Thursday, January 24, 2013

But Who Will Build The Roads

"You will find that the State is the kind of organization which, though it does big things badly, does small things badly, too." - John Kenneth Galbraith

Generally, when people are presented with the idea that the government is essentially unnecessary, and only is created by powerful people in order to continue and try to legitimize their power, one of the most common questions is something like, "But who will build the roads?"

I find it very interestesting that government is looked upon much like some kind of Deity, as if we're saying that it's okay if we destroy the world, government will build us a new one. It is as if 'government' is the all inclusive, all knowing (well, they're getting there), all powerful, giver and taker of all things. As much as they would like you to believe that; as much as we have been taught to believe that, by the government, the media, our schools and institutions, our parents and their parents, and so forth, it is absolutely untrue. Government is itself a fallacy. Government is a bunch of people who either decide to take power, or have inherited it, in one fashion or another, from others, whether by family or some kind of contractual arrangement.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Frog in the Pot

Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest" - Mahatma Gandhi

Obviously, this is not one of the more well known quotes from Gandhi. It has surfaced lately with all the gun control hub-bub we seem to be in the midst of. Such a quote from the Prince of Non-violence is, in itself, something of a shock. There are arguments that he was referring to the weapons of the Indian military and not the people themselves - which could be true, but does it matter in this case? After all, guns are guns, whether they are used by the government or by the people. They can kill people no matter who wields them. The writer, Don Feder, points out that, "The problem isn't easy access to guns, but easy access to oxygen. Certain people shouldn't be breathing."

Monday, January 14, 2013

Global Agenda

"What are we going to do tonight, Brain?"
"The same thing we do every night, Pinky...

For those of you who may not be familiar with these illustrious characters, they are two lab mice known as Brain (a genius), and Pinky (who is insane). Each night after the laboratory staff leaves, Brain proceeds with elaborate plots in order to take over the world, and asert his own Global Agenda.

While these zany antics are quite amusing, the reality is that Brain is not that different from any one else. In fact, each of us, consciously or unconsciously, has our own Global Agenda. However, in our case, it's simply known as "I'm right, they're wrong." You may think that simply thinking that you are right is a far cry from a global agenday, but the truth is, you would be pleased as punch if everyone in the world saw things just as you did, acted as you believed they should act, believed as you believed, made available the things you needed, and so on. I mean, in what day does something happen that you didn't wish it had happened differently, or not at all. Each of us is thinking/hoping that we are in control. In fact, there's an old saying, "If you want to be happy, resign as C.E.0. of the Universe."

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013 - Welcome To The New Year!??!

"An optimist stays up to see the New Year in. A pessimist waits to make sure the old one leaves." BIll Vaughan

A wonderful quote to begin the new year. Of course, my current favorite is the one by J. Krishnamurti which I have as my email signature: "It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."

Which brings us back to the topic at hand - the new year. How do you perceive this rather arbitrary time distinction, of leaving one time space and moving to another? Some would strongly put forth that there is an energetic shift when we move from one year to another. Perhaps it is created by the people themselves, anticipating or hoping for a brighter new time - Hope. Of course, we know how well the proverbial new year resolutions generally go. Perhaps we should all make a resolution to express more love, to give up idiocy, and investigate the true nature of being human and alive in this world. I won't hold my breath. I started this morning by searching the internet, thinking that perhaps I would come across good news for the new year. The first article that drew my attention was "20 dark predictions for 2013 - the year of oppression and insanity." I guess it greatly depends on where you look, huh?