Sunday, December 17, 2006

Understanding Primitive Motivation

In a free market world, people transact and interact with one another on the basis of free, uncompelled choices in their own best interests, rather than being dictated by the will of another.

In reading the letters and editorials in the local newspapers, their offerings are almost exclusively of the mentality that simply presenting the authentic facts and letting people make up their own minds, are not an option or their purpose. The autocratic editors pre-select only those articles that make people do/think whatever it is they want them to -- usually under the mistaken notion that they are more enlightened than everybody else. They are the Boss, “the experts” (bureaucrats)-- so if people don’t do as they say, they get punished and disciplined until they have the right attitude of accepting their proper places and the “right” authorities, which are invariably themselves.

These people have anointed themselves as the leaders because they are “enlightened” -- or “liberal” for short. How one makes such people have an insight into their own behaviors and the understanding of others, is the problem of cultures and individuals dealing with those they presume share the same values of freedom and independence that they do -- and why they cannot understand that it is not sufficient to just insist that one be “reasonable,” to ensure one’s safety and security.

People who believe that it is proper to force others to their own will no matter what, think lying, cheating, and killing others is justified in achieving those ends. Such people have to be controlled and monitored -- but fortunately, they are not most people. They are roughly 5%, who because of their destructive behaviors, have a disproportionate impact on the rest -- and disproportionately highest effect among themselves.

That is to say, violent (criminal) people, inflict the greatest destruction among similarly violent people -- and in that fashion, tend to self-regulate their own influence. While it is true that criminals victimize innocent people, they tend to victimize those who share similar values -- of also being inclined to abuse and exploit the people they fraternize with.

So one of the great and necessary skills, is to be able to discern that manner of motivations and orientation in others -- and remove oneself from that exposure and proximity, in favor of those one can transact and interact in good faith and a high degree of confidence in sharing an understanding. Rather than being “politically incorrect,” this is what all life forms do -- find and create those conditions that favor their survival, rather than allow themselves to be extinguished or live their lives under great hardship, duress and disadvantage equally randomly.

Treating each appropriately, is not having double-standards and being contradictory, as the guilty will accuse, but having one standard for the fair treatment of all. Responses that are inappropriate to the event, is not consistent with the overall objective of creating a “more perfect” (better) life, that should be the right of everyone, and not just the right of a self-anointed few. That is what one is discerning and discriminating for -- and not heed the demands and commandments, that one should not determine these matters for themselves, in their own best interests -- even making it illegal to act in their own self-defense and better judgment, claiming that they voted to surrender those “inalienable rights” -- fairly and squarely, in a democratic process.


At December 18, 2006 8:59 AM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

This ideology of "Might makes right," is not the bedrock of democracy, but as we see in the world, the rule of brute force, or tyranny.

It is never surprising that "liberals" are the first to embrace this new arrangement when placed at the top of any social hierarchy -- as the writing of George Orwell and Ayn Rand depict so well, and why despite their brilliant insight, are shunned by the Establishment world.

That's why the minority plays a critical role in every society -- of ensuring the justice. But rather than thinking they can beat the majority at its own game, they really have to perfect their own -- and not just become the new majority that terrorizes the new minority. Then nothing has changed. Of course a lot of it has to be "understood" rather than printed out as a blueprint and roadmap which the opposition has full access to -- also.

But all things being equal, the world is a better place if everyone is operating at a higher level -- whatever side they are on. So just awakening that intelligence, already changes the game -- and the regard and treatment everyone has for everybody else.

At December 18, 2006 9:15 AM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

the leading edge of change is always difficult to measure -- as well as impossible to control, because unprecedented.

that's why the first tactic of the status quo, is to make everyone play the old game, in the old way, with the same predictable results. If one plays a different game, they no longer have a sure advantage.

the institutions will try to convince us that nothing new can eve come into being -- and that only the old must be repeated endlessly, unthinkingly -- and then we may get around to hearing the new, but not before reinforcing the old as the legitimate, and the only way things can be.

But if one simply is and does -- without spending most their time labeling, explaining and pigeonholing themselves -- something new comes into being. So tradition wants (demands) that people fully explain what they are doing -- according to the traditional pattern, rather than simply doing the new. That is what most traditional cultures and societies are like -- even to carrying out thousand year old hatreds for no other reason than that "it's always been done that way,"and that is what makes us either Hatfields or McCoys, Democrats or Republicans, liberals or conservatives.

The spirit of this season, is about the celebration of a totally new paradigm -- a break from the mere repetition of the past, as the only way things can ever be. "Liberals" don't like that message anymore, because most of them are the bureaucrats of these times -- the Pharisees and the Scribes of this age.

Their ideals are more money for teachers (or whatever they are) -- as the only purpose of society, and the highest ideals of humanity.

At December 19, 2006 8:03 AM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

More News the Democratic Press doesn't want us to know about:

Media Shocker: Newsweek Reports Iraq Economy Booming
Posted by Noel Sheppard on December 18, 2006 - 17:08.

In the midst of all the civil war, quagmire, cataclysmic, doom and gloom reports about Iraq comes a shocking story from an even more shocking source. According to Newsweek, Iraq’s economy is booming (hat tip to Drudge, emphasis mine throughout):

Civil war or not, Iraq has an economy, and—mother of all surprises—it's doing remarkably well. Real estate is booming. Construction, retail and wholesale trade sectors are healthy, too, according to a report by Global Insight in London. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce reports 34,000 registered companies in Iraq, up from 8,000 three years ago. Sales of secondhand cars, televisions and mobile phones have all risen sharply. Estimates vary, but one from Global Insight puts GDP growth at 17 percent last year and projects 13 percent for 2006. The World Bank has it lower: at 4 percent this year. But, given all the attention paid to deteriorating security, the startling fact is that Iraq is growing at all.

Amazed? Shocked? Sound like those who claim that only the negative side of the story is reaching our shores? Well, there’s more: "Iraq is a crippled nation growing on the financial equivalent of steroids, with money pouring in from abroad. National oil revenues and foreign grants look set to total $41 billion this year, according to the IMF. With security improving in one key spot—the southern oilfields—that figure could go up."

And more:

Even so, there's a vibrancy at the grass roots that is invisible in most international coverage of Iraq. Partly it's the trickle-down effect. However it's spent, whether on security or something else, money circulates. Nor are ordinary Iraqis themselves short on cash. After so many years of living under sanctions, with little to consume, many built up considerable nest eggs—which they are now spending. That's boosted economic activity, particularly in retail. Imported goods have grown increasingly affordable, thanks to the elimination of tariffs and trade barriers. Salaries have gone up more than 100 percent since the fall of Saddam, and income-tax cuts (from 45 percent to just 15 percent) have put more cash in Iraqi pockets. "The U.S. wanted to create the conditions in which small-scale private enterprise could blossom," says Jan Randolph, head of sovereign risk at Global Insight. "In a sense, they've succeeded."


Consider some less formal indicators. Perhaps the most pervasive is the horrendous Iraqi traffic jams. Roadside bombs account for fewer backups than the sheer number of secondhand cars that have crowded onto the nation's roads—five times as many in Baghdad as before the war. Cheap Chinese goods overflow from shop shelves, and store owners report quick turnover. Real-estate prices have risen several hundred percent, suggesting that Iraqis are more optimistic about the future than most Americans are.

Unbelievable. Think any of this will be front-page news or the lead story for the Nets some time soon? Or, will that have to wait until there’s a Democrat in the White House that can take all the credit?


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