All Beliefs are Welcome Here!
First off, I'd like to wish everyone a happy Independence Day, if you're in the States, and take it for whatever best suits you. I'm not in the mood to argue about the semantics on whether or not we're truly independent or what fear porn producers like Michael Tsarion say about the state of the world, who's too busy fear mongering instead of offering any kind of solutions.
I'm fuckin pissed.
I'm fucking pissed like Heron of Alexandria, who proposed use of the steam engine for labor tasks 2000 years ago, we had a fucking STEAM ENGINE 2000 YEARS AGO FOLKS! IT'S DOCUMENTED! Think we could have put that to good use to better the lives of humanity? No, we were so caught up in the concept that somehow, it's good, moral, just and necessary to yoke a fellow human being and treat them like a fucking animal, a beast of burden, for our leisure, at our leisure.
Today, instead of chains tied to a yoke, we have chains tied to a paycheck. We beLIEve it's good, moral, just and necessary for each able individual to be employed, where those who aren't employed should suffer by exclusion, in a world of abundance, because the jobs that people simply need to be at, simply must be doing, simply aren't there for them to do, and they suffer for it.
We have this incredibly outdated notion that everyone has to work, when ten people who enjoy what they do are far more effective than a hundred people chained to a desk by a paycheck and the looming proposition that they and their family might not have enough to eat or a roof over their head, they still feel that shit even with two or three jobs in a lot of places. Independence?
We have the technology advanced enough to make work optional. We are on the verge of creating technologies for self-sustainable living. Zero point energy, 3D printing, why hasn't anyone even begun to look into spatial expansion, much like the TARDIS in Doctor Who? Why do we continue to hold on to a sorely outdated system, which is doomed to collapse?
You know what really pissed me off? I was watching a video on 3D printing, some jerk was bragging about how it will revolutionize industry, making it easier for industry to manufacture goods.
Does anyone else see something wrong with their comment? Is it not glaringly obvious?
Using 3D printing to "revolutionize industry" is like hooking a smart phone directly to a nuclear power plant, permanently. It's overkill, and it renders the potential and function completely moot.
In fact, the very concept of a 3D printer should not revolutionize any industry, but rather completely and totally obliterate it! Why would anyone bother getting costly goods from a manufacturer when they could easily print something up on their own 3D printer at home, at a fraction of the expense? Do you see now where I was going with my Heron reference?
Why are we going towards more and more centralization when the technology is emerging to make the possibility of self-sufficiency inevitable? When we could live in a world where you can have your basic needs med, food, water, shelter, energy, every basic need met, without having to depend on services run by corporations whose sole existence is to ensure their own existence? Where you can choose to contribute to society and perform a job by choice, because you enjoy it, because you feel you can contribute to an area of society?
Why are we so shackled and married to this idea that being employed somehow validates the sanctity of life? That one's life only has value if they are a wage slave? Is the homeless person's life any less valuable than the CEO of a business? Would the world's population die off if suddenly if Hollywood disappeared? What does this say about us as a species?
Don't get me wrong here. I want to make it very clear I am in no way intending to insult anyone who serves or has served in the Armed Forces. Anyone willing to put their life on the line to protect what freedoms we do have, that haven't been taken yet by wage-slavery, that is, I can't help but be humbled by their bravery. Thank you.
But quite frankly, I feel we are doing their sacrifice a dishonor by not pursuing true independence, self-sufficiency when the technology is just about there to make it possible. If I'm coming across as confrontational, I am normally not like this. But this is an issue that really sticks in my craw. How many people out there suffering, trying to make ends meet, and we go out, set off fireworks and celebrate some notion of independence, Gods know what that notion is anymore.
Please consider this on this 4th of July, even if you aren't in the States. Thank you for putting up with my ranting, and Happy 4th.