Archive | September, 2016

Quick Quiz

21 Sep

 

Would cities look like this if men and women had equal input in the planning?

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Your answer here:
Male…….
Female…….

 

faith: The Human O.S.

14 Sep

Most people will instantly glom to O.S. as meaning Operating System.  What then does faith mean in this context?   What it doesn’t mean, at least exclusively, is the yes, no or maybe business concerning all those gods and goddesses of sky, grove or grotto.  They are only part of the whole.  The gist is that everything we know, teach others or ruminate about endlessly, originated in the mind of a human being.  No exceptions.

Let’s go to the book.

In this case The Free Dictionary and let’s start and stop with the first definition:

faith  n.

  1. confidence or trust in a person or thing.

 To me that statement conveys the essence of what compels all of human existence.  Having been born blank and helpless, as all are, how then do we function in this world without blueprint or roadmap?   It is because we are surrounded by others who use the cranky old O.S. from our deep past.

  I suggest that the moment in some dark age when the light of consciousness, that staggering bit of brilliant awareness visited the first humans, FAITH immediately became the Operating System.  If we attribute to the animal world instinct as the O.S; is not Faith our O.S?

 Let’s look at a few examples of what a newborn may be exposed to in the course of a lifetime.

A  BABE’S HANDBOOK OF KNOWLEDGE

(Random Articles of Faith.  Feel free to help yourself to any that have good prospect.)

I am told: E=mc2

I am told: The world was created in 7 days.

I am told: There are 8 Planets in the Solar System.

I am told: I may be reincarnated as a gnat.

I am told: Neanderthal made tools and used fire.

I am told: A baby was born of a virgin mother.

I am told: It is 92,955,807.3 miles to the sun.

I am told: I have a guardian angel.

I am told: Hydrogen is the lightest element.

I am told: The Red Sea was parted to permit foot traffic.

I am told: The number of rings in a tree tells its age.

I am told: The cow is a sacred animal.

I am told: The world will end this year.

I am told: 144 thousand people will be saved.

I am told: Piffle is spelled with two effs.

I am told: Masturbation causes hair to grow on your palms.

I am told: God loves me.

I am told: New York City is in New York State.

I am told: A man once returned from the dead.

I am told: The cheetah is the fastest running land animal.

I am told: To the Hopi, the Great Spirit is all powerful.

I am told: The New York Times prints “All the News That’s Fit to Print”.

I am told: The majority of Muslims are Sunni.

I am told: An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

I am told: The Buddha became enlightened after 49 days under a fig tree.

I am told: The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain.

SO

In light of an overwhelming deluge of facts, factoids and what-nots, I must conclude :

 “THE TRUTH is… anything you agree with and …faith makes it all possible”.

 Since trafficking in FAITH is the métier of every savant, prophet and charlatan, the arcane goal is to have the greatest number of people agree on something for the longest possible interval of time.  The promise and plea of the religious, the powerful and the pedantic to gain approval or license is, “Trust me on this”.

 FAITH is the only Operating System we humans have.  It must not be usurped by any despot, divine or dogmatist.

By Robert Magill

righttrax@aol.com

 

Time Out! Our Nation Has Tantrums

4 Sep

After witnessing a long series of colossal national tantrums perhaps “Time Out!” is the best remedy for such willful behavior.  We should not be forced to witness the national equivalent of a two year old with ADHD flinging itself on the floor in a toy store and losing all control. Therefore:

Since you created, produced and foisted upon us the bewildering spectacle of a dumb show with words, lots of words, pantomiming a national election and featuring two of the most divisive characters on the planet.  It is…TIME OUT! for you.

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You created havoc and destruction all over the Middle East and North Africa, watched your friends in Europe be inundated with your refugees and are now weaseling out of accepting even a token number here at home, therefore Sir…TIME OUT! for you.

When you meddle in the civil affairs of Syria where Russia has a naval base and do the same in Ukraine, again with a Russian naval base, thereby putting the entire world in mortal peril, then Sir…TIME OUT! for you.

You fund cockamamie schemes to live on Mars, fund artificial intelligence when actual intelligence is already in short supply all around us and fund research to awaken the dead when Americans go hungry and live in boxes, soooo…TIME OUT! for you.

You blissfully raised our national debt level high enough to bury the future in it; off –shored our best jobs to others and then abandoned our people to compete with the entire world just to survive, repent Sir, then to…TIME OUT!

You have devised a compulsory medical insurance scheme co-written with Big Pharma and the insurance companies, then sat quietly when they kicked drug prices sky-high and wrecked the program, so…TIME OUT! for you.

You thrust a generation into penury to inflate the coffers of a greedy educational system that you were able to access for pocket money when it was your turn there. Shame, Sir…Go stand in that corner then to…TIME OUT!

Becoming the record holder among nations for the most citizens incarcerated and being unwilling to accept the cost and responsibility you elected to sell the inmates to private for-profit jailers, you Sir go straight to…TIME OUT!

 

Robert Magill

9/04/2016

 

 

Humankind: The Post- bellum Species

3 Sep

Several thousand years of manufactured consent combined with near continual social and religious reinforcement have almost removed all memory of our ante-bellum existence. The gender war was insidious and victory was swift and decisive but in the context of the times, not unusual.  Conquest and usurpation was considered the norm by the victors who ravaged and pillaged at will. The resultant disenfranchisement of an entire gender continues intact but is not recognized now as a legacy of theft.  It is universally regarded as simply the way things are.

A form of collective amnesia prevents any alternate reality from appearing at the horizon. Humankind is seemingly untroubled by the criminal takings that occurred in the past but is troubled by the impossibility of finding harmony in human existence today.  The brightest and most favored have no greater insight into the perils of this ongoing gender inequity than the dullest.

Alas, a gender conflict of such shattering aspect has promoted the weaker human partner into near total prominence and relegated the stronger to a lesser position. (Note: no examples appear here of weaknesses and excesses of the now dominant, but weaker gender, as the writer is of that persuasion, so he will defer to the stronger gender who, hopefully, is willing to exemplify… and show mercy)

One example (couldn’t resist):

“Men aren’t really very strong at all…At the first sign of trouble a man falls apart. That’s why women have to work so hard to stay optimistic and upbeat, to be frugal and understanding. To not question everything”  Ann Hood …’The Obituary Writer’

 

No species can exist for long when guilty of manipulation of gender equality solely to maintain dominance and disguise weakness.  It seems miraculous that humankind has managed to avoid extinction thus far but I’m doubtful we can avoid the inevitable much longer. Things are coming undone and since the stronger are everywhere still beholden to the weaker, the entire planet suffers from the flawed results

Futurists and doomsayers alike strive to pierce the void and offer their special vision.  Most don’t   come close to being accurate because they assume what dooms us now will save us in the future! That the status quo causing the problems will not taint future prospects as well.  That the antidote for societal poisoning is reckoned to be continued dosing.

If it eludes the brightest despite all effort of understanding, then surely I must be mistaken in my conclusions. That my notion, surely it’s merely a notion, that the disenfranchisement of an entire gender is not the reason it’s all gone to pieces. Surely, I’m daft. No harm is said to be found in one gender ruling an entire planet and that perhaps that is not a primal error, is not a travesty of cosmic import, nor is it an unsupportable future aspect, etc etc…….to infinity. Perhaps.

This notion does not even rate inclusion in the human equation beyond, “well, that’s all true, but…” or “There you have it…but”  or “ Life on Earth could be brought to an end, but…”or  “Things could be different, but…or ”Perhaps we have neglected to include them, but…”

Go ahead, add to list. Then ignore it. Thank you, merely my silly notion, ain’t it now