A wee experiment here
This is gonna be a fun post First up, a little on the house. Hot water is still a wonderful invention and the on demand system is still tickling me at how well it works. Nothing new there. Been working on some walls and shelving using boards that were recovered from pallets at work. Interesting look but not a lot of coverage so only using that on smaller walls like the side of the closet and what not. The shelving is coming out nicely as I don’t want deep cabinets, just open shelves.
About the stupid: I am not going to go into too much detail here but I have to say, there are days where I feel that I am losing IQ points just being in proximity of certain individuals. Almost like they are leaching away my intelligence in their very existence, like vampires or ticks.
I really need to start looking for a new job or finish (start) my shop and ‘retire’.
I know that there are some of my readers that don’t want to delve into the political while reading this but there are some things that have been eating away at me, and this is my blog/catharsis site so I am going to open that can of worms up and have at here shortly. For those that don’t want to deal with it, here is your fair warning. I would hope that you at least skim it, as I think it will be a far cry from what your preconceptions are. Just sayin’.
So, in apology to Socrates, Plato and Diogenes of Synope, here goes. Please note, this is expurgated for quicker reading I am working on a fuller peice along the same dialogue(s) but more indepth than shown here
Opening scene, Diogenes is sitting along his tub petting one of his many dogs when Lucretius arrives and addresses him.
L: Diogenes, why are you sitting here with these flea bitten mutts when there is a debate between the candidates at the forum?
D: Honestly, there isn’t any debate between the Narcissistic that I feel I need to hear. Why do you feel such a need?
L: The candidates for the new emperor have much to say about how our government should be ran, and many of the social issues that are causing strife, and what they plan on doing to fix them. These are important topics.
D: maybe you didn’t understand what I said, Perhaps I should try a different approach. Why is it that you feel the need for a leader? Are you not a morally upright person, capable of thinking for yourself? Are you not able to determine right from wrong without someone else to decide for you?
L: well of course I am, I know its wrong to hurt others either physically or materially. What has that to do with why you won’t go to the debates?
D: please stick to the question. Since you are able to determine right from wrong, why do you choose to have someone else tell you what is right and wrong? As you said, you are capable of that yourself, are you uncertain that your decisions are sound?
L: It’s not my decisions I question but the decisions of others that I don’t trust.
D: So we have a conundrum here. You trust your thoughts, but not those of others, but you are encouraging the debate of others to make decisions for you? Am I correct in that surmise?
L: What? No! I know I can make the right decisions when I need to. But someone has to be in charge to make sure that everyone follows the same rules. You’re putting words in my mouth.
D: I am just trying to understand your choices here. I am seeing dichotomy in your thoughts and I don’t think you can see them. Help me understand what I am missing. So. You don’t trust others in their choices, but you think that putting someone in charge over everyone will make them better at choosing correctly, is that right?
L: That may be a little simplistic, but in essence, yes, you surmise correctly.
D: and in choosing that someone, you have to rely on the decisions of others as well, Correct?
L: Well, yes, that is what democracy is all about, majority decisions for all.
D: but you have already stated you don’t trust the decisions of others. Do you not see the contradiction here? I am just trying to understand.
L: Someone has to be in charge or the ensuing chaos would be terrible. Blood in the streets, rape and pillaging, hordes of barbarians would be preferable to what would happen if there weren’t someone in charge.
D: I see, but you still haven’t resolved the contradiction. If you don’t trust the decisions of others, how can you be satisfied with majority rules? Furthermore, If you don’t fall into the category of that majority, and are not inclined towards their decision, now do you resolve to fix that dilemma?
L: Alright, this is going in a direction I wasn’t planning on, but you seem sincere. Someone has to be in charge of the country of there will be bigger problems than what we have. I may not like the decisions of the majority, but I am but one person. I will accept if my candidate does not win, because in another four years, I can try again to get the person I do like. You have to accept the role of authority because that is just how it is.
D: so, you don’t solve the dilemma, you just wait until the next cycle and hope you can get what you want?
D: In the meantime, you accept whatever decisions are made and follow those decisions? Correct?
L: Yes, I may not like them, but that is how this works.
D: earlier, you stated that you knew it was wrong to hurt others either physically or materially, Correct?
L; (with just a hint of caution in his voice) Yes.
D: And you will abide by the decisions of whomever is in charge, even if you didn’t choose that person. Correct?
D: so if the person in charge says that everyone should break the index finger of the person to their left, would you do this?
L: NO! That’s ludicrous! No leader would do that!
