Friday, September 23, 2016

WISE MAN'S BURDEN

 
Chinese city built for population relocation from rural to urban life.

The racial and economic upheaval in Charlotte, North Carolina, is symptomatic of the denial of the major issues of our time. The denial by media. The denial by national governments. The denial by international agencies. To social justice warriors and rioters, I say, "I understand your anger and frustration, but you are terribly near-sighted."

Looking at the big picture at the end of an eventful human life is painful. Wisdom is wasted on the old. Youth is wasted on the young. Some things haven't changed from the dawn of human time.

Opening your eyes to the real state of your planet and your species is frustrating. Each of us is powerless to actually turn the stampede of the herd. Kings and presidents alike have learned this over the course of human history. Lincoln sat in Washington through years of powerlessness over the massacre of civil war. American Indians watched powerlessly as their land was taken by the endless numbers of aggressive migrants who flooded in from East to West. Europeans experience a similar fate, seemingly karmic after centuries of vicious invasion and colonization.
 
Looking at yourself as one mortal animal in a species of extinguishable animals is an uncomfortable prospect for most human beings. The ages have given our species free time in longer life spans with evolved brains to construct defenses against consciousness of physical reality. All human systems from religion to politics are abstract constructs of human brains, not of some immortal Universal intelligence (god). We have elevated ourselves to the status of preternatural beings, but we are just as vulnerable as any other species to failure. At this moment, we are more vulnerable than some others.
 
The desperation to remain deluded is obvious. ISIS members are so desperate to be justified in their human construct of how things should be that they viciously kill anyone who challenges their delusion. While some of us in the Euro-based West shake our heads at this, we must also admit that our own ancestors went through the same vicious depth of depravity 500 years ago. The periodic resurgence of religious and political fundamentalism still retards progress in our societies. This clinging to the delusions that separate us from the rest of life on the planet threatens our survival.
 
"Progressives" in the U.S. and Europe now justify violence and fundamentalist religion. This is actually regressive. These same people will not realistically address overpopulation and environmental degradation. They continue to reproduce just because they "want a baby". They drive SUV's and pickups. They support governmental policies and media-fueled causes that deepen divisions and poverty in society. "Conservatives" in the U.S. and Europe are even more removed from reality, because they are aligned with those who are most comfortable in the status quo. They own the media which fuel conformist delusions for their own sakes.
 
Aging for the conscious mind is a master's course in Life. Aging while non-religious, scientific, non-heterosexual and childless sometimes feels like gliding above human delusions on the winds of natural transformation, like a butterfly who has broken from its cocoon with the daunting awareness of its imminent death. The relentless urge to cry out to those whose lives are immersed in trivial battles and self-gratifications reaps scorn and abuse if not controlled with practiced patience. Patience is wisdom, but it comes with a price of solitary suffering. This is a wise man's burden.
 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

GIVE ME POPULISM.

From the Gilded Age.

Jean-Claude Juncker, former P.M. of Luxembourg and E.C. President of the E.U., recently made reference to runaway populism in reference to U.K.'s democratic decision to leave the E.U.. Nothing I have heard to date better exposes the elitism of the new global capitalist aristocracy.
 
The corporately controlled media in Europe and U.S. use the term "populist" as a put-down when reporting on politics. They have painted Donald Trump's campaign as populist, as though this was a bad thing. They are obviously frightened by the support a crazy guy like Trump can gather by simply stating what is on the mind of a vast swath of the U.S. population. Hillary Clinton just found out what populism can do when she made her elitist remarks about half of Trump's supporters.
 
True democracy is populist. This is the problem for the financial elite who presume a right to rule us. All attempts at tyranny spark a cycle of populist uprising. This is human history. Extreme populism in reaction to extreme tyranny is bloody, and by simple numerical strength smashes tyrants. The harsher the tyranny, the harsher the populist reaction to it. The harsher the populist reaction, the more bodies in the streets.
 
