I love this image, especially the text.
If terrestrial evolution were a super-advanced computer game being played by extra-dimensional entities, I suspect that the arrival of a primate with the capacity for language and abstract thought would be very exciting for the players. …
Our hypothetical extra-dimensional computer game players might look at this unprecedented cognitive and linguistic capacity, along with the fact that primates are already social animals by default, and assume that the game was essentially over. A species had arrived which could use its mental and collaborative capabilities to escape the food chain and ensure that all its members get everything they need to survive and thrive without upsetting the delicate ecosystemic context in which it evolved. The death and destruction inherent in Darwinian natural selection had come to an end. Utopia had arrived.
Of course we here in this dimension know that such an assumption would prove spectacularly wrong. Humans have indeed used our superior neurology to out-survive and out-thrive all other competing organisms, but then we’ve also continued to use it to conquer, kill, exploit and enslave one another throughout the entirety of recorded history, and to decimate the ecosystem which we need to survive. If we end up going extinct due to anthropogenic climate chaos or nuclear armageddon, we will have failed as spectacularly as a species can possibly fail in the extremely short time that we have been here. The extra-dimensional alien playing our species would have the lowest possible score in the game. …
On my Twitter and Facebook profiles I’ve been listing myself as a “utopia prepper”, meaning I’m doing everything I can to align myself with a will toward utopia. I’m doing my best to rid myself of anything in me that is addicted to drama and conflict, any conditioning I might have that would be bored or restless in a world where we’re not making problems for ourselves anymore. …
It is evolve or die time. If we want to evolve, we’re going to have to really want this thing, and get rid of our old vestigial conditioning patterns which behave as though we’re still a bunch of howling apes trying to claw our way up the food chain.
Hearing Caitlin say that she is doing “my best to rid myself of anything in me that is addicted to drama and conflict, any conditioning I might have that would be bored or restless in a world where we’re not making problems for ourselves anymore” is almost scary and it will be interesting to see how she interprets this. But I love where she’s going with this. Time to break out of the “us v. them” chains and find ways to work together without selling our souls, which in politics, as you know, is extremely difficult.
We might be able to keep some of our love of drama by viewing hate as our biggest challenge, our ring that must be thrown in the fire, our Moby Dick, our mountain we must climb to change our sad and infuriating trajectory.
This doesn’t mean that we walk around with zombie smiles, and it will mean a gadzillion different things to different people. For me, it might mean that I get myself up and out on Saturday morning to the local Our Revolution group. To someone with greater skill than I, it might mean remaining active in the Dem party.
And maybe while I’m at one of those OR meetings, I bring up what several people came up with on here the other day, by degrees (iirc, humphrey, mags, LD)—I ask for help in approaching the City Council with a petition (or whatever) to start demilitarizing our local police force. We can continue to defend the environment, even while we do our best to win hearts as to why we are doing this. We can be ready with the money stats for Medicare for All. People already feel it in their guts–we want to woo them on over–how is still a question to be answered, a puzzle to solve. Bernie does it really well. Nina, too. And more.
We can set these things in motion while Trump’s in, and then do our very best to get progressives in the highest places to magnify and enact these ideas where they could change the world. The military can be used for so much good in this, as “Bucky” Fuller envisions.
This isn’t to say that there won’t be stands that we take, god bless all the pipeline and other protestors, myself included, but those protests will make it obvious that we are standing for everyone.
As you all know, getting through to the TPTB is the biggest challenge of our lifetime. I can barely wrap my brain around it. And as I look at this post, I’m thinking to myself, “But how much of this will you really do?” And I may not do diddly squat.
But it was fun to talk about it on here and we could use an Open Thread today. (How anti-climactic, eh?) :O)