Observations on life

The current state of affairs in a paragraph 

Look at the news: Politics has become frustratingly small-minded and shortsighted. We aren’t any better at recognizing threats and opportunities that we see emerging beyond the horizon of the next election. While roads, bridges, broadband networks and other vital pieces of infrastructure are breaking down, governments, especially ours, have become derelict at rebuilding things — “a near-total failure of our political institutions to invest for the future,” as the writer Elizabeth Drew put it recently. Source: New York Times 7-6-16

I found this quote especially insightful. “Small-minded and shortsighted;” how accurate is that a description of our politicians. Left, right, liberal, conservative; it doesn’t matter. They all throw buzz words and bullshit at us and most of us lap it up with the zest of a half starved puppy. Our gullibility seems to be growing daily. 

Rebuilding things? That’s the least of our worries. Government has failed to deal with major problems that take years to resolve. We are run by a dysfunctional organization and getting more so. 

They think we are stupid, they treat us as if we are stupid, so what possible conclusion can we draw? 

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  1. No so much “small-minded and shortsighted” or “stupid”, just human. See: Book of Proverbs 6:16-19. “six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him”, namely:[6]

    A proud(vain) look
    A lying tongue
    Hands that shed innocent blood
    A heart that deviseth wicked acts
    Feet that be swift in running to mischief
    A false witness that speaketh lies
    He that soweth discord among brethren

    Hmmm. While many politicians may tend to have one or more of the above abominations, many have become expert at gaming people’s tendency towards one of the seven “deadly sins”; which themselves are abuses or excessive versions of a person’s normal, natural faculties or passions:

    greed,
    lust,
    malicious envy
    sloth
    hubristic pride
    inordinate anger
    gluttony

    So, we are easily manipulated by abominable politician’s calls to leverage human nature with new entitlements/rights, calls for (take your pick, racial, gender, economic, etc.) “justice” – after all, it is only fair that …

    Many, obviously a majority, are willing to accept the government as arbiter of fairness, that political systems can correct the unfairness inherent in the human condition. People are not generally willing to allow individuals to contract with others (employment, housing, etc.) where there is a perceived / real inequality in power/control.

    In that, Americans are not alone – see Venezuela, etc. which seems to fulfill Jefferson’s belief: “the natural progress of things is for the government to gain ground and for liberty to yield.”

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