The global elite are attempting soft tyranny by using mass media to anesthetize the public. The media encourage alcohol abuse and soft-peddle addiction. Media are desensitizing the public to criminality to rationalize the corruption necessary for the elite to bribe leaders to comply with their agenda. Religion is promoted as a good thing, despite its propensity to promote anti-science and violence worldwide. It seems the elite feel that a stunned and stupefied public can be controlled indefinitely.
 
Another propaganda tool the elite are using is indoctrination of minorities in societies to fear populism. The elitist media implies that populism in a country will inevitably lead to the persecution of minorities. They quickly raise the scepter of Nazism, for example. This is nonsense, of course. Nazism was a tool of the industrial elite who used its violent terrorism to suppress diverse democracy in Weimar Germany. Those elite industrialists were comparable to the global financial elite of today, who use terrorism of mass invasion by illegal immigrants and fear of an extremist religion to cow their populations. The various populist leaders of diverse ideologies  in Weimar Germany were rounded up and sent to labor camps by the storm troopers of the crony-capitalist (non-populist) elite. Weimar populism stood in the way of profits from a new war machine.
 
People like Jean-Claude Juncker are more prone to salute dictatorial flags because they raise them in the name of enlightened progress. The reality is that they are simply interested in power and wealth for themselves and their heirs. They are just a new version of the few predators who always seek to oppress and exploit the many. They see the upcoming tsunami of environmental degradation and human overpopulation. They are not prepared to make any sacrifice of their own luxury and comfort. Their behavior is a reaction to their own fear of losing what they themselves have. However, the harder they try to suppress populism, the heavier the price their own descendants will have to pay.

Monday, September 12, 2016

INSULT TO INJURY

A Whimsical British Gay Button.
 

I am astounded by current media hypersensitivity to Muslims in America. What better evidence of Saudi oil money upon our politics and media?
 
Today PRI's The World, a generally excellent journalism broadcast, presented a piece about how difficult it is for Muslims to be celebrating their holiday, Eid, at the anniversary time of the 911 mass killing in NYC. Really? OK, I get it that it must be a time of shame by association with an ideology which condones the murder of infidels. But I have to ask why such shame by association does not seem to cause the American subscribers to that ideology to question or reject the ideology itself on the most fundamental level.
 
As a gay man, I refuse to accept that anyone who subscribes to a homophobic ideology by saying "I am a (blank) but..."is not homophobic. I refuse to accept this from Roman Catholics. I refuse to accept this from Mormons. I refuse to accept this from Muslims. I refuse to accept this from Orthodox Jews. Go sell it somewhere else. This is essential for my emotional and potentially my physical survival as a gay man. If I let down my guard with those who subscribe to a homophobic ideology, I make myself vulnerable to abuse. It is that simple, that logical, that masochistic.
 
Abrahamic religions in their fundamental form are all ideologically anti-democratic, misogynist, homophobic and exclusive. If you do not know this, I suggest you study them as much as I have for the last five decades. I am not a stupid anti-religious bigot. Bigotry and stupidity are the hallmarks of the irrationally devout.
 
So, when I hear Muslims whining in major media about Islamophobia, a term devised by the Muslim Brotherhood, a fundamentalist jihadist group, I shrug unsympathetically. When I am scolded by an uneducated person who defends Muslims as though they are genetically bound to that ideology, especially if that uneducated person is gay, I do not pay any attention. Ignorance is bliss. Stupidity is its own punishment. But I will say that having the nerve to whine about yourself because you subscribe to an ideology that is killing people with self-justification is an insult to my intelligence after your injury to my anti-violent humanistic sensibilities.
 
 

Monday, August 29, 2016

DOMINANCE NOT FREEDOM


Today's politics, more than ever, are about dominance. The virtualization of the world by electronic media is changing the wars for dominance from playing out organized battlefield gore to decimating social chaos, delivered to you through the social media you so readily become addicted to. "Divide and Conquer." This is the new old paradigm exploited by today's seekers of dominance.

The Islamic jihad rages through the Muslim world is both stimulus and distraction. It was initially funded and supported by Saudi Arabia, NATO nations, Iran, Turkey and Russia. To what end? What inspired the predominantly Christian and increasingly irreligious West to stir the murky political waters in collusion with Saudi Arabia? What caused Russia to support Iran and Assad in Syria?

