I am in a happy place today. Working on a piece of artwork after around a year of nothing and it actually looks something like I want. Got great tunes on. Awwww.
Here is a piece of wisdom I have recently been thinking about. Nostalgia is not the pining of older people for a time that was simpler, it is the pining of older people for a time when they did not carry the burden of knowledge they currently have. While the magnitude and maybe frequency of horrific events has increased, the types of evils in the world are still the same. During the Roman Empire there was rape, murder, and corruption. The same goes for the middle ages all the way until today.
Looking back fondly of a time closer to your childhood and feeling that things were simpler and better is an illusion. People were murdered and disasters occurred then, too. The difference is that you did not have to shoulder the burden of taking care of yourself and others, nor ache for the loss of a loved one. My point is that there is no time better than now, you just weren’t aware of the bad things going on then. Think of that before you go on a tear about the youth of today, because the same bad things were done in your time only it was less crowded.
This one is for the white Christians who like to believe every character in the Bible had to be white. If that was the case, then Cain was white, which leads to the fact that the first murder was committed by a white man. Wow, white on white violence and all for the want of attention.
In the vain of these adages that I stood on their head, I bring you a new one. Many times throughout my life I have heard that “it is easier to destroy than it is to create”, usually in reference to something beautiful or worthwhile being destroyed. Well, it hit me today about the issue of the wrongful use people put well meaning technology toward. For every technology that is designed to better mankind, someone takes it and perverts into something bad. Computers made to assist and connect us become tools to take away or control us, same with cellphones. In addition, there are all the unintended consequences of our rapidly changing technology. Harmful effects that are not realized until long after the product is in use (i.e. asbestos) and the overwhelming amount of waste material pumped into our environment. So I feel that a corollary adage should be added as follows:
It is easier to destroy than create, also, it is easier to create than to comprehend.
Of which the main idea is that in our greedy grasp for better and better technology, we can become quite blind to all the unforeseen effects of the technology we create. Being short lived creatures, we tend to focus on the here and now and let the our progeny deal with the consequences. Just look at all the ways Wall Street used computers to hide the damage they did back in 2008. How much easier did computers make it to push along the toxic debt? In addition, Wall Street currently condones a two level information system, which to me smacks of insider trading. I have heard there are companies who are allowed to trade with systems that get and analyze stock information before the public gets it. It is only say, milliseconds faster, but with computers, companies can buy and sell stocks at a profit before the general public can and this is still legal because the government can’t keep up with the technology.
All of these are results of the creation of computers. I’ll guarantee that the first computer designer never thought about computer viruses, fraud, or warfare. How could they have comprehended all the divergent paths associated with computer technology. Bones.
I just had a disturbingly sad ah ha moment this evening. I remember when Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008, news shows like Fox News talked about the angry black man they were terrified was now running the country. More to the truth was the frightened, angry white men from across the country who banded together to oppose everything Obama proposed no matter who it hurt. As long as their views and agenda came first.
However, the deeper truth is that I would much rather have the angry black man compared to the angry white man. Look at history, angry white men were behind “The Trail of Tears”, Klu Klux Clan, and the Holocaust. Angry white men created the atomic bomb and chemical warfare. Angry and scared white men almost started World War III over Cuba. Angry white men were behind both recorded World Wars and were behind most of the design and production of WMDs. I know that black men can be as violent as any man; however, you see less world affecting results than that of the white man. Bones.
Watch this video on how our banking system works and you will be better able to understand why I believe our system is as doomed to failure as Communism was. I have been aware of and spoken out against, in this blog, the overuse of debt to finance the prosperity our parents and grandparents knew, but this video shows the underlying and undermining truth. Basically, a group of wealthy industrialists created a banking system that allowed them to print more money than they could back, making the money, in essence, worthless. They then told all of us that the money was good so that they could buy real assets with it. Now they own all the assets and when the system finally collapses under its own weight, they will have the valuables and we will have worthless paper. If you don’t believe me, research the Bolivian Peso and Monetary system, which I did for a friend who had what he thought might be worth something.
After that research, look at the credit card industry and how they continue to give credit to people who have shown they will not or cannot pay it back, forcing the costs onto the rest of us. Good credit, bad credit, no credit, don’t worry as long as the big wigs running the banks can get their money out before it folds. Reminds me of the Wall Street and Bank CEO’s who cashed in and jumped ship before the shit hit the fan in 2008. This is what the Republicans fight to maintain no matter what moral obligations they profess to be upholding. For more proof, research the causes of the Great Depression, the S&L bailout, and the meltdown in 2008 and you will see a recurring pattern. Banks over extending credit to questionable people, taking heavy long-term risks in favor of short-term profits then dumping the costs onto the middle class through fees or bailouts. Just look at the history of our economy from the Great Depression on
J. Michael Straczynski posted this on his twitter page as being appropriate for the recent election season and after listening to about 15 minutes of it, I agreed. The sad part is that I see little change in today’s rhetoric over what Mr. Serling talks about. Look at how disrespected President Obama has been. I think Republicans want to dismantle Obamacare not because it is bad for the country, but because it was created by a black man.