Monday, October 24, 2011

unveiling inspiration (raos)

That sweet languid lethargy of sadness
Society is the combined interinfluences of a population.
We used to know what a "person" is. Now, it seems up for interpretation from corporation to conception
We have categories of persons who do not exercise appropriate social responsibility.  There are children, who are under the authority of the adults; there are criminals who are pursued and jailed; there are the insane ...
We act like drugs can solve psychological problems, but condemn those who try to self-medicate as "addicts".
Capitalism might be a nice system if we ever tried it; likewise Communism. In practice we tend to pervert the ideal into whatever shape suits those who need to be in charge. Economics is basically a branch of philosophy, not a hard science at all. The reality is political. The kind of unrestricted "capitalism" that is promoted is a zero sum game in which the logical method of advance is to destroy the competition, thus rendering the market a mere illusion
If we are assuming that we can with a wave of a bill delete the current federal tax systems and start anew, there are plenty of exciting possibilities.
Since the money is created backed by the promise of the federal government, why not forget taxation, grant newly minted funds directly to agreed upon government projects, and let it trickle down from those workers and vendors?
People talk about the costs, who is going to pay?  In an information-based economy costs are basically labor.  Labor costs are basically what is needed to keep the labor force reasonably healthy and happy.  Robotic technology takes over physical labor.  Food and other biological goods can be provided with very little labor cost.  Cheap, renewable energy sources are being explored.  If we think of cost as usage of available resources rather than as monetary, we might have very different ideas about what is affordable.
The frame of class warfare promotes an either/or mentality which is not about real issues or solution development, but about partisan politics.
What the 99% need is to take back the narrative. The Occupy movement is a big "Wake Up! We let the moneyed interests call the tune and grudgingly danced. Now it's time to create our own music." Because they are, a new hit pop song is in the air. Even after the combined efforts of winter and authorities make the street occupation less, we can incorporate that song into our everyday. There is a large art component to the protests, and the artists are expanding outward with the creativity long held back due to the mad embrace of cash as king which had us not remembering that creativity, and labor to manifest those ideas, is the essence of true wealth.

The hope was always in the People, not a candidate. The hope now is poignantly held in hearts and minds of people not only out on the streets, but so many more watching. The myth is the hateful, greedy, immobile American. The myth is the rule of the sad monarchs or oligarchs. The power, should we accept it, is in the people who go out and do what needs to be done, because it needs to be done. Such people have always existed, though not often honored. The Occupy Movement does honor the values of courage, community, gathering to communicate and claim the rights that only live when used.
It is a slow evolutionary process toward less violent predilection as we slowly become more enlightened in our self-interest.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

October Knights (raos)

Because we gather as society to co-create better possible lives for each by developing underlying structure to improve the lives of all, it is important to keep the communication flowing to maintain balance between rigidity and chaos.
Power rules by the consent of the people. We can change the power we consent to.
Success means getting to the other end of: "I want ______."
There is more to energy than fossil fuel destruction.
Cain seems to present an affable, just folks, easy solutions from entrepreneurial experience affect.  For those without the time or inclination to actually listen and understand the implications of his "ideas" he may well seem credible.
Perhaps, while we are doing away with the current system, we could develop a national sales tax, with basic need items and services tax free, while including tax on "financial instruments" and "trading".
Work for pay does not have to follow the employment model.  If we were to sensibly develop not so much a safety net as living net to adequately distribute needed goods and services regardless of direct payment, and to encourage and educate for individual entrepreneurial ventures and worker owned businesses, we could leave behind the confines of "ism" defined economy.
It might help if instead of being concerned about "psychosis" we developed social attitudes of actual concern about people who are becoming unglued for whatever reason, and offer appropriate care and feedback.
Some treat science like a religion. Some treat religion like a science. Perhaps we would do better to admit what we don't know, and develop educational models to open possible options.
There was a story on the news about pharmaceutical speculators who buy up medication to sell to hospitals and patients at highly inflated prices -- drugs these people have become medically dependent upon to survive. Then, of course, in other news those drug gangs are dangerously violent against those who threaten their ability to maintain their huge profits. The problem is not in our relationship to drugs, but our relationship to money.
If the Republicans were really serious about their priority of making Obama a one-term President, they would stop with the obfuscatory tactics and actually create policy that improves the national economy.

