Monday, August 20, 2007

Putting Things in Perspective

The greatest indictment of our (public) education system is this prevalent belief that things just. happen, and so rather than finding the causes of why things happen, people merely look for those to blame when bad things happen. And since things just happen, it is useless to try to make anything good happen -- because everything just happens, whether we want to make them good or not. That of course, leads to despair and futility -- in thinking one can’t make a difference in what happens.

While in-charge, one can merely hope that things work out well because one cannot affect the outcome anyway -- but at least can distract others from all those things that are going wrong, by refocusing society’s attention on all those things that will go perfectly, if we simply do their bidding -- in the present catastrophe.

That their effectiveness could be demonstrated and manifested in the present time is a mere inconvenience for that greater glory promised in the distant future -- which of course, is the kingdom of god and paradise promised, for unquestioning obedience and loyalty.

One of the great delusions, is this idea that nothing can go wrong if one simply votes for the “right” political party, and if one does nothing, peace in the world is assured. In such a world, nobody would ever spill a hot cup of coffee on themselves, eat the wrong things or too much, rather than realizing there are always consequences for one’s actions and inactions.

"Car Crash Stats: There were nearly 6,420,000 auto accidents in the United States in 2005. The financial cost of these crashes is more than 230 Billion dollars . 2.9 million people were injured and 42,636 people killed. About 115 people die every day in vehicle crashes in the United States -- one death every 13 minutes.

In 2003 there were 6,328,000 car accidents in the US. There were 2.9 million injuries and 42,643 people were killed in auto accidents.

In 2002, there were an estimated 6,316,000 car accidents in the USA. There were about 2.9 million injuries and 42,815 people were killed in auto accidents in 2002.

There were an estimated 6,356,000 car accidents in the US in 2000. There were about 3.2 million injuries and 41,821 people were killed in auto accidents in 2000 based on data collected by the Federal Highway Administration."


http://www.car-accidents.com/pages/stats.html

That’s a best-case scenario in the United States. Bad things still can happen even with the best safeguards against them happening -- and success is part being lucky and weighing those risks correctly. If there were no wars, would nobody ever die? That’s highly unlikely -- even in the best of circumstances.

What’s really remarkable today is the absence of violence and calamities in the world -- that has those in the news business desperately scrambling to maintain their relevance and self-importance.

Tell us something worth knowing -- so we can make better decisions, instead of arguing over who is smarter than the other -- which is really, a very unintelligent thing to do.

2 Comments:

At August 20, 2007 4:58 PM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

A lot of people travel by automobile thinking it is the safest thing they can do -- rather than the most hazardous thing they do -- on a daily basis.

Yet they think that only coal miners and soldiers take on exorbitant risks -- relative to their "momentary capabilities."

Many think that the only risk they are taking "sneaking" an extra doughnut every day is getting caught -- rather than in realizing how it might impact everything they do in their lives.

People largely do what they do because of thoughtfulness -- or the lack of it, cuased by being distracted onto something other than what should presently demand their full attention. That quality of mind (presence), solves a lot of problems -- that simply being lost in their endless thoughts and speculations, prevent from ever achieving that clarity of the unoccupied mind fully capable of handling anything.

Such a mind, or presence of mind, is what we need to become familiar with -- rather than the countless distractions that is our present education -- because the former mind is capable of learning anything, while the latter is too full of its own thoughts and noise -- preventing the awareness of what is. And so people have to be told what is -- rather than that being the default quality of the human mind -- free to see things as they really are, without the bias and prejudices of ideologies and prior knowledge.

That is the quality one should look for and recognize in leaders worthy of such designation -- and not merely those skilled at saying what it is they think everybody else wants to hear.

 
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