Everyone thinks they are rational beings – but none of us are. We are not even close to being rational – and don’t even want to be. In fact we seem determined to be irrational – or crazy, in all kinds of ways. And in overlooking all of this.
To put this another way: being crazy is human – but not recognizing this tendency is a fatal error – on a global scale.
You may respond by saying “True, but what can we do about it?” Implying the answer “Nothing, we have to do what we have to do and we cannot help ourselves!” Implying, in turn, that helpless is normal and desirable.
This, I believe, is the situation we are now in. Not a good spot to be in.
There are all kinds of ways to think about the mess we are in (when we take the time to be honest with ourselves) – the most common being denial “Things are not really that bad!” Or the feeling that – if we start thinking about where we are – the whole world will collapse. Which, in a way – is what would happen. But that would be a very good thing – at least we would know where we are. We would know what a house of cards we live in.
I do not think that a fundamental reorganization of our society would be so difficult. Much of what we have (supermarkets full of food) could keep on working as they are now. The Market Economy works – but it is not enough. We need something that is good for all of us – not just the upper one percent.
But Americans do not think this way. They have identified with the upper one percent – and insist that it rule them. They are no longer interested in ruling themselves.
Here are the synonyms for craziness, according to the Merriam-Webster Unabridged:
absurdity, asininity, balminess, brainlessness, foolishness, daftness, dippiness, dottiness,fatuity, fatuousness, folly, imbecility, inanity, insanity, lunacy, madness, nonsensicalness, nuttiness, preposterousness, senselessness, silliness, simplicity, unwisdom, wackiness, witlessness, zaniness
Quite a list. But they all refer to the same thing!
But I most continue – and continue by saying that recognizing our craziness is much easier said then done. I have enormous difficulty doing this myself. And I could benefit greatly from some external help in doing this – if it were available.
Back in the Nineties, when I was working in Silicon Valley, there was an excellent organization devoted to helping people deal with death. I still hadn’t coped with Beth’s death twenty years earlier. But they helped me do that – for free! I still have plenty of problems – but not that particular one.
Even down here in rural Costa Rica, I can see my fellow GrIngos, and their organizations, are in serious trouble. The wheels are coming off their wagons. But they have no awareness of this. None whatsoever. And there is not a damn thing I, or anyone else, can do to help them. They would tear my head off if I tried.
I also have a friend back in the States, I have known for many years – who appears, judging from her emails, to be going crazy. But here again, I cannot help her. Some intervention now might halt this serious deterioration before it goes too far. She has a husband, but he is probably not much help – indeed, she is his primary care-giver.
Together they form an example of what is going on in the much larger picture. The crazy are unable to help the crazy.
And everything is going straight to Hell.