The egos need “to be right over others”, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary (egos repel an open and dynamic contextual awareness and understanding in favor of the polarizing emotions that are embedded in adopted and conforming ideologies), is the major stumbling block to all human social problems and is best illustrated by our increasing inundation of “ego based” Reality TV Shows and most “perfectly” actualized in the ineffectual rantings of the perfectionism (a most common trap of the ego) of “The Donald”!
As a result of the effects on we humans by our social conformity, identity culture and an ever emerging inability to respond with a sufficient level of understanding, we no longer understand the basic form, function and relations of things within or without, and have unwittingly sacrificed our ability to discern intuitively in the moment (naturally pragmatic) for the barrenness of ideological judgment, group think, addiction, distraction, unawareness and routine.
Socially accepted generalizations and effortless “participation trophy” thinking, intended to make everyone artificially feel powerful, has propelled us into the perfect place for Artificial Intelligence, and other “convenience technologies” to take over our thinking and life management for us.
We have Trump because we are Trump
A smattering of my mornings news reading absent any political or economic data
*Men’s sperms counts, worldwide, have decreased by around 50% in the last decade
*Alcoholism has increased by about 50% in the last decade
*Since 1999, the number of opioid related overdoses has quadrupled and more people die this way now than gun homicides and car crashes combined. Over 560,000 people have died of opioid OD’s since 1999. Today over 21,000,000 in the US are addicted to opioids, of which only 10% are in treatment for the addiction.
*The use of antidepressants has skyrocketed, the use of antidepressants increased by 400% between 1988 and 2008. One in ten people over 12 years of age now relies on antidepressants for their depression.
*Sea level rise is now exponential, not linear: Florida tourism has decreased 40% in the last decade as Miami is now eternally partially flooded and will eventually be underwater.
*Whole populations of species around the world have stopped reproducing and many are now disappearing. (Bees, Flamingos, Frogs, all Amphibians are now endangered, et al).
Is there a pattern hear?, Bueller, Bueller…..
I love my country, but I love the ideals upon which this great nation was founded much more than any approximation of how those ideals are being expressed at any one point in time.
Political dissent and a healthy reverberative respectful dialogue is mandatory for the functioning of any democracy.
To the extent that we can all have open discussions about our different takes on the myriad of political, economic and environmental issues that now so perilously inundate us, we are ok.
To the extent we cannot, we are not.