the delusion that we’re doing anything for the first time
And sometimes it positively feels like we're going circles.
Round and round, same shit, every day ...blah blah blah on & on
This is a thought provoking post Thank you Nicola.
recent visit here by British anti-tax spin doctor Christopher Snowdon to talk about the evils of taxing sugary soft drinks.
So he kinda snuck in quietly, talked to like-minded people and away. Wonder what those evils are hmmm...
From the article:
It requires us to seek truth, whether the truth is ugly and discomfiting or whether it is reassuring and soothing. It requires us to ask questions – a lot of questions – of very powerful people, without fear or favour
Not just journalists have to do this now, its getting to the stage where everyone must consider themselves part of it.
Don't know if most are capable of it. Turning away from sports (the mass entertainment) and taking a good hard look at themselves. And not fall for the soothing platitudes of people like Key.
oh stop it with the whacky acronyms... :))
(c.f. Michael Cullen’s dismissal of Treasury’s 2005 briefing to the incoming Government as the usual triennial “ideological burp.”
Umm don't think Treasury is a very science based dept. Could be wrong tho'. All those numbers... looks kind of sciencey.
It’s all in the presentation.
Well kind of..
More the narrative that we can think/believe is “true” or has “truthiness”
There has been times when a collective narrative held it all together overriding our personal narratives. The collective narrative is in serious trouble tho'. Perhaps we still hanker after that and what journalist’s (whatever they like to call themselves) hope to provide. But all we get is a lowdown on the personal narratives often conflicting, because when we create a personal narrative we all like to present the prettiest of ourselves. And in the narratives of others we can present as a villain sort of. Funny that!
Maybe we can learn from baboons. Yes I’ve posted it before, but …..
How about that rugby,
I hear a drugby player got so pissed, he missed a flight to somewhere foreign where they fancies their chances against the.... what was their name again??
That’ll keep peoples talking for a good long while
Politics is about leadership. Always has been. Always will be.
You can see into the future? my my...
reading back again just now I see Andin. you didn’t call me an asshole either,
Umm No but glad you got it sorted :-)
A lot of people's self interest at work in this election. To be expected I guess.
Its the great motivator for all of us. As to whether that's good or bad depends on your pov I s'ppose
Apropos of our previous conversation, a Sapolsky vid gets very interesting about 4 mins in. And I'm not sayin' anyone's a baboon
The first is mainline Confucianism, which, for all its patriarchal mysogyny, is essentially optimistic about human nature. All we need to do is make sure our kids are raised in a good environment and get a good education, and they’ll turn out good. The second leads to Han Feizi and Legalism, which then leads directly to rulers like Qinshihuang and Mao Zedong.
Yep thats all we have, someone asks themselves this question which they then answer. And depending on the conclusion they come to, then insert themselves in some form in the process of humanity. You give Chinese examples, the western world has its own, of course.
I am more inclined toward the ideas I have heard put forward by Robert Sapolsky(look him up) that we are all on a spectrum with extremes and most of us clustered round the middle. There are spectrums for the many traits of humans arising from our brain chemistry and then the environment we are born into and raised in.
So its not as simple as good or evil. We have to start asking ourselves better questions.