The Decision to Not Decide

The Great Society was a conscious decision by LBJ, and his allies, to build a better society. But this failed miserably.

Americans took note of this and decided on a better plan – to not have a plan at all, but to let things work out on their own. And let powerful people be the strongest force in their society. There would still be programs to help the rest of the people, but their funding would be limited.

The result was that America became much less powerful! This was hardly surprising, since these powerful people were only interested in themselves – and they were only a small percentage of the population. But Americans in general did not understand this – and they decided the solution was more of the same!

Their logic was simple, but defective – and was allowed to stand, because it was never put into words, and examined. Instead, Americans decided that – no thinking would be allowed at all – and they enforced this decision vigorously. The worst decision possible.

And the rest of the world followed its example – giving power to a few, and leaving the rest to fend for themselves. The rest, however, demanded strong men to rule over them – making the situation even worse.

There were a few (like me) who pointed out these fallacies – but we were ignored, and still are ignored. They have decided only power is important – and their decision to not decide for themselves, was not important at all!

They Don’t Want to Understand, or Be Understood

Why on earth do I have to keep writing about my thoughts? Why do I want to be understood?

I have no answers, except “I just have to do it.” And I am shocked by the condition of most of the people I know – who are suffering from a multitude of emotional and social problems. But don’t want to know this.

The solution for all our problems, it seems to me, would be for us, all of us – to decide to be good to each other. Is this too much to ask? The answer, unfortunately – is yes!

Something else is more important – but we cannot say what that is. We just know it is – and is much more important than we are. And it doesn’t want for us to know what it is.

It is clearly some kind of deity, similar to the Old Testament God – to which, has been added some powerful new technologies. A strange mixture of the archaic and the modern, that is profoundly attractive to our unconscious minds – and has us in its thrall.

Its results, in operation, are all around us – and reported on the media constantly. But people cannot understand this – because they are afraid to. The Fear of God is in them – a God more powerful than anything before Him.

Does this sound familiar? It should, because warnings against this were very common in the 19th Century, and early 20th Century. It was preached from every pulpit, included in the Transcendentalist Philosophy, and in every popular novel.

But suddenly, in the middle of the 20th Century – these voices became silent. Other voices took over, and other images – that of the TV and the Smartphone. That we could not resist. They spoke to us with the voice (and image) of God!

This was not thought of, as a religion – but it was. The most powerful religion ever – even if it was secular. It had money behind it, and it had jobs! And it was turning its people into idiots.

Bad Guys Have some Huge Advantages

And they know it! And everyone else knows it too! This would not be true in a good world – but we live in a bad world!

That last sentence bears repeating:

We live in a bad world!

But people are strangely reticent about this – and prefer to believe just the opposite – that the world is good, even though they know this is not true – and acting as though it was, is a sure-fire recipe for a disaster.

They know this – but they know that can get away with it. Things may not be so good tomorrow – but tomorrow has not come yet.

Microsoft Software, the Good and the Bad

When you are mixing with the Software crowd, you are mixing with the Good and the Bad, all mixed in together. And it is hard to separate the truth from the lies.

I have decided to reacquaint myself with the latest in Software Development – and my first decision was “Who do I want to get in bed with?” I’m going to be had, no matter what – but who will give me the best experience? Got the picture?

Microsoft is no guardian angel – it’s more like the other kind. But it has blundered into a position of market dominance. And has gradually realized that it has to help all the software developers, who are writing software, for everyone else to consume. Their users can barely count to ten, without using their fingers – and they need software to help them.

There are two classes of people in the world – those that produce content, and those that consume it. And the gap between them is huge. I have decided to be on the side of the producers – but not make too big a deal of it. I’m getting in bed, and doing what people do there – but doing it quietly.

I am taking Microsoft’s Visual Studio series of courses – for free. Using Visual Studio 2017 Community – the free version. You should be able to use it, right out of the box – but first you have to customize it, which isn’t too hard – but you have to do this, before you can take the courses.

These show you how to use the .net framework – a huge thing that Microsoft developed for its developers – and decided to make it available for everyone. And use the C# language – another big thing, that does everything – including everything Java does. Another big thing by a competitor, Oracle.

You must have noticed that I am using the word big here a lot. Software is the elephant in the living room – everyone is ignoring, even while it shits all over them.

I have decided to be on the side that does the shitting.

The Woman Mark Twain Thought Was the ‘Most Interesting That Ever Lived’

The Daily Beast

I really try to limit my postings – but this one is too good to pass up. Consider this:

That uniformity, reinforced by zealous, and profitable institutions, infuriated Mark Twain. The satirist believed Eddy was fleecing the masses. While considering her “the most interesting woman that ever lived,” he also found her “[g]rasping, sordid, penurious, famishing for everything she sees—money, power, glory—vain, untruthful, jealous, despotic, arrogant, insolent, pitiless where thinkers and hypnotists are concerned, illiterate, shallow, incapable of reasoning outside of commercial lines, immeasurably selfish.” In short, Mary Baker Eddy was the kind of American Twain believed Americans loved to love and he loved to hate to show how much he loved them.

It’s an easy fifteen minute read. Enjoy it.

The Computer is Part of the World

One of the great discoveries of the Modern World was Scientific Reality – as opposed to the Religious Reality that preceded it. The Computer, that arrived centuries later, was one of its products. To be good at Software technology (the stuff that runs the Computer) you gotta be very good at understanding that small world.

Scientists believe in one world. Contemporary people (a strange mix of many kinds of people) believe in many worlds – contained in many different minds. Although they all believe their world is the right one.

I once observed a passenger ship disgorge its passengers into a couple of the harbor towns of Costa Rica. There were almost more passengers than residents in the town. One busload was robbed, and one tourist killed. The tourists thought their money belonged to them, but some of the locals thought otherwise.

This was an unfortunate attempt to blend two worlds – but this happens all the time, across the globe.

With fighters, helicopters, and drones wreaking havoc on those less-well equipped.

Derek Walcott

Poetry Magazine

I downloaded his book Omeros – and I think it justifies its high ratings.

It’s hard for Americans to believe that anything good could come out of the Caribbean – but Alexander Hamilton came from there – and was one of the Founding Fathers.