Sunday, February 4, 2007


It seems that the country is finally waking up to the realities of the Bush administration. Even some evangelical Christians are starting to realize that they've been had.

I am happy that the masses are finally starting to come around, but I have to admit it's a bit frustrating to open the paper and find the same op-ed pieces that I couldn't get published a year or two ago.

There's even been a backlash against religion. I wish I could thank Mr. Bush personally for that.

Well, I'm glad America is waking up. I just hope it's not too late.


sinincincinnati said...

There was one good item (other than the comics) in today's Cincinnati Enquirer. An interview with Peter Block.
See my thoughts below his quote.
Cincinnati seems flush with altruistic organizations working for communities. Why the need for another?

"Most of the existing conversations about how to improve the city fragment us. The existing context is that Cincinnati is a set of needs and problems to be solved and that the solution to these needs are better leaders, more money, stronger programs, more experts, more studies and master plans. These conversations - and this context of deficiencies - are well-meaning and sincere, but mostly breed cynicism, disengagement and a loss of accountability."
To me, Block is saying we ought to first stop everything we are doing wrong. Let's err on the side of stopping everything. Then let's err on the side of continuing to do nothing until our collective head clears. Then let's take one baby step in the right direction.
Going back to the head-clearing stage, let's agree war is always the wrong direction. Then let's agree religion is another wrong direction.

Okay, Heather, that is how progress needs to happen. Sadly, human society just does not operate that way. It operates the way Bill Gates thinks rather than how Steve Jobs thinks.

Heather Annastasia said...

The Cincinnati Enquirer? Tell me you don't buy that thing! You can usually find one free at McDonald's.

Progress by stopping everything?


I'm in one of my moods today. I think people are going to do what they're going to do, and we'll either progress or collapse in accordance with what we deserve.

I'll probably change my mind tomorrow.


sinincincinnati said...

I'm agreeing with you. People are going to do what they're going to do.
Society evolves in exactly the same pattern as life evolves. It always builds on the shit that lives before it. It doesn't have the capacity/ability to stop and get rid of the shit.
Furthermore, just as with animals, the overwhelming majority of society remains at the worm or mollusk level.
That's not to say there isn't intellectual progress. It's just that it is as rare as are planets for human-like beings. And that isn't to say that that's rare either. It's just that you have to take in the big, big, big picture to grasp it.