On The Man And The Millennials

There was a time when those who resisted imperialism, exploitation, and collective murder in the name of national identity understood the concept of “the Man”. Casual references to “the Man” in songs such as “Military Madness” by CSN and “Born On The Bayou” by CCR reflected the collective insights of the youth of that generation as to the transparent authoritarian nature of the American way of life. And as Jack Black so passionately proclaimed in “Schoolhouse Rock”, the simple reality is that the Man is everywhere!

In fact, the reason that the counterculture youth movement of the late 60’s and early 70’s was “counter culture” is because in those days those who resisted in general understood that the Man is rooted in the mainstream institutions of society which serve to execute systemic oppression and economic exploitation of the masses in the name of conventional ideology. Indeed “the Man is in the White House and down the hall”. The counter culture youth of that era rebelled against the establishment as such, for they recognized the fundamentals of fascism in the very institutions of convention which propagandize the fairy tale myth of freedom and liberty in a society of domestic wage slavery and interventionist wars abroad.

The counter culture revolutionalists of that time rebelled because they realized that the Man was not just an individual or a specific political party, but rather the entire amoral system which used and abused people while parroting lip service to the concept of liberty and human rights. Frankly, the counter culture youth of the late 60’s and early 70’s were critical thinkers in a culture which coveted conformity as a means of subtle crowd control. That which the Man cannot abide is the individuality of critical analysis and free thought.

Now inasmuch as I have an unapologetic respect for the counter culture movement of the youth of 50 years ago, I am equally amazed at the resiliency of the Man. For in spite of the Woodstock culture and the Watergate scandal, the Man not only survived but in many ways is as influential as ever in an effective beat down of would be social dissidents. Ironically, the effort to foment fear as a means of social control which failed in the case of the counter culture youth of the late 60’s has yielded its intended effect in post 9-11 America. For even though the young counter culture revolutionists of the late 60’s had been trained as grade school children to hide under their school desks in case of a hypothetical nuclear attack, in time they came to recognize the Man as the enemy instead of the imaginary Commie crouching in the shadows. Such fear baiting may have failed the Man by the late 60’s, but that very methodology has proven quite effective since 9-11 for an entire generation which has been raised to willingly march off to war in order to battle alleged enemies harboring imaginary weapons of mass destruction. Perhaps the most perplexing aspect of that reality is that whereas the Man depended on the Draft in order to facilitate the Vietnam War at that time, there is no such systemic coercion in order to maintain the ongoing Bush-Obama-Trump wars of today.

It would seem that the Man has finally achieved authoritarian utopia. A generation of seemingly willing participants who dutifully volunteer to fight and kill in the interventionist wars of the 21st Century. And the Man doesn’t even have to worry about any Catholic priests or rebellious teens burning Draft Cards! The will of the Man for collective conformity would seem to be complete. Those who have not sold out to the Man seem to have bought into the concepts which enable the authoritarian tyranny of the establishment.

And then came the social dissidents from among the Millennials.

For as in the 60’s, the times they are a changin’.

For the millennial generation seems to have awakened to the corruption of the establishment. And the Man is once again beginning to feel the heat of the people in the streets. Even the political puppets are showing albeit tentative signs of concern that they may actually have to consider the will of their constituents instead of merely representing the interests of their corporate doaners.

Critical thinkers of a generation who are informed enough to know the reality of the effects of climate change and world war are actually questioning the wisdom of denying the reality of the one and engaging in the other. The youth of today are becoming aware of other cultures less prosperous than our own who have the will to provide healthcare for everyone and higher education for the qualified, and they are pressing the establishment to account for student debt and healthcare insecurity in a society that writes blank checks for endless wars and is willing to fund silly ventures such as a Space Force.

The times are a changin’, and the Man is feeling’ the heat.

Time will tell whether the generation of my children; the Millennials, and that of my baby grandson will be able to resurrect a counter cultural social resistance which once and for all brings social change which ends imperialism, exploitation, and collective murder in the name of national identity. But at the moment such a movement for the sake of humanity seems to be underway.

As CSN once sang, “it’s been a long time coming, but it’s always darkest before the dawn”.

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Introducing A Blog Dedicated To The Concept of Play Education For Children

As a Secular Humanist, I trust natural instincts which govern human thought and activity as a sufficient source for sensible thinking and sensitive social relations. Morals and ethics derived from our innate sensitivity for the suffering of others are the basis for peaceful and non-violent social relations. The ancient Chinese thinker Mencius taught that “all things are complete in oneself” and that altruism would develop as one looked within and trusted their own feelings. The philosophy of Mencius was an expression of humanist values which encouraged practical experience and intraceptive perspectives as fundamental to daily living.

The fact is that by nature we are intraceptive beings in that we relate to the world through our feelings and emotions. Unfortunately, by systemic design we are oftentimes indoctrinated otherwise. The natural development of children is in all too many cases suppressed and even discouraged through the well intentioned yet potentially repressive theory that education should be a format of rigid rules and oppressive obedience training techniques.

