Shovels and Manure: Part 2

Posted on November 26, 2015. Filed under: Politics, Psychology, Religion | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

(continued from previous post, Shovels and Manure: Part 1)

In the previous article, I got born, got my newbie starter kit installed, then discovered glitches in the applications phase.  New input was playing havoc with the resident databases causing angst as I realized I would have to troubleshoot my programming at the root level.  Simply put, I had to start thinking for myself, which meant I had to retroactively confirm the veracity of my previous data sources.  Zeroing in on accepted authority (experts) and accepted knowledge (expert assertions), I realized that self-aggrandizing, ordinary people who had been born naked and clueless like the whole of human kind were setting themselves up as the lords of all knowledge.

Wallowing in their unacknowledged ignorance, those expert authorities told us for decades…

  • The expert-designed Food Pyramid was the answer to proper nutrition and long life…   until they came out with a new one (twice) that didn’t kill us prematurely.
  • That teachers are the most valuable servants in society…   then we find out that these guys and gals are behaving like pedophile priests chaperoning teens and pre-adolescents on church-sponsored retreats or tutoring in one-on-one sessions away from school.
  • Expose your kids to chicken pox early so they won’t have to deal with it in later life…   had your shingles shot yet?
  • Plastic food packaging materials are safe for human use…   except now that is only “true” if the label says “BHP free.”

They told us for centuries...

  • The Constitution of the United States of America could only be changed if 3/4 of the states agreed to it…   unless the Supreme Court changes it by a 5-4 vote of biased experts who can’t be thrown out for biased judiciating…   or when a sitting president decides to MAKE laws instead of obeying them.
  • The Bill of Rights to that Constitution guaranteed certain rights to its citizens (such as no laws regarding an establishment of religion, the right to keep and bear arms, the right to be secure in your property, freedom from being forced to give evidence against yourself…   stuff like that) unless changed by that 3/4 vote of the states.  Now, the Supreme Court says you gotta ask for your constitutional right to be entitled to it.
  • The world is flat, go too far you fall off its edge…   today we can take advantage of AROUND THE WORLD cruises.  The only falling hazard here is a bad plunge from your budget floor…   or is that “budget ceiling?”
  • The Earth is the center of the universe…   Galileo paid for this little indiscretion.  When not molesting children, them religionists banish free-thinking that shows up their ignorance.
  • Children can only be born to married couples…   or harems.  How, then, do we now have the terms “bastards” and “unwed mothers?”
  • Only humans can use tools…   and apes, simians, pro-simians, numerous birds, quite a few insects
  • Only humans can speak…   and apes, simians, pro-simians, numerous birds, quite a few insects
  • An apple a day keeps the doctor away…   but, only if you hit him square in the forehead with it when he tries to approach you.  People don’t say proverbs like that anymore for fear that litigators will hit them square in the pocket book with a class-action lawsuit for practicing medicine without a license.
  • The world is only 6,000 years old…   can you spell b-i-l-l-i-o-n-s?
  • Good always triumphs over evil…   but how many good people have to suffer before the evil goes away?
  • We are in the latter days;  the end is near…   get your programs here, folks;  all the generations since Guttenberg’s quick-copy machine have left scads of them…   just change that date right there, change the identity of your generation’s 666, and go on lamenting…   and self-flagellate if that is your thing.

More recently, we have been told that only humans are smart enough to create stuff that can annihilate all life on Earth in one fell swoop…   they WOULD have to get that one right.  But, hey!  In an existence honed by responses to innate ignorance, one out of 200,000,000 to the 10th power ain’t so bad.

I understand that my own journey through EXISTENCE is a trial and error thing, and, that I can benefit from the information of others who have already waded through its dark water’s of uncertainty.  My problem is not that everything with which we work has to be teased from Nature bit by bit or that what was learned long ago may not be true today;  rather, my irritation comes from the knowledge that so much of that database is tainted by the personal goals of the “expert” information providers, who then proclaim — in speech or implied assertion — “I, a really super-smart guy, thought up this explanation and you, an embarrassment to the word intellect, can be assured that you can get it right only by accepting without question MY truth of reality.”  

My gullibility node has become unbearably distended, no doubt due to the vast quantity of bull sh…   uh, male bovine droppings being rained down on me from all directions.

Life forms get it right (i.e., live longer) by replacing ignorance with knowledge as they grow.  Homo sapiens sapiens has the advantage of being able to amass a vast library of hard-won knowledge that most, if not all, of its members can access to enrich their individual survival.  Yet, regardless of how vast that knowledge base may be, our Universe — to all intents and purposes — is infinitely vast, and, the degree of human ignorance is just as vast.  So…

Since my personal existence is of major importance only to ME, why can’t I give credence to my own conclusions?  Why can’t I, born naked and clueless just like all those acknowledged experts, be just as arrogant about MY “truth” as they are toward theirs?

Sounds like a plan to me.  “Hey…   YOU…   Super-smart Dude!  Stop shoveling that pile of sh…   stuff…   this way.  I need a little time to analyze its contents.”

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Who Needs a Stinking Resume?

Posted on February 15, 2012. Filed under: Constitution | Tags: , , , , , |

At the onset of this little venture, I imagined I should have a post or two outlining my experience in this sort of thing, and, why you should take the time to consider my offerings.  However, my cynical nature took over, and, I thought, “This will just be about my opinions and views on things.  I got plenty of experience in expressing all that.  Any readers coming this way will have to hear what I got to say before they can decide for themselves whether they resonate with it or are repulsed.”  I don’t need a resume to sound off, and, you sure don’t one to decide like or dislike.  What’s nice is having the freedom to express, and, the  freedom to consider, viewpoints.

Yet, another diversion.  I did want to go on about me a little more, but, that last line brings us earlier than expected to the primary goal of these writings:  WORDS.  More specifically, the misuse and misapplication of words, according to me.  The current subject, freedom of speech, brings up one such expression,

…The Fourth Estate.  Wikipedia has a detailed and informative entry on the origins and applications of the term, but, as I get the gist, it refers to power and influence brokers operating outside the parameters of an established government.  While many of these organizations are labeled “fourth estate” by third parties, some like the allusion to power and privilege and take on the mantle like a cber’s handle.  Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Press.

The First Amendment to the US Constitution reads, in part:  “Congress shall make no law…   abridging the freedom of speech; or of the press;”  The Constitution — the supreme law of the land — goes to great lengths to delineate the parameters of power for the enumerated principals, to wit, Executive, Legislature, Judicial, and, even though an afterthought, The People of the United States, for whom the original 10 amendments were penned.

Excuse me!  For whom?  The People!  Not a piece of machinery called “the press” nor a select group of people who call themselves “The Press,” but, every person of the United States, with or without a press pass.  So, we (you and I) are the Fourth Estate of power, sharing and acting on popular ideas and initiatives.  We do not need Brian what’s-his-name (a national t.v. anchor person) feeling like he has to “examine the issues and explain them” to us; like Bryan, we stumbled our way to the bathroom this morning and took care of business just as efficiently as he did.  We can decide what the issues mean for ourselves.

Fourth Estate, my onager.  Journalists, reporters, and anchor persons all have niches in my cache of cynicism and resentment.  Michele Malkin sums up their on-screen pomposity nicely:  nothing but teleprompter readers.

Next up:  Getting back to me.

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