Manored wrote to Bhaktajan:
I though we were talking about the relationship between eating cows and wars =)
Bhaktajan replies: Manored, I do not know what YOU are talking about; but if you follow along with me, we'll be on the same page. BTW, Class has already moved on to the next chapter. Please catch up or just stay in the yard and bogart that blunt.
Yeah but, Yeah but, Yeah but!
Well, you adressed me, then, rather than answering my post, you wrote about something else. If you arent answering my post, then dont adress me =)
Please provide a more serious answer, you know very well we just can't get rid of such people, it would be the inqusiton all over again, chasing shadows. :poke-eye:
Hum, I was talking about getting rid of the possibility of a megalomaniac being born through genetic enginnering =)
Richard, I agree absolutely that the universe is within man himself, and that the reality each inhabitant experiences is the result of their individual actions within it. The power of one can effect change, but unless that change is subscribed to by others it will not translate into a shared reality. In truth, we are one, but global interests in commerce encourage a merchant mentality to prevail and profits become paramount to survival. I'm not saying that we should not buy and sell things, I am saying that a culture based solely upon the buying and selling of assets/resources is acting in a malignant manner, and can only result in the depletion of the vitality of life, not its enhancement.
Without land of his own to sustain him man is forced to join the ranks of commerce, and whether he be an executive or a laborer he is bound to conform in order to survive. While this mode of "living" may suffice to put a roof over his head it does not give much rise to his purpose for being here, or his incentive to contemplate it, except for when things do not go so well.
We moved voluntarily from the land to the cities, thinking it an easier, more glittering way to survive. We traded our ability to feed ourselves from our own gardens for the chance we could pick from the smorgasbord of everything life can offer. For about 97% of humanity that smorgasbord takes the form of a trough.
How can this be when all the political, business and religious rhetoric shouts for equality, abundance and security?
I must pay money for my survival, for the very water I drink. Yet I was born of this Earth, is it not my birthright to eat and drink directly from its font, without hindrance? Apparently not, as my/our birthright ensures only that payment must be made before admittance to life as we know it can occur.
While the systems that distribute food, water and shelter obviously work, they do so at a price "common man" can ill afford. Philosophy and economics are aligned when they speak of harmonious existence based upon the assets at our disposal, but the assets are not within personal control without the land that all assets materialize from.
So I survive within the framework of society like everyone else, dependant on society for every morsel I consume and aware that my life would have no relevance should the food chain break down.
Dramatic? Sure, but true.
The I read this I can only think "living is complicated" =)
Seriously, living alone is easy, you just have to not die, but try to manage a society where people dont die out of lack of resources or fight each other for it and you got a logistic nightmare. Especially since humans are always wanting more, be it more resources or more of thenselves. I dont think thats bad, but it does make the whole thing much more complicated. For instance maybe we have this system where we not only cant, but arent allowed to, live by ourselves because the resulting anarchy (even if we keept a central government, a rural society has more anarchy to it than an urban one) would cause massive conflicts between people and no one can think of another system that would avoid that. I mean the medieval age and much of the ancient age was like that, and as result the world was fragmented in tiny pieces waging war against each other.
And then, you add on top of that people trying to corrupt the system you are failing to build in their favor...
I think we need genetic modification or a governing super-computer to escape this. Off course, both can be corrupted in favor of someone, but super-computers can still provide us with genial solutions, and genetic modification can still help us lessen corruption. After all a thief doesnt wants there to be many other thieves =)