All you have to do is sit. And I have to hit a fucking target. Does that seem fair to you?
Oh, there’s all of it. ☺
Law is not divine. It is arbitrary. It is chosen. It is personal. It is political. It is designed by humans. If we are to have a legal system, it should be based on the protection of the rights of life and living systems, not the gross artificial injustices that enshrine the privileges of power at the expense of those who have none. That is the only law that is just, and it is the only law to which any of us owe any allegiance or obedience. Anything else is simply a mechanism for exploitation and control.
You all see what’s happening, don’t you? It’s plain as day. Hitherto, in humanity’s twisted and accomplished history, the two primary attributes for success were intelligence and cooperation. Takes a lot of peoples to take down a mammoth, to harvest a field, or to defend a keep. But, maybe, once a system reaches a certain threshold of abstraction, particularly multidimensional abstraction that is, if I can get both theoretically and linguistically weird, here, subjectively objective, then maybe the primary stats for success change. Maybe now it’s perception, but not just arbitrary. Accurate perception of the layers and interactions of the greater abstraction, that would effectively carry the day. But, our people and our systems aren’t built for abstraction, simple or complex, nor are they manufactured by the system with accurate perception as the target. And, so, we keep hitting this bottleneck, individually and systemically, and that’s why everything is, and all of us are, fucking falling apart.
I ain’t here to make you happy or to meet your expectations. You know where the block button is. ☺
As alien-worship fanfic goes, I’m more of an Old Testament fan. That god knew how to get results. ☺
Honestly, what I really want to know is: what is his favorite flavor of ice cream?
People keep focusing on Trump. Trump is just a bit player on a collapsing stage. If it hadn’t been him, it would have been another. There are others waiting to take his place. Your only political options are corrupt, amoral capitalists or fascists, quiet or overt. And the Earth itself is dying. As has so often happened before, the system has torn a hole in history itself, and the evil externalities of empire are pouring in to fill it. Anyone familiar with history already knows how that ends. It leads, somewhat deterministically, down a path of radical change, whatever form that takes.
I don’t believe this can be substantively reformed. I think we’re going to need to simply wait for it to collapse to an adequate extent, and then be collectively prepared, both with regard to theoretical frameworks and practical applications, to follow it with a better system.
Okay, okay. The jig is up. I did actually steal something (when I was little). Every time I looked at it people I admired made me feel guilty for looking. Every time I saw someone without one I instinctively knew, even as a child, that they were fucked. And, so, I thought to myself, ‘what is this thing of terror and wonder?’ So, I fucking stole the greatest weapon humanity has ever made. You may have heard of it before. It’s called an ‘education.’ Once, one of my professors made the proclamation to us that ‘sometimes people get educated in the West just so they can use that to change things.’ How wise and right she was. ☺
I’ve played a lot of games in my life. It’s a sort of passion. No game in particular above the others, really, but the best games are the ones that teach you about life, or about yourself, or others. One lesson I’ve learned is this: in victory, be gracious but never complacent. In defeat, yield what must be yielded but impose the greatest opportunity cost possible. Stalemates are both, and neither, at once, but after a stalemate there is always another round. The time to analyze the last and carefully consider the next is in the immediacy that follows the stalemate. Because people forget. And, in games, stakes are rarely lowered as time progresses forward. The stakes only rise with time.
You’re not teaching the world that your position or your values are superior. You’re teaching the world that the way to resolve conflict is with violence that is cold, meticulous, calculated, and overwhelming. That’s a dangerous sword to carry, friends. Hold tight to the hilt, lest it turn toward you.