Today mankind is locked into stealing ravenously from the future [by way of] diachronic competition, a relationship whereby contemporary well-being is achieved at the expense of our descendants. By our sheer numbers, by the state of our technological development, and by being oblivious to differences between a method that achieved lasting increments of human carrying capacity [agriculture] and one that achieves only temporary supplements [reliance on fossil fuels and other mined substances], we have made satisfaction of today’s human aspirations dependent upon massive deprivation for posterity.
One’s worldview, also world-view or world view, is the foundation upon which all one’s beliefs and actions are based. It is the opinions and conclusions derived from a set of premises which are, by and large, unshakeable.
The rational worldview is that all things are ultimately explainable by science and reason, it is not afraid to say “I don’t know — yet”. Other worldviews tend to involve a creator “moving in mysterious ways”.
Hello again, my dear fellow humans. I hope the words that you read here find you happy and well ?
I am myself moderately happy, but not all that well. So first a brief report on my health.
My right leg is still only partly functional.
I spoke to a doctor about this. He said that it is much too early to judge. He said that if arteries are blocked by a blood clot, then you have to wait until the blood flow finds alternative routes, which will then grow and expand, and that would likely take a couple more months.
Okay. But that assumes that the problem is some blocked blood vessels to my leg, which may be the correct diagnosis, but conflicts with the other diagnosis, which was that it is blocked blood vessels in the brain that caused the problem.
I suppose it might be both, but I’ll try and clarify that when I get an opportunity.
Vision from the right half of my right eye is still absent. It’s not very noticeable here at home but gives me surprises when I go out and find stuff appearing suddenly and unexpectedly entering into my right-side field of view.
I’ve got various upcoming appointments to see specialists about my bowel problem.
And then there is the mental stuff, the mind/brain problems. This has improved a lot since I came from the hospital, but is still nothing like it was before the stroke.
So, that’s about all I can say. The doctors tell me that it is still far too soon to be able to tell how much I will recover.
Anyway, I am at my lovely home on this superb mountain, and the weather is glorious, and there’s still some summer remaining, although soon the hordes of tourists will return whence they came, as schools and colleges restart in September.
I have been on excursions to Newport and to Cardigan, and the place is teeming with tourists, people in the holiday trades are very busy making as much money as they can before the season ends and autumn approaches.
Okay. So much for all of that. 🙂
Two recent messages, contributed to the previous post, from Ghostwheel and Keith Elder deserve comment (Thanks for the stimulation) and will perhaps provide me with some mind-food to write about.
And I’m spent. Morally, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually. What next?
My suggestion is this. If a person becomes emotionally engaged with these issues, similar to becoming deeply loyal to, say, your favourite football team, then you will become depressed and suffer, because of the anguish you experience when ‘your side’ is doing badly.
So, one way of dealing with the dilemma is to ‘rise above the fray’, so to speak.
In buddhism, there’s the notion of Attachment and Non-attachment. We are not the first people to encounter this problem, and it was resolved long ago. If you identify closely with every fragment of horrific news that you come across, then your existence becomes very draining, traumatic and harrowing.
So, the answer is, to do the meditation, until you find an inner space that is perpetually serene and tranquil, undisturbed by ANY events or encounters with traumatic events or distressing news.
The idea is, that you find this inner core of your being and then protect and nurture it, so that when you meet the final challenge of meeting your own particular personal death, you can traverse the experience without too much anguish.
People respond to this advice by declaring that ‘It’s impossible’ or ‘Too difficult’, etc.
But what other options do we have available ? I can assure everyone, that if you dedicate yourself toward that aim and work at it, you can find a state of complete peace and tranquillity which is impervious to any kind of anguish, trauma or distress.
Just the fact that this is temporarily encountered so that you know it is available reduces some of the unnecessary suffering.
I wouldn’t say this is EASY, nor that it is tremendously difficult. People vary such a lot, that some can accomplish astonishing feats, like doing hand stands, whilst others can struggle with simple stuff, like noticing that they actually do have a physical body to inhabit.
I hope what I say does not come across as condescending or patronising. It’s always risky to make suggestions to people over the internet when you can’t get any visual or verbal signals that indicate how what you say is being received.
Being in a state of great stress, anxiety or exhaustion, is not positive, doesn’t help resolve problems. So, relax and find inner peace, become serene and as happy as you can be, under whatever stressful circumstances you may be encountering. Notice your own breathing and pay attention. This helps one to see and think more clearly, which is already an advance over being sucked toward a whirlpool of escalating anxiety, hysteria and panic, or guilt, regret, remorse, sorrow, etc, etc. There a lot of that stuff to get lost in, if you allow it to get a grip, and much is avoidable.
This is kind of ‘general advice’, because to tailor advice to any specific person requires knowing them directly, their character and makeup, and having some insight into the particular obstacles that individual encounters. It’s not ‘one size fits all’, imo.
You can try letting go, letting go of everything, so you are not holding on to either pleasant or unpleasant notions. Be free, be liberated. From everything.
And then, let go of THAT effort and experience.
There IS a way, a path, through all this mess of experience that we inhabit, but unfortunately, it’s not commonly taught or well-known, so people go through appalling distress and anguish, which is sad and avoidable.
Okay, secondly, Keith’s comment…
Also talking about growing disillusionment with Guy McPherson, Vinay Gupta, George Webb, Naked Capitalism, liberals in general, etc. I’ve followed a similar path, albeit at a slower pace. I’ve also shifted to a much more conservative stance. The 2016 election made it very clear what an empty suit the democrat party has become.
It might be worth thinking about the origins of the Right Wing v. Left Wing dichotomy.
The terms date back to the French Revolution (although the same divide can be traced and observed very much earlier, ancient Greece and elsewhere.)
