Monday, October 30, 2006
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
No-one seems able to admit that the root cause of almost all our woes is too much emphasis on economics. Economics helps to dampen technology and scientific discovery, causing evolution and advancement to slow. OK, let's say that the electric car was quashed to make sure the oil baron's would still control everything; this could be considered cause and effect.
Maybe we should all sue the oil and car companies.
Drop the economics and the world would be a much better place. If it is not economically viable, things will not happen; until it is way too late and then a plan to save the elite may have to be put into effect (hmmm, wonder why space is so suddenly important).
The feeding of the world's population - not economically viable
The world produces over 4 pounds of food per human a day. Where is it not viable? Ah yes a basic human need and right, must have a price, constant income that way and a lifetime dependence can be formed.
Finding alternative energy sources - not economically viable
As mentioned above with the electric car. Big oil does not want to shoot themselves in the foot. They want it gradual, so they can control it and own it.
Fighting pollution - not economically viable
Imagine the economical impact of lowering the emissions for everything that burns a fossil fuel in 5 - 10 years or quicker.
Keep the populous spending, feeding the economy and certain pockets. This is where all the consumerism that is destroying our planet comes from. Does it go unnoticed that everywhere you go and everything you do, someone wants to get money from you, someone wants to sell you something (needed or not)? It is beyond it's intended purpose. Fight back.
STOP BUYING THEIR CRAP
This dog eat dog free market economy is driving competition, which can be healthy, but not in this case. The measure of success is "die with the most", let me explain. How does society view success? By their standing in society, their formal education level, their employ, or by the money and possessions that individual accumulated over the period of a lifetime (he with the most toys wins). Now I know a lot of people will be offended by that statement, but look at the facts (some people notice them).
All through your life you are programmed to make money, to become a productive member of society, to help someone else make money, your boss, your corporation. A large portion of all of the worlds finances are controlled by a small percentage. This constant search for money is creating a competitive environment all around us. People don't talk any more, except about money, what they have bought, their job, their education, etc. The top 1 percent of the population (the ones that own the world) sit at the top and collect, thats all they do. It is in fact almost like a pyramid scheme, where there is a trickle down effect. Everything at the bottom feeds the top. As long as the people (corporations) at the top, seem to appease enough people on this triangle on the way to the bottom, everything is accepted. As long as a certain percentage of the population believes that their life is solely about them, (they have enough money to do what they want or at least be comfortable) the world seems to blindly accept everything that the powers that be throw at them.
There are a few exceptions though, right now there is a huge row about the RIAA and their digital music schemes. This would be one of the things that has people thinking (even if it is only briefly) that the powers that be should not control every aspect of our lives. There are the software giants that impose rules and regulations on what we can do with a piece of software that we think that we purchase and own. People are just not ready to see anything beyond their immediate needs, they are oblivious to the corporations that rule our every step in life. Funny how companies pay shit, give shit hours and expect you not have a second job, but to instead schedule your life around their needs. People accept this as the norm, someone is giving me a job, I should bend over backwards to appease them, so what if they treat me like shit, so what if they have no loyalty towards me, I have to give them mine. Bullshit. People need to wake up and smell the coffee.
About 48 million tons of food are thrown away in the United States each year.
About ¼ of the world population that goes hungry and about 1/3 of the food on the planet being wasted. Someone is not doing their math, there seems to be plenty of food to go around.
Will history actually remember our times as we view them now, see all of the sports stars, movies stars and or entertainers as the gods that we revere them to be. Will they see the technological advancements in such things as horsepower and phones that can play music, or will they remember us as the society that let 24,000 people per day starve to death because they were too poor to eat, as the people that wasted tonnes of food while this happened? Will they see how people's greed has tried to stymie technology such as P2P file sharing thanks to the RIAA and such.
We have been brought up to associate competition with freedom, unfortunately in this only the strong (rich) survive. Back to the “in this day and age” comment, isn't it all the same old shit, isn't it just what Darwin said, but it's not even the strong, we have eliminated that, it is now the rich.
What I don't get is that we have all these laws to protect every different type of society, but we don't have for humanity. Societies grow thinking that they are better than other societies, they alienate the others, even not intentionally and can even be perceived as bigots.
Truth is that is the great blame-game that has been created, we have no one to blame but ourselves, for letting this get out of hand, for accepting, for not questioning and for not acting on behalf of humanity and our planet.
Is there any hope for us? Will it take a lot of unnecessary time to realize that “He with the most toys” does not win; in the end your still just dead. “But I took a fortune 500 company to...” What do you think the historians will remember? This fact or that as a society, we allowed the deaths of so many, simply because they could not “afford” to live based on current monetary values measurements.
I can only speak for myself here, but I get bored, I need a challenge, I need something that I can be proud of.
It's not to say that there is no positive affects from this. There have been jobs created from all this great consumer age. Unfortunately a consumer driven society is bound to fail. Think about how the technology these days is being mainly developed in order to provide the latest toy or trinket for the masses to purchase. This then drives the economy and every one involved gets paid. If one thinks about it though, the more that technology will drive the economy in this fashion, the less that the human factor will be required. The short-sightedness of our society never ceases to amaze me, once the technology catches up (eg. Robotics) and allows us to save money by taking the humans out of the equation, we will then fall into an economical abyss. If the technology reaches this then the people (or consumers) are not getting paid, they in turn are not spending, this in turn does not encourage our consumer based economy, hmmm, not a very smart way to do things. We are also at a point that the economics of things are now hampering the development and the technologies from being brought forward or improved upon, case and point for this would be P2P software, the ability to transfer information quickly, this is being challenged because of individuals and groups that are too involved in egoism and self preservation to see any of the potential benefits to developments. Whatever one does, we cannot challenge the almighty dollar, or invent something that would undermine it's power.
I think that in the chase for the buck we have forgotten that information should be free, education is what will evolve our society and essentually help us to overcome anything that threatens us.
It never ceases to amaze me the stupidity that runs rampant through humanity. I read the news and see that it is endless. I love to read comments in the papers, usually referring to someone that is a little too sensitive, like “In this day and age”; what day and age do these people think that we are living in? The enlightened age? The digital age? No, the consumer age, the monetary age, or the whiny f**ks age would be more like it. Let me spell it out, we live in an age where the bottom dollar rules the roost, where people protest because a person that has been kept alive for 15 years by machines is taken off of life support. They call the decision makers in this murderers, yet they have no anguish about letting thousands of people die everyday just for the simple fact that they cannot “afford” to live. People suck, plain and simple. And they have their heads up their ass.
Monday, October 02, 2006
"Every single problem you can think of, poverty, peace, the environment, is solved with education or including education," - Professor Negroponte
Educational systems, governments and corporations are the ones that are shaping the youth of the world. Easiest way to stop dissent, is to train them young. They use everything from deceit to fear and isolation. With this stiffling of individual thought, original thinking and community (true community, not everyone being nice to each other and trying to impress and outdo each other), this has led to our species not evolving. This cannot be what we will evolve into. The suppression of this is due to the constant quest for cash. Money makes the world go round, no, the world still goes round before and long after the money is gone.