Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Little Evidence That Humanity Doesn't Hate Itself

I can find no evidence against the notion that our society is purposely configured by us to be our own enemy at just about every turn. This is not a new notion, of course. It was the point of a famous Pogo comic from 1971 with the line, "We have met the enemy and he is us."

But even though we all likely admit this failure when pointed out, we do nothing to correct it. And this adversarial relationship we've continually setup between ourselves and the processes we create to serve us is everywhere. A partial list includes health care, education, the act of voting, banking, environmental issues, commerce, Social Security and other post-retirement issues, law enforcement, the prison industrial complex, the plethora of agencies and individuals who spy on literally everyone, and more.

Our overall cultural practices also include this problem with examples including racism, misogyny, bigotry, poverty, and lack of support for varied family structures. It's so bad that even when an individual tries to help another individual directly outside of these awful conditions, there are people and systems in place to put up a fight. Perhaps the most obvious are feeding the homeless without a permit (which can't be obtained in many cities) and giving money directly to someone who needs help without some sort of potential penalty.

We could very easily be accurately tagged as a species that is suffering from some sort of mass mental illness. What else could it be when we are responsible for our own condition and we continue to purposely make ourselves miserable?

Friday, July 3, 2015

The Human Recipe Is Magic-Free

Story: Antidepressants affect people’s moral behaviour, study finds

This is yet another study showing the physical nature of what we traditionally attribute to non-physical forces. I always wonder why we find it surprising that we are what we are without trying to add something extra to the mix. We would have solved so many more problems by now if we stop being distracted by the mirage of a non-physical reality.