There’s one thing shared by both parties who currently pull on the proverbial ‘bone of contention’ – whatever that is. Except for the ‘bone’ itself, of course.

Both parties consider the ‘others’ as being stupid. Stupid enough to ‘discard’.
So stupid that nobody actually hears what the ‘others’ have to say.

What drove me to this conclusion?

Would you pay any attention to something uttered by a ‘libtard’? Or by a ‘fascist’?

Why would an antivaxxer actually listen to the arguments presented by a vaxxer when the anti-vaxxing community is convinced – or had allowed itself to be convinced, that the vaxxers are ‘sheeple’?
Why would a vaxxer try to understand what’s going inside the head of an antivaxxer when the vaxxing community is convinced – or had allowed itself to be convinced, that the antivaxxers are slow minded idiots who cannot understand science. And put us all in harm’s way!

Why would somebody concerned about catching Sars-Cov 2 listen to the arguments of somebody who is ‘cool’ about it? When those who are casual about the whole thing are called Covidiots?
Why would a ‘Covidiot’ care about Covid-19 when so many of them are convinced there are already too many people on Earth? Too many stupid people…

See what I mean?

The problem with this line of thought is that following it blinds each and everyone of those who go along. Us, that is.

Blinds us to the fact that we are all idiots.

None of us knows everything.
Some of us might know more than others, indeed. But no one knows so much as to be able to live comfortably on their own. To be both fully independent and to have a good life for any sizable amount of time.
Hence each of us – no matter how skillful or how highly educated, might – and eventually will, be proven idiot. Sometimes by a ‘simpleton’…

Don’t you believe me?

A guy has a flat tire. Being handy enough, he starts to change it. During the process, the lug nuts end up in a curb inlet. He tries to recover them using a piece of wire but… A kid, who had been watching the whole thing, tries to intervene.
‘Leave me alone, don’t you see I have a lot on my head?’.
After another 5 minutes, the child attempts again to say something. The driver rebuts him for a second time. Another 10 minutes pass by and the guy lightens a cigarette. The child was playing nearby. Remembering his undeserved rebuttal, the ‘handy’ guy approaches the child:

‘You were trying to say something to me a while ago. What was it?’

‘I noticed you’ve lost the lugs holding one of your wheels. Why don’t you unscrew one nut from each of the other wheels, put the spare on and drive to the next repair shop?’

And, by the way, what’s your opinion? Does this guy know what he’s doing? Is he ‘expert’ enough to teach others?

Since I don’t want to leave you ‘on a limbo’, compare to this:

And always consult a manual before attempting to do something for the first time. If one is available, of course. If not, use a double dose of common sense.
Or call for help. Don’t be a knows it all idiot.

‘For things to work as intended, there must be a rule’.

Errr…

‘For things to work, there must be at least some consistency involved’.

This is a far better starting point!

An example would be fine?

Then imagine an Earth where the gravitational field was haphazard. In space and time. Where two lumps of dirt, a k a mountains, sometimes pulled at each other while some other times pushed. With no rules involved whatsoever.
Or where sometimes wood needed oxygen to burn while some other times – or in some other places, the presence of nitrogen was enough for wood to burst into flames.
Need some more? Then how about a place where dogs breed with cows. And also with butterflies. Only not always. And not in a constant manner.

Have you stopped laughing?
Well, this was how our ancestors imagined the Earth.
Sometimes after a mutation had provided them with the most powerful brain ever, our forefathers had learned to speak. To ‘trade’ information. Soon after they has started to develop something Humberto Maturana called ‘the ability of an observer to observe themselves while making observations’. ‘Self awareness’ for short. Or ‘conscience’ in everyday parlance.

Imagine a self-aware observer watching the sun go down. A rather smart one. One with a vivid enough imagination to ask ‘what if the sun will not come up tomorrow morning’…
Stonehenge has suddenly acquired a new meaning, right?

That was why God had so much traction. Simply because it gave sense to everything. It lend meaning to everything under the sun. And beyond!

In time, under God’s protection, we invented science. And, slowly but surely, we’ve started apportioning meaning ourselves.
Meaning we’ve started to take for granted.
Meaning which no longer depended on any third party!

Only we’ve gradually forgotten what science is really about.

Why we had developed it in the first place.

We had forgotten that science is wrong by definition.
That, by following this path, we’ll be forever able to find new meaning but that we’ll never be able to find ‘the’ meaning.

And now, that we’ve ‘killed’ God – as no longer necessary, we rely solely on the meaning we’ve already affixed to the things we already know.
To the things we consider to know… conveniently forgetting what science taught us….

