Monday, October 12, 2009
The Color of Money
I think that what is happening is that the lens that we view the world through have become cracked of late. The Weltanschauung that has served us for the last fifty years is breaking apart and we are trying desperately to paste it together so that we can finish off our lives in the luxury that we have become accustomed to.
You see, what is breaking apart is the idea that the methods of kings and empires should be used to maintain a sumptious lifestyle for a kumbaya mentality. This provision is being sustained with the country turning its back on the methods of those who arrange for our gluttony, sloth, and and avarice. I guess the lenses that we are trying to glue together are bifocals.
We have developed a country rife with a central contradiction; in the past fifty years a partnership of the mercantilist corporations and the military have provided exceedingly well for a people who scorn the methods and philosophies of those who implement the largesse. Now the well is running dry, imperial overstretch is well into it's second decade and the guns and butter equation is looking pretty threadbare at this point.
So what we are facing now is the beginning of the resolution of the contradictions that we have created in our society. If we are to accept a kumbaya lifestyle, we will have to accept a radically simpler lifestyle with serious constraints on the freedom of the individual. Simply put, a McMansion with a filled two car garage and world peace cannot be reconciled.
If we choose to continue our current lifestyle, we will have to become a warrior nation. We will have to lose our distaste for kicking peoples ass and taking what we wish.
at 7:49:00 AM