Cake or Death?

In the present era, governments in all countries give too much for the businesses without considering the impacts and effects that are actually felt and had within the communities and societies that they’re responsible for overseeing.  When the society looses and the businesses gain more than their owners and shareholders can have in a lifetime, nobody wins (including for those in government) because the wealth is simply being extracted from the community and society and into the businesspeoples’ pockets.  This game is unsustainable, as history has shown, and will be undone in relatively short order by the community and society, along with the government and officials who advocated for and enacted these extractive policies.

More dangerous to a government than a prosperous society where people are included in the decision-making process substantially is one where people are either excluded or are not prosperous across the board.  It’s when there is inequality within a society, political or economic, that the game becomes unsustainable and corrected in the long term towards greater and reasoned equality.  Too much taking by the poor or worker interests results in it being taken away by the executives and shareholders, too much taking by the executives and shareholders results in it being taken away by the poor and workers.

It is time to establish a solid, persistent, and lasting dialogue between governing and governed, such that no one is getting hurt, thus enabling everyone to somehow benefit from the social contract.  Otherwise, the game is going to break down on its own, and a different order will be established that may likely be just as unreliable and unsustainable as the old order.  Better to correct the mistakes before they become problems, rather than wait for the problems to bloom.

Yet this is not the logic of our present sets of political leaders in any level or capacity in or out of government.  They’re just going to keep pushing the red button until they die, very much like an addict using their drug of choice until they overdose and die.  Money is only as good as its ability to bring people well-being and power is only useful and beneficial to those who understand it and know how to wield it.  What good is it past the point where you can no longer spend all of it in a single lifetime?  What good is power if your actions erode it out from under you at a rate that leads to a loss for your own self or group?

These are the stakes.

What’s it going to be?

Cake for all?

Or death for all?

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A Preliminary Game Theoretic Outline of the Social Contract in the Present Tense

In game theory, it is in the absolute interests of each aspect of society to maximize their utility.  However, if any side goes too far with their demands, or gains too much in the process of playing the game, they’re less likely to adapt, change, or be responsive to the larger social and ecological environment.  The seeds of their destruction are sown in their influence over the other, unless they voluntarily work to check their own appetites relative to the environmental and social constraints that are placed upon them.

Rich people can be rich.  Powerful people can be powerful.  However, their wealth and power is derived from the actions and implicit or explicit consent of those beneath them.  Each side can hurt the other, and result in a net loss for all sides involved in the long term (which becomes the short term all too soon).  It is therefore better for the presently powerful to check their own wealth, power, and actions relative to the ecological and social environments in which they find themselves, from the perspective of defining their own interests.  Otherwise, they’re going to be consumed by the public or environment as a result of their carelessness and poorly chosen and interpreted priorities.

In short, it doesn’t pay in game theoretic models of the social, economic, and environmental complex to be entirely small-self-serving (as defined in maximizing your own personal utility at the expense of others who are around you).  Those moves and actions are not actually self-serving in the grand scheme of things, and are more likely signs of pathological behavior for the individual and evidence for a diseased brain state within the individual or group of individuals who exhibit those kinds of tendencies, behaviors, and attitudes.  Cooperation, two-way dialogue, open and honest communication, active listening, and genuine care for and about other people and the larger world around you are actually behaviors, attitudes, and perspectives that will increase personal utility greater than anything that small-self games and strategies can accomplish.

This is the science behind human relations and power dynamics.  It is informed by my observations on history, current events, and personal experience.  I testify that this is how the world has worked, is working, and will always work from now, until the end of time, and beyond. I testify that this is the way things work in this or any successful universe, regardless of how you slant, tilt, or filter the data.  You can either accept this for how it is, or you can perish as a leader, leadership cadre, or as an individual or group of individuals within a society.  There is no reason to listen or keep those negatively effective and self-damaging practices around for anyone’s sakes.  Those who do insist on keeping these practices are more than likely mentally ill and are in need of receiving treatment, care, and a skeptical ear than influence, obedience, and authority.

Happy Labor Day.

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A New Order

a098a8f8-ff5d-4635-a244-f9c69eb379a6We can’t all be monks and nuns. Without them we wouldn’t We can’t all be monks and nuns. Without them we wouldn’t have Dharma teachings. However, without an Enlightened population of lay government officials and people, the monastic Sangha would only have a dampened effect on the world at best. We need a new order of people who understand their place and interests relative to the rest of the population. Otherwise, this world is going to be consumed by its own members, and that will be the end of our chapter in this universe.

I propose the formation of an addition to the Holy Sangha, where people are permitted to, in moderation and without a dependence upon, the worldly comforts of this place and to engage in Dharma practice in their own minds amongst their peers. The idea here is that we have a practical group of Enlightened people who engage practically with this world, to understand it, and to improve the quality of life for humans on the social level. Monks and nuns are trained in ridding themselves and others of their mental afflictions. I think it is time that we address our social, ecological, economic, political, and physical illnesses as well with the same rigor and attentiveness to the truths of our universe on the functional level. This is meant to accelerate all of our abilities to reach Enlightenment. However, at the end of the day, it is up to the indi

vidual person to make that final step to ultimate peace and the ultimate cessation of real suffering. 

