09 07 10 - 10:10Humans don't love truth. Truth is inconvenient. It reminds us that we're small, that we die, and that the solutions to our problems involve getting up off the couch, making sacrifices, and accepting ideas larger than the ones already conveniently in our heads.
I've learned that humans love several things. One is illusion ("that forest fire will never reach the house... back to the sofa") and another is distraction ("look, an eight-track version of Stevie Nicks' Greatest Hits... that's rare!" as flames crackle nearby). In fact, we are the anti-truth: we want what affirms us as we are, affirms the convenience of us continuing to do what we were doing. We are inertia and solipsism at once.
We write about a number of difficult topics here on ANUS:
- Environment. No, we can't just recycle condoms and buy low-wattage light bulbs. There are too many humans, and too many dreams. Everyone dreams of a 2500 square foot house in the suburbs. Everyone wants two cars, to own a business, the kids going to college, and modern appliances. Education doesn't work, and the 50,000 hippies who live in portable toilets and eat their own waste are not going to offset the 9 BILLION humans who all want the same thing. We can't just cut our carbon and tax the SUVs. We need a rollback of humanity, starting with a loss of the thoughtless, stupid, cruel and directionless.
- Civilization. Civilizations are born, get old, and die. Ours in the West is dying. We are no longer producing great art, architecture or learning. We are producing ugly buildings, lots of advertising, plenty of consumer products, garbage pop music, and lots of academic papers about trivial differences in how we use language. We no longer lead, and no longer have goals; we react to what "most people" think they want to buy, or illusions they want to pursue.
- Natural Selection. Humanity isn't finished. Evolution is either perpetually ongoing, or it finds a niche, but we're not at that stable stage. In fact, our problem is that individual human beings are generally disorganized, lazy, corrupt, dysfunctional and delusional. Instead of trying to make our people more like the exceptions to that rule, we're working on re-defining the game so that everyone is accepted, defects and all. We've stopped trying to evolve and in fact have made evolution taboo through our insistence on equality.
- Linear thinking. As part of our drive toward technology and democratization of knowledge, we have made a bad habit of taking complex situations and distilling them to a single factor. We then use that factor to fuel our confirmation bias and ignore all the associated "details" that are in fact part of the causal relationship involved. We are like drunks looking for our subway car in the midst of the forest, stumbling over bears and roots and then getting up, saying, "it's not here, it must be somewhere else" and staggering on.
- Individualism. The modern time has been a steady regression into ourselves. We have stopped looking out to the world and searching for a way to revere it, understand it, and desire it. Instead, we have taken our technology and used it to seal ourselves off from nature, and finally, from reality itself. We can go to our make-work jobs and move paper around, then use our credit cards to buy houses or nuclear missiles, and retreat into our comfortable living rooms and distract ourselves with television.
Let me be clear: the above are the big problems. Our addiction to race as a distraction, and as a convenient symbol for fixing our situation, is an effect of those big problems. But it remains an American addiction. It's a surrogate for fixing our society. Instead of taking on the difficult task of actually, you know, fixing our problems, we just look for this one indicator: is it good for our minorities? Are we fighting oppression?
It's a myth that oppression exists by itself. Oppression arrives when there's a huge group of clueless people, as in 1789 in France and 1917 in Russia, who want to believe that it's not their fault that things are bad. It's not that we were drunk and forgot to harvest the beets; society did this to us! The aristocrats, large corporations or even Satan himself are manipulating us! We were used! It's not our fault! Oppression is the natural response of power structures to the incompetence of their citizens.
But looking through the world through that lens is difficult and upsetting. First, it means getting off the couch. Second, it means we're not perfect or OK just as we are -- we need to struggle, sacrifice and possibly die (although the actual impact will be much less, maybe on 1-2% of the population). Finally, it means setting aside the comfy nonsense worldview in which we live, and going to a place from which we can't come back again. Once you awaken, you can never see the world through that simplistic everything-is-just-fine out-of-sight-out-of-mind viewfinder. You've seen the problem and you have to tackle it.