Faced with unforeseen crises – unforeseen, not unforeseeable, we are left powerless.
Having taken so much for granted – our knowledge about the world and our ability to overcome everything the nature throws at us, above all, we find ourselves bereaved of our erstwhile powers.

Are we going to rediscover intellectual humility? And the ability to take advice? From the most unlikely teacher?

Or else?

Existence takes place ‘inside’ while things happen in-between.

Survival is a matter of preserving, ‘as is’, what already exists while evolution is about change and might involve ‘dismissal’.

Everything may survive while only ‘living’ things are capable of evolving on their own.

At some point, evolving organisms became complex enough to ‘feel’.
Not only complicated enough to react in an orderly – a.k.a. pre-programmed, manner but also to generate emotional reactions – which can be remembered, when certain things happen in their vicinity. Things which are important for the survival of the feeling organisms. As a consequence of the ‘feeling’ process, data regarding the happened occurrences are stored by the feeling organisms as information. Which information may help the organism in its struggle to survive. Using that information, that organism might become a ‘better version’ of itself.

At a further point in the evolution of ‘things’, organisms have added another layer of complexity.
They have become complex enough to ‘think’. As in complex enough to attempt to maximize the effects of the information they have at their disposal.

That was when ‘facts’ had been identified as being ‘things’ which had had consequences, when data had been identified as being information and when the thinkers had discovered that thinking was driven by sentiment.

Which sentiment is nothing but an evolution of the ‘survival instinct’.
Present in any living organism.
Which survival instinct is nothing but the living equivalent of something the physicists have identified as inertia.

Go figure….

De vreo trei-jdă ani încoace, ne-am tot trezit.

Dar niciodată până la capăt.

În ’89, „De Craciun ne-am luat rația de libertate.”
În ’90 eram deja obosiți. Așa că ne-am culcat înpoi. „Noi muncim, nu gândim!”

Am tot soilit până în ’96. Când ne-am sucit în somn. Și-am mai dormit, pe parte cealaltă, încă 4 ani.

La cumpăna dintre milenii, ne-am trezit din pumni.
Atât de adormiți fusesem până atunci că mai aveam puțin și ne trezeam conduși de Tribun. Așa că am făcut cruce cu stânga și l-am uns, din nou, pe ‘Ilici’. Pentru a patra oară…

În 2004, am zis că rupem gura târgului. I-am angajat pe Moromeții să ne cânte și, în frunte cu Marinaru’, l-am trimis pe Bombonel să frece puntea.
Și iar ne-am trezit că dăduserăm din lac în puț… tratamentul era cel puțin la fel de nasol ca boala…

Partea cea mai proastă e că din ce în ce mai mulți dintre noi au obosit să se tot trezească. Și-au rămas blocați în proiect.

Indiferent de ce au făcut, de la Iliescu la Dragnea și Firea, psdeii se bucură de încrederea a cel puțin 20 – 25 % din electorat.
După toate măgăriile la care a fost asociat, grupul politic condus de Băsescu mai adună încă mult prea multe voturi.
Liberalii nu înțeleg, în ruptul capului, ce se întâmplă. Cum să-i ia pe oameni.
Iar noii veniți, USRPlus, sunt plini de entuziasm dar….
Ieri m-au oprit unii să semnez pentru ei. Vin alegerile locale și… În mod normal, aș fi făcut lucrul ăsta cu bucurie. Am refuzat, oarecum confuz. Chiar nu-mi dădeam seama ce se întâmpla cu mine. Peste 10 minute, când m-am întors, am înțeles. Era la apusul soarelui iar cei de la USRPlus își puseseră măsuța în așa fel încât să nu-i deranjeze lumina. Pe ei! Numai că asta însemna că toți cei opriți stăteau cu soarele-n ochi… Bine-nțeles că majoritatea refuzau… I-am atras atenția celei care mă oprise la dus, spunându-i că ar trebui să caute un loc mai la umbră. Mi-a răspuns că „Bună idee!”. N-am stat să văd daca o și pun în practică. Dar mă duc diseară pe-acolo!

Să vedem ce facem în continuare…
Iohannis îi trage tare cu ‘greaua moștenire’. Din punct de vedere practic, are dreptate. Toată administrația e osificată iar mare parte din merit cade în poala celui mai mare și mai important partid din Romania. Nu doar pentru ca a fost la putere, direct sau indirect, cea mai mare parte din aceste trei decenii. Ci pentru simplul motiv că este, efectiv, cel mai mare partid din Romania. Adică reprezintă interesele celui mai mare grup organizat, din punct de vedere politic, de cetățeni români.
Și cum administrația publică este compusă din… cetățeni români și lucrează pentru cetățenii acestei țări….
Are cineva impresia că administrația publică – locală sau centrală, chiar lucrează pentru noi? Adică pentru noi toți?