Thank you very much! 

I look forward to hearing comments about this. 

Thank you! 

 

 

 

The Limits on Possibilities for Effective Governance

There are many perspectives, attitudes, interpretations of facts, possibilities in selecting facts to focus on, and actions that stem from a combination of all of these things and possibly more.  However, there are only a few options that can work in a given situation and even fewer that lead to optimal results for the public and the government that produces the policy.

The first step to doing empirically grounded policy and deriving these optimal options is to first define the relevant indicators and how to go about studying them to understand what is going on.  This is ultimately a choice of value, belief, ideology, and opinion based on personal histories, collective histories, personal neurology, social psychology, personal attitudes, collective attitudes, personal cultures, collective cultures, and personal and collective interpretations of all of these things. This may be an incomplete listing of what’s affecting the policy prioritization and methodology for social study.  However, these things all seem to impact the way we work with the world around us, and thus define the policies that we choose, the options that we pick from, and the problems that we register and focus on, for the betterment or worsening of the people who live in the society.  The second step is to look closely at the surface indicators that you’ve chosen (again, how and what you choose greatly affects the problems and solutions that you see, with people being unequally good at determining what is relevant and what actually could work in any situation).  What are the subtleties of those indicators; the messages that they’re sending you?  This then influences how you define a problem (again, which affects how well you’re going to solve the problem without harming the other related parts that are working) and then influences what choices you pick from and what choice you ultimately make for the given society, for better or for worse.

It is important to note that when the society does well, the governing members are generally able to do well.  There are, again, only a handful of ways and perspectives, beliefs, attitudes, and actions that can work, and even fewer of these things that actually work optimally for the social unit within the context of its network connections.  It is in the interests of the governing members of society to critically interrogate the social reality to discover the empirical truth and actual ways things work and are working within a society in order to come up with the best possible solutions for the society, which in turn, lead to best possible solutions for the governing members if they market their actions properly.

In order to accomplish this, it is best to decentralize authority while maintaining oversight, coordination, and communication amongst the hierarchical network of governments and social actors and forces.  The common goal of the governing apparatus is empirical social well being for every member of society.  This means that some members of society who have more power and influence must consequently loose some of their power and influence, if they wish to maintain a relative homeostatic condition with the rest of society.  Otherwise, too much consumption by this powerful minority will consume them in good time, as has been demonstrated consistently throughout history and space.

We are coming to a reckoning where the members of our government are going to, right or wrong, be blamed for the crimes of the private interests.  Not all victories on the political level are true victories in the social and economic levels.  Yet many in government don’t seem to appreciate, accept, or work with those facts, hence, how we get shortened lifespans of governments, government institutions, and government members, both in and out of office.  The time for the elites to choose is coming.  They can either defer to this more empirically based, benevolent, caring, and effective system and logic of governing, or they will perish in their attempts to produce an unsustainable, weak, and easily destroyable system and logic of governance.  The choice is technically up to them.  But I honestly don’t think they really have a choice, and will instead, do what they’re already habituated in doing.

Ridiculous people in ridiculous places.

 

Sad.

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What Do You All Think?

a098a8f8-ff5d-4635-a244-f9c69eb379a6Will you answer an honest question honestly?

What do you all think about my work?

Does it make sense to you all?

Is it any good?

What is its value to you?

How does it make you feel?

Is it influencing how you feel and think about the world around you?

I’m asking this because I feel as though I’m reaching a tipping point, of sorts, and I’m not sure whether or not these feelings that I have are actually justified.  I feel as though I am carrying something inside me, and that in due time, it’s going to burst forth into the rest of the world (if it hasn’t already) and alter the way we think, feel, and work with the world, thus altering the very foundation and state of consciousness in the universe itself.

It feels like a purifying fire that’s about to consume me whole and leave me ultimately dead in one form, but reborn in another.  I feel as though much hangs on my words and feelings and actions, so I’m very (let’s admit it, insanely) careful about how I’m feeling, thinking, and working with the world.  My aim is to get to Truth with a capital “T”; the ultimate and one set of truths about this universe in which we’re living, what some know as the body of Natural Law itself, the rules of our universe, our species, our individual societies, our economies, and the impacts that we actually are having on our environment, and how those impacts actually affect us in return.

It feels as though I’m about to found a Great Sangha (Community) of Lay Persons to work with the world in an ethical, self-interested, and functional manner.  The Great Masters of the past developed the practices and methods by which individual human beings can live happy, fulfilled, and resilient, anti-fragile lives.  They are of significant importance to keep the Dharma flowing and building, so that the lay community can get its own self organized in such a way that we’re all living in a self-interested, self-preservationist manner relative to ourselves, our groups, and our natural environments.  Too long have we labored under the unscientific governance of cowards, idiots, and charlatans who have plundered our economies and environments and ruined their own legacies and polities in the process of behaving cruelly,callously, indifferently, and ignorantly towards the general public and the environments in which we’re all living (including those individuals who ruin the world through their actions).  It is time that we get the government actually under the control of those who know, are aware of, and are actually kind and reasonable enough to protect themselves through protecting others through the replacement or edification of those who currently sit in places of consequence, authority, and defacto power and control.  It is time that we start diagnosing anti-social and self-harming behavior when it is appropriate to do so, and then intervening in ways that actually help the individuals suffering with afflictions of callousness, carelessness, and ignorance learn to live in more social ways without letting them into the actual halls of power where they do themselves more harm than good.

