Well, I’ve been wanting to participate here for a while. Had a friend nudge me just enough to start it off proper.
Sometimes I do this. Just write up some initial chatter to break the ice. Some places don’t seem to evoke that. This one does. I generally enjoy the commentary here, and I think I know a fair number of you too, which is always a plus.
Right now, it’s a slow Saturday morning. Ever think about the very high value of Saturday? To me, it’s a very special day, because one can basically do whatever they want on that day, assuming a ordinary work week that is. Want to get completely hammered? This is the day, because you’ve got one to recover and somehow manage to show up at work, ideally capable, but maybe just there.
So that’s one good thing about this day.
Another is it being the first real day off. I don’t know about you guys, but work comes at a huge premium right now. I note that corporate profit, in general, is very high. Well, no fucking wonder! We’ve got people running ragged, generally worried over the clear and present threat of so many not actually working. I’m sure the powers that be love that.
Often when I’m writing, my cat Zozo tends to camp out on my lap, occasionally making noises, or rubbing, shifting, putting that paw out, looking for a pet and some nice words. Wonder what she thinks of me looking at a screen, moving all those fingers around? She’s probably thinking there are much better things to do, like play with the laser dot (and, if you’ve not done that with your pet, do! It’s a blast, just use moderation.), or maybe go explore the yard together, maybe playing in the tree.
Since I’m rambling, I love animals. The more aware animals are just like little people! They have the same issues, the same needs, and often are a whole lot smarter than we give them credit for. One big thing is getting over the differences. I find learning about the animals, learning enough to have a conversation, or read an emotion is often no different than doing the same for people. With animals, they have no layers of abstraction that get in the way of others knowing who they are. They just are –unabashedly, I might add, feeling no shame, and very little inhibition, once the trust is there.
There is something in that for all of us –and it’s something good. There should be a whole lot less shame and inhibition in the world, and the animals show us how that can be, and why it matters.
Growing up, I generally hated politics. Really, to me, it all seemed complex and very unproductive. Since then, having matured, working in various places, the importance of politics has continued to dawn on me. A whole lot of our current trouble boils down to a very large percentage of us simply not doing our civics.
Sometimes I wonder about that, then I consider that Saturday again. It’s awfully hard to invest in civics when there are so damn many escalating demands. This is by contrived design, BTW. Make no mistake about it.
Somehow, we have to get more people to do that more of the time, or… get them to allow others to do it by proxy. The religious right and corporate right are both very good at this, and that’s largely, IMHO, due to their lack of consideration for others. Exploitation comes naturally, and with that comes the tools for exploitation, and that’s the story we know today.
Is it possible to get real trust in this way and not be corrupt? I don’t know, but I’m curious about it. The idea that there are enough people to decide an election for the better, sitting on the sidelines is a compelling one, in that it is the only real check we have right now on corporate abuses, and corruption, but how to engage them?
One way is stories. When we know people, it’s harder to do the wrong things, and it’s harder to ignore things, and the value of interaction goes up big. Maybe it’s all as simple as investing the time to tell stores, engage people, and get them to vote at a minimum, seeing that minor effort pay off with better policy.
There you go! My first ramble essay here, ideally more to come. You will see me in the comments on and off, for sure. Probably not on this one though. My Saturday just got a bit busier, as Mrs Potatohead just entered the room wanting to do stuff! No matter how ugly the world gets, I know I’ve got at least one person, who will enter the room, and want to do stuff, because I matter. That’s worth a lot more than the dollars and the power, any day of the week.