I Don’t Care: 3

Moving on from my previous post in this series, some of you might wonder why I came to see things they way I do. While the precise events and reasons are described in a few of my older posts, it ultimately came down to one fact-

I realized that nobody in this world cared about me, and this was default human behavior.

Yes.. that is correct. For all practical purposes nobody cares about you, even those who are supposed to. While we spend much of life convincing others that we care about them or others care about you- the reality is that is just a huge scam or delusion, depending on how you look at it. All the expressions of solidarity, familiarity, kindness, consideration and politeness that you experience in your everyday life are as genuine as the simulated fruit flavors in your 10% natural fruit juice beverage.

Unless you have something for immediate exchange (status, money, favors etc) you are a non-person who is less desirable than a stray cat.

While this has not been the case for most of human history, it is pretty much the default for social interaction today. Which brings us the question which I have asked myself, and others, for a long time-

Why should I care?

The reality is no amount of suffering by others matters to me anymore, and not because I cannot understand it. It is just that they don’t deserve any sympathy, help or consideration. Let me explain that point further with a few tasteless examples..

Imagine a country like say Japan is wiped off the face of the earth in a particularly gruesome way. Would it matter to you? I have to say that beyond supply chain disruptions for components of my favorite toys, it would not matter at all. Face it- it is a xenophobic society full of phony people whose death and suffering is mildly entertaining at best. I have not met anyone from that country or culture who matters to me in a positive way. West European countries are no different, in that they are OK to live in if you are one of them. However “outsiders” to these dying systems are treated well only if they are tourists willing to blow tons of cash to see some 200 year old piece of shit. The same can be said of many other countries, cultures and groups.

Let us consider another example somewhat closer to home, in a figurative sense. As some of you might know, the pharmaceutical and biotech sector has undergone a series of massive layoffs in the last 5 years which have devastated the careers of hundreds of thousands of scientists in the western world. This phenomenon has touched every sector and sub-sector in that area. Combined with the overproduction of PhDs and rapidly diminishing opportunities for them, an entire part of the STEM sector is literally dying as we speak. But I cannot feel sympathy for the affected people in that sector, academic or industrial. You see.. when times were good- many of these now destroyed people exhibited the same arrogance, pettiness, greed and small-mindedness that they now see in the MBAs, banksters and managers responsible for their demise.

How can you rationally blame somebody for doing to you what you used to do to others?

In my opinion, a lot of what people refer to as civilized behavior is a supremely dishonest scam. Its persisted only because enough people survived to keep it alive. This is not an argument for Neo-Luddism because technology is, by its very nature, neutral. It is however clear to me that most of our familiar socio-economic structures and paradigms are becoming irrelevant, counterproductive and fundamentally unstable.

Comments?

  1. January 7, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    “How can you rationally blame somebody for doing to you what you used to do to others?”

    one part hypocrisy and one part arrogance thinking you are better than everyone else….

  2. January 7, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    “In my opinion, a lot of what people refer to as civilized behavior is a supremely dishonest scam.”

    Companies and governments operate in THEIR best interests but with change to the bankruptcy laws and using tactics telling people that they should be patriotic, good, hardworkers, they are trying to get people to “bleed” for them…..

  3. January 7, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    “Imagine a country like say Japan is wiped off the face of the earth in a particularly gruesome way.”

    They, along w/Germany tried to take over the world in the big WW2….

  4. January 8, 2012 at 2:58 am

    “In my opinion, a lot of what people refer to as civilized behavior is a supremely dishonest scam.”

    and slavery.

  5. jackal
    January 8, 2012 at 8:07 am

    It helps if one studies how and why human behavior has evolved from within a natural environment to one within an artificial exchange economy. It explains why people’s lord is money and, by extension, exploitation of fellow humans. When Rose Sayer (Katharine Hepburn) in the “African Queen” said, “Nature, Mr. Allnut (Humphrey Bogart), is what we are put in this world to rise above,” she was referring to drunks, not the highjacking of nature by greedy bastards who in turn use monopolies to dominate fellow humans, as though absolute rulers imposing the divine right of kings, incarnated assholes who’ve come full circle as a ruling class sitting in board rooms, lapped in luxury, having hijacked the political process to rule in European fashion of kingly caprice, its wake a Mad Max wasteland strewn with broken children, adults and families — not mentioning unemployment and destruction of the middle class. A modern exchange economy has evolved, like human greed, into nothing more than a lottery, where, for every winner, millions must first give blood. I respect the Amish, Hutterites, Mennonites, Quakers, etc, because they have no such concept as “you’re on your own.” Community members love, support, contribute and comfort each other equally. It’s nature’s own plan, which prevailed for all humans predating exchange economies. My own family is structured on this community model. Because I have others to love, I’m loved in return. To receive love, you must first love. A good place to start loving is with one’s own child. This nation was precipitated by “…five thousand years of experience, that we cannot entrust the management of our lives to kings, priests, politicians, generals, and county commissioners.” –Edward Abbey. These misfits rise to power because most people are government-dependents, like sheep, more content as subjects than as independent, self-sufficient individuals living in small clans. One side note: military units are structured exactly as nature intended, small groups where no one is on his own, the brotherhood instinct so powerful, each member gladly fights to the death for any other. There is no pleasure higher or nobler than comes from true camaraderie among family and friends. It’s a pleasure so powerful, explaining why disabled combat veterans would rather be not with their government-dependent wives and family but their comrades back on the war front.

  6. Venus Project
    January 8, 2012 at 10:28 am

    “It is however clear to me that most of our familiar socio-economic structures and paradigms are becoming irrelevant, counterproductive and fundamentally unstable.”

    That’s The Zeitgeist.

    The solution is The Venus Project.

  7. Malcolm Tucker
    January 10, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    A’int he cute?

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