Și-atunci?
Cel mai mare partid, prin guri cât se poate de avizate, reproșează actualei puteri toate lipsurile administrației publice. Și bine face. În momentul de față, ‘cel mai mare partid’ este în opoziție. În cine să dai, în opoziție fiind, dacă nu în cei aflați la putere?!? Chiar dacă cea mai mare a incompetenților de care ne împiedicăm acum au fost ‘montați’ acolo chiar de către cei care astăzi strigă ‘hoțul’…
Cei aflați acum la putere, în loc să promită o reformă administativă, îl scot pe Iohannis în față. Și-i dau să interpreteze, fad, aria ‘PSD-ul e-n toate!’ Păi da… de frică ca nu cumva să se mobilizeze toată funcționărimea…

Și noi? Restul?

Noi când pricepem că, de fapt, e vina noastră? A tuturor!

Noi ne-am tras pe cur în ’96. Și l-am lăsat singur pe Constantinescu.
Asta după ce, în primăvara lui ’90, în loc să facem muncă de agitație ‘la țară’, ne-am adunat în Piața Universității și ne-am ținut, unul pe celălalt, de mânuță…
Tot noi n-am fost în stare să-l dăm jos pe Băsescu după ce ne lămurisem căte parale face. Și așa mai departe…

Ne vine odată mintea la cap? Ne trezim?
Că până nu-i împingem noi, de la spate, ‘aștia’ n-o să facă nimic ca lumea.
Indiferent de partid!

OK, unii sunt mai simpatici. Poate chiar mai cinstiți… Dar fără ajutor din partea noastră, a celor mulți, nici unii dintre ei nu pot face nimic semnificativ.

One way to interpret Maslow’s pyramid of needs is to consider that an individual might become a full fledged human only after having climbed to the ‘fifth floor’.

The key word here being “might”!

Because nothing mandates that all those who have overcome the material constraints of this world and have successfully integrated themselves in the social milieu will ever become a ‘better version of themselves’.

Need examples? Have you ever heard about people like Bernie Madoff, Martin Shkreli or Myron Scholes?

‘But the last guy, Myron Scholes, was recognized by the Nobel committee as a world class economist!’
Exactly! What more could a person want? Money, fame, worldwide recognition… he was on the fast track to becoming whoever he wanted…
Yet he had chosen to associate himself with one of the deepest financial black-hole ever… Knowingly, unknowingly… doesn’t matter!

‘But what does it mean to become a full fledged human?’

To be free. To consider them-self a free person and to be recognized as such by their peers.

‘Scholes wasn’t a free person?!? Shkreli?!? Madoff?!?’

Nope. Neither was free from greed!
Greed for money, power, public recognition… or any combination thereof.

‘But “greed is good”!!! Isn’t this the current mantra? Aren’t we all driven by this sentiment?!?’

First of all, greed is not good. Read Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiment.
But yes, we are bombarded from all sides with this notion. That ‘greed is good. That greed is the engine of capitalism, which capitalism has brought us here. Where it is good.’

Yes, here it is indeed good. Only for fewer and fewer of us. It used to be better but since ‘greed has become good’ every ‘bump’ we encounter along the ‘free market’ road has proven to be quite a challenge. An insurmountable challenge for more and more of us.
An unsustainable arrangement. For us, as a community.
And yes, capitalism is the best economic paradigm to date. Only, as all paradigms, it has to be put in practice. By us, the people. In the right way. In the free market way.
Only we are no longer free! Those who cannot escape their sentiment may not consider themselves free. And too many of us have been enslaved by their greed!

‘But greed is written in our DNA!’

Indeed! So is the urge to have sex!
Only we’ve managed to teach ourselves, community wise, that while sex is good, rape is bad!
Not so long ago, rape was more or less condoned. ‘She must have enticed him’. ‘What was she doing there at that hour?’ And so on…
Nowadays, rape is shunned. By most of us.

Only we still live surrounded by rape culture. Seeped in greed.

Will we ever learn?
Will we, as a community, ‘actualize’ ourselves?

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While everything mentioned above is absolutely true, we must also remember that it was the whites – who had first reached the ‘proper stage of development’, who had given up slavery and invented ‘human rights’.
On the other side, it is also true that the whites did reach the ‘proper stage of development’ by exploiting the rest of the world.
Only ‘this’ wasn’t invented by them! I don’t want to go into the finer details. All of you know, very well, what had really happened ‘on the ground’.

