Good and Bad People







Colourisation

28th February 2021


Fashion views aside, though not entirely (as the roof can bear signs of wrong foundations), the use of these 17th-century relic terms in modern times keeps perplexing me. As well as the tolerance of people to them.


Běloch, černoch, rudoch, brown, yellow-skinned, what’s with these unfortunate simplifications in the adult world? (*Not just the English language to blame.) This got into our lives from Descriptive anthropology, where a narrow circle of scientists study concrete somatic differences, variability and anatomical features in an ethnographic context. They still can have a peculiar affinity to ‘official forms’.


Because there are more signs that our civilisation is far from finished art, even far from being principled enough, I refrain from using physical features (colour?) when describing peoples’ origin. Respect or politeness to others also has something to do with it.


Origin is a particularly suitable way of describing a person’s ethnic without the wider meaning of ethnicity.

Euro-Africans are native Africans of European origin, for example. Afro-Americans are native Americans of African origin. The same for Arabs, Asians and any ethnical categories. It usually is even simpler.

Though not as simple as the colour, hair or facial features. But that, deliberately so. When we are keen to see differences among people, we may see that the only ones that have real substance are the moral ones.



On the topic of generalisation


Creatures need generalisation ever since there were living organisms. But when in the human world generalisations tend to overwrite perception of individual differences or have blocked forming that experience at all, they are a drag on prosperous society and people within it.









Steadying the Ship

18th January 2021


*Consumption-centric mindset/society has harmful even degenerative effects on mental and physical life, as evidenced (also in politics); nothing to do with the multiculturalism of which there is no reference here. (Sensible immigration policies are part of the real world today).

Role of politics has been gaining importance with the changes to ways and character of communication.




To see through the noise about a specific type of politics in the US we are looking at the part of the environment that props the acceptance and approval of it as this particular person isn’t going to cause this on his own.

With the human world more in the air, detrimental effects of grotesquely inflated materialism on the society are multiplied and so are their impacts. Peculiar culture of entitlement (in theory to anything) that arises from parts of such society thrives in the environment trained to be seduced with money. Throughout history, advanced materialism feeds delusion. Delusion breeds arrogance and that then false sense of entitlement. But it is the environment that allows the individual to get away with it in a sustained way.


When this entitlement distorted world peaks in open denial that flies in the face of blatant facts the inherently utopian stance (consumerist idealism) has to face at some point, but cannot because it has become the prevalent reason for existence, the concept’s disconnection from reality comes into plain view. It reveals to everyone but its bearer that self-assertion sits above all their volitional considerations.


This is a complicated topic, though, and you can easily sound unjust to many. The bigger picture is that fabrication and manipulation are fundamental parts of this world and such individual masters it. This creates a bizarre mix with the side effects of thus focused society where schematisation of what inherently is rich and complex along with burnout and inner emptiness on individual levels make their own kind of systemic problems.

In spoilt societies worldwide, demagogic politicians’ acts can now easier attract the sickened, confused, digitally bored or narrow-minded to test the boundaries of nihilism and evil. It may attract fantasists finding refuge in fictions, trying to get back the magic lost from their neatly (inaccurately) mathematised lives though these aren’t a fraction of what they lost and miss. Harder yet to spot through the garbage many younger ones didn’t pile up but need to face in what ultimately is a fair ‘interaction’. They are not alone, others, in a broader context, are in a similar position as the fantastical propaganda also floods materially inferior cultures (with the full force of technology) to benefit from a complex though admittedly culturally fair interaction with disregard for nuanced or direct impacts this has on them. That for a slightly wider view of the specific environment (or damaged, if you like) on which such a damaged man capacity in public life is reliant.


My respect to the people who used the opportunity, sacrifice years of their lives to avert the worst, take a deep breath and step forward again on our march to a better human. The ship seems in need of a determined hand, creative, progressive mind and open hearts.







12th December 2020



Ideologies belong to the path like dreams do. They have an extensive base for their origin and can bring about the most destructive events in human history. They manifest fanatism, hysteria, crippling distortion and often dominant relation to nationalism and a kind-specific, fatal flaw embedded in the fabric of the culture as a tendency. They aren’t to be stamped out by “Capitalists”, “Democrats” “Liberals” or “EU” who can linger at the fringes of potent ideologies themselves. Inflated ideologies are sorted by gravity and sent out on a particular collision course with reality.








