If We Could All See Through The Looking Glass

There seems to be a ripple going throughout the world that is causing tension and anxieties to arise all around. In places like the US, Brazil, England, Germany, etc., it has taken the form of prejudices and Far Right, Nationalistic ideals. People are blaming foreign elements or those that are different from them, as the cause of their woes. In the US, there have been some domestic terrorist attacks that arose prior to the Mid-Term elections. I can’t speak on other nations as I don’t follow anyone else that closely but I’m sure if it hasn’t happened yet, there will be violence in other places as well.

What people fail to see, from my perspective, is that the true root cause of their issues are economical and nothing more. We all live in a global capitalistic business model. What is the function of corporations in a capitalistic business model? Profit of course. How do you make profit? Exploitation and cutting costs to improve profit margins.

The cost of living has been increasing worldwide, and global salaries aren’t waning and not keeping up to these rising costs. Plus, most if not all, non-skilled jobs are going to automation, increasing the chances and opportunities of unemployment worldwide. This anxiety of growing irrelevance is affecting the human psyche on a global scale.

The go to action for most humans is to lash out and blame somebody for their problems. “The immigrants are stealing our jobs” or “An increase of Muslims, Jews, etc., are going to have dramatic effects on our societies”.  These are emotional and non-logical approaches to their problems. It’s also myopic and shortsighted. However, emotion is illogical, and it gives a momentary salve to the anxieties that people are facing, regarding their economic futures.

Politicians use these identity politics to weave and manipulate the masses to get elected into office and further the aims of corporations to perpetuate their suffering.

Identity politics is the biggest wedge issue that plagues human society. If we can deviate, take a step back and look at the problem as a whole and not focus on “our side of the equation” we could conceivably come up with better results.

As it stands, some choose to stay blissfully ignorant, some choose to wallow in identity politics, some choose to stay engrossed on domestic issues, and some just accept their fate and do nothing.

I personally waver between complacency and acceptance of the status quo and/or getting engaged in conversations and intellectual discourse of the state of affairs and what can we do about it.

I hope others can also become more progressive and active with current events and choose advocacy over complacency.  Otherwise, who knows how worse our situations will become.

The Compulsion To Blog Again Is Upon Me

It has been some time since I last blogged. A lot of that had to do with my engrossment of social media. I would check FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc on a daily basis. Without realizing I would spend a few hours idling by looking at people’s “best versions” of their lives and compare it to bland mundane version of myself.

Also, I would realize that it was time wasted, that I could have done something more productive, or, at the very least, more entertaining. That would fuel my self-loathing and despondency and I would escape further into my shell and just consume more media and blog nothing.

Sometime in March of 2018, I decided to podcast again. I was feeling the urge to output something and recording my stream of conscious ramblings for 10-15 minutes a week seem to be the least I could do. Writing involves more time and thought and I just wasn’t ready to do that if I could get the same point across in a short quick rambling and then post it online, to the ether.

Since March, I’ve been pretty consistent with my weekly recordings and am now feeling the urge to blog again. The thought here is that maybe some thoughts that I rambled on could be better fleshed out in text form, especially since I can look at it, edit it, proofread it, etc.,

So this here is my new blog entry in more than a year. Hopefully I can keep this momentum going and see what may come of this.

I’m a fan of The Ranch

I never thought I would say that I’m a fan of this show but here we are. It has all the ingredients for something that I would automatically dislike. Rednecks who are Republican-minded, not fans of Obama, and are into country music. Yet despite that, I now find myself 2 episodes in season 2 (Part 2) and I thought let me take a breather and talk about it.

The show has a stellar cast, starring Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson (both of that 70’s Show fame), Debra Winger and Sam Elliot as the Bennetts. They are a family of cattle Ranchers down on their luck. Ashton Kutcher is the prodigal son who comes back after a failed semi-pro football career and is figuring out his life at the age of 34. He left the family 15 years prior to pursue said football career and now has to come with grips of that decision by convincing his stoic man of the earth father Beau (played by Sam Elliot) and smart ass talking older brother. Adding to the dynamic, is Debra Winger, the matriarch, who moved out of the ranch to run her bar and live in an Airstream trailer but yeah comes back every so often for a booty call with dear old dad.

It makes for a riveting family dynamic that keeps me coming despite some of the aspects that I would normally abhor and stay away from. The writing is just that good. What actually got me made me think to give this show a show was a recent interview that Ashton Kutcher had with Stephen Colbert. After wowing me with his venture capitalist investment stories he mentioned that he was in this show that was in the vein of the old Roseanne sitcom of the 80s with that blue collar dynamic. I was a fan of Roseanne in my youth and that was the seed that finally grew roots and made me finally check the show out.

I’m glad I did. Like I said, 2 days later and 12 episodes deep, I’m invested in the Bennetts plight and wish them the best.