I am not sure how the current state of blamism (is that a word?) has grown inside the USA? it is like giant cancer growths where everyone has somehow come to a space where there is little room for anyone else’s perspective or opinion in a seemingly narrow view, much like you only see pepperoni on a pizza that is topped with a myriad of other treats.
“yo, there is mushrooms, peppers, onions, four types of cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, etc”
“well, you can’t have any of that on a pizza, I only want pepperoni!”
“too late, we are all here.”
“well leave! I don’t want you on my pizza”
“your pizza? are you delusional, can’t you see we are all part of a pizza?”
“I don’t care! on my pizza, there is only pepperoni!”
“then close your eyes and pretend we don’t exist, because unless some human picks us off the pizza, we aren’t going anywhere. you do realize we help each other with flavor and taste, no?”
“don’t be ridiculous, I am the only topping needed! don’t infringe or meddle in my taste and flavor!”
anyone else getting tired of the idea of governments meddling on each other with the mindset that if someone meddles in their organization, it is a black and white issue – “they spied on us and tried to change an outcome!” yet, as far as I can tell, every government, corporation, and group tends to try to get a competitive advantage and hide spying, manipulation, disinformation under the oxymoron of intelligence. the right and/or ability to meddle with everyone else is considered a world of billions of shades of grey. I have yet to meet a wealthy or powerful man that does not have a team of image makers to build some ideal of how wonderful they are while at the same time, there is a group of contractor ghosts that work in the shadows for them and take care of all the unsightly reality’s that come to life at that level. the common bond is everyone tends to think whatever they are doing is good and righteous. it is always the other guy that is generalized as bad or evil.
did Russia interfere with the election? officially? probably not. did some people contracted by organizations wanting to get a better bargaining position for their special interests do some work on their pizza topping view? probably. at the same time, does anyone inside the united states not realize the USA pizza topping does the same thing for its interests around the world? officially? probably not. but there are a lot of people contracted out by groups with the interests of the pristine and perfect ideals of the USA (cough…cough…sorry…i could not type special interests there with a straight face) fighting for power, control, manipulation and probably a healthy dose of greed all covered up in some altruistic idealism blanket.
has everyone forgotten how sleazy the last election was with the leaks about the democratic party seeming to forget that “democracy” and the views of the people were probably steamrolled by some backroom deals made long before the idea of the primary ever took place.
have the Republicans forgotten that the man that was voted president of the united states was laughed at and considered a joke when there were 15 others on the state with him and he was the only inexperienced amateur in politics?
do we have to call the media “pizza topping politics” where no one can get honest, say, “the world and country only gets a one topping pizza” when the reality is if a little more balance and common sense were brought in – the leaders would actually come up with the best plan, course, and way for the country to move, grow and prosper. not a see-saw of whatever that has the top levels of the country growing at the feed trough of power and getting so far disassociated from the reality of most of the country. during elections, the world is promised to the voters, and the reality is I look at the budgets and such and keep thinking, “nice house of cards being built. is anyone going to stand up and say, “why don’t we stop fighting, spying on, and blaming each other for everything and start building back something good? mushrooms, garlic, roasted peppers, and all the other toppings actually go well with the pepperoni topping.”
but for now, the leaders don’t realize how much of an impact they have on the average person in their country. most of the folks are trying to survive and don’t ask, “why?” anymore. it appears to be a tendency to turn on their electronic devices and sit there with a barrage of data that a computer algorithm will customize to feed them the one pizza topping of their choice and nothing else. then you package it in a way where they can click a “like” button, rebroadcast a message they don’t have time to ask “why?” about, and have a social network working on a sort of pavlovian micro-dosing system.
do the leaders realize there are a lot of people that look, watch and see their behaviors and think, “hey, if they act this way and do this thing…why can’t I act and do the same thing?” yet, there is a double standard of sorts where behind the façade and image – there is that choice to allow power to corrupt what probably was a decent and idealistic human with the vices and passions of power.
I wonder if all the folks in power really are part of some club where they have coffee each morning and think, “wow, what a great life we have…you are a Democrat, I am a Republican and we have created a system where we get all these great perks and power and if we keep everything in a stalemate and don’t work together…we each gain more. is America a great country or what?”
meanwhile, the folks with the real power probably get together and chuckle, “amazing what you can buy for the price of a pizza topping, even more, when you buy two and get them to fight amongst each other.”
what I can’t figure out is why each pizza topping doesn’t realize a truly great pizza can be made with a myriad of toppings and combinations. the country thrived because people from all over the planet came here for a better life, or a way to grow and live in the idea of freedoms they didn’t have elsewhere and we made a pizza with lots of toppings. it seems today, each group thinks only their topping is good or important and any balance or equilibrium of the overall system, and the good for the greater society.
the irony of this is that instead of blaming the other person, it is actually everyone’s responsibility to work on themselves to improve and contribute versus thinking someone owes them something or expecting a handout. odd where we have come since the time of Franklin Roosevelt, the depression and the new deal and how a good idea appears to have become misused and is growing like cancer inside our society.
I put the photo up of the buffalo. I guess there were millions of them that grazed and roamed the plains. when European and “developed” man came along, they animal impeded the way of the railroad, so they would simply stick guys on the trains whose job was to shoot them – millions of them. I took this photo at the north rim of the grand canyon. they were having a controlled burn at the time, so you see the smoke from the fire. but what I do not understand is why the citizens of this nation are seeming to implode, not from any outside threat that we pay trillions of dollars to create jobs and our ROI is questionable. but folks are destroying each other living in fear, not love. sad.
it is just as sad as when I think of what a few million buffalo must have looked like in nature, and today..you go to a farm or a protected wildlife space to see them. are they in the wild? I guess…but it is like they live in a cage of sorts. do humans realize the cages we have built around ourselves, or the one topping pizza’s we are all seeming to gravitate toward? sad.
the reality is we can change this. but we all have to stop pointing fingers and blaming the other. it is also like I was going to write about the seeming worthlessness of an NDA today where the spirit of the agreements is because there is no trust between people in the world today – and people in power are using them as a tool to silence others, not protect an idea as it is developed. again…sad.