Making Way Through

28th October 2020



The Internet has two fundamental properties. It is Information and Anonymity. These two properties are modified on subsequent levels in various ways, but their essence is these two conflicting pillars. Anonymity, for instance, can evolve into an individual-like entity of which existence is both completely false and real (in effect).


Adding Context our brain is used to and that it needs to what can arise from the caldron of the Anonymous is the challenge we are trying to identify. Until then, a third property (law) takes over: The Lower Human nature (exaggerating the personal [ego]) will override the Higher nature (including the impersonal [knowledge]). It is the direction our mental world moves in, develops and matures from the more elemental states. The Internet was just born, and the new ways of anarchy are easy to exploit by those phenomenons that couldn’t get through where the age-long experience had patched the gaps.


It will take some time. But we do things much faster. Because of the mass of the collective experience that we have acquired already.


Vijaya Gadde:

“I don’t really see an easy solution for how you moderate content at scale around the world”. “There’s going to be errors, and there’s going to be corrections, and there’s going to be inconsistencies.”




The Global Village

3rd October 2020


Indeed, we now are, but at the same time, are not a global village. We either are going to decline together, or we are going to become the global village – if we act like one.




Manufacturing vs Sustainability Realities


or Overdue Correction

4th June 2020



Sustainability principle lies in value first and then comes its material side. That means you either have manufacturing realities along with book-keeping and maximum profit per unit and day or a master element by which the automated process of profit arithmetic is governed. Only the second can achieve sustainability. In other words, the continued existence.


This applies to all sub-problems concerning the global sustainability that are branching out of the attitude that makes sustainability a challenge, or perhaps utopia. It is an old, archetypal draw to do things unsustainably. When cultivated knowledge grows then, intuition and logic dictate to apply a corresponding dose of responsibility in how we act. It is a reflex that ensures the function of the relation – it enables us to develop knowledge further.


In the resulting complexity, and natural disconnection in time, versions of the old mindsets creep in, trying to implant the archaic (primitive) into the modern (knowledge). Anonymity, such as that of a city, for example, encourages the old approaches (e.g. short-term gain considered as effective again) and the herd mentality (don’t move until others move) adds to the complexity that tends to weaken and degenerate the cultivated. This is somewhat different from totalitarian regimes where freedom is limited and formed in particular ways that suit their purpose (including the knowledge). These can use the complexity for their own gain, so there is less complexity overall and the remaining one can solidify and strengthen the primitive.


It has been a nice ride with China’s Regime but it’s just another area where the relation isn’t sustainable in its current form and a correction is needed despite the attractivity of its flexible infrastructure and labour. The term Regime signals the main character of the problem but other characteristics of the entity play also role.


Resources that feed materialism, not to mention greed, have one common feature; they dry out after a time. That is why sustainability is always a broader question, or deeper to be precise. Superficial interests and philistinism don’t lead to sustainability by default. They are not meant to; they live at the expense of others or on borrowed time. Set of principles that has sustainability in mind needs to have this attitude addressed and so the ‘manufacturing realities’ as such aren’t the most important factor in a wider perspective of long-term management, not as reality, nor as an argument.


Work (jobs) is a huge resource and thus power, although we are not used to thinking of it this way. Europe and other parts of developed economies need to think about what they are doing with it just as with other resources and where they are directing it. We are subsidising agriculture, for example. There are other things that are not for free and that we need to pay for in some form. It seems the only way to sustainability: developing further knowledge and science, working for it and paying for it.


Whether it is the best idea to continue to pump most of this resource to help the Regime convince its people that the dictatorship is a fine, great way of managing their lives may be due for reconsideration. Unless we want to be standing against the people that we once helped convince that it is so. The Regime is silently expanding more after the resistance to Tibet occupation died out and gave way to pragmatism, ‘manufacturing realities’ in other words, carefully exploiting the wants of spoiled silly Europeans for its needs. The Regime found answers for its problems and economic solutions in expansion. Its internal mentality is copied outside using the same ways of refined manipulation outside its borders, making others dependent and then exposed. The Regime with a self-driven need for expansion thrives as a European, not exactly green super factory and then it ‘invests’ into the excited, confused Europe, as much as everywhere else. More complacence may be short-lived and the unexpected outcomes revealing. The ‘manufacturing realities’ now take shape of the next stage, the destabilising pragmatism. The last stage we could consider pragmatic.







Traditions or


deeply rooted Obsession

9th March 2020


Most populous state on the planet defends morbidly misplaced obsession as traditions.

The fact is, they are eating moribund wildlife to extinction, often for improved ‘sexual performance’.

