy making and government. Too much freedom, too much ego, too much chaos.
Therefore, I sincerely hope that I can find a way out of this country if I cannot find a way to help it. This is a growing pain that I know many in this society will not like. However, it is an entirely necessary one if we are going to make our way out of the mess that we’re in, prevent it from becoming much much worse, and ultimately, buy us a little more time of hopefully having a good quality of life within our own society relative to others living with us. The party’s over. And reality is a cruel cruel mistress when messed with.
Goodnight and joy be with you all.
I honestly don’t think Americans appreciate the relative seriousness of our present situation. We have dysfunctional leadership in our government from all sides, which renders our ability as a nation to function in jeopardy. Our public doesn’t know what to do or how to act as the leadership cadre that it is within the society, therefore rendering all efforts to change and hold our government leadership accountable ineffectual. We’re suffering from several small cuts with an increasing probability of an x event occurring, along the lines of the 2007-8 Recession or rebellion and destabilization of significant portions of our society. Nobody seems willing to accept these facts for the sake of ego and/or petty false senses of security, therefore, nothing is going to be done about them until it is too late.
America’s “greatness” is not innate. It has to be produced through the efforts of the public and government leadership working together for the common goals of survival, health, well-being, and quality of life. The two cannot work against each other all the time without creating significant damage to all sides. The combative, confrontational, and anti-social, hyper-competitive American system is going to fail, and I doubt we will actually rebuild with any real lessons learned. In my view, the main culprit for this is the general public, because they are the ones who can always hold a leadership in check through voting and mass organization. However, when it comes time to follow through on such actions, the American public bumbles, stumbles, and falls right back to where they started. The leaderships in government don’t make it any easier for our whole society to do better. However, if the public were motivated enough, they could rise above and overcome the members of our government.
It’s our fault, America.
And you are not likely to hold yourself or the government to account. The public does not check the government. The government takes advantage and goes right into the arms of those who do have money and the ability to regularly participate. We’ve dropped the ball, America. What are we going to do about it?
Conservatives tend to select themselves out of positions of power and, when left to their own devices without progressives’ periodic or constant intervention, will likely naturally self-select out of existence as a sub-group of humans. We all have the same hardware that creates conservatism; it seems to be in the reptilian brain, which is common to us all. The difference between conservatives and other humans is that they seem to have a much more powerful reptilian brain than the rest of us, thus denying them the ability to work with complex issues with nuance, ambiguity, and subtlety as well as other human beings. They seem entirely consumed with obsessing over their small self, or their definition of self, rather than the whole or the other or the larger self that extends to all things, living, dead, or inanimate in this universe. There is no real love in their behavior or actions; no real compassion or care. Just repetition and a sad attachment to imaginary concepts and incorrect hypotheses about how things are and work together. There is no more point in listening to them, and the best that society can do to them is to remove them from all places of influence, power, authority, and consequence for the mental health clinics that they so unceremoniously underfunded and destroyed. It’s time that we institute a more social system than their anti-social, money-grubbing, Capitalisitc barbarism. It’s time to govern with reason, compromise, discussion, and attachment to truth and common reality. No more should we be ruled through fear, oppression, force, deception, lies, and ignorance, willful or otherwise.
These are, however, all normative statements. There is nothing in the world here or anywhere that suggests that things will necessarily be different in the world just because we’ve changed the contents of several influential nodes in our network, least of all, the combined nodes of the general public. We will still be plagued by these apparently diseased brain types within our society and within other societies. We will still have to deal with all the consequences of their poor choices and priorities, as well as all new disasters, dangers, threats, problems, and sticky situations that will absolutely arise as time goes on. At the same time, these minute changes in either the mental or physical content of these critical nodes can make important differences in our world, particularly if they join together to work towards a common cause of health, survival, and the ability to thrive on this planet and others. It is time that we work to extricate the more monkey-like among us from their places of power, consequence, authority, power, and, at the heart of it, responsibility.
That, or we can keep clinging to them out of fear, and finding that the only thing we have to fear, really, is them, time and time again.
My younger brother informed me about this operating system. While I have never used it, it nevertheless struck me how similar it was in principle to how societies and, perhaps, even whole ecosystems and universes organize themselves. Even if this is not a 100% accurate model for societies and social organizations, it nevertheless seems to be an interesting method of modeling and explaining how they are, grow, develop, evolve, and function, both through the bottom-up workings of its code and its top-down programmatic functions. It is a potential way of describing and working with the complexity of social systems as interdependent, interconnected, and somewhat modular within the context of an ecological and cosmological system. This is not some hippy-dippy notion of the universe, but one that could potentially be used as a tool for scientific and evidenced-based management of ourselves, individually and collectively, within the context of our environment and our universe.