I’m alive, yeah, but we’ve been in an antechamber of heck (not the full h*ll) this morning, because Dan is updating software in all my computers in rotation, so I think I’m safe, and in comes the tech support to do necessary stuff I didn’t know it was necessary.
Now I know how the cats feel when — to their mind — I chase them from room to room with the vacuum.
Anyway, if you haven’t read this article from Richard Fernandez, you should read it.
It’s been bothering me. It’s something I’ve sort of perceived before and been afraid to say anything about.
It’s easy to get caught up in conspiracy theories and say stuff like “the left plans it that way” but let’s face it, that’s like having a conspiracy theory of all males in the world, or of all left handed people. Frankly most humans can’t conspire their way out of a wet paperbag.
And yet, I can predict all the paths the left will take, even the craziest ones: they always lean to the paths that favor destruction, everything that’s anti-human, and everything that will foster human misery and degradation. Always.
Take the eco restrictions. They don’t make any sense. Most of them don’t do what they advertise. But the water restrictions force us to waste time flushing our toilets repeatedly (and ultimately use more water.) The low water washers don’t wash clothes properly and get fungus and weird smells. (They’re also hell on people like me with extremely sensitive skins.) The new detergents don’t wash, particularly if you have hard water, but really not at all. So they basically make people go around in dirty clothes that smell bad.
The showers don’t manage to reduce our water flow to diurectic-gerbil-European-levels, but they do make it way harder to wash long hair, say. Or rinse yourself properly (weirdly I read somewhere that the levels of eczema are increasing — uh? Total mystery, right?)
There’s no low flow dishwasher that works properly UNLESS you wash your dishes first, and when we shopped for our last one, we found they’re trying to eliminate the heat drying/sterilizing.
It’s this way across a board section of things, and there is no REASON for it. No sane reason. Yeah “ecology” but that’s complete bullshit. And yet it’s everywhere.
If you watch programs, like the one on future evolution from Animal Channel (I think) you can predict what species will survive by going further and further from humans every time, till in the end even birds get it and only cold-bloods remain.
Something there is that hates us, that really really hates us. An intelligent or at least self-willed form working through humans, perverting our culture, destroying us.
Richard implies self-actuated memes. I don’t know. Memes are for us, now, funny pictures with words. I get what he’s saying, but…
The traditionally religious will have opinions, of course.
And sure, it could be that…
Or it could be some kind of collective subconscious that has a death wish (fighting with our will to live as a species.)
We could be the deeply traumatized child (WWI? The French Revolution? the discovery of fire) in a world we don’t understand and wishing we could escape through suicide.
Whatever you think the force is, obviously the way to combat it is the will to live. Which is important not to give in to despondency and despair (I know how hard it is, yes) and to fight, fight, fight with all we’ve got for life and love and light.
Even if we were destined to lose (I don’t believe we are) how would you want to go out.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light. And never surrender.