What do we take away from September 11th, 2001?
Consider the absurdity of endeavoring to change a system whose most fundamental premise is that the system shall not be changed.
In the factory, the workers either sit quietly in the training room with their backs to each other or stand at their place in the assembly line doing rote tasks. The manager is generally the only one who speaks. Sometimes, he calls on someone to voice his opinion, but the context of the question leaves little room for free expression. The leading question usually invites an answer that corroborates the manager’s opinion.
The creative power of humans is astonishing. I’m not referring to creativity in the artistic sense, but rather in the sense of our ability to create spiritual entities that wield a tremendous amount of influence over human actions. We refer to these entities as Institutions. Now I’m not suggesting that in creating institutions we create … Continue reading Fighting Against the System
In 1858, Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. wrote a clever poem: “The Deacon’s Masterpiece, or, the Wonderful One-Hoss Shay: a Logical Story.” You can read about the poem’s background here, if you’re so inclined. It’s a humorous and enjoyable poem. I recommend reading it now, because I’m about to spoil the ending for you. While the poem … Continue reading The Perfect System, Part 2
From the earliest days of recorded history, people have concluded that humans can engineer an exquisitely designed social structure that will shape society in a manner that allows them to triumph over the human condition. Yet rather than acknowledging that human nature has remained fundamentally unaltered throughout its history, each succeeding generation has endeavored to re-create its own more perfect version of the Tower of Babel using various religious and political systems. Each has failed or is in the process of failing.
When an ideology does not permit opposing viewpoints, the resulting behavior often turns bitter, resentful—even violent.
When we support assertions with other assertions, the only people who will accept what we have to say are those who already agree with us, and simpletons who can’t be bothered with applying any intellectual rigor to what we are saying.
Without necessarily intending to, I've taken the last eight months off from blogging. I've missed it, and I keep feeling the tug from the blogosphere, but life has been full of challenges and new endeavors that have forced me to carefully prioritize my time. I haven't stopped writing. I write at work. I'm taking college … Continue reading I’m Still Here
A screed launched into the arena of public discourse via your iPhone from the sheltered grandstand of your car as you transit from one Safe Space to another is a good way to burn down the society you are purportedly trying to improve.