Whatever the complexities may be, the net issue is boiling down to a battle against individualism and social oppression. While ostensibly uniting against ISIS, the powers involved are less ostensibly uniting behind the autocratic religion of Islam. Islam, after all, has worked for the Iranians and Saudi Arabians. I has justified the most severe oppression of civil and human rights. It has supported autocracy by royals in Saudi Arabia and clerics in Iran. The pro-royalist West has sided with the Saudi royalists. The anti-royalist and pro-autocratic Russians have sided with Iran. Most likely the Chinese as well.

The elites of the world are testing a huge human population in anticipation of predictable and inevitable shortages of natural resources. Islam has provided a ready-made vehicle. About one quarter of the human world population is Muslim. 26% or 1.6 billion, which is 200 million more people than the population of China, perhaps the world's largest non-religious population. By 2030, 10% of Europe's population is expected to be Muslim. The density of Muslim population in some European countries will far outweigh that in others. The important figure, though, is the acceleration of that density by high birthrate. The European Muslim population was only 4% in 1990.

The elites' romance with Islam is obvious. Dubai, for example, a city in a regressive Muslim aristocratic state, is a playground for global elites, who glory in the near-slave labor of the imported immigrants from other parts of the Muslim world. It is comparable to the luxuriating of the ancient Greek and Roman elites when they invaded or visited ancient Egypt, a state serviced by massive unregulated slave labor which exceeded that of either of the European empires.
 
The paradox of enabled infantile narcissism by the creation of controllable virtual realities in combination with heightened surveillance leading to conformity of thought/action is aptly named "mass distraction". Marshall McLuhan, the phenomenal scientific oracle, prophesized this current reality beginning in his 1967 publication, The Media Is The Message. His vision was mocked by many at the time. That time, like today, was plagued with a general miasma over the role of the U.S. in foreign affairs. Fear over the Cold War, like today's fears minted by governmental propaganda about terrorism, prompted the majority population in The West to be conformist and compliant. That soon ended in 1968, beginning with the protests by students in France.
 
What will break today's trance under media-produced "mass distraction"? The West has been nudged by Nigel Farage, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. But Angela Merkel and Hillary Clinton are singing lullabies to put us back to sleep. The lyrics are along the lines of "We have nothing to fear from Islamic ideology. Muslims are fine upstanding citizens. Illegal migration is not invasion. Russia is the real enemy." These platitudes have worked so far. How long can they work when average people actually find themselves directly effected by seismic cultural assault? I think Brexit was one example of what can happen. I think current discussion about a European border army is another.
 
Armies are not the solution. Neither is telling populations under environmental and population pressures to move to the back of the bus to make more room for immigrants. In the minds of those in power, manipulation of populations is the answer. Through whatever means are convenient to them. They always draw the line between the herd and themselves as the herders. They are less benign than herders, as millions learned in WWI and WWII. They are heartless predators.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

100% NATURAL


All living things ... including human animals ... are opportunistic. This is a fact of Nature. The human conundrum began with evolutionary transformation of homo sapiens from hunter-gatherer to cultivator-herder. This evolutionary step began humans' independence from natural planetary environments. So, unlike elephants or rattle snakes, humans can adapt to living anywhere they can accumulate food/fuel sources and devise shelter to cover their needs, despite weather patterns. So, human beings have invaded every part of Planet Earth.

The current climatic correction, caused by human dependence on fossil fuels to grow food, heat habitation and move people/goods as desired, comes from unchecked human opportunism. The climate change which may decimate the human species eventually will be 100% natural, even if man-made. Man, after all, is part of Nature. Extinction of human beings may simply be  the natural effect of mindless human causation.

"Mind", in the sense of frontal lobe consciousness capable of intent, is also 100% natural. It is another evolutionary adaptation of the human brain, developed in part by the earliest pressures of environmental degradation by unconscious human behaviors. It is a neurological defense against stress and animal behaviors which are self-destructive. The greater the propensity of the species as a whole to be self-destructive, the greater the reaction in some adaptive humans who withdraw from that self-destructive behavior to survive. Causation and result.

