Friday, January 09, 2009

Something For Nothing

If one tunes in to the media in Hawaii, some great irrational and inexplicable action is just about to be revealed -- and at the root of it, is the unspoken cultural imperative of getting “something for nothing,” and who does it to whom first, the longest, or has that right -- rather than that greater universal principle, of “doing unto others, as one would have done unto you,” or in the language of business and prosperity, “exchanging fair value for fair value” -- which is the essence of good, justice and fairness in the world.

Anything else, is the root of the problem, and it is ridiculous to argue endlessly about “right,” after one has accepted that wrong, as the unquestionable premise of human relationship and interaction. One simply asserts their primacy to do as they please, and then merely defends and rationalizes that conclusion to their dying breath -- no matte how many they have to drag down to the grave with them. That’s just how it is going to be.

The only thing anybody else can do, is avoid that person as a moral black hole, going as far out of one’s way to avoid a direct encounter and having to acknowledge the recognition of that person, who regards that such encounters, are justifiable reason for continued exploitation and shameless outrage -- because such individuals, are in fact, shameless.

And so trying to shame such individuals are hopeless and preposterous -- just giving them time and the opportunity for another abuse and insult. Such people are also beyond learning -- because they feel they have learned it all -- that one has to do unto others before others have a chance to do unto them.

The children learn it as the lesson of “musical chairs” -- that when the music stops, one will be left without a chair -- if they do not push another off of “theirs.” It’s really quite a cruel game -- but is all the understanding necessary to see to the heart of the problems in Hawaii, of creating the dispossessed, rather than sharing equitably, as the better, more enlightened game would be designed. But that would not be “reality,” the teachers and elders contend. That would give the children a false idea of what the world is all about. They must be conditioned to know their place and how to fit in -- to that rotten society.

They have been conditioned with the wonderful tales at the root of their society, that somebody has to be pushed off of the Pali, before everyone can live in great glory.


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