Goodbye To The Pleasuredome

If any of you were to actually know me, you would know that I am apolitical. I put critical discourse and independent thought above rigid devotion to political ideology. Any ideology.  I love the movie The Watchmen, especially the character of Rorschach. I do not, however, believe in his philosophy. There is a line where he confronts inescapable defeat and says:

“Never compromise. Not even in the face of Armageddon.”

You can guess the outcome. I wonder if this is where we are today. I fear that there is a crushing of the bell curve right now. The ends are squeezing the middle.I truly believe in the bell curve. Years and years of experience have proven this model to be so damned correct across so many aspects of humanity.

The Bell Curve, published in 1994, was written by Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray to explain the variations in intelligence in American society, warn of some consequences of that variation, and propose social policies for mitigating the worst of the consequences. The book’s title comes from the bell-shaped normal distribution of intelligence quotient (IQ) scores in a population.

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I am going take the bell curve and lay it over the political landscape of today’s America. We are living in a country where a 2-party system is entrenched in the leadership selection process. A small group of extremists on one side of an ideological spectrum hoist a warrior-leader on their shoulders to face the warrior-leader chosen by a small group of polar opposite extremists. And from that we have have to choose. So basically 10% on one side, and 10% on another side distill their choices until we have 2 simmered down pots of gooey concentrate for the other 80% of us to pick. And one does inevitably get picked. Which brings us to where we are today.

Extremes on the “losing side” waging war of words with those on the “winning side”. Ideology over intellect. Conflict over critical thought.  Finger-pointing by each instead of figuring out true solutions for the majority…remember that mathematically 80% is THE majority. You cannot criticize anything on the winning side because they immediately erect a shield-wall of childish rhetoric and response akin to “I know you are but what am I? I know you are but what am I?” They might as well be sticking their fingers in their ears and going “NAH NAH NAH NAH I CAN’T HEAR YOU!!!”

We have become our own worst enemy. To quote Peter Gabriel from Games Without Frontiers:

If looks could kill, they probably will
In games without frontiers-war without tears
Games without frontiers-war without tears.

We need to remember that there ARE consequences and tears in war. The potential outcome? Do not even WANT to dwell on that one. Are people so blind to their ideologies they cannot see the cliff they are hurtling towards? Are they so entrenched in the desire not to lose face they are willing to risk so much and say “No compromise. Not even in the face of Armageddon”? I really hope not. So I leave you and this rant with one more quote from Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s song called Two Tribes. Because that’s what is driving our nation. Two tribes.

When two tribes go to war
A point is all that you can score
(Score no more, score no more)
When two tribes go to war
A point is all that you can score
(Working for the black gas)

3 comments

  1. Have you ever wondered if perhaps the reason we never seem to learn from history is that maybe humans have been biologically instilled with self-destructive thinking as a sort of check on our tendency to reproduce exponentially to unsustainable population levels? The planet itself does some of the work, of course, via natural disasters, plagues and the like, but at 7.5 billion and growing, the natural destructive cycles of the earth aren’t thinning us out fast enough anymore. Resources are finite. Maybe those political and cultural ideals that we find so important are nothing more than predetermined population control inherent in the human animal. If scientists were ever to prove such a thing, would we be able to consider our ideologies worth defending anymore?

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