But back to race: as in the early 1990s in Los Angeles, and many American cities in the 1920s and 1940s and 1960s, we've got race riots again!
The Los Angeles jury's verdict raised concerns of a repeat of the rioting that followed the shooting on New Year's Day in 2009 on an Oakland train platform. The trial was moved to Los Angeles following the riots.
But the protesting appeared to be much less severe than the rioting that hit Oakland after Grant was shot, although police did not immediately release a damage estimate.
At least a dozen businesses were damaged, including a looted Foot Locker store and a ransacked jewelry store, police said. Protesters also smashed the windows of a bank, set fires in several trash bins, and detonated a small incendiary device near a police station that caused no damage.
Police said they made 83 arrests throughout the night for violations that included failure to disperse, vandalism and assaulting a police officer.
Cleaning crews began sweeping up broken glass and debris from the sidewalks early Friday morning. Graffiti on one building declared, "Oakland is our amusement park tonight!" - AP
As mentioned in an earlier post, this is the inevitable consequence of diversity. One group is perceived as being on top, and if anything happens to the group not on top, it becomes the fault of that majority group. There's no way out of this downward spiral: it's always someone else's fault, and the solution is always to spend more effort trying to lift up the group that isn't succeeding.
Because even if you take two populations of bean plants -- and separate them and subject them to different climates -- one will come out ahead, this means that anywhere there are different groups there will be constant conflict. Diversity is dysfunction, and diversity means constant internal conflict leading to the collapse of your nation to third world status.
The paid panderers who are our talking heads, politicians and academics have come up with two solutions. The first is to mix everyone together into one generic population, destroying what is unique. The other solution is the downward spiral mentioned above: keep giving things to the minority group, making them dependents, destroying their autonomy and also, buying them off.
They don't say it that cleanly, of course, because you never want to reveal your hand before it's played. Here's what they say, but it translates to the same thing:
Eddie Izzard finds it bizarre that no one has ever gone to war over eye color.
Izzard laughs, but is serious about what prompted the comment: the delicate topic of race.
"Race" concerns black and white law firm partners and their associate (played by Afton C. Williamson, who replaced Kerry Washington) debate the merits of representing a wealthy white client accused of raping a young black woman.
Izzard, who dreams of a world reminiscent to how the astronauts viewed Earth from space.
"They saw no frontiers or borders," he says.
"If people come from another planet, they'll say, 'You're all humans.' And are we going to say, 'Oh no. He's a black man. He's a white man. This man's an Asian.'
"No," he says. "It's just all human." - AP
What pleasant, comforting, happy, peaceful, selfless, lovely, kind, gentle, good feelings those are.
Or are they? Good feelings are after all a surface trait, a result of the underlying structure. If that structure works for good, we get good feelings. Or we could just fake the surface, and claim that there's a different cause of it than the underlying structure. We need to do that, because the only underlying structure that produces peace is one without diversity.
Oscar Grant -- the man shot in Oakland -- was a criminal. He was fighting people on a public transit platform in the midst of a mob of people who were shouting at and threatening the cops. In the midst of that, a cop mistakenly drew the wrong weapon and fired, and was unlucky to do it on a concrete surface so the bullet ricocheted up into the arrestee's heart. It was a tragic accident, not murder.
But in the world of race addiction, it has to be murder. It has to be oppression. It must be a cause of riot. As long as diversity exists, there will always be this ugly underlying tension, and our desire to space out with some happy hippie kumbaya horseshit about all bleeding the same color, which is a symbolic way of denying the reality of biological and aptitudinal differences between racial and ethnic groups. Instead of being mature and saying, "we're different and need to live apart and pursue each our own futures," we're creating the groundwork for the next hundred years of riots, killings, hatreds and injustices.