Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Who do you think determines what is remembered in history.

The victor.
That's right, the guy with the guns and the big megaphone.

The victor always determines what is to be remembered as the truth by a people. The victor comes in many forms. From generals and dictators to popes and mullahs, the presidents of nations and corporations. The local mayor or gas company CEO.
Those, by whom the greatest acts of stupidity, greed and outright bloody-mindedness have always been performed, are among the prime disseminators of information in our world. They have an almost limitless capability to control the degree to which their actions become known by the public.

Exactly what do you think they are going to tell you about what they did at work today?
That’s right. Not much.This information is, however, freely available. All you have to do is listen to the radio news and read a bit. Pull your finger out and educate yourself, in just a basic way, as to the nature of your environment.




You could go a step further and take an interest.


You might even enjoy it.

You will spit that you hadn't started earlier if you haven’t already. Guaranteed.
You will become aware of the people who are shaping our future and when that happens, we can get on with the next phase of the process. Those of our leaders, who make decisions which are obviously stupid or selfish or needlessly belligerent, are seldom remembered for those actions. They know this quirk in our nature only too well and hide behind the knowledge of mnemonic impunity while running amuck with the power they wield. Decide to make this end here and now.
Just remember the bastards. It really is that simple.

Create an unstoppable force which remembers the names of the powerful through the eyes and souls of the people whose lives they impact. That would make their every nightmare come true. Especially if it's a politician. If you can link in posterity, a fools name to the results of his works, then he will be remembered in posterity as the fool he truly is. Not the hero he would have you believe he is. Here's where you come in…
If a lot of people are getting upset about something, find out what it's all about. If lots of people are freaking out about something, chances are it’s important.

Ask somebody.

Or read the article.

Listen to the radio.

Just give the subject a few minutes' thought.

Don't forget to think about who might be providing the information.
Read and listen between the lines. But read and listen anyway.

Don't pay too much attention to the box. Certainly not the commercial channels. You've heard it before; they'll rot your brain. If you don't know why they'll rot your brain, then find before they do. Start by checking material on programming psychology and viewer stats and marketing science. They want you average. You are easier to manage that way. TV is the ultimate homogenizer.


When you know the name of someone who fits the description of our unscrupulous power-wielder, write it down and describe the issue in your view.

What do you think will be the repercussions of the decision?

Was science on the side of the decision maker or not?
Was the future of anything but a balance book taken into account?

How do you think the executive of this decision should be remembered?

Put this thought to a blog and link it to me here at http://rememberthemhere.blogspot.com/

This is the first time in history that people in your position have had a chance to write their history as it happened, from ground level. Through their own eyes for their own children to see.

If you simply decide to take this seriously and extol the virtues of my cunning plan to a trusted friend, you and I could start the thing that sets a cure in motion.

If enough people make this a habit there will exist a vast, ever growing, easily searchable archive of information, attached to a culture that constantly feeds it, holding accountable the names of those to whom we may then lay blame, or absolution, in history for the decisions we knew should never have been made.

In this way too, can a scapegoat be recognized. An innocent prisoner acknowledged.

Soon enough, months, years or maybe longer, but eventually, something like this will become a conscience for the super-organism we have become. Tell me you think it doesn’t need one.

We need to just decide to make it happen.


