A New Evidence Based American Revolution in Values
Let’s get all hindsight 2020 here and state the obvious. Times have changed and shit is weird AF right now, but there is hope for a better tomorrow being assembled all around us. It’s so tempting in our minds to get lost in the forest looking at the trees…at least the ones that haven’t burned down from here in California all the way to the Rocky Mountains. This forest of tangled pubes is uncomfortable but instead of creating an inconvenient itch where it doesn’t belong on the outside, it’s creating pain on the inside of all of us. There are no clear road maps to get us out of this condition we’re in brought to you all by mass trauma and pain that quite frankly now amounts to a very large layered integral vector sum of so many forces that work against the continued survival of the human experiment…and in my informed extended opinion, life on earth. Thanks Edward O Wilson for that convenient prediction about life on earth reaching a turning point at around 2020. What is the cause of these forces? All available evidence points to a mass disconnect of sorts. You may have heard about this concept from any number of direct to consumer ads for antidepressants. People everywhere are facing intersectional pain and trauma of accretion.
Damn systems theory is at it again applying the laws of the universe… otherwise known as science, or evidence based reality. I’m not telling anybody what they should believe in or not because it’s not my job to do so. I’ll never force my beliefs or value systems upon another person, rather I will offer any and all available evidence to support doing the right thing or at least something less wrong. It is there for the taking. As an engineer, my job is to make things work better by applying any and all known science which is really just an art of human intelligence in defining the laws of the universe to solving problems of varying complexity. To reject such application of natural laws that govern all of our existences is to ride the spiral of delusions into mass psychosis. It is a fundamental conserved reality in our nature as living organisms from the first single celled microsystem to the human macro system that continued survival and evolution depends on whether we are able to solve problems. Right now, there are plenty of problems that need to be solved. Mass poverty & inequality, human rights violations of all kinds driven by fear & prejudice based emotions that have no grounding in facts or reason, and generally self serving behaviors of the dark triad of human psychology(narcissism, Machiavellianism and straight up psychopathy) are some examples…pick any side of that Pink Freudian triangle you like… our president seems to be helping himself to all the sides of that turd sandwich buffet, and most of our elected & appointed officials for that matter. Never trust a sociopath who can do math either…. they ruin economies. It plays out at all levels of our social ecosystem from how our neighbors & peers treat somebody who looks poor/homeless or of the perceived wrong skin color, ability, sexuality, or any other lifestyle arbitrarily assigned some bullshit negative value all the way to the highest institutions that hold power over large numbers of people in the form of money or control over human behavior. Never trust as well anybody with a vested interest in putting fellow humans in cages of any kind and I think all of you know what I’m talking about here. It doesn’t have to be this way however. There’s solutions to all the problems we face as humans on earth available to us at any time if we allow it to happen. It will require mass synchronous co-operation at a level we have so far failed to create or facilitate at a scale necessary to turn the tide for the better. I can spend all night exhaustively pointing out the nuances of how to make that happen but I’m not going to do that because I have actual work to do. Rather, I shall lay it down in simple terms. It comes down to what we value as individuals all the way up to society as a country which is just a colonized piece of real estate and the entire world as we know it.
What this global pandemic seems to be forcing us into is to take stock of what’s really important to us: life, health, and our relationships with others. So far, the unfortunate reality of late stage capitalism fails to draw any line in the sand at human life. Everything necessary to sustain life such as healthcare, housing, and access to good education leading to meaningful opportunity with the ability to think for oneself and question authorities who’ve proven their failures is overcommodified to a point where only privilege or luck can break barriers to fulfilling such needs. Here in this colonized piece of real estate we’ve ended up with shit leadership that has prioritized the benefit of the few at the expense and lives of the many all because we are led and controlled by those in power who for the most part clearly don’t care about us everyday people. The audacity… the monstrous ego and selfish arrogance that has allowed our power structures to forego taking all necessary measures to have contained this pandemic early on was supplanted by pointless bickering in service of derailing what it means to be a true representative democracy by attempting to impose their selfish values upon the rest of us. This all amounts to a fairly large horseshit turd sandwich that we can no longer swallow. If our leaders and power brokers of today cannot get their shit together enough to value what really matters to make tomorrow work for all of us, then I strongly suggest new leadership is needed and for all of you to vote with your values and choose whatever feels less wrong at this point. If such incompetent people worked for me, then I’d fire them. Let’s get together and neutralize any and all threats to legitimate problem solving and global society wins and we survive another day. Sounds like better living through engineering and co-operation is doable. As human beings, we are still creatures of habit. To truly grow, we must examine who we are from the inside out and and apply that to keeping it real. Maybe we do have a roadmap forward after all, we just better follow it and hit the throttle to maximum thrust.