I am trying to remember when the current astronomers downgraded the space thing, formally known and taught as a planet in our solar system, "aka – the planet Pluto." anyone noticed that since that day there has been a whole lot of fighting among the people in between the seemingl polar opposites that bandleaders of today, aka- the media are pushing, yet, like the solar system, the media system went on a far more radical reclassification, from 50-60 companies, down to 3-4. has democracy becoming a plutocracy? or is it already there? i remember orwelle thought it woudl be giant megacorporations, but there are a few people on the planet with mega wealth and the choice how to use it.
what’s a plutocracy? simply a country or society governed by the wealthy. the brilliance in the current design is that the elected officials keep hiding behind this every tattered veil of the word “democracy” whose officials can no longer afford to be elected simply via voting, but rather the need for deep war chests that are filled, much like the new super apartments in New York city is bought as tax havens for LLC’s being fronted for the super wealthy and/or an assortment of other colorful individuals. in politics in the USA, we have what I call legalized corruption where political action groups, campaigns, lobby, special interests, and others appear to have the real power, while the tattered veil of democracy keeps the average voter shrouded from the reality of some of the capitol hill and how power works in the USA today.
I have to re-read the declaration of independence and “I have a dream” to wonder if I am an idealistic fool? or can such a system work where there is a democracy, and it is for the best interests of the country, not a few. mind you, I had to walk away from the uber-capitalistic, ultra-competitive mindset of “winner takes all” and while this works great on balance sheets and with quantifying life – it really doesn’t work all that great when you bring human beings into the equation. there you have to qualify things in a system that tends to want everything nice and neat, preferably in a printed page balance sheet.
this sort of full circle thinking has been brought up via my work and travel around the planet. inside the USA, I used to marvel at the size and the unique cultural differences between the areas of the north, south, east, and west. then we got into the world of scale and ROI surpassed people, today if I hear “market cap” in a meeting one more time, I will probably puke. market cap is nice, but if the market tanks tomorrow, what will happen? it is like I keep wondering how many companies will die with a simple 5% interest rate rise? I look at a place like Las Vegas and wonder how much debt these companies are saddled with – despite the people going there spending more, winning less, and I guess not looking behind the tattered sheets of “illusion” which is what made the place unique in the first place.
sorry, I digress…what travel showed me is a) how lucky and fortunate we are in the USA to have all we do have b) how different each country is with culture, traditions, and customs and how the USA benefitted by having people come from everywhere and blend them to come up with ideas and innovation c) there was more of a balance post ww2 with the economics of the country and while there will always be super rich and poor – you have more of a balanced life for all on the economic front d) you can try e) you have myriads of choices you can make
then when I left the country, I would be gone most of the year and come back for a few days and I would scribble copious notes about what I was seeing inside the country over the past 30 years. to paraphrase the highlights…a) everyone is walking around with food and/or coffee in their hand b) coffee shops are the least interesting and creative spaces to watch people c) wow, people are packing on a LOT of pounds d) the pill mentality that you don’t have to do anything, and a pill can magically cure you e) the sadness that there are 50 million people and 16 million kids that aren’t getting enough decent food in a country that produces and wastes so much f) a strange media wall that seems to cover up anything of the reality outside the USA borders with the rest of the planet g) gobs of money spent trying to be happy via external consumption, and the people seem to be a bit more scared and afraid, rather than remembering this was called “the home of the free and land of the brave h) you can’t make a comment about anything without someone getting offended and/or taking offense I) we have taken insane actions like school shootings and violence and somehow allowed It to become normalized, when we should simply say, “that is insane…no more!” j) people are very gregarious in the USA with strangers, yet, with the internet, I am seeing us leading the way in narcissistic tendencies (just look at social media) thankfully I hope people get wiser before the real interesting fun happens with advanced artificial intelligence, quantum computers, and a super creepy surveillance state. while I see China way in front with this, for example, the social credit score idea and the full-time surveillance - I just can’t see the point of surviving and not living inside a system that can be abused so easily.
sadly, it is easier for me to see the USA model where people are scared and fear driving actually having more freedom than one where machines monitor and can simply deny anyone living short of perfection - some penalty. I guess that is the problem with a media monetizing perfection and not telling everyone how much editing and processing goes with making a magazine cover - "reality!"
and yes, I must be an idealistic fool in believing the worlds of the declaration of independence. along the journey looking at the world and studying it. there has always been something pulling me from inside my heart. I am really not sure if that was religion, or that there is something far greater than the words of each religion in the universe. I have found it to be something called love beyond self, and it does exist on the planet. each human being has the ability and choice to grow in as much or as little as we wish to find. my journey had me find a few actual humans that have reached that elusive state we read about called enlightenment.
the irony of each, is that they possessed nothing, most didn’t live in the world we know, they don’t think very much of themselves and have come to a place where once they ditched their pride and the other vices of humanity, they realize just how tiny and “not so good” they are. (more irony, these folks are as close to saints as I can think of) but that is what it took for them to realize and grow in that ability to pour love beyond themselves out of themselves.
I guess that is when I push myself to go towards that direction and grow…I look out at the world we live in and realize that man Is a great tool maker, yet, the idea of pure love, not the romantic and selfish type we have glamorized in the west – probably seems too costly or upsetting to a system that prides itself on “stuff” and sadly, is less interested in “substance and depth.”
yet another odd op-ed. but yesterday, I tried to politely explain to some really bright young minds who have great visions and ideas. I tried to politely say, “the idea is good, the cause is needed for the future, it is ok to say, “I don’t know” if you really don’t know. but stop trying to put on a show in front of the proscenium with people that know what goes on behind the curtains and have been working with it for years.”
while I used to love fiction and science fiction….as you get older, I think maybe you turn into more non-fiction if you have really walked around in the world and done a lot of “stuff.”
what’s this have to do with plutocracy? when will the people who are all fighting for their individual rights, causes, beliefs, lifestyle, race, creed, color, and religious desires and ask, “what is really best for all of the country?”
the idea that all men are created equal and all have the right to pursue among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. these words were written a few hundred years ago. it is the people that can make this reality, a plutocracy will not, as you see what happens when there is a giant divide between the wealthy and the poor in any place. usually you get a 3rd world model, and as much as I don’t want to admit it, I can see the USA sliding in that direction if we don’t change some things inside the country. but that is my personal coffee chatter for the day – and I pray I am not right. I mean if I don’t fail 100 times in each brainstorm – I am not working very hard.
off to agrowspace and playing with how to bring plants that have year maturation rates into the project. not a simple or inexpensive solution at this time. doable…but at what price in time and resources?