Monday, September 13, 2004
The Penultimate Metaphor
In "the Penultimte Truth", government propaganda keeps workers underground in factories by convincing them that it is too dangerous to go outside.
That plot carries a current issue to an extreme, and converts it to humor.
It is also the individual's choice.
One metaphor that P.K. Dick wanted us to think of was that some jobs are like that.
Sometimes, people get into situations or jobs that involve a mindset which
put unnecessary fear into the view of the world, and prevents the individual
from making appropriate choices and adaptations.
I think the analogy can be carried further, any worry cab be transformed into
action or acceptance if the fear is eliminated.
Justs as boredom means there is something you forgot to do, worry means there
is something you are afraid of dealing with.
(That thought helped me deal with the conclusuion of Fahrenheit 9/11.)
Physics and Society
By Jan Lundberg
A petroleum-free, no-growth economic future is not a sufficiently viable basis for a positive vision to achieve a sustainable society. Awareness of our place in nature is essential, but in a world distorted by artificial systems in a decaying environment we must also become aware of the limitations of what we accept as objective reality. Physics has shown that every individual's consciousness is always co-creating in a unified, interconnected reality with every particle and wave that exists and that has ever existed and that will exist.
Unless we broaden and deepen our perception of both the universe and our fellow members of society, we all may perish in persisting to manipulate each other and our ecosystem with materialism and exploitation. The infinite expanse and inward depth of our interconnected consciousness, according to physics, allows for a wide range of outcomes flowing simply from our awareness - even without action taken. As controlling as this might be, it is patently insufficient thus far to aid us in assuring survival, perhaps due to the small minority practicing full consciousness.
The obstacle is from the majority: Reality perceived in a limited, material way - by individuals imagining themselves to be merely separate, independent beings - causes their cultural programming to allow them to see only what they expect to see. In today's trying cultural/perceptual reality, almost all of us in modern society thus fail to sense the greater, inextricable unity of the known and "hidden" universe.
from Doom and Gloom? Your Perception Calls the Tune
By Jan Lundberg
Culture Change e-Letter
Thursday 09 September 2004
The Dishonesty Thing
By Paul Krugman
The New York Times
Friday 10 September 2004
It's the dishonesty, stupid. The real issue in the National Guard story isn't what George W. Bush did three decades ago. It's the recent pattern of lies: his assertions that he fulfilled his obligations when he obviously didn't, the White House's repeated claims that it had released all of the relevant documents when it hadn't.
It's the same pattern of dishonesty, this time involving personal matters that the public can easily understand, that some of us have long seen on policy issues, from global warming to the war in Iraq. On budget matters, which is where I came in, serious analysts now take administration dishonesty for granted.
Wednesday, September 08, 2004
The first step in a fascist movement is the combination under an energetic leader of a number of men who possess more than the average share of leisure, brutality, and stupidity. The next step is to fascinate fools and muzzle the intelligent, by emotional excitement on the one hand and terrorism on the other. (Bertrand Russell: Freedom, Harcourt Brace, 1940)