Fortunately, there are professional educators on the introductory and elementary level of public education who are realizing the value of play and imaginative expression as a natural means of effective child development. In fact, one such professional is so passionate as to such that she has created a writing blog dedicated to the principle of play as a preferred and practical means of child education both in the home and in the public school setting.

Thus as a Secular Humanist whose primary concern is a peaceful society of well developed and altruistic human beings, I wholeheartedly endorse both the theory of play as education in child development, and the following blog as a viable and valuable aid for parents and teachers alike who are interested in exploring and enhancing the concept in their own specific setting:

https://littlewonderseverywhere.com/

(Note: The link to the site is likewise listed on my Blogroll on my Home page as well. Dave)

On Libertarian Socialism and Social Transformation

As a libertarian socialist, I aspire to a society rooted in the fundamentals of freedom, liberty, and the common good. State controlled so called socialism fails towards that end, as does neoliberal corporatism. In other words, state control and private industry each fail the standard of freedom and liberty as basic human rights, as well as the end purpose of a humane society; namely a collective effort to supply for the common good.

The means to accomplish such ends would entail either the transformation of the agents of authority into administrative entities towards the general welfare, or the elimination of any given agency of authority which cannot justify itself as a feasible means of supply towards the common good. The decentralization of all authority and the democratization of all entities within any given culture seem necessary expedients in order to achieve the ends of libertarian socialism.

As the political process can either obstruct or aid in this process, then the transformation of such towards the end of freedom, liberty, and the common good is a given. Thus, in a corporate driven government such as the neoliberal ideological based two party system of the US, either an extreme revision of or an outright replacement of the operative components so orchestrated is a logical necessity.

Or so it seems to me.

On Society and Government

“I have heard that the heads of states or noble families do not worry over poverty but instead over equal distribution of wealth; they do not fret over underpopulation, but whether the people are insecure. Now, if there is equality in distribution there will be no poverty; if there is harmony in society there will be no underpopulation, and if there is security, there will be no subversion” (Analects 16.10 Muller; http://www.acmuller.net/con-dao/analects.html#div-17)

My thoughts:

It is my opinion that the responsibility of government is derived from the rudiments of the concept of society. It is further my thought that the concept of society is derived from the most basic of all human instincts.

Human beings seem to have an innate moral sense founded upon a natural aversion to suffering. Subsequently from an early age most everyone cannot bear the sound of one suffering, even before the suffering being can be identified. Hence, by nature we extend our natural aversion to discomfort of any degree to others somewhat indiscriminately, thus spontaneously feeling for the suffering of even a remote sentient being.

From these natural and instinctive human qualities are derived the primary objective of a society and the practical function of government.

Based upon our natural aversion to suffering which serves as the foundation for our innate moral sense, I conclude that the primary objective of a society is to shield every single person from undue suffering. In fact, the responsibility of any collective is to provide for the common good . It then follows that the practical function of government would be to administer a system to meet that end.

Although written by men who were inconsistent in the execution of their own documented principles, even the US Constitution obliges the Congress to provide for the common defense and the general welfare (The Preamble and Article 1 Section 8). The reality then of poverty in our land of plenty reveals that as a society we not only fail a natural collective obligation, but we even fail to execute the primary principles of our own constitution.

For the primary objective of a society and the practical function of government is to alleviate undue suffering by providing for the common good and for the general welfare. In circumstances when such is not the case, then the society should repent and the government should be revised accordingly.

Only then will the natural way of government be established, balance be restored, and harmony ultimately ensue.

Such as they are these are my thoughts as to the objective of a society and the function of government.

A Continuous Quest In An Ever Changing Universe

The universe is in constant flux and transformation. A moment by moment displacement and reformation.

The universe is everything which is known and experienced, and much more. Even the most knowledgeable among humanity regarding the happenings of our ever expanding universe are merely as a child on the beach looking across the ocean as far as one’s vision might allow. If we only knew what we don’t know, perhaps our ignorance would overwhelm our confidence.

Our concept of reality is limited in scope and to certain specifics. What we know amounts to perceptions as defined by our instincts and our experiences. Our instincts are innate, our experiences are an expanded context of the function of those instincts within the framework of the natural principles of the universe.

Our lives are a moment by moment quest for comfort. An instinctive effort from birth to death. The specifics as to how we achieve that ever elusive goal are limited to the framework of certain seemingly consistent principles within the context of the physical universe.

Our natural instinctive aversion to discomfort is complemented by a secondary instinctive sensitivity for the suffering of others. In fact, we become distressed and therefore internally uncomfortable at the mere sound of the suffering of any other sentient being.

Our instinctive aversion to suffering then seems to not only serve as a means of self preservation, but likewise as a basis for social interaction. Such seems to be the most fundamental principle of our very being as sentient beings within the the context of the constant flux and transformation of our niche of the known universe.

On Innate Comprehension and Universal Aversion To Suffering

Lu Jiuyan taught that the mind is the universe, and the universe is the mind. Mencius taught that all things are complete in oneself.

There is a universal principle that suffering is not good.

