Thursday, March 5, 2009

fashionably unfashionable

It's always been acceptable to pander to the mob. At most times and places during the course of humanity's journey on the third rock from the sun it's been necessary to provide bread and circus to keep the peasants placated.

Technology advances but human beings are more or less the same as they were a very long time ago. Nothing in our nature has become more noble. There are those among us with valor, many among our number without, but we reinvent the wheel all the same. Thus Buddhists believe it is a cycle of many lifetimes, not for a moment considering that humanity may simply be that screwed up.

As I witness America trying to re-invent Lyndon B. Johnson's failed (so-called) Great Society, I can't help but reflect on the absolute folly of socialism. Margaret Thatcher said it best, when discussing socialism, "Eventually you run out of other people's money."

Why do we sing the same tired old refrains and make the same mistakes that were made a generation before? Yes, I know the answer - humanity is simply that screwed up. We select our heroes poorly.

1 comment:

Opus #6 said...

People younger than 45 do not remember the Carter administration. I think that is the biggest problem. And no textbooks are going to teach the children how badly he screwed things up, and how Reagan's conservative ideals energized the economy and the people.

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