Friday, April 18, 2008

If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Get Out of Hawaii

There are good times and bad times, even in Hawaii, and they seem to run in ten year cycles when everything seems like paradise, and then in the others, it is a day of reckoning in which nothing seems to go right, and nobody knows how to make it right, even if they wanted to.

People already forget the years of hopelessness and despair of Hawaii in the ‘90s, in which the governor’s job was mainly to explain how things were not as bad as it obviously was -- and the main reason national studies showed Hawaii last in every category, was that the researchers were not aware that in Hawaii, all the rules applicable in the rest of the universe, did not apply -- and so last really was first.

This manner of reasoning is known by the locals as opposite-thinking -- in which everything that is true, is “false,” and vice-versa, unless one proclaims beforehand, “Opposite-thinking,” which means that true is “true” -- but only in that one specific case, and reverts back to normal in every other case. It can be quite confusing but one gets “used to” this way of thinking because it is so much better, and makes Hawaii come out on top, in every major category in which it would ordinarily be last, or at the bottom.

The locals are proud to proclaim that they are “the best” -- because they say so, and one should not question authority but go along with the program. If everyone sticks together, then no one can claim that what they say is true, is not true -- because everyone who goes against the crowd or questions authority, is a crime against society, otherwise, there can be no paradise with everybody wanting to think for themselves.

All was going fine until somebody in Washington created the Internet -- and then it became exceedingly difficult to maintain the social order -- and even in Hawaii, the people would question everything, and even the authorities they were punished for doing so in the government schools. Teachers were the first line of defense in assuring this strict conformity to the group-think.

Everything was fine, unless the leader said otherwise, and the leader had the inalienable right to persecute and prosecute all those who did not agree with them, just like in the good ol’ days. As the authorities would remind them, “Lucky you live.”

People quickly forget that they were not always free, independent and with rights to pursue their own happiness -- rather than having that happiness imposed and dictated to them. From time to time, in every society, the people used to being pushed around all their lives, begin to push back.

That causes a little bit of friction and heat at first, but people emerge with a new greater respect for one another, and that is the evolution of human progress and cnsiciousness necessary to remain a viable culture and society,

No society can perpetuate itself just by repeating every day as it was before.


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