Posts Tagged ‘Reality’
Incapable of Reforming Itself

Jesse nails it:

A credibility trap is when the regulatory, political and informational functions of a society have been compromised by corruption and fraud, so that the leadership cannot effectively reform or even honestly address the situation without impairing and implicating, at least incidentally, a broad swath of the power structure, including themselves.

The status quo tolerates the corruption and the fraud because they have profited at least indirectly from it, and would like to continue to do so. Even relatively honest reformers within the power structure are susceptible to various forms of soft blackmail and coercion.

And so a failed policy and its support system are almost self-sustaining, long after it is seen by the people to have failed. In its failure it becomes counterproductive, and an impediment to recovery in the real economy. Admitting failure is not an option for those who receive their power from that system.

The continuity of the structural hierarchy must therefore be maintained at all costs, even to the point of becoming a painfully obvious hypocrisy.

The Banks must be restrained, and the financial system reformed, with balance restored to the economy, before there can be any sustainable recovery.

I could not put it better myself. This further explains the move by our governing elite to constrain free speech. A tendency recognized by denizens of the opposite ends of the political spectrum, such as Goebbels and Hayek :

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
Joseph Goebbels

 

“Everything which might cause doubt about the wisdom of the government or create discontent will be kept from the people. The basis of unfavorable comparisons with elsewhere, the knowledge of possible alternatives to the course actually taken, information which might suggest failure on the part of the government to live up to its promises or to take advantage of opportunities to improve conditions–all will be suppressed. There is consequently no field where the systematic control of information will not be practiced and uniformity of views not enforced.”
Friedrich A. von Hayek, The Road to Serfdom

It’s little wonder the governing class across the English speaking world are so determined to remove not just the right, but the expectation of free speech. If they get their way, we know where we will end up:

“When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, ‘This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know,’ the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything—you can’t conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.”
Robert A. Heinlein, If This Goes On, 1940

George Orwell wrote 1984 as a warning, not a how to manual. Something we need to recognize if we are to resist big brother and the thought police’s propaganda.

It’s the kids I feel sorriest for. Governments will lose the ability to maintain their big lie. Much of the governing class will try to resort to tyranny to maintain their relatively privileged position. This process and the overthrow of the big lie will tear core societal assumptions and structures asunder.  It’ll be as traumatic for us as was the ending Communism and the defeat of Nazis for Nazis and communists. Most have no idea what they will lose:

“It is worthy of remark that a belief constantly inculcated during the early years of life, whilst the brain is impressible, appears to acquire almost the nature of an instinct; and the very essence of an instinct is that it is followed independently of reason.” Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man, 1871

Reality always wins.

 
Krishnamurti and Freedom

There is a profound difference between knowledge, understanding and wisdom. I don’t remember ever not knowing that at an intellectual level, but understanding it came far later. Perhaps this is a normal part of the human life cycle. As we age our wants and needs change, as does the aspects of reality we focus on. Or perhaps it reflects a growing unwarranted arrogance on my part. But for whatever reason, my underlying motivational driver has shifted from seeking knowledge through seeking understanding to seeking wisdom.

I was lucky as my mother introduced me to Krishnamurti at a very tender age. Krishnamurti was an Indian Guru who in 1929 dissolved his organization. Krishnamurti spoke on matters spiritual, but his comments are generally applicable:

Truth is a Pathless Land

I have only one purpose: to make man free, to urge him towards freedom, to help him to break away from all limitations, for that alone will give him eternal happiness, will give him the unconditioned realization of the self.

Because I am free, unconditioned, whole — not the part, not the relative, but the whole Truth that is eternal — I desire those, who seek to understand me to be free; not to follow me, not to make out of me a cage which will become a religion, a sect. Rather should they be free from all fears — from the fear of religion, from the fear of salvation, from the fear of spirituality, from the fear of love, from the fear of death, from the fear of life itself.

I may never become wise or even gain true understanding. Wisdom may well be a bi-product of seeking something else or not seeking anything at all.  But this site, while helping people enhance their freedom, will also document the evolution of my consciousness. In the course of this I hope that we shall, in the words of Krishnamurti, become:

Freer, greater, more dangerous to every Society which is based on the false and the unessential

Krishnamurti had a profound understanding of reality. The damning effects of big government have long been recognized. Krishnamurti could have been speaking of them, rather than of the organization created around him when he said such organizations:

becomes a crutch, a weakness, a bondage, and must cripple the individual, and prevent him from growing, from establishing his uniqueness, which lies in the discovery for himself of that absolute, unconditioned Truth.

and

When you look for an authority to lead you to spirituality, you are bound automatically to build an organization around that authority. By the very creation of that organization, which, you think, will help this authority to lead you to spirituality, you are held in a cage.

Reality is intruding into the delusional neo-socialist economic systems developed countries have created. Krishnamurti’s words will prove prophetic:

You will see how absurd is the whole structure that you have built, looking for external help, depending on others for your comfort, for your happiness, for your strength. These can only be found within yourselves.

Jesse has an excellent post outlining why we have built our economic system on a tissue of lies:

Sachs: The Price of Civilization

It is not that this generation is worse than any other. Rather, it is because it thinks it is different, better, higher, above all others. And out of this rises the ability to rationalize ideologically, and with lessening pangs of conscience, the worst of their excesses that is frightening. This is the path that allows the most powerful, the Übermensch, to rob, torture, starve, and euthanize the weak at their own discretion, or sometimes merely for the sake of expediency and enjoyment. It is the most virulent moral epidemic of the early twentieth century, and the most pernicious vanity of human history, attempting a resurgence. And the great voices of conscience and cultural transmitters are remarkably silent.

The greatest impediment to reform and renewal is the gullibility, vanity, and mean spiritedness of a self-absorbed cultural elite that pushes beyond all reason, flouting the laws that protect even them, and strikes the Faustian bargain that eventually brings their self-destruction. It is the fall of Rome, the British Empire and the Soviet Union. It is an old story of hubris that leads to downfall and decline.

That things will change is inevitable. Governments, banks and elites can delay the day of reckoning. But only at the cost of making the adjustment when it comes worse.  There is a limit to how far down the road they can “kick the can”.