It seems universally comprehended that the only suffering which is not bad is that which is inflicted for the purpose of preventing another and less desirable degree of suffering. Surgery for the purpose of preventing a painful or deadly disease comes to mind.

Our aversion to suffering is innate and instinctive. We are born with a natural aversion to discomfort, and we maintain that posture until we pass away. The innate and instinctive comprehension that suffering is bad allows for a spontaneous guide for self preservation and social conduct.

The innate comprehension of the universal aversion to suffering is indicative of Lu Jiuyan’s theory that the mind is the universe, and likewise the thoughts of Mencius that all things are complete in oneself.

Or so it seems to me.

The Essence of Ethics

The notion that we humans are self equipped with instinctive qualities for ethical thinking is evidenced by our natural aversion to suffering for self and others. It seems to me that we are born with the former and that we develop the latter quite early in life through the most basic of natural experiences. Mencius’ illustration of our aversion to the suffering of a dog is a prime example of our natural sensitivity for the suffering of others. Our moment by moment quest for comfort seems to be a kinetic illustration of our natural discomfort in general.

It seems to me that such basic human qualities are the basis for ethical thinking, which in turn should translate to subsequent ethical behavior.

The Twelve Years of Christmas

A Humanist's perspective

THE 12 YEARS OF CHRISTMAS
By Dave Henderson

There are two Canonical accounts of the birth and early childhood of Jesus.

By Canonical of course I mean texts that are deemed worthy of inclusion in the Bible per the standards of the Catholic scribes who composed such in the 4th Century CE. There are several Infancy gospel accounts, but only those of Matthew and Luke met the approval of the Bible composers. I myself am somewhat partial to the Gospel of Thomas. Thomas relates several fanciful boy Jesus stories which did not merit Catholic scribe approval for inclusion in the Bible; yet which are both entertaining and enlightening nonetheless. A topic for another day no doubt.

Now though the tone, topics, and even time frames of Matthew and Luke differ with regards to the childhood of Jesus, they each claim that he was divinely conceived and of a virgin birth…

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Life

Life.

I was born at a very young age, though I have spent a lifetime getting over it. Well. Not yet.

Life is a circumstantial situation beyond my control. At least at the entry level.

I am a victim of circumstances beyond my control and to which I gave no consent. I never asked to be here, and I will leave any time I damn well please. No immediate plans to that end, but just making a point.

Speaking of points, life is a broken pencil. No point to it, but accompanied by an eraser to remind us of our errors.

A natural effect of a natural effect is all that I am, and that is all I ever will be.

Existence is a once in a lifetime experience. An annual trip around the mass which is the center of the known universe. A continuous quest for comfort. No rule book supplied, though several have been written. No clear point to the experience, though plenty of theories have been conjectured.

Life supplies us with a natural aversion to suffering and a nagging sense of right and wrong which is continuously convoluted and confused with and by cultural conditioning and subjective standards.

Life is love, laughter, and lunacy. Then 15 minutes of fame. Then the flower garden.

Like two physicians making love, life is a paradox.

Such is life.

Tribalism: The Confessions of a Campbellite from Carrollton

Tribalism.

Denominational Protestant Christianity; bible thumping ideology of the Church of Christ. Every good Campbellite knows that there are no other Christians, there are no other saved ones, there are no other saints, and there is no other spiritual kingdom; save for them that are members of the Church of Christ. Immersion, not sprinkling, for the remission of sins, and for no reason other. If baptized any other way, or for any other reason, then your baptism did not get you saved, it just got you wet!

Tribalism

Of course, Muslims are more lost than Baptists and Methodists. But they are all lost nonetheless, unless they repent and are immersed into the Church of Christ.

Tribalism

Be true to your school! Trojans before Lions, and Eagles before Vikings. Depending on what part of town you are from. The Battle of the Spike, Texas-OU weekend, and win one for the Gipper!! RAH! RAH!! RAH!!! Go home team, win, win, win!! Down with the vile visitors from the other side! Boo!! Hiss!!!

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All us kids from Carrollton knew this joke back in the day. Question: What does FBI stand for? Answer: FBI stands for a “Farmers Branch Idiot” Ha! Ha! Ha! The joke’s on you!!

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An observation while watching a movie at the Plaza Theatre back in the day. Question: Why are all the black kids and their families sitting in the balcony at the rear of the theatre? Answer: Because they are black, and their families know that they are supposed to sit in the balcony at the back of the theatre.

Tribalism

Elephant or Donkey; of whose tribe are ye? Choose ye this day, but choose wisely; like me! It’s one or the other, Red State or Blue. Unless heaven forbid, say it ain’t so. You’re no Socialist are ye? O no no no!! Vote for the corporate puppet of your choice, it’s your constitutional right. Red State or Blue State; Elephant or Ass.

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Blue or Gray, North or South, Poor or Rich, Gay or normal, homosexual or homo sapien, lazy or ambitious, successful or failure, lost or saved, Texas or some other insignificant State, the USA or some other insignificant country.

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Choose ye this day whose god ye shall serve, whether the wrong god or mine, but choose ye you must!

Tribalism, confessions of a Campbellite from Carrollton.