East vs West 11

Excuse me while I kiss the sky.
— Jimi Hendrix

Large erections of steel and concrete, looking for sensual openings in the sky, dot the landscape in countless modern cities of the world. Humanities perpetual desire to reach into the heavens is emblematic of our Icarus like pride. While Icarus flew too close to the sun, we have found a way to bring the sun closer to us.

THE SEARCH FOR SELF IN THE MATRIX OF SOCIAL GOVERNANCE

The need to grow devours the self. We pull together as a team, buried in a social blanket covering the sores underneath. It is a constant drone, a tibetan chant of consume, produce, and strive. We remember and then we forget. Then, we move on. Social media, news breaking, changes in the weather, something new to buy spin in a tornado of distractions. It is the 1984 version of double speak. The record is broken, skipping on a single line of code that is pushing us to build higher and higher until we can kiss the sky.

East vs West 10

Colorless green ideas sleep furiously.
— Noam Chomsky

Well Noam, I beg to differ. Ideas are quite often a muddy brown and they don't sleep at all. In fact, they toss and turn throughout the night wondering why they can be colorless, grammatically correct, and nonsensical. I try to tell them not to worry. Nonsensical is often a more pleasurable way to be.

THE SEARCH FOR SELF IN THE MATRIX OF SOCIAL GOVERNANCE

Noam, of course, was trying to show that a seemingly nonsensical, but grammatically correct sentence could be constructed using the prevailing grammar models of the time. However, I find sense in his sentence. Not a logical sense, but a sense. It would fit naturally in an Arthur Rimbaud poem, or a James Joyce stream of consciousness. I could see a child hearing it and laughing. And I, like a child, find it highly entertaining, but I am one who finds solace in the world of nonsense. I am one who thinks an anarchic form of government is more attuned to our true spirits. I am one who believes in the model of the Zapatistas, an autonomous ruling system. That, of course, is truly nonsensical.

East vs West - 9

I believe this government cannot endure permanently, half slave and half free.
— Abraham Lincoln

I noticed a man carrying a live chicken along the road. He walked off the side of the road and put the chicken down on some grass to feed. I asked him if he was just feeding the chicken so he could eat it later. He laughed and nodded yes. I would have asked the chicken some questions regarding his situation, but I don't speak his language.

THE SEARCH FOR SELF IN THE MATRIX OF SOCIAL GOVERNANCE

The relationship between master and slave, ruler and citizens, and farmer and livestock is more complicated than that which is seen at first blush. Although one is extorted by the other for the extortionist’s gain, quite often the rise in population of that which is extorted can’t be denied either. If procreation is the only purpose for a species, the process of being extorted in order to increase one’s lineage is a successful evolutionary tactic. It should be noted, this is not a conscious tactic, it is just another example of how random life truly is. We are not in control of what happens to us. We are just isolated code in a billions upon billions year long algorithm.

East vs West - 8

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are a product of nature, albeit an infinitesimal one.  Nature includes quantum particles, black holes, and the expanding parts of the universe filled with dark energy.  Within the scope of space-time, patience is really the only option.

THE SEARCH FOR SELF IN THE MATRIX OF SOCIAL GOVERNANCE

As humanity is an infinitesimal part of nature, an individual has gained a similar position in regards to modern society.  Lost in the massive swarm of humanity, there are small particles of amino acid-based life forms consumed with a futile search for self.  It seems such a long time and distance from when these same life forms were part of small tribes wandering the savannah.  It is certainly debatable to question how close they were to possessing an understanding of self, but it seems clear to me that they had an understanding that was much clearer than ours.

East vs West - 7

Nothing is true, everything is permitted.
— William S. Burroughs

You've been to places like this. They are pleasant. They are quaint. They try to capture what was by putting on some makeup. It is completely understandable and if I was in charge, I would do the same thing. Yet, the sad fact is that they are all fake, not unlike every so called democratic government in the world. Everything is permitted.

THE SEARCH FOR SELF IN THE MATRIX OF SOCIAL GOVERNANCE

I just watched former President Obama's speech at the University of Illinois.  He made a case for democracy, which I found genuine and moving.  The problem, however, is that democracy can not be found within a speech or the person delivering it.  It must be found within the social fabric itself, and that can only happen when the environment that fosters this social fabric is real.  Our world has gone beyond real.  It is no longer organic, existing within the homeostatic system of Gaia.  It is an analogue algorithm that has snaked off into the quasi digital horizon where nothing is true and everything is permitted.

