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Less cheer-leading and more realism

from Ikonoclast (originally a comment)

Comments are declining on this blog. People ARE hiding in their holes. Holes can be comfortably furnished. Just ask a hobbit. Of course, when the holes cease to be furnished and the supermarket shelves are empty then things get a little less comfortable.

You will note I wrote, “Every well thought out effort at sustainability postpones catastrophe a little bit.” That is the essential nature of life in an existentialist sense: postponing catastrophe for a little while. “Life is suffering. Existence is limitation.” These are Buddhist concepts. “Every day above ground is a Pyrrhic victory”. That was an attempt at black humor, not original and perhaps it fell flat.

I simply happen to think we need less cheer-leading and more realism. Over-optimism and lack of hard-nosed realism have been our real problem all along, IMHO.

  1. Econoclast
    November 10, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    Good on yuh.
    I also notice comments declining and wonder why?
    I favor Cornel West’s statement: “The difference between hope and optimism is that optimism requires evidence. I see none to support optimism. I am always hopeful.

  2. William Brad Carver
    November 11, 2021 at 9:26 am

    Comments are also declining because more people are not thinking; they’re reacting to 24/7 Faux News Hysterical Information alt reality. The wealthy have farmed the illiteracy, lack of education and racism in this country to sustain a capitalist system promoting wealth without taxation, no punishment or regard for consequences of environmental degradation and social differences rendering our government impotent.
    “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” ― Ray Bradbury
    U.S. Department of Education, 54% of U.S. adults 16-74 years old – about 130 million people – lack proficiency in literacy, reading below the equivalent of a sixth-grade level.
    32 million Americans can’t read at all.
    Without being sarcastic, we may well be looking at George Carlin’s words as prophetic. Maybe humans are “…just another failed mutation; just another closed-end biological mistake; an evolutionary cul-de-sac.”
    Indigenous people lived for millennia in harmony with our planet. They considered themselves part of nature. Abrahamic religion teaches humans are separate from nature. In a short 200 years of industrialization, we are seeing the folly of these religious beliefs.
    Regardless of scientific, technological, medical and scientific progression, the human heart has not changed one iota.
    “The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy.”–Montesquieu

  3. Davfe Raithel
    November 11, 2021 at 4:06 pm

    I sometimes comment, more so years ago, but mostly I just read. But since you asked, let me just say that as Veteran, keep your thanks to yourself and do me a real solid: Don’t go shopping, quit buying shit you don’t need. All the Americans who want everything yesterday are talking themselves into thinking the previous fascist piece of shit wasn’t so bad. So stop it. … Like my comment?

  4. Ken Zimmerman
    November 22, 2021 at 8:41 am

    I shall be telling this with a sigh

    Somewhere ages and ages hence:

    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

    I took the one less traveled by,

    And that has made all the difference.

    Robert Frost.

    Frost’s poem is usually interpreted with a positive spin. I give it just the opposite interpretation here.

    Commenting today on the world around us is difficult because for nearly the last 45 years the US has taken the wrong road. On the economic side the US has tried to force a brutal neoliberal agenda down the throat first of the world’s poorest nations, then the USSR after 1990, then the developed nations, and finally every non-wealthy American citizen. That effort increased world poverty, especially among children, even in the US, destroyed the US as a manufacturing nation, put the final nails in the coffin of the American middle-class and decimated American workers, deeply embittered three generations of Americans, and facilitated the rise of China as an economic, political, and military world power.

    Also, on this road America took a neoconservative path.  A ‘Real Politick’ path. The US focused on direct power and control. Often military. For example, the dozen wars in which the US has engaged since 1975.  Particularly,  the US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan and the 20 year wars following the invasions. Neoconservatism is about projecting threat to and fear for America’s enemies, foreign and domestic. It firmly believes that power flows from the barrel of a gun. But would be appalled to know Mao Zedung wrote this in his ‘little red book.’ Said another way Neoconservatives are both grossly ignorant and grossly arrogant.  Proven to be a dangerous combination. Mostly for their victims. All this fits well with the same version of democracy as that of the men who wrote the Constitution. Only white men can vote or hold office. The only legitimate political power is white power.

    And you wonder why more folks don’t feel like speaking up.

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