Three Old Thoughts to Post Again

Thought One
.
We measure climate change as an abstract idea balanced against the real problems of our lives. We see the truth of climate change, just as we understand that Earth is roughly spherical. We laugh at flat-Earthers and climate change deniers.
.
We also understand that our ways of life cause climate change. Even so, in the scales of self-justice, we think that living as we do has weight and importance, while climate change, being but an understood idea – is weightless and without importance.
.
The truth is to the contrary – we live by delusive and weightless ideas, while the climate change, which we’ve caused by our heavy footsteps, carries an overwhelming weight of physical reality.
***
Thought Two
.
We think that the weight of our lives, whose mass of problems (we think) out-weighs climate change, is insignificant compared to the vast weight of corporate and political power.
.
We propose that governments and corporations cause climate change.
.
The truth is that governments and corporations are abstractions. They have no physics to cause anything. Certainly, I’ve not seen a government or corporation. I see people are everywhere. We create the effects of government and corporate ideas by our personal and physical actions.
.
So, we use the abstract thought that corporate and government power seems vast to make it conveniently purposeless to act morally ourselves. We sign petitions to corporations and governments to improve their non-existent behaviour and we vote in democracies for the least-worst candidate for utterly abstract power.
.
Why lobby governments and corporations to behave better, when it is only through us, the lobbyists, that they can behave at all?
.
We are deluded, because –
.
Firstly – we ordinary people are the causal physics of climate change.
.
Secondly – only ordinary people and one by one, can stop causing climate change.
.
Governments, corporations and their disseminators – the BBC and our particularly chosen newspapers – are voices in our heads – coercing bad behaviour.
.
Once upon a time, ancestors; church; temple; mosque… – that is, perennial, ancestral tradition – out-weighed the ephemeral coercion of power.
.
We cannot conjure those social commons from thin air. Neither can we easily revive them from enclaves of dying embers.
.
It all points to ourselves – as Tolstoy mentioned, The Anarchists are right in everything. And as another religious leader similarly advised, the kingdom is within you.
.
***

Thought Three
.
Cultures are not the state of things, managed by elected representatives. They are methods of settlement managed one by one by ourselves. Culture stops when people stop culturing.
.
Currently, developed economies are cultured by monopoly-controlled tools of retail park, ring road, family cars, industrial agriculture, centralised networks of procurement and distribution and similarly centralised networks of politics and information. Even so, it is only by, and through real people, and one by one, that monopolistic (mostly oil-powered) systems can be applied.
.
So-called mainstream political and information networks (such as the BBC) are the political and information networks of those tool-controlling monopolies.
.
People have, for the most part ceased to consider themselves as cultural contributors and instead – by both employment and purchases, have become vehicles – conduits or carriers for the culturing suggested by those networks of politics and information. A bargain has been struck. Consumerism provides networks of bottom up requests – in exchange for top down responsibility. The transaction asks that citizens shed responsibility for maintaining the culture, in exchange for statutory rights to the quality of external cultural supply.
.
The flaw in the contract is that the top down responsibility is actually a top down right. We have right of supply and right of consumption. Responsibility has been quietly erased from the contract. The culture is a ship at sea. There is no-one on the bridge. The ship’s engineer and deck hands work a well-oiled machine to nowhere.
.
It remains true that people, one by one, apply the tools, which make the culture. Without that application of one by one, the whole monopoly infrastructure of super market, retail park, family car, suburbia and so on, will collapse. That network is an idea. People provide the physics, the market signals and the money.
.
However, the consumerist pact has shed ethics from actions by acceptance of the “good” of a network, which we pretend has ethics, but in our hearts, know has none. It is a common misconception that rights carry a balance of responsibility. They do not.
.
Since all our acts have consequence and so a moral, the shedding of that moral leaves our acts bereft of meaning. We become defensive, confused, belittled and cynical. We have rights, but are nostalgic for responsibility. Responsibility is the source of self-worth. It places us as actors in the larger world. Without it, we cannot be happy.
.
The network is unaware of the physics of its actions, because all physics passes through the intelligent senses of people – one by one – all of whom have signed the pact –firstly by the ballot of shed responsibility and secondly by accepting the consumer contract of purchase.
.
Democracy and consumerism have merged as a single entity.
.
***

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s