THIS IS GOING TO BE A LONG ONE…
Has it occurred to you yet that, ideologies aside, ALL the troubles of humanity since the dawn of what we call civilization have been caused by people trying to improve things? We hate the dark, so we invent candles, which lead to the improvement called electric lights, which pollute the air and surround us with magnetic radiation and then nuclear plants and THREE MILE ISLAND! FUKUSHIMA! Why? All because we are the ONLY ANIMALS ON EARTH who refuse to accept that the world gets dark at night. So now we have 24 hour light. Was it worth it?
Why does the human animal have to improve the world when all other animals live in it the way it is, not the way they think it should be? I agree with those who say that civilization is a HUGE mistake. There is nothing that is wrong with the world now that PEOPLE didn’t cause in an attempt to improve the world. Think about it. No other animals have screwed things up making life “better” or wasted any time arguing about how to do it. Only humanity.
All our troubles have come from people who honestly thought they were making things better. That is the basis of all political arguments: who has the BEST way to make things better. We had things in perfect order and harmony, like all other creatures on the earth! Only WE had to improve things….
I don’t care a whit if you are RIGHT or LEFT or CENTER. All your proposals to improve things ever since the dawn of time have resulted in the world the way it is now. So why should we turn to the very process which screwed things up… to fix things? We had life very good before the improvements. We had food growing out of the ground. We lived together. But then people invented money and then greed took over. Even Chimps, as new studies show, share what they have with other chimps. Why are we not as smart as a chimp? All the talk about equitable distribution of wealth, pro and con, misses the point: WE DON’T NEED ANY WEALTH! We had everything, just as the lion or the hippo or the dolphin has everything. We did live in the same world as they. Do they slave away at a job they hate? Do they envy people who amass more THINGS than they do? No! So why do we? BECAUSE PEOPLE TRIED TO IMPROVE THINGS. Now we waste time and energy repairing the improvements. Every situation that politicians talk about fixing is something that people broke in the first place. What did the Rabbi Jesus say? “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Old Jesus was describing the natural order of things. We had everything we needed at the dawn of humanity. But along come people with ways to MAKE THINGS EASIER and they screwed it all up. I have met people who worked their asses off trying to find an easy way to get what they want. But they don’t even know WHY THEY WANTED THAT in the first place?
The GARDEN OF EDEN is a symbol of the perfection we lived in before we tried to improve things. Humanity collapses once we OPEN OUR EYES TO IMPROVEMENTS. “I cannot eat from this tree? Ok. I WILL eat from it and see what happens.” Modern civilization is what happened. The myth of the Hebrews bears a strikingly important message about improving things. Do the improvements EVER whorl out? Look at the world around you and answer that for yourself. It has nothing to do with CONSERVATIVE or PROGRESSIVE. Both positions are fighting over who has the best way to improve things when… WE SHOULD NOT HAVE IMPROVED THINGS IN THE FIRST PLACE! It is the improvements that we now fight over improving. This is what Stanley Kubrick meant with his famous JUMP CUT in 2001: A Space Odyssey:
We have NOT changed, just our technology has changed. We are STILL AT THE DAWN OF MAN, even today. All that has actually changed are the tools. And the problems those tools gave us. Such as… WAR.
It is worth noting that in 2001: ASO, technology – that is, improvement – is intimately linked with death and murder. So much so that the first “machine” is used by the proto-human not just to kill for food, but to commit the first murder (Cain/Abel), and by the end of the film a machine turns to murdering people. The machine, like Pinocchio before him, has indeed “become” human.
We do not need to fix the problems caused by all the improvements in the world, we need to get AROUND the problems to return to a form of existence without the things we did to rectify things. Try letting your home get dark at night. Try living in harmony with nature. This is hard when you have to commute 2 hours a day, or pay out thousands of dollars a month just to survive. I know. HERE IS A TRUE STORY:
A close friend of mine was THE BIGGEST STAR IN SHOW BUSINESS in the early 1960s. He had everything that people claim to desire. He was young, not yet 25, rich, had millions of dollars, and he was quite famous. Then something happened in the world and his career ended LITERALLY OVER NIGHT. Soon he descended into drugs and self-destruction. Knowing this was killing him, he GAVE AWAY ALL HIS MONEY and MOST OF HIS BELONGINGS. He kept a VW mini-bus (it WAS the Sixties, after all) and a HUGE tent. He was going to drive from Los Angeles to Maine and live in the tent. He would finance the drive across country by playing music in bars and restaurants across the country. He used the name Johnny Sunday. So before he did this, he said farewell to friends. One friend, a fabulously wealthy Hollywood producer, listened to his plans and said, “Wow. Just drive off and live in a tent in the woods… I sure wish I could afford to do that.” AFFORD TO DO THAT?!?!?! My friend did that because he HAD NO DAMN MONEY AT ALL! He had stripped his life down to the bare essentials and went off to experience existence as naturally as he could in this insane world. But his friend COULD NOT AFFORD TO DO THAT! So I ask you, did they live in the same world? Apparently not. My friend’s eyes opened and he saw that the artificial life we have created is what was killing him. His producer buddy did not. And never did. My friend was later considered a mystic, at best, a fucking nut at worst. But the people who had so much, and so deeply bought into the civilized world ENVIED HIM. Tom Hanks paid him enough to buy a house in Florida just for the rights to his story, which Hanks never filmed. I was with him when actor John Goodman said he simply had to learn the “secret” of life from him – Goodman never ever spoke to him about anything after that meeting. We get what we are trained to want and then what do we have? Nothing half as good as the lion or the hippo or the dolphin. Don’t worry about “which side” has the best ideas for fixing things. NONE OF THEM DO. Malcolm Forbes was just as wrong as Karl Marx.
Look at the news: it is filled with people ARGUING about fixing things that people ruined in the first place. True change and peace will not come from fixing society. It will come from inside. It will come when you see that the artificial environment we created is killing you. You say I am wrong? I am using MODERN TECHNOLOGY to communicate with you, so I am a hypocrite? Ha! I would not NEED to use this technology had people not improved things! I am using the very mistake we have made to POINT OUT THE MISTAKES. Most of you will resist this knowledge. Just like the Hollywood producer I mentioned above. Some of you will react violently to what I say. This is what PSYCHIATRISTS (and we are the ONLY animals who need them!) call “A Significant Reaction.” It signifies something about the way you see the world. USE IT! EXAMINE HOW YOU SEE THINGS! You are born into a false reality and trained from childhood to accept it as though it were natural. But it is hurting you. STRESS? ANXIETY? FEAR? WORRY? You were not meant to suffer these ills. CIVILIZATION imposed them upon you. And now the mere attempt to fix these problems CREATES THE STRESS AND FEAR AND WORRY. But we call it POLITICS.
You do not need to fix society to have the real power that awaits you when you see what life REALLY is. You already have the power. Many people do not even know the power they have – NATURALLY! – in their own brain and mind. I know what I can and cannot do AS A HUMAN BEING. I have written about it in this book: