Humanity still exists. It’s just not known to make for good TV.
Fortunes are spent to keep this rather tense, unfriendly, uncaring picture of the world in front of everyone at all times. This is because tension is known to quickly grip our attention, fostering fears that commercials can then be set to sell to. Continue reading
It might help to look at different motivations people have for wanting to be moral.
There seem to be two basic camps:
Some feel they should be moral in order to meet some given standard or ideal. To these, morality becomes a black-and-white list of rules that spell out which behaviors are acceptable and which deserve shame or judgment. Continue reading
For fear and fun.
Humans are both communal and independent. If we feel like any of the thoughts or actions we privately enjoy might cause us public shame, we hide them. We make others promise to hide them.
We’re afraid of being found out, exposed, rejected… Continue reading
Everyone now has instant access to anyone all the time.
But attention is the new currency. Laser-focused, we’re highly intentional about what we’ll give our attention to.
My best friend could send me an article or video she absolutely loves; but I probably wouldn’t get to it unless it was something I too found interesting or valuable. Continue reading
We love to reminisce about the good old days . . . when kids had to show and earn respect; when we spent all day outside and then gathered around tables for dinner; when our thoughts, words, and attention spans were so much looser and simpler.
Cities seemed cleaner and friendlier. Cultures still carried their own special magic.
But do we forget the closeted double-lives we led, or the casually accepted bigotry we held toward anyone outside our group(s)? Continue reading
Many see socialism as unfair because the value individuals provide goes unrewarded. Those that work hard, solve big problems, and apply their knowledge and talents don’t receive any more or less in compensation than anyone else.
On the other hand, many see free capitalism and other libertarian systems as dangerous due to potential greed and selfish tendencies of those who can gain power.
It’s a problem when the shortcomings of each ideal can be so easily spun out of proportion by competing corporations (businesses, governments, media entities, interest groups, etc.), all fighting for influence and resources. This creates a false one-or-the-other dynamic that can only be limiting, unbalanced, immature, and unhelpful. Continue reading