Thursday, May 18, 2006

Entitlements, Appreciation, Gratitude

One of the great problems of living in paradise, and maybe the only one for a fortunate few, is taking it all for granted, so that no matter how much they have, they always demand more, rather than appreciate what they already have. The great gift therefore, is to have very little yet to think one has everything.

When people first arrive in the Islands, they are appreciative of everything -- the sunsets, the rainbows, the clear skies, the birds chirping, green all around -- but if they choose to remain, or have always been here, that is no longer enough but they demand the nicest house, the biggest car, the best food, more money than everyone else -- as their entitlement.

So how does their tranquility and sensitivities so quickly degrade to the incessant whine for more? It is the popular culture of the media, schools and universities (all union people not coincidentally), that have convinced them that no matter how much they have, they need to demand more incessantly -- which also drives up the cost of living -- as now, we all have to pay more for the same, or more likely, less product, goods and services.

But many do not see this connection and think that the answer is to demand even more pay -- for less work, convinced that that is the only solution to the high and ever-increasing cost of living. In this way, they create their own self-fulfilling problems -- which of course get worse. It may even be forgotten that the reason for their jobs may have originally been to get rid of the problem -- instead of perpetuating it, increasing the demand for more highly-paid experts, as well as many more lowly-paid ones to actually do the work.

So I think that if we can just see things clearly, the problems are already on their way to being solved -- but without that clarity, the problem must get worse. Therefore, understanding, intelligence, is the key, and not just more of the problems, thinking MORE is the solution. That is the unfortunately lesson of the media, schools, universities; anybody who suggests that things should be done differently, are suppressed, oppressed and repressed, while those with only one answer for everything, “More,” become the union, organizational president or highly-quoted expert.

The MORE mentality makes us insensitive to everything else -- and even those who are proud of proclaiming, “Diversity,” often mean only, “More of the same.” Political developments and changes are just the tip of the iceberg in the much broader and deeper cultural and intellectual underpinnings that have to be addressed if any real and lasting changes evolve society onto a higher plane of functioning than the always more primitive past understanding.

The objective is to create a more perfect society -- and not just keep repeating the patterns, the habits, the customs, the obsessions of the past -- which was always the acquisition of more, or at the very minimum, more than every other person or group has, before one can be satisfied, which assures that nobody can ever be.


At May 18, 2006 5:05 PM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

The Seven Deadly Sins

1.Pride is excessive belief in one's own abilities, that interferes with the individual's recognition of the grace of God. It has been called the sin from which all others arise. Pride is also known as Vanity.

2.Envy is the desire for others' traits, status, abilities, or situation.

3. Gluttony is an inordinate desire to consume more than that which one requires.

4. Lust is an inordinate craving for the pleasures of the body.

5. Anger is manifested in the individual who spurns love and opts instead for fury. It is also known as Wrath.

6. Greed is the desire for material wealth or gain, ignoring the realm of the spiritual. It is also called Avarice or Covetousness.

7. Sloth is the avoidance of physical or spiritual work.

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At May 19, 2006 12:04 PM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

Why is it the liberal/leftists think that the suppression of everybody else's right to speak -- is their freedom of speech?

That's totalitarianism (authoritarianism) no matter what they want to call it. That's always been the danger from the left -- that moral righteousness (correctness) that makes them think they have a right to think and speak for everybody else. The greatest proponents of this, are the editors of your local newspapers and the other media demagogues.

At May 20, 2006 8:21 AM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

"Listen only to the properly accredited and certified information specialists."

The flaw in this observation is the fallacious one that Internet use comes at the expense of doing essential tasks (personal hygiene, exercise, childcare, etc.) and relating superficially with reality and others -- rather than that it supplants more unproductive (leisure) activities like mindlessly watching television, reading fiction and propaganda, hanging out at bars for social interaction and communications, etc. -- and transforms them into unprecedentedly productive activities -- rather than criminal and deviant behavior, as they frequently highlight.

The activities now possible were not possible before -- allowing everyone to do things productively and purposely rather than randomly, purposelessly as before -- because one has information interaction and feedback, instead of acting in a vacuum because the information only flowed one-way -- from the mainstream media, and other self-designated information sources (dictators). So the cultural context is unprecedentedly richer and so although it seems like very little has changed -- the relationships of everything to everything else has changed, and is changing, in the interactions. Previously, there was no interaction; the cultural context was static -- and controlled by the powers-that-be, and wished to remain so.

Those are the people now producing all these polls, studies, experts warning us of the dangers of believing and listening to anybody else but themselves. How the world has passed them by and every manipulation that might have worked in the last century, is so obvious to the citizens of the 21st century. They want us back reading the Dead Tree Scrolls -- and no other!


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