Thursday, October 28, 2010

life

the silly season has a way of pulling me in different directions at the same time. i don't follow or pay much attention to politics these days- i view the entire electoral system as irrevocably broken and there's really no sense in participating in what is largely a sham. when more folks realize that the deck is stacked against us and in favor of the ruling class, perhaps we can make some meaningful change in that arena.

i don't intend to hold my hand on my ass waiting for that to happen....

anyhoo, the world continues to spin on it's axis and my life motors along and i will deal with whatever comes my way and try to live each moment gratefully and meaningfully- and probably fall far short of that.... but i'll try anyway. what i have learned from my short time on the planet is- human nature simply does not change. it doesn't. we have inhabited this planet for a few thousand years now ;) and as far back as we know in what's left of human history- we haven't really evolved.

oh, we live in nicer homes and have made life more convenient and pleasant for ourselves- at least in the western world... but the essence of humanity has not changed. i am currently reading 'the iliad' and i watched a 'secrets of the dead' program on pbs last night that detailed the last hours of pompeii and herculaneum when vesuvius erupted in 79 AD- people are people. the same types of petty bickering, the same fearful chaotic panic in a crisis, the same hunger for war and conquest amongst some and the weary desire for peace for the rest... yep.... same.

it's lofty to hold the ideal that in 'modern' times humans have evolved into enlightened beings. we haven't. and in fact, our own technology is being used against us by the war mongering power junkies. so, i have largely stayed out of everything. there is no point. the only time i call anyone out at work or in my private life is when they are parroting flat out lies. you cannot change hearts and minds. not in people who are willfully clinging to the past and to a way of life that is comforting to them. it's like their life preserver and they are not going to let go.

so, i go to work and come home and play facebook games and crochet and then do it all over again.... and so it goes.....

4 comments:

an average patriot said...

Just relax Billie! Remember when Bush was stealing elections and the electronic voting machines were under scrutiny because they could be manipulated to elect whoever you want?

I forget what University it was but they just proved that out and in no time also that they were not the only ones doing it. They found China and Iran also hacking them to influence elections.

Carol Gee said...

Happy Halloween, my blog friend. Hope all the little critters that come by your house are as cute as the ones that come by here. BTW, we've never been tricked, only treated to smiles and giggles.
Namaste and Peace.

Georg said...

Bonjour Betmo,

ok you are against the present US electoral system. But it might be interesting - very much so - to hear what you would consider better.

Georg

betmo said...

bonjour georg! i would be for an election system that was legitimate- meaning that the votes cast were counted- actually counted and not thrown away in boxes somewhere or deleted from the machines into the ether- that population redistricting (or gerrymandering)for proper representation was done the right way and not fanagled to keep one party or incumbents perpetually in office. i would also want a system where advertising was paid for by the taxpayers so that every candidate got equal coverage and a system where there was a uniform system for candidates to even make it on the ballot in the first place. right now, it's stacked financially and logistically in favor of those with the most money.

you can't make people vote but even those who do- well, it's pretty doubtful that their votes count these days....