Traditions, on the other hand, are set cultural patterns that underpin the health of society and reflect that health. It is hard to believe that a desire to wipe out anything that moves is considered a healthy mental state in China. Now it has also direct, immediate impact on the lives of Chinese and the whole of humanity.

Traditions change and reflect. The man is not the tool here - the traditions are.

It’s the people who give them the power to form the common good.




Not speeds but direction


It seems that Europe has learnt that individuality and respect are the foundations from which a true alliance can be formed, that the union and family can never be melted into a unified herd. That alliance that can achieve things has to be in principle fed from its members to the top all the time.

As we cannot avoid mistakes, it’s human to make them on a collective or individual level, we will be making them in the future.

In a family, in the space based on these principles, chances are they can be fixed in time, and that a broad, instinctive agreement when someone gets sluggish about the common rules is formed more easily and naturally.

And that individuals can be getting to know each other better. That way, I think, Europe can build a family and its rules from inside (it will never be built otherwise).



22nd May 2019


Three years passed (bursting with confidence then), and the EU front politician fears the EU will die from inside.

Dreamers never had much success in the real world.

The EU has a power that it needs to direct. But directing power isn’t some kind of strained hasty act. It can as well direct it to self-destruct itself. It needs to be directed with care, realism and ideally decisiveness.

The intellectual get-together won’t do that and the affected theories won’t impress its broader audience.

The part missing may be the crucial one needed when times are difficult. This dying always comes from the inside; hence the need to take things seriously, with feet on the ground and doing things for real instead of whining about past mistakes.






Liberalism or Centrism

4th February 2019


- As a way of looking at our world and as a forming political force is the future dominant element of social structures and cultures.

Its underlying ideas will have to be understood (e.g. in broader contexts) before they can begin to be effectively realised. It will take time to develop the inclinations of mental attitude into a comprehensible coherent vision, orientation and tangible value to an average man who sees its fruit as a benefit to themselves.

The path is certain to wind through complex terrain, and it may take a long time before the existing and new social and political structures absorb its content. And it is certain to be heading in the opposite direction at times, but this course is set for our future inevitably.



Racism


- Is caused by a profound misunderstanding of other cultures after interaction characterised by spreading ideological fantasies of a time, led by false sense of superiority and ultimately greed, was forced on parties involved. It upsets natural orders of the societies, accelerates social and cultural changes and drives challenges we then struggle to meet.

At the heart of the misunderstanding is the interference in the first place. The inevitable alienation grows as further interactions continue to occur under this scenario. We only have a limited understanding of our own culture (in all its parts), its potential, limited capability to name its problems or steering it to real prosperity. Yet, we set ourselves a challenge of changing (understanding) other cultures.

These interactions may be viewed as a part of the path on which we (all “sides”) travel towards our evolutionary goal. But first, we have to promote them to that level so that they can have the effect. Then, despite still seeing differences, having personal likes and dislikes, even hate (as that changes in the course of our lives when 12 years old or 60, for example), the step across the line into the mental picture of racism will be becoming a thing of the past.





A Coin

18th November 2018


Our world is changing, and we are getting used to a new speed at which that is happening. The changes have accelerated to a level that it needs to be addressed by new ways as well. As a minimum, we can realise that if you take things for granted, you are likely to lose them because other forces or interests will take over. It is contra-intuitive, but a small piece of the action by a large number of people is what will decide things on monumental scales. But the number isn’t there out there somewhere. It is to be assembled of what seem to be insignificant individuals.


This reflection can relate to many seemingly unsolvable problems of today. But I would like to evoke this truth for something as insignificantly looking as quality journalism. It’s now on the Internet if you can find it. It’s a trickier platform for several reasons, and one of them is that it encourages complacency trap we fall into, mostly via virtuality of the real.


Today we don’t queue for a moment before paying for a paper of our choice. Instead, with one click we are overwhelmed with ‘content’. This in itself isn’t without effects. But something else I wanted to say.

If you stop supporting quality journalism, you will, just as with other things, lose it.


The papers on-line have systems that allow support in the form of regular contribution, a coin you used to pay for your paper. You can change your decision any time just as you always could have. They will even remove adverts for you for that.


In times when people don’t bother to even cast their vote, the realisation of the power of the individual will decide whether your children’s children will still live on this miraculous planet or will be able to read any content (of any topic) in shape of quality, ethical and responsible journalism.

Don’t close your eyes to what may be unfolding and don’t scream in panic. If you didn’t bother you did it to yourself and to them by ‘action’ that you took (and didn't take) every day.



