Tuesday, January 02, 2007

The Majority Doesn’t Make It True

It’s probably because of a woefully deficient and corrupt education system, but the most disheartening thing about attending these government hearings and forums, is the widely-held belief that “if one repeats a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.” And so whomever is the self-interest, pays enough people (professionals) to go up and say whatever it is they paid them to say -- and if they are well-financed enough, they get more people to say what they want people to believe than the few who just speak the true and the obvious.

Then in reading the account the next day in the newspapers, the self-interest has obviously gotten to the “reporter,” to ensure that only his “truth” gets out, and that’s what the public needs to know. So that is the advantage in attending these meetings for oneself -- at least enough to realize what the Governor and other conscientious people are up against, in trying to bring sanity and fairness to these bureaucratic deliberations.

That’s the best one can hope for -- that there are a few conscientious politicians, just as there are a few conscientious lawyers, a few conscientious reporters, a few conscientious bureaucrats, a few conscientious union officials, etc.

It’s always these few who are the true leadership and conscience of every field of human activity and interest. Some fields are farther along in this leadership of ideas and human understanding, while others will lag because nobody wants to participate anymore -- as maybe our election turnouts indicate. That’s usually most people’s response when they lose faith and confidence in a system; they drop out -- and go on to live meaningful lives beyond it.

We may even see that in the “problem” of the homeless -- and other movements to break free from the tyranny of the majority to exact conformity which is not of their choosing. Fortunately, there’s just so much that government can control -- and as has been true for the last several years now, the best and the brightest of every culture and society, has migrated onto the cosmic consciousness that is the World Wide Web that is ultimately the highest court of truth now.

Many have trouble understanding this because they think that any truth on the internet is subject to the same arbitrariness of the old system, in which the majority or the most, is the truth -- rather than that all the claims have their own "unique" validity. So all the intimidation and posturing is nullified -- to the detriment of the old powers that be. The last thing they want to deal with is a level playing field. As long as they can maintain their unfair advantage, they love the game; when they have to swim with the big fish -- from anywhere in the world, time, and proficiency, then it’s no longer a game to their liking.

Truth is the truth everywhere -- and not just a matter of who can pay the most experts to say whatever it is they pay them to. Those not corrupted by these bribes, can still tell the truth when they hear and see it. It stands out like a breath of fresh air and a beacon of clarity.

Understanding Conditioning(repeat) FOCUS (Channel 49, Honolulu, Hawaii) 1/2/2007 2:00:00 PM A revolutionary new way of looking at exercise. Environmental/Health

2 Comments:

At January 02, 2007 10:56 AM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

Here's my contribution to making Hawaii bike and pedestrian friendly.

Allow the bikes to ride anywhere (including sidewalks and excluding freeways) but give them no right-of-way (preference) over other forms of transportation, including wheelchairs, pedestrians, and cars/buses -- so that bikes can choose their own best and safest operating conditions.

Harassing and endangering others should fall under more universal rules of unacceptable, hostile acts -- and not be arbitrarily enforced because they are using a sidewalk nobody else is, or is room for all if everyone doesn't demand it for their exclusive use. Such interaction and cooperation builds and reinforces community, and the exercise of respect for others, that car culture undermines.

Such enforcement produces contempt for all law-enforcement agencies because there is no commonsense in doing so. Law enforcement agents must have that minimal amount of discretionary ability to ensure safety over arbitrary rules -- or again, they get no respect because they lack that power, which is obviously not granted to them in the most trivial of actions.

Bikers then must be educated and advised that they are mainly responsible for the orderliness and safety of all the others on the sidewalks.

It's not rocket science that we have to create the most oppressive laws in the world to regulate the most enlightened and responsible segment of society -- as though they are the most criminal and irresponsible.

The most positive interactions in society are those between people interacting with each other on a personal, eye-to-eye one of equality and mutual benefit -- unlike the very competitive and adversarial conditions found in driving, or even getting on a crowded bus or train.

 
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