The current evolutionary struggle in the human species is how to integrate mindfulness, an adaptive abstract defense, into the established crowd behaviors of humans. These behaviors are also 100% natural. If you have ever watched a video of ungulate herds on an African savannah, you know that one member of the herd is often more aware than others around it. That herd member will signal defensive behaviors when it senses a predator in the high grass. However, despite efforts to communicate that observation to its herd mates, the majority of the herd does not react to the predator until a fatal attack is in progress. The more aware herd member is more likely to survive, of course. But its offspring will still be vastly outnumbered by the odds once the herd reaches a certain size in relation to its predators.

Mindful (aware) humans are often labelled as "paranoid", "pessimistic", "conspiracy-theorists", "critical", "manipulative" and so on. Like the ungulate herd, the mass of human beings live socially and contentedly in the daily process of working for sustenance, eating, copulating and reproducing. Leaders ascend to power by applying their minds for good or evil to attain dominance. Mindfulness can be applied to antisocial as well as philanthropic ideologies and actions.
 
I believe the first use of mindfulness in tribal societies gave rise to the powerful dispensers of anesthetic herbs and unguents to ease the inevitable pains and traumas of daily life as hunters, gatherers, herders or cultivators. These were the earliest human scientists who observed, somehow remembered and applied herbal and/or mineral remedies. These same leaders eventually merged with those who developed the first ideologies about life, death and Nature. The deep-rooted reverence for religion may well come from its alliance with healers, who are still revered in societies worldwide. Methods of verbal or signed transmission of this earliest science, presented as mystery, magic or divine intervention,  led to dynastic power within groups.
 
If mind and mindfulness are 100% natural, then science and ideas are also. However, the human brain easily confuses scientific and philosophical solutions to human questions as a path to personal immortality. While this desire for immortality may also be natural, it is not necessarily practical in the sense of furthering well being for all the living. Personal selfishness and greed often transcend mindfulness. This is an example of the struggle between mindfulness and natural animal fear of the unknown. Fear undermines the effective use of progressive mindfulness for the betterment of the human species.
 
Fear also fuels the use of mind in questions about human origins and human exceptionalism. Humans are exceptional in their use of mind to develop technology which enables populations to overpopulate their natural ecological spaces. Dubai is a good contemporary example. But what use is Dubai to the average human being? The answer is simple to the simplest human mind. What has enabled the development of Dubai? An autocratic religion based in fear of the most draconian morality wielded by aristocrats in possession of power over a toxic natural resource (oil). This natural development by the use of mind to rise to power and exploit human fear can only be overturned by an opposing use of mindfulness to liberate those who are oppressed from the fear which enslaves them. That, as we can see in the current state of the Muslim world, is a tall order which may not be realized before other catastrophic events lead to a less benign human evolution.
 
Extinction of entire species is also 100% natural. While obliteration of species by man's relentless predation can be seen as natural as well, Nature itself has a way of obliterating species, such as homo sapiens. Even if humans devise solutions to the destruction of the atmosphere by fossil fuel use, combined with deforestation, The inevitable death of Earth's star will lead to the inevitable death of Earth itself. This is not necessarily a long term proposition. Unlike the constant heat of a controlled petrochemical burner, the sun's thermo-nuclear power is much more unpredictable. Human minds are just beginning to investigate the constants of solar dynamics and its anomalies. However, it is clear from what we know that our star's life-giving properties are also its lethal properties. This too is 100% natural.
 
Mindfully living with these ideas after educating one's mind to them is not easy. Ignorance, while yielding nasty side effects, is indeed more blissful. Perhaps that is the core human choice, which will ultimately undo our species. Perhaps that explains today's rush to religious fundamentalism and anti-scientific superstitions. Perhaps it will prove natural for human beings, like lemmings, to blissfully crowd themselves to a violent, choking and starving oblivion. Perhaps. My own mindfulness prevents me from speculating beyond what I can see through the eyes of what I already know. In the meantime, I can use my mindfulness to pull whatever joy I can from each moment of my existence.
 
