by Mike Meyer ~ Honolulu ~ October 18, 2020
We have so many problems, but we’ve always had problems big and small. As much as we try to figure things out using our hard-earned problem-solving skills, nothing seems to work. Part of our population has become dangerously irrational, and what they are saying makes no sense. Because they have lost touch with reality and repeat only lies and nonsensical conspiracy fantasies, it is impossible to understand why they do these things. We cannot seem to get a handle on what is happening, let alone why.
That leaves us exhausted, anxious, and fearful as a small band of these people have taken over the government in the US, several states, and a few other nations. The pending US election, already badly corrupted by lies and manipulation, is seen as the last hope for saving the country from fascist-style authoritarianism or outright insanity. …
by Mike Meyer ~ Honolulu ~ October 15, 2020
We are living with ignorance pretending to be knowledge. People who think about this, sometimes called philosophers or just wordy pains in the ass, have been saying this for a couple of thousand years. In Western thought, a good example is Plato’s Meno. This realization goes back even further in China and India in forms such as, he who knows does not say, and he who says does not know.
With a little thought, you may realize that what I am saying about knowledge has several layers. The references are, also, not directly addressing the definition of knowledge or its value. …
To manage our planetary assets equitably we must be known
by Mike Meyer ~ Honolulu ~ October 12, 2020
Its time to face the dragon. Since we have a surfeit of dragons and need to deal with them all, we must determine the sequence. For those of us in America, that choice is overwhelmed by our slide into failed state status, albeit still a rich one. But the cause of the immediate US collapse is not the most frightening dragon out there.
We need to pick the most critical and dangerous dragons to fight. Although noisy, smelly, and dangerous, Donald Trump is still mostly a localized US problem. However, the disastrous election on November 3 ends; the US will continue its rapid decline. The only distinction is whether a mildly reformist and legitimate government attempts to slow the slide by rearranging the deck chairs or an insane version of pseudo fascism steals the election, and the nation implodes. …