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World War 4 / 2+2=5 (apparently)

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I tweeted a while back that a major blog post would soon appear, entitled World War 4. Life and work got in the way, so like most ‘non critical’ tasks, it got put on the back burner. Today however, the events on the streets of major cities around the world (4th QTR 2011) inspire a quick pause in work to post this and get a few of thoughts out of the way – most of which have been bubbling away in my mind for decades. It is possible some of you feel the same way too.

As the parents will tell you, I never had time for fairy tails when a child, always questioning the logic of rabbits that could talk or other innocent fantasies. Being a rational child has it’s flaws as well as it’s benefits, but that’s another discussion! If you sit there motionless when people spontaneously clap at a mediocre entertainer, you will understand my point.

As one matures and becomes enlightened, (the latter of which accelerates if you live in California for a while thanks to the infinitely creative and inspired anything goes culture), you can tell when you are being hoodwinked and separate the wheat from the chaff. Most of us are aware of all this but lack the time to do anything about it, so this post makes no claim to originality!

I had also been planning another post entitled 2+2=5, apparently. However, I have decided to merge it with WW4 due to the convergence of issues.

OK, let’s get on with it…

There is something about the Western way of life. Just about everything is a sham – twisted for financial or political reasons – or both – or even simply because we’ve got into a muddle. For some of this, we can probably blame the invention of the middle man, whose motives have nothing to do with science, logic, reason, compassion, nature or common sense, but profit. In fact, those former concepts are all the same holistic force, and one could classify them simply under ‘nature’, so let’s do that!

Like a magician who gets the audience to focus on one hand whilst performing his magic in the other, no matter the subject, the more confusion and lack of rational facts, the harder it is to make a credible argument or protest with clarity and confidence. No one really knows what is going on.

Where is the datum? Who says ‘it’ is true? Can you prove it? If you do punch 2+2 into the grand all knowing knowledge machine, what will the result be? Who is going to fiddle the programming so that the answer is 5? And why?

A few examples:

  • According to some medical research, eggs are good for you. Update: According to some other medical research, eggs are not good for you.
  • According to long term scientific projections, Earth will experience a sudden mini ice age within the next few decades. Update: According to long term scientific projections, Earth will experience global warming within the next few decades.
  • According to scientists, polar bears are drowning whilst trying to swim between ice flows to find food because the ice is melting faster than it used to. Update: According to others, polar bears have always drowned whilst trying to swim between ice flows.
  • According to scientists, if we do not switch to carbon neutral fuels as soon as possible, we can expect catastrophic climate change. Update: Man’s effect on the environment is miniscule, it is the sun we should focus on.
  • According to the Japanese government, the level of radiation from the Fukishima nuclear plant is………………………………………… Update: …………………………………..any ideas?
  • According to economists, free markets self regulate. Update: According to some other economists, free markets do not self regulate.
  • According to scientists, cancer and other ‘contemporary’ illnesses are on the increase due to the fact our bodies have been absorbing the bi-products of (naively developed) materials, such as plastics and household cleaners. Update: People are living longer, so more succeptable to diseases and cancers that effect us all as we age.

So who produced the aforementioned updated data? Well educated sincere researchers driven by the desire for truth or malleable scientists whose ‘sponsors’ have an agenda?

The problem we have is that each side of the issues listed above may well be partially or entirely accurate. But when one or two of the 7 deadly sins inserts their influence in conjunction with a gradual dumbing down of the populace, all credibility is lost and the ‘system’ fails. People lose faith. They gang up on the nearest scapegoat, even if some of the targets of their anger are innocent. After all, not every entity follows a specific ideology or is of a specific personality. We are all different – unless brainwashed en masse.

This focus on specific scapegoats can lead to horrific consequences, as history has proven more than once.

In Rome and other cities today, people are justifiably protesting because they have become disillusioned. And while some may be responsible for their station, some represent an underlying feeling that I am willing to bet a good 20% of those reading this (no matter your class or creed) will sense.

Something is wrong and the wheels are starting to come off – everywhere, and this needs to be resolved pronto!

What the protestors SHOULD be angry about

  • Bank charges that trigger an unstoppable loss of financial control
  • Lack of investment in clean sustainable energy
  • Western installation of despots
  • Failure to invest in public transport due to influence of carbon fuel industry

But hang on, these things are not as bad as genocide, cancer and other issues. Indeed, but if ones life is so focused on dealing with every day annoying issues, one cannot sit down and focus on those things that are important to our lives, families or society – such as charity and goodwill.

Preventing WW4 from escalating

In the mean time, if you want to make a difference, try to avoid using carbon fuel or biofuels and research ALL YOU CAN about solar energy. A solar economy is the solution to almost (almost) all of our ills. Rational argument to follow – and an explanation as to where WW4 comes in. (It has started, and it isn’t going to end anytime soon. And unlike most geographically defined wars of the past, World War 4 really is between the forces of good and evil, concepts that know no boundaries.)

!! WORK IN PROGRESS !!

Why WW4? Hundreds of thousands of people died in the ‘cold’ wars that followed WW2. To entitle this post WW3 would dishonour them. The cold war was indeed a world-war, even if the location of the wars was varied.

