Saturday, March 14, 2015

Accepted

  I had a conversation with a Greenpeace-recruiter recently. The difference between us and our views quickly manifested and was substantial.
  I told her that Greenpeace didn't go anywhere far enough in their struggle against pollution and in their opposition to the destruction of the natural world, and that they were basically cozying up to the forces ruining life on Earth, that they needed to attack the roots of the vast problems haunting humanity, not only a selected few of its physical manifestations.
  And she looked at me as if she didn't understand what I was talking about.
  I told her that I was quite familiar with her organization and that if I wished to join it or support it, I would have done so decades ago.
  And that was that.

  Greenpeace does some good things. Especially their fight against nuclear power sits well with me. In an age where several professed environmental activists promote nuclear power with the stated purpose of halting the human created climate change, such a fight is particularly valuable.
  Greenpeace is one of the best ecological organizations accepted by the establishment.

  The keywords here being «accepted by the establishment».

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Twenty years

  Tomorrow it is twenty years since I bought my first computer and started on the path of what would become digital publishing. Many things changed, both big and small. It revolutionized my writing. It quickly felt like a completely different process. The cut, copy and paste function on MS Word alone made it more than worth it. Later came image-manipulation and the Internet, leading to even more great stuff. It was a new age. It’s strange to look back on it, now, and realize that there are kids growing up today that never have experienced a life without it.
  There were some initial growth pains, but nothing major. I don’t miss the use of my old typewriter with its antiquarian and inadequate correction system and photo darkroom with stinking chemicals at all. I've written far more the last twenty years compared to the twenty-two before that.

  It’s also, coincidentally the twenty-fifth anniversary of my first meeting with a close friend of mine. That fateful day of coincidence brought lots of great things to us both.

  We plan on celebrating both events accordingly.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

The abysmal current mainstream affairs

  Capitalism is a religion, in the sense that its defenders can’t imagine a different way of doing things. They make up countless excuses on behalf of their religion and keep claiming that «if only we had true capitalism everything would be alright». It’s a classic way of shifting blame. They don’t know what the word alternative means and are hardly even aware of its existence.
  It’s pretty much the same with civilization itself. Its defenders react with incredulity when alternatives are proposed, and with lots of automatic thinking.
  That is, in a world with countless wrongs the very worst part of today’s local, national and global human society. The dominant view of the world is so totally inflexible, so unable to change its ways that to call it a tyranny is kind.
  And there are those very aware of what current society is, what a slick tyranny it is. They don’t want it to change or even improve. They like it here and they are very good at making propaganda on behalf of their dream society.
  Humans, like most animals are active creatures in both body and mind. Civilization is pacifying us. And that’s exactly like those in charge want it.
  And they have an easy job.
  To say that those in charge are failing is to give them too much credit. They're not failing in anything, not in their own eyes. They're succeeding in keeping the population subjugated.
  For most people it is as if anything outside mainstream existence doesn't exist. That’s a major problem, a downright dangerous attitude, because today, more than ever, mainstream is death.
  It’s like there is a wall around them, keeping them from seeing the most obvious truth, and they don’t even try to look beyond it, beyond their own imposed and self-imposed limitations.

  Current human society is dominated by mainstream fanaticism.