 





Monday, August 15, 2016

DEPOPULATION MYTHS




 Watch this video for some study information.
 
There are many YouTube docs which try to inspire deep terror over human depopulation. They are usually motivated by religious, cultural or political narrowness of vision. The general theme is this: "We will lose out."
 
A recent doc I watched went on about European birthrates in decline to below 2 children per woman when statistically plotted to a median. Women in predominantly Muslim countries have a median birthrate of about 8 children per woman. The premise of the video was that culture cannot be maintained in its status quo at a birthrate under 2. Therefore, it extrapolated, migration or invasion by Muslims would inevitably overtake and destroy European civilization.
 
This may very well be true, but blaming it on European women becoming less limited by having too many children is not where the blame should lie. European women are among the healthiest and best educated on the planet. Their transition from a self-image based in being a dependent breeder for dominant men to being an independent person who may or may not have a child with or without a husband is at the very core of the progress of women in Europe and elsewhere.
 
This does not please many religious men and women in Europe, who see themselves increasingly marginalized as regressive and patriarchal. Brexit is considered by many smart thinkers in U.K. as a declaration by Brits most effected by patriarchal religion in the form of Islamic immigration. Brits in small cities throughout England have seen the regressive effects of religion in heavily Muslim neighborhoods of cities with lower median incomes than flashy cosmopolitan London.
 
Some media in U.K., heavily influenced by Saudi and Pakistani money, point to the Poles as the destabilizing influence which led to Brexit due to their dominance in skilled trades. Poles, despite their rooted Catholic religiosity, are not contributing to high birthrates. Polish women in U.K. have a birth rate of 2.13 children as opposed to the 1.9 birth rate of native British women.  The Muslim birth rate in U.K. is at least 3.0. But there are ample documentary videos in which Brits on the ground have been interviewed. In these docs, Brits overwhelming refer to the alienation created by Islamic immigration and population boom in some urban areas as the most critical influence upon their Brexit vote. And for good reasons.
 
Depopulation myths are perpetrated by racists, ethno-centrists, capitalists and misogynists alike. Isn't that interesting? Why? Well, one motivation in all of these groups is most likely fear of the liberation of women from male domination. Racists and ethno-centrists  resent 'their women' mating with people of other racial or cultural groups. Capitalists maintain that a higher birthrate is necessary for 'growth', but growth for whom? The answer is growth for the wealthy men who run the world. They narcissistically assert that they raise all human quality of life with their greed. There is no solid evidence to support this. Misogynists see a higher birthrate as a fulfillment of the role of women as house slaves and not equal competitors for incomes and social influence.
 
Europe and the U.S. had been doing fine with a declining birth rate. In fact, lowering the birth rate may be the major factor which will maintain our human ecology on Earth. The fact is that the declining birth rate and the rise of intelligent young women has given rise to politicians like Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. In England, Theresa May. In Germany, Angela Merkel. These politicians are riding the tide of liberated women in society. They have no parallels in the Muslim world. They have no parallels in patriarchal China or patriarchal Russia, despite governmental attempts there to influence the birth rate.
 
Depopulation has been used as an excuse for allowing mass illegal migration into Europe by predominantly Muslim migrants. We have already seen the impact of this upon liberated young European women who are not locked away at home with many children. They are becoming intimidated to stay at home in the evening and to fear walking alone in public. I suggest that depopulation myths are intended to push back against feminism in The West. In a world where mechanization will soon replace a significant part of manual workers, it defies logic (and math) to claim that more people than we already have at a population of  approximately 7 billion are needed. In fact, our increasing human population may ultimately be our undoing as a species.  

Sunday, August 14, 2016

THRESHOLD


The human species is at a threshold to a new era. Not a pleasant era. The picture above is from Bangladesh. People living in stacked concrete sewer pipes.