D: but you said you would abide by their decisions, are you now saying otherwise? It is obvious that you hold a moral conviction by your reaction, yet you have stated that you would allow your morals to be subject to the decisions of others.
L: you’re putting words in my mouth again, I never said such a thing.
D: Actually, you did state this by saying that you would abide by the decisions of the new emperor, even if you didn’t choose him. Are you now saying you won’t abide my his decisions if you didn’t choose him? I only want to understand your conviction in the need of a leader.
L: Maybe there are decisions that our leaders make, that I don’t like. Maybe there are times where I don’t like those in charge, but we must have them, or everything will get worse than it is.
D: How so?
L: well, if we don’t have leaders to guide the country; If people relied only on themselves to make decisions, nothing would ever get accomplished. We would be running hither and fro like a herd of lemmings rushing for the sea.
D: Ah, Lemmings. They do quite well for themselves until they are rushing towards the sea. It seems to me, that one of them must take charge at that point and lead them towards destruction. Its the individuals that choose otherwise that remain behind to build their population back up. So, where do you suppose that leaves the individual in reference to Government, that you claim we must have?
Are you one of the individuals, or are you part of the government?
L: we are all part of the government. Government of the people by the people for the people. That is what a democracy is.
D: Still the question remains, Why does an individual need government, if the government does not represent that individual? How is it that one must conform for the sake of many, even against his moral code, and all at the behest of one person? I am still confused on this.
L: Its part and parcel of our constitution. That is the law of the land. A contract amongst the people to obey, for the peace and prosperity of all.
D: even if that “law of the land” contradicts a persons moral code?
L: Yes. Though it isn’t always so obtuse, such as you are being right now.
D: I apologize if I am offending you, but I really wish to understand this concept. As it stands right now, I am not seeing anything useful to me, and what I am seeing is contradicting and delusional.
L: Delusional? I wouldn’t go that far. Yes, there are some contradictions, but the benefit outweighs that contradiction.
D: You mentioned the Constitution, and you stated it was a contract amongst the people. I have a hard time with that concept, help me if you will. A contract is an agreement between two or more parties, correct?
L: yes, any number of person or groups can enter into an contract with another.
D: In contracts, there are persons mentioned as responsible to the execution thereof, correct?
D: and the contract always states whom those person are, so that they are held liable incase of breach, correct?
L: (with trepidation) Yes.
D: so where in this constitution am I mentioned?
L: you are a person of this country and that makes you part of that contract.
D: but I am not mentioned by name, nor have I signed such, showing my agreement with such. How am I liable for completion or breach of this contract that you mention?
L: Well, the founders signed it, making it a legal contract between all the people.
D: So, if I go down to the wharf, make a contract with the lenders stating that you will pay them back, and sign my name on it, you will still be liable for breach or completion: Is that correct?
L: No! You can’t sign your name on something I am liable for, nor can you make me liable for something I had nothing to do with!
D: Another contradiction. Do you not see the fallacy of your thinking when it comes to this thing you call government? Or am I just not seeing the whole picture, Please help me to understand.
L: I don’t understand what you mean by “another contradiction. We are talking about the Constitution, not some contract with lenders or realtors.
D: But that is the contradiction. You stated that the Constitution is a contract between the Government and the People, but at no time have I been addressed to sign that contract, nor is there such an entity of Government that can sign its name to that contract. How am I liable for such a contract, when there is no alternate party to complete or breach said contract. And how am I liable because someone else signed his name to said work?
L: Well you were born here and that makes you a part of the people, and that means you are part of that contract. You are liable to the people around you, as they are liable to you.
D: So, by simple birth, I am now part of a contract, with many many others, whom I don’t know, nor will likely ever know, and I am liable to such, all on the signature of someone else, that I neither know, nor have met, nor can meet as they are long dead. Explain to me how that situation can make me liable to anything other than my own needs, which I don’t need a contract for, as that is a simple case of self interest.
L: Put in such a manner, I can’t explain it. Such thinking is dangerous. If everyone thought in such a manner, the whole of Government would fall apart and where would we be?
D: Ah, A question I can answer. We would be sitting here talking about many things, same as we are now. Only we wouldn’t be trying to figure out how something that doesn’t truly exist, effects so many.
(and on that note, Lucretius begins scratching one of Diogenes’ dogs behind the ear, shaking his head at how hard it is to get his point across to such as Diogenes.)
(Further posts will be in similar vein, If you are intrigued by this and want to know where my thoughts are coming from, The Most Dangerous Superstition by Larken Rose is the book I have been reading lately)