Which I interpret as “be careful about the things you say.”
I’ve never seen anyone get away with anything, in the sense that every thing you do and know it to be wrong will come back and haunt you. It’s a sobering thought.
Let’s take one example that is annoying like a loud radio in the apartment upstairs.
Greta Thunberg is being coached by Greenpeace’s Jennifer Morgan who attended Davos along with Al Gore. Greenpeace is funding. For me Greta is a confused child, who belongs in school. She flew to the Canadian province of Alberta just before the elections trying to convince people who work in the oil fields to quit their jobs.
The Khmer Rouge leader, Pol Pot, embraced the same ideals we are listening to in the rising trend of socialism and climate change. Pot came to admire the tribes in Cambodia’s rural northeast. He saw these people were self-sufficient and lived on the goods they produced. In trying to force society back to a rural commune, there was a mass starvation that become known as the Killing Fields.
In our times there is some humor in these shenanigans – a climate conference started in Madrid (COP25), so Greta sailed to the port of Alcantara to save energy. The captain of the yacht Nikki Henderson was in Great Britain at the time and had to buy a plane ticket to join with them and command the eco-yacht on the way south.
Woody Allen said that you need a delusion to make your life work and it looks like the climate change crowd has found one.
I don’t understand it and I don’t like things that I don’t understand.
In analyzing any input from the outside world, the brain has two hemispheres to handle it – the right hemisphere is on the look out for predators, the left is on the lookout for prey. You may put a nicer definition on it, but you get the idea.
It’s the same with hands, the left performs exploratory motions, and right is grasping and evaluating.
In essence the right hemisphere acts like a highly efficient bureaucrat handling the input from the left. One works on facts, the other on emotions.
There is a big resistance to that attitude, we see it in all sorts of public forms; we don’t trust people ability to think through things. The mania around artificial intelligence (AI) stands for the proposition that humans aren’t supposed to think too much. We want machines to be thinking in the world where humans have little intellectual agency.
We don’t trust rationality, we maybe believe in the wisdom of crowds and in some form of mechanistic process, but we don’t believe in the mind.
That is the raison d’existence of the AI, but it will add nothing, because well-lived life requires making choices and choosing sides, we just need to be brave enough to do so. And use the right side of the brain to make decisions.
I will slow down now.
It’s raining hard and it’s dark outside, I opened the windows because I like the sound of the rain - it fills up the space and brings me closer to the elements.
And then I heard that somebody out there was playing Paganini Caprice on a violin. The music is remarkable to me because it's built like a conversation - it starts low, then goes up, pauses for a bit for a heated exchange, then it all goes down in flames, and finally it reflects on things and goes back to where it started.
And you don't need one word to understand it!
Tom Kubiak is the author of The Traveler