Can you let yourself not do this when such a powerful voice is so easily enacted

Friday, September 02, 2005

What does the collapse of the rule of law in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, tell us about the nature of the thing we call the Free World, the West.
We see the most secure nation on Earth struck by a catastrophy of a sort most often reserved for the third world. Thats why the first world is where it is. We could choose.
The civilized, sophisticated town of New Orleans, the cultural hub of an entire facet of Western Culture, goes completely, frieking, APESHIT. Rape and pillage the very hour of the storm. Anarchy and chaos.
Police correctly advising the public to loot for food, the army advised by the Bush Administration to shoot looters to kill.
Now before we go on, I've been through a number of very destructive tropical storms, earthquakes and lived down the road from volcanic evacuations. Oh, and I read the news.
Nobody looses it like that. Not like that.
This society of ours is beyond sick with a weakness of character which completely explains the contempt in which we are held by some cultures.
The Third World knuckles in and fixes what needs to be fixed. They bury the dead and rebuild the houses.
The fat, oppulent West descends into wholesale chaos with barely more than a platitudinous response from Bush.
The leaders of the American people are the leaders of us all in the West.
Do not insult yourself for a second by pretending they are not.
Their response to this event is exactly what would be expected from died in the wool economic rationalists who simply didn't register that the damage was serious on account of the demographic represented in the population.
Black. Poor. Democrat.
It is almost certain that the official reaction was nothing personal. George Bush simply represents the bloody minded mainstream in America and the West.
Oh sure you say, "How terrible!", but did your mortgage repayments figure in your decision to tick the box marked Bush or Howard the last time you had a choice. Statistically, it did.
Or do we assume the electoral process is dodgy.
Statistically, you voted for leadership who repeatedly demonstrate their shameless duplicity and outright disregard for any values higher than pure economic rationalism.
You have found a cunning thug and have pledged him your loyalty in exchange for a pittance in interest savings.
Who am I to assume that my eyes are more open than yours, that my ability to see the obvious is any more accute than the majority.
Therefore I can only assume that the personal priorities of the majority is what differs from those who are outraged by the actions of our culture of late.
How else explain, that in the face of the only benefit to the public being unfettered participation in the feeding frenzy that is the West, we have relinquished control of our world to these utterly amoral business managers. Not leaders of society. Business managers.
I predict that if nature strikes the West like this again, a similar display of our true colours will be revealed. We don't have the strength of character to pull together when we don't think we have an enemy to fight.
Random natural chaos is not something which can focus a fickle peoples mind like an enemy who wants what you got and can be expected will be back for more.
Looks like we'll have ample opportunity to test my prediction.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

There are two scales on which we can understand humans. There is The Person, and there is The People.
The Person is that amazing thing we all know and love. The seat of consciousness and conscience. The thing that can love and be loved. It is The Person that can appreciate beauty and understand difficult concepts.
The People however, is something else entirely. It is an emergent property of our groups and communities.
From chat groups and corporations, to religions and nations.
The lowest common denominator is the overarching influence in the personality of The People. It is strongly sway to primal urges. It has enormous momentum. Its tendency is to be petty and selfish in it’s interactions with others, be they Persons or other People. It is unstoppably assimilative and brutally territorial. Its priorities are coldly biological. It invests the vast majority of its efforts in trying to assimilate resources and breed more successfully, live longer, defend and conquer more surely. All to the terminal detriment to anything that gets in its way.
The People cannot easily understand anything. It is not in its nature to understand things. It merely responds to things. The intelligence of the group relates to the intelligence of the constituents with influence. In democracies that’s almost everyone. Changing its mind can take decades in spite of the irrefutability of the evidence that it needs to. If most Persons don’t understand a concept, then the People has little chance of responding to it appropriately.
The People has a character that can be known. The Peoples belligerence, charity, trust, anxiety, resilience and pride are all aspects of character that are extended towards others by the group. The groups output in this sense is the voice that a Person can recognize as belonging to the People. The volume of that voice is a function of many factors. The size of the group will affect its voice. The wealth of the group is a prime determinant of volume as well. Sometimes the wisdom of the group will give it a voice, but rarely. Some of the strong contributors are so because of the great quality of their contributions. Others, because they address ubiquitous fears and questions. Most do it with bombast and brute expenditure of energy.
The ability to drown out the background noise of subtleties, and thus dominate the nature of the emergent personality of a group, is a function of the attention span of Persons and the resources available to the competing contributors. Great words and answers go a long way towards molding a mass mind. But as there appears to be no upper end to the great volume knob of the bombastic, their only limitation becomes the money and power available to drive their megaphone.
He who drives the loudest megaphone, often has biggest guns.