Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Corruption is What We Get “Used” To

Unlike dramatic acts of violence and malice, “corruption” is the insidious slow disease of no longer being able to tell the difference between “right” and “wrong”, “good” and “bad” -- or as the liberals are so proud to proclaim, that they are blind to all such discriminations, as an overriding imperative and organizing principle of their lives. Such people of course, should not be placed in positions of critical judgment and discrimination -- but they in fact are, and are even selected on that criteria of not being able to make such (valid) distinctions.

As such, it is also the “liberal’s disease,” of not being able to exercise good judgment -- in a world increasingly dependent on that critical faculty from each. In the old mass media age, people tuned in to the networks whereby authoritative voices told them what to think -- and what was the one way for everyone to be, do and think. When many were still in a deficiency mode relative to a standard, that may have been expedient. Once one surpasses that standard, such information is no longer beneficial but becomes counterproductive. Frequently, one has to undo or undermine one’s favorable advantage to take advantage of information that brings them “up” to the standard -- rather than appreciating the favorable position they are already in, and moving beyond from there.

Thus, people who make more than the median income, have no problem claiming to be “disadvantaged,” and therefore justifying their claim on goods and services intended for the truly disadvantaged -- as their own entitlement. It is no longer enough that they have a place to live and a job guaranteed to them all their life, but they also claim that same entitlement for all their relatives and progeny at the expense of those who are really just trying to get by -- and can see no injustice as their demands expand to infinity, while those of genuine need are asked to deny themselves for infinity -- and it will even be claimed, that the poor gladly give up their food, clothing and shelter, so that the self-designated few in power, can go on to contest the wealthiest of the world -- as proof that this society is as good as any other in producing such disparities of prosperity.

Many people think they don’t have “enough,” unless they have it all -- and then their advice to others is, “I’ve got mine, you get your own.” Formerly, these were the words and the thinking of the bullies that became tyrants; now, it is likely to be the guy not with any real ambition, but thinking he is just grabbing everything he can, to keep up with everybody else. So it is a matter of perception rather than an actualized reality -- a sense of injustice rather than desire for justice, that compels that society. People have learned to merely agree, that that is what is happening in the world, and they are not going to work at a disadvantage, by depriving themselves of their opportunity to grab more than their “fair share” -- because they are convinced by their union and political leaders that that is what others are already doing, and they have to jump aboard in order not to be “left holding the bag.”

That is the environment of corruption that allows the unions and other lobbying interests to pack the hearing rooms and even offer pupu platters at public forums on their matters of self-interest. And rather than the chair of these committees being concerned or even offended about this obvious display of corruption and arrogance, are honored and flattered that the president of the unions and lobbying interests, have personally picked out the choicest morsels for their exclusive enjoyment.

3 Comments:

At March 01, 2007 10:44 AM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

If I was like most "liberal" bloggers or mainstream media types, I'd create a whole bunch of aliases, and comment, "Attaboy, Mike, you're the greatest." People have even told me I do the blogging "wrong" by adding comments -- under my own identity -- still thinking in the old manner of mass communications, that the whole purpose is to fool, deceive and manipulate the other.

That is also the unfortunate emphasis of communication skills taught in the schools -- that the purpose is to "win" over the other, in a debate, a writing contest, etc., and it is even taught that to help and share with another is the greatest crime in society ("cheating"). And so we create a society in which many of the most competent think that the goal of their lives is to compete against every other in society for their singular preeminence -- much like in the "enlightened" animal documentaries that show us how other animals do it more ruthlessly and unself-consciously.

But I'm one of the rare bloggers who actually reread my own writing just for my own edification as well as to find the inevitable one or two errors I didn't catch earlier. In doing so, one realizes there is no end to the number of things one could have said better -- and so a writer must also know when to let go and move on to the next idea, or could be infinity "perfecting" the previous ideas that were an accurate record of development at an earlier time.

So in major revisions, one is also destroying the record that was the state of mind -- at that time, rather than making oneself seem perfect in hindsight. That is why, to ask, "Would I have done things differently if I knew then what I know now?" is a preposterous manipulation to elicit self-condemnation or to alter the past -- which is a form of lying.

We see it quite often in writing -- as those who have never invested in the stock market tell us perfectly what we should have done, or should do -- but of course, don't do themselves because they want to retain their "objectivity" -- which of course, is a meaningless claim if it can never be verified, or tested.

It is one thing to be the original source of an insight unreported up to then -- but quite another matter, to simply make claims that one thinks should never be questioned.

 
At March 03, 2007 12:28 PM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

The unfortunate thing about those who lie, cheat and steal to win -- is that they become convinced that is the ONLY way they can be competitive and win.

It never occurs to such people that they might win fairly and squarely -- and so from the very beginning, ensure their advantage -- and then they wonder why all their lives, they have this feeling of not being the "real" deal, and think the ONLY way they can get another to believe them, is by lying.

No wonder they get no respect -- from anyone, all their lives. That is the justice in the universe.

 
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