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27 January 2003 @ 05:55 pm
Our culture is becoming an endangered species of its own doing...  
When you in-breed anything for "purity" too long, you end up not only pushing the desirable features to the extreme, but cultivating its genetic flaws as well. We've seen it physically manifest itself in dogs and royal bloodlines. Now, we're seeing it culturally, in politics, religions, and the media. In the life our children are supposed to accept. These things are all slowly killing themselves until they admit fresh material into their make-up.

Forgive a far-reaching connection, but if you've ever studied the financial crisis in Japan, it's a similar problem. To try and save a struggling economy, Japan is trying to rebuild the remnants of a once highly efficient system, but in doing so, disregard or merely quarrel about new and life-saving changes. No one on top wants to see things change. Yet, the people who lose out most in this are not the men and women who get pay cuts, or even those whose jobs are lost. Japan is struggling to keep these practices at a minimum at the cost of higher taxes and prices. The ones who really lose are the young college graduates who never even have a chance of finding a job where they can spread fresh insight. The private investors also continue to lose their earnings to the public sector's massive consumption of their savings as long as these trends continue (if you happen to be interested in a more in-depth explanation, which I'll admit is unlikely, you can ask to read my papers, "Stuck in a Rut: Understanding Japan's Slow Reform" and "It's Not Fair: The Economic Problems of Japanese Egalitarianism").

Moving away from the specifics of my Japanese analogy, these persistent defects have grown so powerfully over time that traditional cures are no longer taking effect. Protest is healthy, but by no means is it the antidote it may once have been. Post-modern thought is rapidly running itself into recursive loops in an attempt to squeeze out the poison, but has become tangled up within itself. Debates between old-form representatives lead no where. The youth of this country is uninterested because they don't see how this problem applies to them. Inbred children don't know what's wrong with their family's structure, partly because it is all they are familiar with and partly because many of them no longer have the capacity to understand the defects.

So, what now? To be honest, I'm not sure. Yet, I feel there is a way, if we all try looking for it. We need to branch out. We need to mate with alien ideas. We have to find some way to change this, or our children will all be choking on their own blood.

I refuse an arranged, infertile marriage. I demand a better future. Chances are if you're reading this, you probably agree, at least a little. I don't think it'll happen instantly or easily, but we have to take the chances that we can. All we have is now, so let's take it and run with it. Because, contrary to popular belief, thinking may very well save our lives.
Mood: searching...
Music: National Skyline - A Night At The Drug Store
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Brian: Servile Robbie - Forbidden Planetdigibri on January 27th, 2003 04:19 pm (UTC)

Wow, this was incredibly well said.
I can't even come up with something to add,it's still seeping through all the cell walls in my body.

arteris on January 27th, 2003 08:51 pm (UTC)
"Duty now, for the future" - Devo

Problem being, the youth of today have no idea nor sense of what duty is. For a long time I've lamented to my friends how our technological excess has brought us outside of the grasp of normal evolutionary flow. What was once the strongest survive, has been augmented by healthcare and the like that the weak genes are still being passed and moved along through the family lines. Natural selection is a broken promise these days.

With this, what was once balanced is now amiss, as the strong are obligated to help the weak along. It sounds a bit cruel, but it's only all part of nature, our nature too, that we have chosen to ignore.

There is also the aspect of how our sociological development has been very sub-par compared to the technological development, and thus our handlings with how to deal with such things as say Cloning aren't up to speed. We're just not ready for it yet, we haven't evolved enough.

But that, ends my little rant. Just comments I thought I would add, you do make a very valid point however.
Alek Traunic: snailalektraunic on January 27th, 2003 09:45 pm (UTC)
and the cycle marches on
every generation has thought it's situation unique
since the dawn of humanity
the youth have always felt they were at the pinnacle of resistance
they have always felt their insight would overthrow the establishment
over and over
the cyle never stops

not once has a generation risen aware of the cycle
the resistance to the idea that the youth before you felt the same is great
who wants to belive their insight is not unique?
the context has changed
it always will
but the sentiment is stuck in a groove
rally to the new cause
same as the old cause
always the same, always different
struggle to open the eyes of those that do not see "the truth"

the truth has always been the same
a new generation has a different perspective
yet another pool of ideas on how to improve the human struggle

this time
via mass communication never known before
we can become aware of the cycle

yeah, sure

what is the answer?
if none is given the cycle repeats....
...the next generation comes along to question the actions of this one
and if an answer is given
what then?

scope is what has always been lost
a new generation never digs deep into the history of past youth
perhaps afraid to see their own reflection
and what of the next generation
who ever talks about them?

what legacy are we creating for them?
by the time we become aware of the situation it is almost too late
best not to waste any more energy on changing things for ourselves
better to focus on what can be done for the next generation
let them know about the cycle now
make sure they don't make our mistakes.....
Second Best Coffee in Towndaoistraver on January 28th, 2003 02:13 am (UTC)
not exactly circular though...
look at your icon, sir.

many have tried to make people aware of this pattern.

but as you said - what is the answer?
remembering, maybe.
Alek Traunicalektraunic on January 28th, 2003 05:02 am (UTC)
Re: not exactly circular though...