KVB: Whoever Wins, We Lose

Written by Gary Whittaker

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John Kerry. Here is a man that joinedrepparttar army because of his own ideals. When he came back home, and found that public sentiment was against it, he went with them. He was one of them torepparttar 125944 point where he made a public demonstration of throwing away his army medals to make a statement. Except he still hasrepparttar 125945 real ones. He put replicas on his army jacket. Fast forward to pre-9/11. Kerry voted to reduce funding to intelligence gathering, andrepparttar 125946 military. Inrepparttar 125947 wake ofrepparttar 125948 attacks in New York, Kerry became a Bush supporter, and followed public sentiment that more should be spent on national defense andrepparttar 125949 armed forces. Kerry backed all of Bush's war efforts, until public sentiment turned against Bush. If Kerry is elected, he will be a West Coast style President. He will be a surfer, ridingrepparttar 125950 waves of public opinion. Problem what that is, it is a proven fact that when a mass of people are confronted with a negative situation, problems arise. Problems become hysteria, and hysteria will lead to bloodshed. It is possible that inrepparttar 125951 event of another terrorist attack, John Kerry will fanrepparttar 125952 flames of public angst instead of putting them out. He will be slow to react, causing those people who would be naturally opposed to stir those who would be normally neutral.

Both Bush and Kerry are members of a secret organization known asrepparttar 125953 Skull and Bones. There have been movies about them, but atrepparttar 125954 core of those movies there is truth. This society was created to elevate its members into positions of power. Most of these men today are either in office, or executives in Fortune 500 companies. No matter who is elected, there are companies that stand to gain more than others. It will berepparttar 125955 job of either Bush or Kerry to keeprepparttar 125956 average Joe content enough to let it happen.

Gary Whittaker is the editor of T.E.N Magazine, a social commentary webzine with balls! Check out more articles at http://www.tenwebzine.com

The Conundrum of World Improvement

Written by Martin Winer

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In interpersonal relationships, pain is often caused without intention Remember that this solution must be a comprehensive one. Our intention buster will catch negative intentions but much ofrepparttar pain ofrepparttar 125943 world is not caused with direct intent. Romance is a terrific example of a realm where pain is often caused without intent.

The real problem: lack of empathy The real problem with this solution is that first, it does not allow one to develop empathy and to learn aboutrepparttar 125944 effects of our intentions and actions. Second, it assumes thatrepparttar 125945 problems ofrepparttar 125946 world are always a result of negative intent. The problems ofrepparttar 125947 world are oftenrepparttar 125948 result of people taking actions without understanding their effects on other people. Thus, we need to increase empathy inrepparttar 125949 world to prevent people from taking actions which harm others.

Attempt 4 -- The Eye for an Eye Empathy Inducer Suppose, one were to take a banana fromrepparttar 125950 over supply caused by our previous attempts and play a trick on his/her neighbour. The neighbour suffers a terrible spill asrepparttar 125951 result of slipping onrepparttar 125952 peel and injures his back for 3 days. The empathy inducer will make sure thatrepparttar 125953 perpetrator suffers a similar fall causing 3 days of similar back pain. Surely our perpetrator will never attempt another such trick? This is a case of Mutually Assured Consequences betweenrepparttar 125954 perpetrator andrepparttar 125955 victim.

What ifrepparttar 125956 perpetrator is prepared to endurerepparttar 125957 consequences? Well what ifrepparttar 125958 perpetrator in future becomes really angry with someone? Now, we’re talking blood boiling angry. The perpetrator knows that it will cost him 3 days of pain to cause his enemy to slip using a banana peel, but who cares? It’s worth it.

We’d hope that people would soon realize that it’s just not worth it to endurerepparttar 125959 pain of hurting others and look to correct their problems through other means. However, one taking such an assumption does not understandrepparttar 125960 power of hate andrepparttar 125961 determination of those thus poisoned.

The real problem – lack of caring The banana peel example is a trivial one, yet we have built our ‘security’ policies around a mutually assured destruction. In general, we have sought to secure our world by assuringrepparttar 125962 death of our enemies. This clearly wasn’trepparttar 125963 last word in security because enemies have emerged who care not about death. They are willing to endurerepparttar 125964 ultimate consequence of killing another, their own death. In general, people often don’t care aboutrepparttar 125965 consequences (to themselves) of their actions.

Attempt 5 – Make people care How then do we make people care in general? We’re not talking aboutrepparttar 125966 suicide bombers anymore and we’re not trying to figure out how to make them care about losing their lives. The solution to that one is comparatively simple: convince them that there is no reward for their actions.

The harder question is how do we make people care about others in general acrossrepparttar 125967 board? We need full spectrum caring from caring about littering by throwing banana peels onrepparttar 125968 ground to caring about others andrepparttar 125969 effects you have on them.

Eliminate Opiates Afterlife Get rid ofrepparttar 125970 notion of an afterlife or some other time/place where everything will be ok. This obviatesrepparttar 125971 fierce urgency of here and now. Atrepparttar 125972 very least, make it clear that problems must be solved here and now, and not later.

Deities No need to eraserepparttar 125973 concept of God here, but it is necessary to eraserepparttar 125974 notion that we can ignorerepparttar 125975 problems we have with our neighbours and deal with God directly. It must be made clear that our purpose on this planet is to deal withrepparttar 125976 problems of this planet.

False deities It must be made clear that contributing to your 401K will never assure you peace and security. This is an opiate and a distraction fromrepparttar 125977 true problem at hand.

Blood is thicker than water There should be priorities for our caring for people in our lives. However, our ultimate happiness will come when water thickens to something close to blood.

Realize that this is a prisoners dilemma It’s crucial that we realize that our actions contribute to a sort of social inertia. It is this social inertia which ties us together. We must come to realize that if we act negatively, we invite others to do so. If we act positively, we promote people to dorepparttar 125978 same. While we may not immediately seerepparttar 125979 results of our positive actions, we are building towards a critical mass of positive people who will be able to reshaperepparttar 125980 world. Truthfully, our only lasting legacy is our contributions to this world.

An example would help Perhaps ifrepparttar 125981 world could be shown a community where they care for one another, then people could see, by contrast,repparttar 125982 dark world they currently live in. If such an example were available, perhaps this would help people seerepparttar 125983 errors of their ways.

Am I my brother’s keeper? “Am I my brother’s keeper?” This wasrepparttar 125984 answer Cain provided God when He asked: “where is your brother” (knowing full well he was murdered). This embodiesrepparttar 125985 ‘I-thou’ andrepparttar 125986 ‘us and them’ philosophies that have plagued this planet from time immemorial.

There have been numerous examples of strong comradery that develops out of situations where a group of people have each others lives in their hands. Such comradery is common inrepparttar 125987 military for example. If we could extend this comradery and cause people to realize that they have other peoples’ quality of lives in their hands, we may very well solverepparttar 125988 world’s problems and cause people to care. Thus, we must always answer: “Am I my brother’s keeper?” with ‘Yes.’

This work is a thought experiment into how to improve the world. Martin Winer is a computer scientist by day, developing www.rankyouragent.com, and a social scientist by night. You can contact him at: martin_winer@hotmail.com if you have any suggestions/comments.

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