So.
What are we going to do next?

‘Delete’ everything the white people have contributed only because they have been the last to exploit the rest of the mankind?

Or accept the fact that evolution works in an oblique manner?

Culture is to human communities what DNA is to biological species.

It transports vital information from one generation to the other. Hence providing a venue for survival.
Furthermore, both culture and DNA can change in time. Hence providing a venue for evolution.

The difference between culture and DNA being, of course, the fact that culture is way more fluid than DNA.
DNA changes only once for each generation – what you get at birth is what you’re taking to the grave, while culture is in constant flux.
No individual organism has anything to say about their genetic information but almost every human is capable of learning almost anything.

Now for the historical part.

Stage one.

Veneration of the elders. The elders were the depositories of the common knowledge. Hence everybody took good care of the ‘data bases’.

Stage two.

Somebody learned to write.
Elders were no longer indispensable. More and more information could be ‘warehoused’ in alternative ways.
A structure was needed to manage the new ways of dealing with the vital information.

Stage three.

The state is born.
At first the structures which insured that culture was passed from one generation to another had been rather empiric: kingdoms, monasteries, etc.
Soon after the Enlightenment things had become more rational. Cultured people became nations and the academic scholars gave us the state. As the structure charged to make sure that culture and people stay together. Hence providing for the nation’s survival.

States who had been in constant contact – read rivalry, kept each-other fit. Or else.
States ‘removed’ from reality – geographically, by becoming too powerful to care or both, had experienced a natural decay. The people at the top of the food chain had forgotten about those at the bottom and those at the bottom had lost faith in their leadership.

States too weak to survive – for various reasons, have succumbed while those too powerful for their own sake have eventually imploded.

Psychology to the rescue.

Culture is more fluid than DNA for a reason.
DNA follows exclusively the laws of nature while culture is heavily influenced by us.
We, men, are the measure of all things.
All life heavily transforms the place it inhabits.
So do we, humans. Only we do it willingly. On purpose, that is.

Now, that we have amassed so much information – about life in general and about how we relate, as agents, to the entire process, we have reached a reckoning moment. What next?

Are we going to choose the path of the cuckoo or that shown to us by Hokule-a?

Nu prea i-a ieșit pasiența Preafericitului…
A construit, cu ajutorul lui Mamon, un templu mai înalt decât Coșmelia Poporului.
Și, cu toate astea, din locul pe unde se plimbă poporul muncitor, țîșnitoarea lui Firea pare mai cu moț decât ctitoriile predecesorilor săi…

„Pleacă, copile chiar dacă mă doare!
Aici nu sunt speranțe de a trai normalitatea promisă!
Nu-ți irosi viața, sperantele, energia pentru cauze pierdute!
In fond, cea mai ușoară cale de a-ți trăi viața este să-ți urmezi visul!”

Încă o confirmare a tezei care ne învață că realitatea este un construct social.
Care ne spune că ne-o facem cu mâna noastră!

Întâi am pierdut vremea. Ca nație. Vreo douăj-de ani.

După care, în loc să ne apucăm de recuperat timpul pierdut, am început să ne sfătuim copiii să plece. De tot!

Una e să-i impingem de la spate să se ducă afară să învețe. Și să se întoarcă. Iar noi, între timp, să facem oarece ordine pe aici, prin bătătura. Astfel încât, odată întorși, să ne putem apuca cu toții de treabă.
Aici, unde sunt atâtea de făcut. Unde totul este la început. Unde jocurile nu sunt, încă, atât de făcute ca afară.

Și cu totul altceva este să-i învățăm, de mici, cu gândul că ‘aici nu mai e nimic de făcut’. Să-i împingem, efectiv, afară. Să-i obișnuim cu gândul plecării. Pe și pe noi, laolaltă.
Adică să ne demobilizăm singuri. Să ne aruncăm, de bună voie, în brațele celor care ‘ne vor proști’.

Scriind chestia asta mi-am adus aminte de cuci.


Adică de păsările alea care își depun ouăle în cuiburile altor păsări. Din care ouă ies niște pui suficient de zdraveni încât să arunce din cuib odraslele perechii gazdă.
Noi facem invers. Ne alungăm singuri puii.
Făcând loc, în felul ăsta, copiilor ‘lor’…. care nu sunt atăt de ‘zdraveni’ ca ai noștri! Că altfel s-ar duce ei să învețe ‘afară’….

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