Bangladesh has about 170 million people, or about half the U.S. population, living in 2% of the area of the U.S.. In other words, it is 25 times more populous than the U.S.. Bangladesh has 6% of the annual GDP of the U.S.. So, you have 25 times the number of people per square mile and 1/16 the financial resources per person. That financial productivity is directly related to resources.

Bangladesh is a parliamentary constitutional republic, not a caliphate, but it is predominantly Muslim. It is socially conservative with orthodox Islam practiced in areas of the country as a tradition. Girls are commonly married off at ages 13-15. Female genital mutilation is common. Male polygamy is also common. The high birthrate of children to abandoned child-mothers accounts for much of  its crippling poverty.
 
In short, Bangladesh represents a part of the world which has not advanced into a post-religious or co-religious scientific age. Bangladesh has not advanced beyond patriarchal/misogynist culture, which would largely be effected by a diversion from Islamic orthodoxy. Free speech in Bangladesh is currently under attack by Islamic traditionalists. Violence associated with Islam has led to the deaths of journalists and gay activists at the hands of religious fanatics recently. The government has also been clamping down on any speech it interprets as anti-Islamic.

The accelerator which boosted Europe out of an overpopulated, religiously dominated culture, like the Bangladesh of today, was plague. The decimation of the upper echelons of society along with an even greater decimation of the overabundant worker population furthered The Reformation and gave rise to a middle class through guild formation. Today's advancements in pharmacology in the scientific West has largely deflated the effects of disease in accelerating cultural reformation. It has also enabled higher birthrates in undeveloped nations. Hence the burgeoning human population in the planet's least developed areas.

Think of population as weight on a scale. The balancing point of the scale is the planet's health.

On one side of the scale is the population of the planet which produced the technology and products which promote planetary health. That population uses more resources per person but also maintains resources more efficiently. So the net effect over the whole population is less damaging to the environment. In other words, waste is purified. Water is efficiently distributed and paid for by users. Agriculture is increasingly efficient. Taxes are collected and applied to public assets generally, despite marginal corruption. And so on.

On the other side of the scale is the population of nations through Asia, Africa and South America which is growing more rapidly and already is beginning to outweigh the other side in terms of efficiencies and natural resources. Inefficient farming, water and air pollution, decimation of forests, destructive mining techniques, use of polluting fuels, etc.. That population is actually being supported by and encouraged to grow by the developed population.

What will happen when the stress on the fixed balancing point (Earth's fixed natural resources and atmosphere) causes it to collapse? The answer is simple: Chaos. I believe we are seeing the beginning of that chaos in diffuse forms. I believe ISIS is a form of that chaos. I believe the constant marginally violent demonstrations of vested minority groups globally are forms of that chaos. When human beings are sufficiently stressed, social fabric tears apart in favor of individual survival impulses.

The uneducated and culturally indoctrinated tend to see an increase of reproduction through subjugated women as a hedge against deprivation, when it actually accelerates deprivation of all. So the impoverished human population, when aided by medicine and food from the wealthy population, are actually threatening the well being of the whole human population. While this approach to poverty makes wealthy humans feel better, it is not a solution to the long range problem. In fact, it is an accelerator of destruction

The only effective accelerator of planetary and human health is liberation of women through education and birth control. In the developed world, the promotion of liberated women into power has not led to a change in the approach toward women in the impoverished world. Modern feminism, in fact, is pushing an agenda which is exactly opposite to what will contribute to population stabilization and planetary health.

Defending religion and culture over science is entirely counterproductive. The chant of "Islamophobia" among feminists is an example of the absurdly counterproductive. Blaming vaccination science for autism is another example of counterproductive feminism, especially when current science tends to point to the age of male sperm as a contributing factor. Women are indeed the leaders to a better future for humankind, but those leaders are women  who are educated in science and who are liberated from seeing themselves as birth-mothers above all else.

Modern feminism in pop culture is pure Stockholm Syndrome, which is even bringing down advancements in Stockholm itself. It is an unconscious expression of fear, not intelligence. It is appeasement in the face of religious and cultural threats to women and scientific remedies to great challenges to human survival ahead. It is the abandonment of the greater good for childish denial of the sheer weight of the threats to the planet and our species.