Friday, September 2, 2011

Labor Day Weekend

What a lovely holiday. Another of those times when people wonder where and how to get drunk and over eat. Boy, am I cynical sometimes.

I guess, since I did not grow up in an area where labor unions were given the same or more mystique, power and worship than the church and all that's holy, I only see how twisted the whole thing became over time, and how totally feudal the mentality. Let us honor the lowly laborers, the serfs, the peasants among us who do the things which make it all go round. To me, such a thing is more an insult than an honor.

I'm all for a little general vacation after a hot summer and all that, but it is another of those crumbs tossed out to the myopic greedy mob. Give them a little feeling of power and make them think it means something. We get their votes, keep them thinking like a herd, and also give them the idea that it would be a betrayal to become something other than one who lives and breathes the world of unions and resentful workers. Either yer with us or you are dead!

Well, someone has to be the iconoclast. It's a house of cards and I believe it will eventually fall down and people will realize that just because they bought into it all their lives and maybe mom and dad did too, that does not make it any more a house of substance.

I will work some of this weekend, and if it were possible I'd work labor day, too. I like to work on labor day. It makes me feel more apart and different from those mobster union bosses I've seen. It makes me feel free, alive, and independent.

Working on labor day is safer than driving and circulating in high traffic situations. I guess a lot of Atlantic coasters will be too busy putting things back together and trying to survive to pay much attention to the picnics and hollow speeches.

Wow. Why am I so cynical and hostile toward the propaganda that has become accepted as fact, and those who promote it? Must be something I ate.

Oh well, you get nutso stuff in all facets of organized business, labor or not. I knew an executive whose boss thought her vocabulary was too sophisticated. Truth is, he was jealous and afraid of her, and wanted to shag her. The place was apparently designed to smash the competent and kill their confidence. So crystal clear from the outside. Labor types who don't worship the idea of labor as a social class can sometimes see these things for what they are.

Manipulation to elevate one's own standing at the expense of others is often a rather sophisticated and clever game. There are those who see life as a game of chess and those who do not. Those who do see people as things to be manipulated and used without conscience. That turns out to be a surprise to the pawns who open their eyes and see what is happening.

In all such cases the real problem is that it is very hard for people not to have something they can believe as truth to hold on to. When that truth turns out to be a lie, who wants to cope with that? Not me. It is what I call having your reality shaken, and I experienced it too many times, and in varying facets of life, not just in the work place. It can be gut wrenching, but I'd rather know the truth of things than be manipulated into a skewed opinion of myself by evil doers.

Yay work tomorrow. Monday, maybe I'll hide in the woods or sell bar bque on the corner without a license. I don't even know for sure what bar b que is. I guess pig, most of the time. But I've heard of bar b que this and that. I almost ran over a wild turkey today. I could have bar b que'd that.

Oh well, beware the obesity crisis. If you eat too much you could affect the balance and spin of the earth, our dear mother.

Stunning Path of Evolution

There are those who regard the concept of evolution with religious-like zeal. The truth is that there is no proof of who we are or how we got here. Some things evolve and some don't.

Whatever the take on all that, the progress of a species, its evolution, is a door that swings both ways. Just take what was, for a short time, the culture and character of the United States. Some things change for the better, yet if you look at the sorts of things going on, it is amply clear that the things which once shone with integrity, intelligence and strength have decayed beond recognition.

Who would have thought that the average body weight of the citizens would be an issue discussed with a straight face and plenty of money ransomed from the fatsoes themselves? Or that there would be big discussions about when the president makes a speech, which is not event related, which conflicts with football broadcasts? Just remember, any time one of those hotshot officials speaks about, or regulates, anything, it is costing you money. Too much and it costs jobs as well.

It is yet another campaign speech. A PR ploy. That is what presidents do now. It is not totally new. I guess the idea of presidents giving speeches about nothing but blame for why things are needlessly difficult got ushered in with the baby boomer group. And the practice has evolved from thinly veiled campaigning to naked opportunism and thinly veiled conditioning for an unashamedly totalitarian state.

But, ever since the Clintons and Obama started claiming they wake up every day thinking how they can make my life better I've been blissfully at peace. Not sure Bush ever made that claim. I'm grateful he didn't.

Truthfully, those who take liberties "for my own good" lose my trust right off the bat. It's like the parent who beats a kid to a pulp, claiming "this hurts me more than you", or that it is being done because the parent cares.

I feel sorry for those who never paid attention when the USSR was running strong, or never knew Cubans first hand as Castro flipped from being a freedom fighter to communist dictator with no mercy. Too bad so many get the self deluded version multi-millionaires who have celebrity and freedom and special treatment spew out of Hollywood. It is easy to like a Castro or Chavez if you are living large in the USA and don't even have to stand in line at the DMV or the airport. Just sport in on your private jet and praise the health care and all that. Don't see them flocking to Havana's hospital when they have life threatening conditions.

Anyway. In the realm of evolving toward the best, most free and life loving creatures we could be, it is as if we took a few steps forward and are now cursing ourselves for that progress. We have people in highly powerful positions behaving like the idiots in cereal commercials. It is bizarre, and I think that is because the evolution street is not one way.

We are doing well if packs of feral dogs or/and herds of sheep represent our ideal society. Or maybe just a big bag of marshmallows.

This is why it is good to have hobbies. Whittling for example. It is fairly rule free, although the knife may need registering, and you should wear eye protection and a helmet, but mostly it is free of all the nonsense which has gripped the world.

I am happiest when I can avoid this stuff altogether. It is hard to do, but probably not as hard for me as some. If you have kids in school you can't escape it. Most jobs can't. Hell, we are edging toward the point when most jobs are government jobs. No running from it in that situation. I'm not too sure many government jobs would be a good fit for me.

Strange that such views are considered radical, and probably dangerous according to Homeland security. Yet, if the majority of people had my views and attitudes back many years in a certain european country, a lot of pain and suffering would have been avoided. It's the ones that go along and cheer the powerful that worry me.

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