Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Invitation to Chaos (Welcome to Paradise)

The recent news reports on the Democratic caucus in Hawaii omitted the most appropriate headline -- “Invitation to Chaos.” Fortunately, in this country, there aren’t factions exploiting the confusion by bombing sites wherever people are gathered. At least the separatists/terrorists have not gone that far -- yet!

But it remains to be seen what is in store for Hawaii in the coming years as everything reaches crisis proportions. Obviously, housing prices cannot keep going up higher -- or can they? Automobiles, buses, ferries and eventually rail, cannot continue to run around mostly empty, most of the time before there is virtual gridlock.

“Solutions” must solve problems -- rather than just create jobs to do nothing but discuss how bad the problems are and seem to be getting worse -- and there is nothing they can do about it, but hire more people because federal subsidies are available if the problems get bad enough. And so the state’s gross economic product, is to create ever-increasing problems -- to create more jobs, so that the problems get worse, and chaos is actually the measure of “success.”

Most businesses and societies cannot operate in such an economic environment -- in which it doesn’t matter if something is done well, or something is done poorly -- and the only work being performed, is to convince everyone that the job being done poorly, is actually being done well -- and in fact, this is the best of all possible worlds, and paradise compared to every place else.

The weather was undoubtedly better for the Hawaii caucus than the Wisconsin caucus, the Hawaii media will point out. And yes, nobody died. Thus, it was an overwhelming success, though all the rules to ensure a valid election, had to be ignored because people actually showed up! I don’t know what they were expecting -- that nobody would and they would just stuff the ballot boxes themselves. Anybody was allowed to vote as many times as they wanted to so as not to be inconvenienced, creating even greater delays.

Such bottlenecks seem to be a specialty of “organization” in the islands, in which there is no anticipation and intent to ensure an orderly process -- but only crisis management and intervention, wishing things will turn out well because of good intentions, or wishful-thinking.

That’s basically the government game plan for problem solving -- wishful thinking, that anything ignored long enough, will solve itself -- or somebody else will do something. Then the strategy of life in the Islands becomes, who can ignore the corruption, abuses, and injustices -- and outlast everyone else so that those who remain, are those who cannot see that anything is wrong.

Meanwhile, at the lower end of experience, the newcomers come in enthusiastically, thinking they just don’t know how to do it right, and if they did, surely they would choose the right over the wrong way, and then in a few years realize, that everybody’s efforts have been going to see that nothing can ever be done, and that the more the productive did, was nullified and undermined by the collective efforts of everybody else to maintain the status quo to ensure their job security of not having to do anything (productive).

And thus, history merely repeats itself, without ever improving or showing progress -- as heaven on earth. Welcome to the chaos!