(VIII)

Homo sapiens sapiens

21th May 2018


When technological advances aren’t matched by broad and deep understanding of our world, and ultimately of our mind, the physical incompatibility in such state will force reaching adequate symmetry between these parts – no matter what measures we take to "protect ourselves" against it.

It means that the fruits of the technology-based advancement can only be enjoyed by achieving adequate progress on the moral and intellectual ground.

It is a relationship where a long-term deficit of either is not possible. We can easier imagine a utopian scenario where the technology is in a deficit, but that too is an unnatural state that ultimately defies fundamental principle of this law. Should then the deficit be of apocalyptic proportions, the rebalancing act will carry the same significances.

There is no shortcut or workaround about the precision of this slow but surely ticking clock. No religious, no political, no intellectual phrases and equilibristics will soften or alter the course of reality. Recognising and realising this relation will be a measure of the meaning of the name we have given to ourselves - an attempt to describe a species, another mouse in a terrarium (seen by us), or its representation (for real).




The Spring

5th May 2018


We love Israel. It’s a child of our world and one of its/our patriarchs at the same time.


I fear though, that today, there is a stain left on the Arab/Muslim world, a stain of which cause is not difficult to infer to anyone who doesn’t close their eyes.

It has become blindingly obvious that the occupation and expansion of the occupation of the territory assigned to the state of Palestine (of the West Bank) is spitting in the Palestinian people’s face and given the context, some perceive, in whole Arab world’s face.

The nations and states that are tolerating and supporting it are themselves becoming part of the occupying power and are responsible for suffering, deaths and hatred this aggression causes and will cause in the future. This makes them directly responsible for the creation of a deep, dividing split between the cultures of our world which comes with consequences that are both complex and wounding. Israel is occupying Palestine now and it is undermining rest of the civilised world, no matter on which side. I am writing this as someone who feels very positively to both the Israelis and obviously my own Jewish friends. We need to move on and it’s obvious from where we should start.


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The Arab Spring is a long process that won’t change the whole region as quickly as many would hope.

The West tried to help (Libya) but this form of influence and help needs to be met with a land that is cultivated to a degree that makes it ready to receive it and gain.

The looming precedent (which includes false hope) is very dangerous and can become a part of what pushes other events in the region just that one inch more beyond the point of no return and into a catastrophic display of human evil and monstrosity. We cannot chance to play this part in this, however small and justified it may seem in the overall picture.




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The West-East Divide

7th April 2018


Russia is drifting into the old cold war mindset in tune with its inherent tendency, especially when feeling pushed too far. I am sure that it is not entirely its own fault and that the West side didn’t do its 100% that it could to prevent it from its side and didn’t blunt its West edge as much as it could. Not out of its devilish nature, like most Russians now believe, but because we simply could not understand the legitimacy of Russia’s worries. And we are not a great deal wiser today. What we can perhaps understand better, are some differences. The differences between the Russian and Western mentality, their worldviews and even values in some ways as human mind has unique ways in which it works and manifests itself. In the grand scheme of things the part that we could call ‘gap’ is getting narrower although that’s not always obvious as the road's natural course is up and down. But we don’t want those slopes to get too steep, that is, if we can avoid it.


When we think nations and cultures, things have their own pace and there only is a limited space for altering the way they go for which there only has to be a joint initiative. There also are challenges that we are sorting out for ourselves. Is it hard for us to see them – that’s how hard it may be for the other nations or cultures to see our way. If we cannot make such steps easily how can we expect the others can. In some instances, we need to listen even if we don’t see the reason we would deem valid. It does not mean compromising on our values. It is a listening that in the instance of a young, largely positive but potentially tense and scarred relationship in a geopolitical sense can distinguish a line. Managing this can be significant enough to either develop that relationship further or send it down crumbling to pieces.


At the beginning of the century, the tone from the West was wrong and that was all that was needed to tip the balance of the fragile relationship. Russia protested but echoing ‘you adapt’ was all it came back to it. The West failed to distinguish the sensitivity of democratic and in some nuances cultural changes in the neighbouring and closely related Ukraine and the reality of the implications they had for Russia that is able to perceive them as an existential threat to its culture and sovereignty. Where the West followed its democratic principles (NATO statement) should be a broad engagement in discussions and negotiations with Russia instead. That didn’t happen and the West was seen as a ‘danger’ again, Russia as ‘weak’ and in illusory need to find a new ‘strength’. So the West’s ‘oversight’ was in some way the best gift to Russia as it, through its nationalism, could regain its false twisted confidence - along with the limitations and shortcomings that blind nationalism inevitably brings (and that cannot sustain this stage for long, but that in the grand scheme of things while in our days we look for ups and downs). We certainly don’t need to be slaves to what largely is a Russian problem but what we can perhaps do is to prevent adding wholly unnecessary catalysts to it which could have been enough to move us further with Russia. Any such mile further here has a great potential for all of us.