East vs West - 6

I don’t think it’s possible to touch people’s imagination today by aesthetic means.
— J. G. Ballard

I have always preferred back alleys, back doors, grey concrete, and weathered stone in regards to cities. The shiny glass, marbled floors and grandiose architectural lines that pose for magazine and post card pictures are what people are meant to see. Those beautiful visages are for advertisements and tourist guide books. This, however, is where the truth hides, going about its daily business of the slow but perpetual erosion of hardened matter..

THE SEARCH FOR SELF IN THE MATRIX OF SOCIAL GOVERNANCE

Decay is always a factor in regards to social paradigms.  This includes, of course, the governing system.  As we watch the great American experiment follow the same path as the Roman Republic, I have thought long and hard as to the whether or not it is an organic thing that can't be avoided.  President Trump isn't the wind or the water that erodes the structures, he is the dust that falls off the support beams, much like the foul stench of senators and congressmen that infest the halls of government.  The force that is carving off chunks from congressional halls  are the people of the nation.  The greed and avarice of its population is what eats at the constitution of the USA.  It is doomed as all empires are.  The main question that remains is what will be the result for the rest of us.

East vs West - 5

My witness is the empty sky.
— Jack Kerouac

I long for empty spaces. They don't have to be natural or man made, just empty - empty skies, plains, plateaus overlooking empty clouds, deserted roads late at night, broken down factories and backwater roads - the wonderful feel of an empty space is the touch that God could never give.

The universe is empty, a magnificently huge expanse of nothingness. However, it should be noted that nothing is everything.

THE SEARCH FOR SELF IN THE MATRIX OF SOCIAL GOVERNANCE

We are social animals, aren't we?  Game theory has suggested that evolution has favoured humans with a cooperative gene.  However, recent research suggests that genes that lead to extortion and not cooperation are more useful for survival.  Well, I suppose extortion is as social as cooperation, after all, you need a broad selection of humans to extort if you want to be a successful capitalist.  Yes, I long for empty spaces. 

East vs West - 4

You cannot step into the same river twice.
— Heraclitus

Like a river, all things fall into the scope of this quote. Time changes everything. Therefore, anything you encounter will have transformed into something slightly different than the previous version you had interacted with. What does this mean? In reality, nothing, but it is something to think about.

THE SEARCH FOR SELF IN THE MATRIX OF SOCIAL GOVERNANCE

In the above example, the self is a drop of water in the plethora of water particles that make up the societal flow.  We are always carried on to a new now, lost in the current of game theory tit for tat mathematical equations which result in a data model that is constant but never the same.  We are like the enigma of quantum entanglement, the truth is illusive and changes depending on who and when the observer is.  This is the time to reach for a book onTaoist philosophy and relax by the fire with a fine glass of wine and ponder why you have a bellybutton.   

East vs West - 3


Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion.
— Jim Rohn

I have many Chinese students who, because I teach them one to one and have forged a relationship, tell me a great deal about their personal life. One of the things I have learned is that Middle School and University students spend time, during grade 7, 10 and their freshman year in university, training in the military.

Personally, I would hate it and don't ascribe to its practice. However, as an observer of political economy and nation states, I must admit that it is an incredible benefit. China has a vibrance to it and it owes this in part to the level of discipline that exists throughout its society.

On the contrary, in the US, there is a malaise that runs deep within its core. It is rotting from the inside out. Everywhere, you here the cry of how great America is, an affirmation without any discipline. It is a profound self-delusion and it is about to bite us all squarely on the ass.

THE SEARCH FOR SELF IN THE MATRIX OF SOCIAL GOVERNANCE

The need for discipline, a common belief, or common cause is an imperative when controlling a social structure.  In order to design a strong social system, the self must become subject to the whole.  The self must become like the whole, lose a piece of its identity, so as to retain a piece of the material gain that the whole can provide.  It has always been so, and the delusion that in the west, the US being a shining example, there is greater access to the self is a grand illusion.  

East vs West - 2

Clever tyrants are never punished.
— Voltaire

THE SEARCH FOR SELF IN THE MATRIX OF SOCIAL GOVERNANCE

Society is a collection of individuals.  That is the only truth we can work with.  The rest is speculation, theory, or a collection of ideas emanating from history's wise men.  However, one other constant in the matrix of social governance is that their has always been a strong ruler at the head of society's governing structure (the only aberration that I know of are the Zapatistas) .  It could be argued that this is a natural order stemming from the social structures within nature where the alpha male and females control the 'herd".  Whatever it may be, the consistent state of affairs has been king, emperor, warlord or democratically elected leader.  A leader that was judged not merely upon their merits, but their cleverness, their ability to avoid being punished.