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I wrote a post venting about the demagogue currently in the office of the president of the US...and I decided to not post most of it because this situation didn't just come about by accident.

The existing order in the US has been rotting for a while...
  • As our education and cultural mores have eroded (do students even get the opportunity to read classical literature any more?)
  • As we valued education less.
  • As we let our electronic devices curate our news and make decisions for us.
  • As we let the power-hungry manipulators of the world divide us with targeted ads.
  • As we stay cloistered in our houses, watching entertainment instead of enjoying each other's company.
  • As we let pay structures in our corporations get so out of whack that a do-nothing CEO makes 100 times the person making the widget.
  • As our institutions have failed us. The largest media sources are little more than entertainment outlets now. Our religions seems to value war and suffering more than peace, education and kindness.
  • As we sat fat and happy consuming, consuming, consuming, consuming....

I don't have a good solution. I'm not particularly a Luddite, but I have less interest in 'social media' now, having deleted my Facebook account a year and 1/2 ago. I do still read Twitter, but I try to judge the source of what I'm reading more now.

I suspect the only solution will be to strengthen our social contacts with others (in real life, not virtually!)...and to turn off the electronic devices (à la Timothy Leary's 'Turn on, Tune in, Drop out')...and to live more simply.

I also think that the only way the human race will survive is to get off the planet and establish colonies elsewhere. We are too self destructive, and there are too many of his here now to survive here.

I was reading an article about how the Amish use some technologies, but not others, and that they make the decision based on how each technology will impact their families long term. I think it's a really good idea to judge a technology before using it, as to whether it makes your life better or not. And like food and drink, sometimes you consume too much and have to go on a diet -- I think we should diet from our electronics.

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"O seguro morreu de velho, mas o desconfiado ainda está vivo." -- "The safe one died of old age, but the suspicious one is still living."





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