Saturday, May 28, 2016

The Collective Level

* On the collective level, there is no escaping the consequences of our decisions and actions, or those made in our name. Intentions make little difference here. We will forever be haunted by our past.

* We are better off seeking justice than revenge, but the dynamics of human relations are geared primarily towards facilitating the latter alternative.

* On the collective level, we learn primarily by repetition and mimicry, not deduction, which is why history repeats itself. Progress, both moral and scientific, relies mostly on the intuitive leaps made by some individuals, but more often promoted and popularized by other individuals.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Good, Evil and Duty

* One can indeed change oneself by running away from the task, but only to the worse.

* Evil is what ordinary people end up doing when they allow themselves to believe that their ordinariness immunizes him against the possibility of committing evil. Good, on the other hand, is what ordinary people do when they stop bullshitting themselves.


Saturday, May 14, 2016

How History Is Made

* Essentially, the world and history are made for and by assholes, and for and by killing. Everything else is an aberration made possible, often accidentally, by some acts of dogged determination on part of a few restless souls who care about quality of life at least inasmuch as they care about survival. These are the ones responsible for actually bending the arc of history towards justice.


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Lies

* People don’t really have a major problem with politicians who lie to them. They only have problems with the consequences of these lies if and when they are perceived to be negative. Meanwhile, lies that reflect the inherent prejudices of the people and whose real negative impact is not immediately and clearly perceivable are hardly noticed, and revelations in this regard are hardly considered newsworthy.

* The real challenge facing a superpower in a hyper-connected world is never about disengagement. Disengagement is an illusion, or a lie told to hide other policy considerations.


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Indifference and Fascism

* Indifference kills. Indifference burns. Indifference makes culprits of us all.

* If our modern history proves anything about us it’s that we are still cannibals at heart. We might have “evolved” to hate the direct individual act of it, but we remain addicted to the collective ritualistic aspect of it. We grow and develop by feasting on the weakest and most vulnerable amongst us.

* A self-vindicating self-perpetuating loop of Realist fuckery always manages to inspire the emergence of a self-vindicating self-perpetuating loop of fascist thuggery.