Friday, July 23, 2010

Take Back Your Government (Lives)

The consequence of the 20th century education/indoctrination, was the promotion of increasing specialization and fragmentation of knowledge into exclusive fiefdoms for whatever hierarchies and bureaucracies claimed them as their fiefdoms (turf).

In this way, they are not unlike medieval institutions and the organization of society as rigid chains of command, for which the student was trained to be one of the anonymous assembly line workers -- rather than an enterprise's owner or management -- mainly because the teachers saw themselves as the workers, rather than its administrators, because of the education department's own division and fragmentation of teachers from administrators (those who make the rules).

And so most students, inculcate these values, of learning they are merely cogs in the machine who have to learn the status quo, even and especially if it is unjust, and how to fit in -- and never determining these objectives and purposes for themselves, in deciding themselves that is what they want to do. The presumption is that the young cannot make, or should not be allowed to make these decisions for themselves, and if they don't learn how to do that from the beginning, they won't be able to learn it at the end of their education, or any time in their lives, because those formative years were devoted to teaching them deliberately not to.

While such educators are found of saying that the children are the future, instead of learning from those growing up in these times the new way of seeing life, they are instead taught to learn the old ways and particularly the old ways of seeing and doing things before, if ever, they can create any new ways, and being indoctrinated in the old ways, usually is enough to convince most, that there is no other way of seeing and doing things, but the one way they were taught -- and reinforced (rewarded) as the only way one should/can think.

And so when that one way doesn't work, or no longer works, the usual thinking is that there is no hope except for deterioration and disintegration, until finally, there is inevitable death -- but no hope otherwise, until maybe after life. So that accounts for the popularity of the afterlife that many institutions offer -- the promise of a better life, after one has tolerated the misery and suffering of this one. And that is how the status quo has largely been justified -- that eventually, one will be rewarded for all the pains and injustices, with a perfect life thereafter, if only one diligently lives out the preprogrammed one.

However, in the present life, one can only lament that an imperfect life and its tolerance, is the ticket to a better one -- and not that the life here and now, can be altered, if we do not accept the present status quo, as how things
must be. That's the great lesson of Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol, or Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life. That is the revolutionary notion, that life can be better, as one lives it -- and not merely accepts a hopeless fate, even if it is the only one we were taught possible.

But of course, the present hierarchy, will tell us, that there is no other way possible -- but through the gateway they control, and for which they collect the tolls, for those wishing passage. They call that "paying one's dues," and having done that, one must then step back in line, and wait until one is called.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Passing the Torch to a New Generation

That whole generation now in power, has to be rethought, re-educated, and resocialized to live in a world very different than they grew up in, because most of what was true when they grew up in it, has changed -- including and especially, the whole possibilities for life at that age.

The most common of that difficulty, which is really the crux of the socioeconomic problem of these times, is that people who grew up thinking that the meaning and purpose of their lives was to accumulate as much as possible, have to divest themselves of those accumulations -- to recapitalize society, or the whole thing dies.

A lot of people have worked and accumulated towards the purpose of providing for their retirement years, but when they get to that stage, merely want to continue accumulating more, while ceasing to be productive, and depriving others, and particularly the young starting off in their careers, of access to that wealth -- because it is just being accumulated rather than divested and recirculated, until finally, those expenditures are forced upon them in a catastrophic (usually health) event.

In a previous generation, that was known as philanthropy -- which is the recognition that the wealth of the community and society one lives in, is their quality of life -- and not merely their personal, private hoard. That is the “entitlement” mentality, of thinking that one should only be on the receiving end, and not the providing end -- that is characteristic of the trade union (association) mentality, of getting as much as possible as their only end.

That creates the divisions and antagonisms in society -- of each special interest promoting only their own best interest, and not the whole’s. That is the continued fragmentation of society and individual lives by which they come to eventually realize, that the predator has now become the prey -- for the much younger, stronger and more ruthless individuals, who also think they are justified in promoting only their own self-interest.

And that really is the problem of this society and culture now -- this mentality and all its consequences. You don’t hear the unions or anybody else for that matter, promoting that they should get only as much as the next person. Instead, each wants just a little (lot) more than everybody else has -- which is the conflict and chaos in society now.
So most of the problems you see and have to deal with, is changing that rigid mindset, that creates all these problems for oneself -- because one demands that the world change to suit them, rather than they adapt to the world, which is the state of being vital, fluid, and vibrant.

In the past, we’ve thought that our best efforts and expenditures went to educating the young, when it would be far more productive now, to educate the old. The young learn as a natural function of being young.

This is the most important function of every society and culture, and when it fails to do so, extinguishes the chances for survival for succeeding generations -- as many people have come to sense. That is why we educate the kids -- and not only to promise that they will "have it all," only when the most senior of that society are dead and buried. The present has to be for everybody -- now.