Sunday, February 03, 2008

Making A Difference (More Than Different)

People living in Hawaii for a while, develop a tunnel vision that makes one think that the only difference, is more of the same -- and so their only option is more or less, and not surprisingly, regard more as better.

But real difference is something else entirely -- making such a huge difference, that there is no comparison possible -- but something different entirely -- and that is what they are not conditioned (indoctrinated) to see, only more or less of the same old thing that doesn’t make any difference, or not the difference they want. This is quite deliberate in that there is no real choice but only the "choice" of more or less.

Does one want to be paid more or less? Does one want to have more money or less? More friends or less? More fame or less? More talent or less? More food or less? But never are they given a moment to pause and wonder, do I really need or want this? “More or less?!!”

Real diversity is meaningful when it creates greater choices -- and not when the “diversity” is predetermined and then one is asked, “More or less?” We need to have the choices upfront, before we even entertain the need for any at all -- and not just how much, of that which won’t make a meaningful difference in one’s life.

That is the premise of primitive societies and limited choices -- even when they seem to have most of the modern conveniences and options. Many choices will be socially banned or disapproved that no law-abiding person in their right mind would ever choose -- and therefore, to choose such options, is immediate proof that one should not be allowed such choices, and such freedoms. Then the powers that be (government bureaucrats), think they are well within their rights and responsibilities to make these decisions for everybody else -- because they are the self-designated experts on what is best for all.

It’s not unlike lot of tyrannies, or the rule of a self-chosen few (oligarchies), no matter how enlightened they have proclaimed themselves -- and therefore, deserving of most of the wealth of that society, except for the minimal amounts necessary for those who don’t know better and do most of the work. Those at the top of the exploitation hierarchy started off being exploited like everyone else, and now it is their turn to do nothing while getting most of the money, and not that such exploitation can ever end -- and all those paid to do the work, will share it equally -- instead of the one person (newcomer) doing all the work, while all those who now know better, don’t do anything anymore -- even before their official retirement.

So rather than paying the nine others not to do anything productive, government in Hawaii should allow those in the private sector to do what they can -- rather than prevent them from doing anything too -- and making everybody else look bad. Nowhere is this more visible than in the local newspapers, in which writers of merit, vision and talent, are suppressed and censored so that nobody can ever tell what good writing and thinking looks like.

It would just ruin it for everybody else and make them look bad.