Origins in France
The political terms left wing and right wing originated in the 18th century during the French Revolution. They are based on the seating arrangements in the French National Assembly — those who sat on the left of the chair of the parliamentary president supported the revolution and a secular republic, and opposed the monarchy of the old regime. The people on the left were in favor of radical change, socialism and republicanism i.e. a strong French republic instead of the monarchy.
Those who sat to the right supported the institutions of the monarchist old regime or Ancien Régime. The stronger your opposition to radical change and desire to preserve traditional society, the more you were to the right. Tradition, institutional religion and privatization of economy were considered the core values of the right-wing.
A variety of social issues in the U.S. divide the left and right. These include abortion, the death penalty, drug policy, gay rights, women’s rights, separation of church and state, gun rights, and healthcare policy. In general, the left wing philosophy believes in “one for all and all for one,” looking to the government to support those who cannot support themselves. The right wing, on the other hand believes supporting individuals in need is not the most efficient way to optimize government resources, and relies on the private sector and charitable institutions for the same.
In my understanding (which is far from complete), a soceity can swing leftwards, leaving behind older values and practices, but after a while it hits the limits, kind of like a boat meeting the left bank of a river. It might have made some sense, initially, to steer a course on the left, because that was a viable navigable route. But if you always bear left, never to the right, you’ll end up colliding with the riverbank, and getting into big trouble.
So that’s where we are now. Left wing ideas and policies have become increasingly ridiculous, absurd to the point of insanity. For example, offering tiny children a choice from a selection of dozens of different genders, and encouraging adults to get sexual gratification by non-consensual relations with minors, and so forth.
It’s a similar kind of madness to what we saw from the Right in Victorian England, when any mention or open discussion of sexual affairs was considered offensive and impolite (whilst at the same time, something like every third house in London was a brothel !). Any part of a woman’s leg above the ankle was considered rude and provocative, and should be hidden from view. And then they extended this to furniture, and tables and pianos in some houses were given special cloth garments to conceal the legs….
It’s basically a delusional Marxist agenda to force social change and adjust the balance of power between ‘social classes’, whilst completely ignoring all science and fundamental human nature. Also ignoring the lessons and experiences of history SINCE the French Revolution, such as Chairman Mao’s catastrophic ‘Cultural Revolution’.
Another example, Cambodia. It’s not that hard, to begin with ‘well-intentioned’ idealistic policies, which even if superficially logical sufficient to convince a mob, are actually absurd and unworkable, and attempt to put those policies into practice by brute force, killing anyone who disagrees. It’s been done many times, and we really ought to have learned the lessons by now, rather than getting dragged into yet another horrendous bloodbath of genocidal or fratricidal madness and slaughter.
It may well be the case that we humans have multiplied beyond the carrying capacity of Planet Earth, and as each individual tries to satisfy their urge for increased consumption and possession of material goods, as symbolic of success and status, we are collapsing the entire Biosphere, as a viable self-sustaining entity.
If that is the true state of affairs, then we are headed into extremely unpleasant times, and can only guess what the eventual outcome will be. So, for myself, as a relatively compassionate and thoughtful individual, I’d like priority to be given toward minimising the horror and suffering.
But, you see, sentimentality does NOT work. It’s a childish response. You want to save the cute little bunny from the fox, or those sweet fawns from the wolves, the seals or penguins from the sharks. It’s naive.
Because, then the foxes, wolves, all similar predators, vanish into extinction, and their natural prey, rabbits, deer, etc., multiplies until their environment is destroyed and they too disappear.
Some claim that that doesn’t matter, because we can replace the cruelty of ‘death by wolf’, or lion, or orca, with death by human hunter. But then the whole thing escalates into increasing absurdity. Instead of a self-sustaining or self-maintaining natural order and balance, humans are forced to intervene and manage the entire Biosphere, and if you think we are capable and equipped to carry that responsibility, well, I do not share your view.
We are so far distant from being able to manage relatively straightforward issues, such as the survival of African rhinos and elephants, that we are unlikely ever to be able to manage entire ecosystems right down to the level of soil organisms. Most human interventions, even when well intentioned, tend to lead to unexpected and often undesirable consequences.
I believe in the principle of self-defence. I think that a human should fight back against, say, rats that are invading. Before they start gnawing at the baby in its’ cot, which does happen. But also, I believe that forcing ANY species into extinction is immoral, a crime against this Universe, and shows us to be unfit for our role and duty of care. With the possible exception of some of the most ghastly pathogens.
Unfortunately, many of the most horrible organisms, from a human perspective, are very well able to take care of themselves and to multiply and diversify, thus evading any of our attempts to eradicate them.
You want to try and explain this stuff to the hordes of illiterate and low IQ Arabs and Africans, etc, who are swarming into Europe ? ahahaha…. They do have totally different worldviews and values, and the radical Islamist jihadis want to take us all back to their idealised 7th. Century world.
As I understand it, (and I might be mistaken ?) the pale skinned peoples of the northern hemisphere evolved that appearance because of the low sunlight and Vitamin D. They also evolved high IQ’s, creativity and resourcefulness, because they were forced to plan ahead, if they were to survive the harsh test of winter.
If, as in the northern regions of Europe, Siberia, and North America, there’s only four or five months of relatively mild weather and plentiful daylight, alternating with long periods of severe cold weather and darkness, then the people who could not plan ahead did not survive, and those that could, did.
This is in contrast to the tropical belt, where it’s always hot and sunny, with abundant food of all kinds. Those people did not need to evolve the ability to plan ahead and store food, because it’s always summer all year around.
So, my dear reader, you can now heave a sigh of relief, because you have made it all the way to the end. Congratulations ! Hope to continue next time, but for the moment, I am exhausted… Blessings and commiserations, wherever you may be…