Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Table Settings & Silver Polish

Imagine some ridiculous transhuman future where everyone is worth at least a few hundred K and there are no more poor people. The Fed has been dissolved, and almost everyone is eligible for yearly national dividends upon birth. Unfortunately, due to the overpopulation they tried to warn us about, and the prices that rose due to factors beyond anyone's control, all of the credits on all of our wrist-implanted banking chips aren't nearly enough for millions of people to afford food or housing or children or safety. So many transhuman kids are former millionaires whose parents can't afford daycare for much longer than January after each national dividend is paid, and they go to bed hungry every night. Lazy homeless people drink up what remains of their mighty investment portfolios, lost due to their own poor choices. Some people say that the quadrillionaires have fixed the system, but no one takes them very seriously.

Imagine some ridiculous postmodern future where all races are equal and there are no more groups subject to prejudice. Jim Crow has been overturned, and almost everyone is eligible for equal treatment before any government agency or in any privately owned retail establishment. Unfortunately, due to financial constraints, and the social schisms that developed due to factors beyond anyone's control, all of the freedom of our open society isn't nearly enough for millions of people to afford food or housing or children or safety. So many African-blooded kids are eligible to attend public school in any County where their parents or guardians maintain an address, but they go to bed hungry every night. Lazy homeless people drink up what remains of their last paycheck, lost due to their own poor choices. Some people say that the billionaires have fixed the system, but no one takes them very seriously.

Imagine some ridiculous modern future where everyone is a citizen. Racial qualifications have been undone, and almost everyone who passes through Ellis island is eligible to live here. Unfortunately, due to the massive influx of people that they tried to warn us about, and the lack of available homesteads, all the benefits of citizenship aren't nearly enough for millions of people to afford food or housing or children or safety. So many kids from all over the world are eligible to call themselves "American," but they go to bed hungry every night. Lazy homeless people drink up what remains of their travel fund, lost due to their own poor choices. Some people say that the millionaires have fixed the system, but no one takes them very seriously.

Imagine some ridiculous fancy future where all men are equal and there are no more lords. Noble titles have been abolished, and anyone who accumulates enough resources on his own is eligible to be just as respected for his merits as others used to be for their blood. Unfortunately, due to the racial differences they tried to warn us about, and the scarcity of fungible acreage beyond anyone's control, all of the freedom to pursue wealth isn't nearly enough for millions of people to afford food or housing or children or safety. So many of this bright new generation of unconstrained kids are eligible to trade as freely as they like, but they go to bed hungry every night. Lazy homeless people drink up what remains of their last charity, lost due to their own poor choices. Some people say that the old families have fixed the system, but no one takes them very seriously.

Window dressing. Bullshit. Claptrap. Skin is not skeleton. Roof is not foundation. Incompleteness is waste. Starting points are distractions. Throughout all recent versions of this cycle here on Earth, the primary variables have not changed. A shadowy set of someones is immensely powerful, and a large mass is constantly at work or starving or dying. Yet all the while, many windmills are being heroically defeated and many tokens lavishly polished. With such coquetry do we dabble in each new distracting crusade! How sure we are, how satisfied we are in ourselves, for our vainglorious pursuits of this or that silver polish.

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  1. Well, can you make up your mind? Is elite scheming driving history? Or is history unfolds per its own logic and predestination, and the elites are just as much entrapped as everybody else, if more comfortably, until we all learn something?

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    1. Don't forget that this is just a few thousand years we're talking about. Recognizing the problem is part of moving past it. Elite scheming, and our own shameful complicity in it, is "driving" history, but even if it's part of a larger process of improvement, the motivations of the actors in question are still disgusting.

      (Take the examples of Lucifer or Melkor--their attempts to play off-harmony to disrupt the music of creation, while motivated by genuine ill will, were nonetheless later shown to be part of Adonai/Eru Ilúvatar's composition. A dip into the minor key actually enhanced the beauty and strength of the piece overall. That doesn't mean that Melkor wasn't genuinely being a jerk, though, when he tried to ruin everything. And at some point, the movement needs to change back to the original key.)

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