Naturally, the side that cannot see the problem will play down what it recognises as a bizarre notion but that can make the perceived threat even more real. When a space for possible consideration isn’t utilised in some intense-relation scenarios the situation leads to reflective backlash and a consequent challenge that is one step harder to overcome. The inability to react again then creates a new backlash and even harder challenge which is how the confrontations begin and unfold. If they are to be unravelled significant efforts need to be made to overcome the resulting deficit, mostly by the ability to address the core problem that was left unsolved at the start.

Otherwise, the relation will remain scarred and problematic.




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24 May 2017  Manchester suicide bombing


Evolution of humankind can be viewed as broadening of options.

They gradually open both ways.

Because our natural inclination is biased towards 'knowing more' rather than less, our general bias is towards 'good' rather than bad as per our own feelings.

More knowledge means more empathy and that means more connection and less separation. As we realise that ‘they’ are 'me' we tend to treat ‘them’ as 'ourselves'.

But broadening of options isn’t a linear process; it goes through trial and error where experience is toughened.


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No army can fix this.

With the values and motivation losing tangibility of the previous centuries, dematerialising straight in our hands, melting into a Facebook-style chatter across the entire social, cultural and political structure, somewhere from the Smartworld of instantaneous enjoyment, a virtual child emerges with a virtual bomb on his virtual body.

‘Nukes’ anybody?

Is this a fleeting moment of a phase a better human will emerge somewhere further from or our fate on our way back to an ape?




8 May 2017 (4)


In the past year, standards of ordinary people for politics shifted remarkably. People grapple with the(ir) Mind of the Internet and Angela Merkel learned the hard way that Alice in Wonderland isn’t the sustainable way of doing politics and that pursuing it can change societies and politics into hell rather quickly.

In amongst this, out of the rebellious, anarchy prone France comes a character that looks somewhat misplaced. And again, the challenges that weigh on his shoulders extend far beyond his own country. So does the hope for him to succeed.




About interventions

17 December 2016


There sometimes are events that make others think about intervening in other country’s affairs to promote democracy and concept of our values, for example during the events of so-called Arab Spring. But that is not always such a great idea because these interventions are tricky and we need to have respect for important basics that we may overlook or disregard.

Most important is that countries and societies have their own path and that in their cultural and political context. Our own ideas cannot be projected into it as the genuine development or course of events cannot be skipped. Not beyond a certain point at least. The experience involved in the process is an essential part of any change and just as important as the goal itself. One needs to be thinking about this before intervening, the more radical the intervention is to be, the more cautious approach to such involvement is needed.

(This note is not even aimed at interventions for our own political and economic goals.)




9 November 2016


It’s an ancient process that today can be put this way:

When liberal elite loses touch with reality, the reality will storm back reinforced.

The process of learning to distinguish values has a long curve but that is what is ultimately needed to handle them.

We can view it as evolution of mind. It always has sine curve character which is representing change and alternation, just as all conceptions based on dual concept do.


(I)

2 March 2016


There is a lot of noise all over the world that lately is as if culminating. Europe, USA you name it.

But these are old issues. If you come forward with a moral idea, you have to be twice as morally strong as the idea itself. Unless you are, the idea turns into utopia, a naive step on the path towards the ideal your immature soul aspires to.

99% of the world and nations leaders had ideas and ideals that were over their minds and moral strength. So the history is marked with courses that were paths and lessons on which it is built further towards the great ideals.

Morally high ideal without insight into reality and deep respect for it is another episode of a human growing up and the society with it.

At the end of the path, there are not bad people and good people. No higher ideas and lower ones. There only is right act and naive act. We all need the path of the naive act to mature into the right one. The naivety is blessing on the path that only we ourselves throw away when it served its purpose. This can’t be given to another person, to nations, to humanity and it never will be, just as one can’t steal a soul. And if he does, it will backlash and make a full correction.

The only thing you can is to tell the truth. But the truth is never naive. So no one listens to it and no one likes it. But that’s OK. It rules our world regardless as the human race inches forward.


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