Written by Oflife

October 15, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Pop!

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I voted Conservative because although I was aware a right leaning government would do a few things some of us would disapprove of (such as sacrificing the environment to profit their source of donations), I assumed (based on pre-election promises and prior philosophies), that the new government would repel the various dystopian, privacy invading and/or for profit laws introduced by the prior regime and threatened by the greatest evil of all, the rising Eurasia.

Unfortunately, we were either betrayed or stupid. Or both.

(I hoped that I would finally gain more time for other community causes, with little need to continue to commenting about the subject of this post or within the separate Towards Dystopia section of Vision Aforethought, believing we were no longer threatened by such issues. How wrong I was.)

Just in the last few days there have been several examples of new laws and behaviour by council jobsworths that will do what the SS and KGB did so well not much more than 50 years ago, namely, create a society where we fear doing everyday things that previously were taken for granted and caused little or no harm to anyone. In fact, they were part of what made life entertaining, enlightening, intriguing and surprising!

From about 4 or 5 years onwards, like all (not most) of my friends, I blew up hundreds of balloons, blew party whistles, shot an air gun in our back garden (from 10), climbed trees, swam in rivers and lakes, made things out of wood and nails – and engaged in many other activities out in the physical world. Whilst I think once in a while (over a period of many years), we did get hurt (slight scratch here, bruise there), not one of those I know ever suffered a major injury. (Ah, Dominic fell out of a tree, and Sebastian fell of his bike, but bones do repair, and they are alive and well today. Bless!)

Today of course, more and more youth are fed diets of junk food that did not exist 20 years ago, sit in front of televisions watching programming that is intellectually 1/10th of what we were (thankfully) bought up on whilst deposits slowly build up in their arteries, others are disallowed or discouraged from engaging in strength and character building activities at school and elsewhere. All this leading to a whole generation (some now becoming clueless subservient parents too, God help their children!) of humans who will die prematurely of diabetes, cancer and/or heart failure several years earlier than my generation will. In fact, the number of people who will perish that way will be an order of magnitude greater than those who die every year from blowing up a balloon.

Those who have studied their history know that in reality, all this has nothing to do with safety, and all about what most dystopian regimes do, and that is projecting their personal insecurities by prying into our homes (What? You don’t think a swarm of jobsworths will pounce on your home because little Robbie blew a party whistle? We’re almost there.) and extinguishing any sense of fun or danger that does not emanate from a ‘2D’ medium, in this case, that opiate, Saturday morning television.

Fight back club: God help us all, really.

What is really worrying? A dangerously large proportion of people through no fault of their own have absolutely no clue as to what is going on.

Oh, and if you believe that that former bastion of liberty and trust will come to our rescue, think again!

Written by Oflife

October 11, 2011 at 12:21 am

“Ding!”, not “Dong!”

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The bright green LED digits on my cube shaped clock radio indicated I had awoken this morning at 06:25. Seconds later, just as I was deciding whether to get up or roll over, my iPad emitted it’s gentle incoming email sound. A tone that differs from the regular cold blips and beeps that other devices and machines make — less of a disturbance, more of a friendly, “Hey there, just letting you know.”

The email was from a good friend I met in 1992 whilst he was working in Computer Attic on University Avenue in Palo Alto. An Apple authorised reseller, the Attic was staffed by people who loved what they sold in an enthusiastic manner that to this day, no other company or brand has been able to emulate. The email was a short comment that eluded to the fact Steve Jobs had passed away – my first notification of the sad news.

The reason why people are drawn to Apple is because in their hearts they know there is someone at work behind the scenes striving to perfect the company’s current innovations whilst at the same time working on the next ‘insanely great’ thing.

Apple is in effect, sentient.

That passion, awareness and drive offers some an inner confidence, that no detail will be ignored and our current and future sensitivities and (often) subconcious desires will be taken care of, even if sometimes (frustratingly) according to Apple’s timetable, not ours.

The thoughtful effort put into crafting the gentle ‘ding’ that greeted my awakening this morning is what makes Apple different, thanks to Steve Jobs.

Update (Nov 2011): Despite a lifelong interest in Steve and Apple, and close association with the company and some key employees (on a personal and business level), it is only since reading the large number of quotes from his official biography (and some recently uncovered video recordings) that I have learned so much about Steve Job’s philosophies and thoughts on so many subjects. Each of which is rational, logical and deeply compassionate, the latter of which is often hidden when such a CEO is disciplining and micro managing his team to ensure said philosophies are adhered too within the company and product! I have always felt the same way and think it a great pity these thoughts of his were not made more public prior to his passing. Such a pity too so few companies are lead by people who ‘get it’ and see beyond their station.

Update (Dec 30 2011): In what one could call a momentary lapse of reason, when I originally posted this, I somehow left out the most important fact – the email I received on the iPad was regarding Steve’s passing and the first I learned of the news. I have updated the post above to reflect this. Strange how the mind works, or doesn’t.

Written by Oflife

October 6, 2011 at 9:03 am

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