For making a joke out of what ought to have been useful legislation, the blame goes directly to Congress.
How to deal with bullies in the small or large arena: Unite against them
The protests are of course not the solution, they are part of the process toward bringing possible solutions to light.

To improve, to progress, to discover and learn how to create a life better than a struggle for survival, first we must imagine.  Our grapplings with our imaginings is art.

Monday, October 10, 2011

late harvest (raos)

The Horses
sweep with neighing grace
I am made happier for their nagging
escape from intent
into art
Those without the vision to create often turn their passion to destruction.  In the consequent misery they claim:  see, it is broken.
Magic is a frame. We sensate beings, born with an urgency to make structured sense of chaos, create neuro-realities based upon and subsequently ordering our experience. When we create a magic frame, we are ordering our interface with the realities thus that accepted acts/beliefs externalize for us in expected depiction.
To speak of recovery begs the question: what is being recovered? Much of "mental illness" is a product of a lifetime of layering interpretation and reaction and interpretation and reaction and so forth to perceived experience. Unlike a disease of parasitic or organic origin, it is a way of being. In fact, the label of "illness" is inappropriate. It is more of a pattern of recognition. What is usefully cured is the same as for those who self-righteously attack those so labeled for being "different". What is usefully uncovered is a self-awareness apart from labels which is understood as growing, moving, living, able to become more adept and social in personal action and interaction.
A case could be made that the artist is self-medicating with creative projects -- or perhaps that madness is a creative outlet.
People don't "give" jobs.  They offer structured employment for structured labor.  No amount of freebies or kneeling to the moneyed creates jobs.  Jobs are created by the demand for the work to be done.
Jeffersonian style patriots, gathering together in the public streets to co-create 21st century democracy
There is no wealth fueling this movement.  It is people, expressing their protestation.  They are coming together, seeing their numbers, creating their voice.
Capitalism became what it is through the interaction of theory and practice.  There is no need to have our thoughts about rational wealth creation and distribution tethered to the "capitalist" brand.  Rather, we can come to understand that any map to be useful must follow the territory, not the other way around.

Apparently the so-called fiscal conservatives are not as good at business thinking as they try to pretend.

It is a war because it is sold as a war. The media is the message, is the accepted definer. It is a war because life is war of all against all. It is war because war is the accepted exception to thou shalt not kill.

What gets nothing done is doing nothing. Protesters sending out communication of the legitimacy and necessity of protest can create more protest, can create legitimate actions, can lead to change.

apparently "Hitler" has become a generic term for "political leader we don't like".

people are so bored they have nothing better to do than police other people's sex lives? we need better tv.
The way we create our realities is not by bringing experiences, but by our interpretations of the experiences life brings to us.  We create our interpretations generally based on principles of survival.  Often it is best to interpret toward a more realistic view of chances, rather than wallow in positivity.
Why not evolve into a model in which people are educated and encouraged to develop skills which they offer on an open market, businesses which they form cooperatively, nonprofit enterprises for social welfare which are seen as a good and proper function of citizenship, you know, freedom?

I don't think it is a matter of either/or, or compassion v. self-interest, or objectivism v. the collective unconscious. We come together in society to make a better life possible for each by making it possible for all. Take a long think along the imaginary journey of a life totally by and for oneself. Not much there. Even what was once abundant has been used, is being used, by a great many other individuals, who, by this frame are each by and of themselves, scurrying about to find wherewithal to survive. Is that the free and independent picture held by those who insist on each for oneself?

Today's challenge: current conditions in context
It's not about
black or white
might is right
fuel to fight
It's not about
East or West
who's the best
forget the rest
It's about
me and you,
if we so choose,
what we can do

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Unite Song

Unite Song
It's not about
black or white
might is right
fuel to fight
It's not about
East or West
who's the best
forget the rest
It's about
me and you,
if we choose,
what we can do
October 9, 2011