Fuzzy thinking, indeed, folks! Our own Heretick will help us sort the wheat from the chaff. And, his art will inspire, where his words can only point. -kC
by the Heretick
The essence of art lies in generating the willing suspension of disbelief in the viewers, and/or participants; this being so, American culture, indeed the world, has this pretty much down pat, Rembrandt has nothing on our modern spin-meisters and cultural trend-setters.. Examples are so abundant, and denial is so ingrained into our culture, that one hardly knows where to start; it is, as they say, a target rich environment.
Please observe one nugget of popular wisdom, the “Observer effect”, just about everybody’s favorite, and easy enough to find, after all it’s everywhere at once.This is the theory which “refers to changes that the act of observation will make on a phenomenon being observed.” When the average person on the street hears this they think, cool, so i can just change the world by sitting back and watching, or something to that effect. Really, just ask someone walking down the street, even if they’ve heard of it, they have no idea.
And again, not to rain on anybody’s parade, how can we even draw any conclusions about anything moving at or near the speed of light? Really? Much less manipulate it, except to make bombs, or ” to ensure the secrecy of information transfer.”, theoretically, of course. Never mind that we have never directly observed any wave/particle, except maybe a glimpse as it careened off into space after being smashed to tiny bits by a 10 gillion gigawatt atom smasher, or rather the trace of it’s passage. You know what? Probably being accelerated to near light speed and running into a brick wall, would affect my behavior, maybe “observing” anything by exposing it to powerful magnetic fields, flinging it into the sun, whatever, i take it all back, not the point anyway. The particulars and niceties are left out when some charlatan wants to sell some tomfoolery to the general public, something like, say, “Change we can believe in”.
Or………perhaps your humble scribe has not reached a high enough vibrational level, the chakras are not aligned just so….. Oh, I know, it’s “The Secret”, Ms. Winfrey’s favorite book, that must be it. This kind of fuzzy thinking leads to more unfortunate consequences than whether a shop attendant wants to show someone a $35,000 purse. It leads to people really, really, believing in things that just aren’t there. Once i have unfurled my brand new “Quantum mind” why, I’ll just manifest my own little Heretickal Universe, and yeah, I’m a movie producer. Yeah, that’s it, and I’m married to Julia Roberts. The same old gimcrackery dressed up in a shiny scientific theory, but it’s the same old trash preachers preach to the rubes on every continent. Interesting word “manifest”, just bring it into being, or make it up more likely, out of thin air, it’s your brand new Manifest Destiny. So much power, so many planets to terraform, how you gonna keep ’em down on the farm? Be offended, laugh, cry, this is what they’re selling out there, it’s the common currency. Just let the universe come to you, open your mind, kick it up a couple hertz and we’ll all be rich! I’m telling ya!
Then we have yours truly’s favorite pet peeve, corporate person-hood, and the Supreme Court decision in Santa Clara County vs. The Southern Pacific Railroad dating to around 1889 (I shan’t cite it, it’s Wiki’d). the Santa Clara case was about taxes, it was an obiter dictum, and was written by the court clerk, who just happened to be a former railroad lawyer. Will wonders never cease? This case conferred upon artificial legal entities essentially human rights, at least this is what it has evolved into, and it is this writer’s opinion that corporate citizenship is the main driver of the hijacking of any sort of self-government here in these United States. Please allow me to elucidate.
Many people are rightly concerned about lobbyists, political payoffs, think-tanks, and here a few years ago, the infamous Citizen’s United decision where corps. were held to have free speech rights and could not be denied the full protection of the law under the 14th Amendment. Just as an aside, does it not seem terribly obscene that an amendment to the US Constitution which was passed to guarantee the civil rights of freed slaves has been used in this fashion? That the Equal Protection Clause has been subverted to allow creatures of the state to corrupt and undermine the democratic processes of that very same state? The owners of property already have rights as citizens, why should their property have rights as citizens? Like i said, Life in the Land of Make Believe; this situation has been going on for a 100 plus years, but it’s never talked about, much less some of the effects which may go unnoticed or unremarked upon. This is not theoretical, we have pretend persons buying our political system, and our politicians, unfortunately the real world effects are not pretend but all too real.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, there’s bills to pay, with what passes for currency in these here United States, them Fiat Dollars. Now that’s quite a trick also, The Fed does what? Where? and sells What to Who? and then it’s money? Right? And they can issue as much as they want? I want this job, doesn’t everybody? But then supposing you did have this job? Wouldn’t everybody want to take it away from you? Probably have to have a lotta firepower to protect all that loot. And they do. Not to sound like some kind of conspiracy theorist, one of those right-wingers, one of those kooks. Never mind that people from both right and left object to this arrangement, they’re on the fringe, no gravitas, not serious people. But what the hell, it’s all make believe anyway. Artificial citizens, paper citizens, synthetic financial instruments, and people trading futures, sounds good, can I trade in my life? Or is it already spoken for? National debt? Fuhgeddaboudit, no worries, doesn’t matter, just ask Professor Krugman, he would know better than me or you, why, he has a Doctorate. And if we run into a little trouble, the Fed can just flip a few bonds, Treasury can just fire up the presses, and, Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Common citizen get’s screwed! Owners of tangible assets make out like bandits!!! Badge? I don’t need no stinkin’ badge! Dorothy, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore, the signpost up ahead, “La-La Land.”
Definitely target rich, such as the latest terror alert, was there a threat? Or was it fear of reprisals for a planned series of strikes? And who are the bad guys again? Did we strike to neutralize a threat? Or, did we evacuate pre-emptively because of expected blow-back? Why all the secrecy? But why are actual events such as this even discussed in these terms? There is supposed to be a supreme law of the land, it’s called The Constitution of the United States (some people swear to uphold it), anyone not following it is technically in violation of this document, right? In the real world? Oh, right, silly me, we’re living in The Land of Make Believe. Been over across the ocean for decades overthrowing governments? Been fomenting a coup here? There? Funding freedom fighters under the table? No problem, hell, we’ll just act like it never happened, that’s the ticket. Doesn’t matter, we have an Attorney Generals opinion, anybody objects, well then they might just become a “person of interest”, not a suspect mind you, just an interesting person. Evidence? we’ll just make it up, after all, it’s La-La Land. The US, and other countries, really want to do away with context, the history to disappear, they want to treat every situation as if it has no relation to anything else in the whole wide world, to separate cause from effect.
Well, ladies and gentlemen, I think you catch my drift, fuzzy thinking leads to fuzzy results. Might want to check the depth of that water before you dive right in. Is it any wonder people literally get away with murder? Is it any wonder that issues such as global warming, resource depletion, and social justice get short shrift or are buried under a mountain of obfuscation and rationalization? We all have our favorite theories, things we wish were true, it’s just that most of our conceits affect only us and don’t create an entire Land of Make Believe.