What do you all think about this?

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I Can Never Tell

bce669e9-0adf-4b98-9c08-bad6150fa67eI can never tell whether I’m winning or losing, floating or sinking, flying or diving.  I cannot be certain of personal accomplishment or generally being able to help all other people as I know that I want to do.

Until time goes forward, events transpire, and I make the correct decisions, I cannot be certain of victory, whether it be on the largest scale that I can have, or on the smallest personal scale in which I actually live.  The cat is both alive and dead until the box is open, says Schrodinger.  Unfortunately for me, the box is still closed, with the cat and the poison still inside.  What will my life be like?  How well will I do?

I get the sense that I’m perceiving myself greater than I actually am.  This is then a problem, because without this accurate understanding of who I am and what I’m willing, capable, and able to do in life, I’m not going to be able to live up to the potential that I see for my own self.  Am I as good as I really think and feel that I am?  What good is a feeling or a thought at determining the truth of a matter, any matter?  Perhaps this is good for me?  Perhaps having an ego cut isn’t a bad thing?

What of my actual abilities and potential then?  How can I be sure of who I am and what I’m going to do if I cannot tell for my own self who I am and what I am to do here with my life?

I’d love to be able to help in a way that I find meaningful and significant.  Trouble is, I’m not 100% sure that I’m actually going to do anything like that.  Where then can I find meaning in my life?

Just some honest reflections.

Enjoy!

 

Matthew 25, 31-46: The Parable of Sheep and Goats, as Applied to Progressives and Conservatives

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

We have two values clashing in America.  One can lead to better quality of life in spite of their mistakes.  The other, will only ruin it for us all, in spite of their “charitable” actions.  Choose your side wisely.  And remember, not all that glitters is gold, and sometimes those who squawk the loudest and most vehemently are sometimes those who are least able at accomplishing anything positive.

 

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A Poor Choice of Values

I don’t get how conservatives can sleep at night. Libertarians, I can somewhat understand, because they’re so entrenched in their beliefs and opinions that it’s practically a religion to them.

But to deny people the ability to live lives of meaning, according to their own definition of meaning, is beyond conscionable to me, at the very least.  To feel that people are less deserving than you, for whatever reason, or to believe honestly that not all people should be enabled to have the same opportunity to get ahead as your own self or your own group, are not concepts that I can accept and are not values that I can or ever will personally abide by.

If you’re not apart of the solution to the problems that are present in our societies, you are most likely apart of the overall problem(s) that are afflicting it.  Conservatives in America claim to be about “liberty”, “justice”, and the essential “American way”.  However, they consistently have done nothing but damage to these three principles, and have in the process, done even more damage to the American public and the society of the world through their misguided actions and misinterpreted senses of how the world is and how the world actually works on the empirical level.  I don’t pretend to have all the answers to our problems, nor will anyone be able to eliminate problems from our world, on high or down below.  But we can stop messing about with the stuff that we can tell is damaging to ourselves and our collective whole, and leave those ideas and people in the dust, away from the halls of power and away from positions of consequence, control, and authority.

It is time that we, as a society, either commit all conservatives and political ideologues to mental institutions for consistent misperceptions of reality and, more importantly, their refusal to acknowledge when and if they’re incorrect relative to common reality.  Either that, or we can stop listening to them entirely, and leave their voices with those that are not heard at the very most, or not taken seriously, at the very least.

I’m personally convinced that these folks are seriously mentally ill, and are delusional to the point of near-schizophrenic behavior.  They’ve rationalized the unreal and trivialized the world in which they live.  It is time that we leave their opinions and their incorrect beliefs with the trivial and irrelevant; the mere babblings of people who do not know and, worse, do not care to know about how things actually are and how things work.

Down with the idiots and the psychopaths!  Down with the people who really have shown they do not care or feel; who do not think and do not grasp reality as it consistently presents itself to us through the scientific method.  Down with the ideologues and the idiotic demons of our world who will destroy it and themselves through their own actions.  And, of course, up with all those who are able to sense reality accurately and are perfectly willing and able to correct themselves accordingly, when they are proven to be wrong in their beliefs, principles, and assumptions; who have a well prioritized set of values that really matter to our health, well being, and quality of life.  Up with those who do care, do love, and do have a genuine and accurate connection with the world in which we live.

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Rich Hill Film

An examination of challenges, hopes and dreams of the young residents of a rural American town.

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And this is white, rural poverty. It’s as bad, if not sometimes worse in black or minority places too.

Let’s notlisten too the rich or present day economists anymore. Let’s not listen to ignorant conservatives and those folks who don’t know and don’t care to know about the people in society and how it all works. Send these folks packing from government! 

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