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Drunk, Busted and Puking

DrunkIt’s a rotten morning in America. Waking up in jail hung over and ill by your own hand is not really worse than waking up every morning in this great nation today. What atrocities have our newest leaders conceived overnight? What follies have the followers of the madman in the White House enabled overnight as he careens from edict to edict in the flush of his new found power?

In Search of Sanity

Sanity is a great, if illusory,  goal for most humans. I’ll use of all of the sane things about our society leaves us in a sorry state. Sanity is in the search for peace. The ability to recognize when we are becoming too powerful for our own good. The knowledge that life is too short to spend it all trying to rise higher in some hierarchy is a tiny part of sanity, but an important one.

Enlightenment: Letting the light in beats using your brain as a source of lamp oil.

 

David Brooks is a decent sort based on my experiences in reading what he has written. He doesn’t seem out of balance or very dedicated to being right at the cost of betraying his human values. Lately he has even found some things to criticize in the “Conservative” attempts to change the world. He is apparently a fan ot the enlightenment and believes that Republicans have recently lost sight of the torch of freedom. He does not quite go to where I think they are headed, waving it about so wildly that they light their own brains on fire.

Defensive Law Offensive Laws Too Many Damn Laws

The nature of Humanity requires some modification to reach a civilized compromise with its social, physical and emotional needs. Education and training in childhood, both at home and in schools, provide the main elements that most of us use to survive our own worst nature. Then there is the last resort of society, the law that governs those who will not or cannot govern themselves adequately. Most of us do not act out in hostile ways or create scenes that have a bad outcome unless we have imbibed too freely or used some other drug to release our inhibitions. Of course when we are young and full of the juices that scientists call hormones all bets can be off until age tempers our mettle.

Human Priorities, Grand Resolutions & Simple Solutions

 

So what would you like in your Christmas stocking this year? A small sampling of options in regard to who will live in the White House? A final resolution of the debt crisis threatening Europe and coming to a bank near us soon? A job? Participation in an orgy of self-righteous complaint about the system we created and are near demolishing as our final act on the planet? If your stocking is big enough and your stomach is hardy enough you can have it all just by joining one of the two big political parties and participating in our predetermined political process.

Life in the Small World of Humanity

Is there any reason to believe that people will survive the next two centuries? Hell of a question to ask at one AM in the morning when there is no one to answer it except a sleepy cat and me. The cat already knows my sleep patterns have driven me crazy, it likes me that way most of the time. This is like a lead into a creepy novel written by any of the famous horror writers in the pantheon of scary; but it remains a serious question. Can any species survive our dubious gift of intelligence mixed in with the dubious gift of a vast capacity for destruction of the world around us? Is intelligence a curse that has doomed our species or a blessing that will bring us to the stars and beyond?