Thursday
Nov162017

Take the Blue Pill....

     Living here in Trump Nation, we are presently being admonished to think about our “moral profile” hundreds of times a day.  From the Bleeding-Left to the Alt-Right, every preacher, pundit, prosecutor, professor, and promoter is selling his/her own brand of “commodified virtue”.  Yes, it may be semi-science true that we, the audience, are assigned our "DNA Moral Marker”, at the Conception Lottery, but.....
     No problem, our culture has varigated the Universal Golden Rule Morality to resonate with as many as a dozen distinct identity groups.  For we post-moderns it doesn’t matter whether we are exploring the nuances of Charlottesville, Global Warming or Apple Pie, we can be damn sure that there will be legions of polarized devotees pleading their divergent truth, all claiming the high moral ground.  
     When I  think about it, it is extremely complicated, such that I quickly realize that it’s best not to think about it.  Probably it’s best to just be a "believer" and auto-subscribe to the folly of whichever identity priest pushed our button back about our 14th year.....not!

Tuesday
Oct242017

I BELIEVE.......

.........that in the eighth or ninth inning of life, most people stop misrepresenting facts and feelings.  Only the irrationally arrogant few continue to be controlled by ego expectations as they avoid befriending their impending expiration.  My personal experience has been that this “no future" consciousness yields remarkably happy “todays”.

Tuesday
Oct172017

"CHANGE IS GONNA COME".......sometime!

     During this season of wall to wall talk about the political state of affairs, conversations often turns to musings  about when "change is gonna come". My sense is that , most likely, damn slow.  I have never seen statistics as to how many of the vast number of the employees of Fortune 500 Companies know the name of their CEO, much less have actually met them. This hyper-hierachlical pattern is equally visible in The Church, The State, The Philonthropic Community, and indeed in every purposful organizational assemblage.  Why?  Because it always yields the greatest increase in human control over the material world, which of course includes we humans. Slaves needed masters, peasants needed lords, workers needed bosses, and vice versa. This self limiting and self correcting dance of the "haves and have-nots" has brought forth civilization.  but.... a strange thing has recently happened during humanities  journey to the stars. 

     Without further expounding, I am just going to offer this illustrative rhetorical question.  If 90% of all  14th Century peasants lived within 10 minutes of a Walmart and had an "auto-posting debit cards available pursuant to a Guaranteed Personal Income Law"....would there have been a French Revolution?  Folks, it's gonna be a long time before Main Street evolves beyond  our present day "managed addiction" to X-Boxes, the NFL, SSRI's,  Puppy Dogs, and on and on! 

Sunday
Sep102017

CNN...."Commodify Nature Nightly"

     Who among us will question CNN's claiming the Irma "high moral ground" by parading cute little reporters through "low lying ground" in hurricane winds and storm surges.  Dutifully CNN declared the storm locations wind speeds (25mph to 45 mph prevailing for Irma) while a flashing banner pulsed a color coded velocity meter showing the maximum wind gusts and water surge levels statistically related to the Assigned  Storm Catagory. CNN no doubt frightened into action  some impaired Floridians that otherwise might have stayed home at their peril.  However, the cost of this "motivational reporting"" was that thousands needlessly fled Orlando and little old ladies in Gainesville slept upstairs, fearful of drowning when the 130 mph wind would bring the 12 foot surge to their toen hundred of miles from the coast.

     Yes, CNN produced for us a wildly successful "town cryer initiative , and oh, by the way, their audience size ratings went through the roof. (Excuse the inappropriate metaphore)  Scare a 100 million, save a few disenfranchized, sell some product, turn a profit.....my, my, the beauty of liberal capitalism!

Wednesday
Aug302017

Charlottsville

    “Hey, let’s go up to Charlottesville and kick some “frat boy” asses. Ok, but  I’m not getting arrested again.  Don’t worry, this is a freebie.  The suits are pissed off over some Civil War Statues and the whole town’s gonna be out their shooting their mouth off for their side.  When we show up with helmets and tatoos and swastikas, all of the candy-ass preppies will feel threatened, become incensed, then  argumentative, and ultimately belligerent.  Then we will stomp them into the ground and claim “defensive entitlement”.  Who knows! Trump and Sessions and Boss Hogg will probably cheer and whistle Dixie.”   

    P.S.  Isn’t it fucking amazing how easy it is for humanity to get caught up in this kind of ”moral equivalency rationalizing”.  Every day I work at an Assisted Living Facility where the “sides” identify as “mature children” and “advanced age parents”.  Guess who is typically wearing the helmets?