From these basics our leaders spiritual and temporal, can be called to account for our present divisions caused by religion, ideology, famine, poverty, and warfare.
The Dangerous Swings To The Left Or Right In Political Alliance
Due to dissatisfaction and no "Protest Vote" i.e., none of the above option is missing from the Ballot paper UK.
Communist Party (far left). British National Party BNP (far right)
Do not join or support any political parties, withdraw your support or vote when you think it is right for you to do so: until, the ‘None of the Above option’ is included in our ballot papers. Stay apathetic!
Cultivate your own detachment, in your imagination, and sit on another planet with a zoom camera lens that can pick out the details on Earthor show our planet as a small pebble in the Universe.
First to catch the eye are white clouds swirling in the wind, they are the products of the oceans. Large bright dollops of ice bury the Southern Continent and relics of glaciers indicate that ice has recently melted from vast areas of the Northern Lands, we are observing the Earth during a comparatively warm interval. Large green patches are natural solar-energy stations where the plants spread their leaves to capture the suns energy.
A quick survey confirms that the passivity of the plants is deceptive, they manipulate the animals. Flowers have recruited battalions of small six legged and large two legged animals to serve them. The reproductive self-interest of the plants requires that animals find their flowers attractive, their nectar and fruit tasty. Among the plants, a biped stoops in a humble posture carefully removing all except those who have charmed him to their service, and other bipeds swarm in large numbers around green rectangles in river valleys. The master of the Earth is now identifiable it is grass.
Grass first evolved its biped slaves, the humans, as hunters on the grasslands and then lured them on into the cultivation of special grasses, including wheat, rice, and maize. Humans cleared trees out of the way and irrigated the fields for the benefit of grass. To increase the energy available to grass, beyond the resources of sunlight and human labour, farmers brought in oxen and manure. The most favoured species of grass, especially, the cereals is transported between continents.
It was greatly to the advantage of grass that humans multiplied their numbers without limit, and eventually recruited the energy of fossil fuels to pamper the grass with tractors and fertilizers. The humans accepted the grasses bribes of food and they put seeds aside, which is good from the grasses point of view. The farmers ship the food to markets and in exchange they receive trinkets and commands from other humans. A game is in progress among the slaves of grass, in which half of them manage to avoid the hard labour of having to tend the grass themselves, even though they cannot live without it.
Inspection reveals various ways of succeeding in the game. For example: by trinket making a person can induce others to look after his share of the grass in exchange for pots, shirts or automobiles. Alternatively, he can offer entertainment, teaching, doctoring, or money lending. Another ploy is to invent machines and chemicals that groom the grass with relatively little human labour.
However, the most successful way to avoid muddying ones feet in the fields is by force. Individual humans declare themselves landowners or rulers of ground occupied by the grass, and demand that farmers give substantial parts of their harvest to them. These involuntary gifts called rents and taxes. Although violence is seldom needed to recover them, the owners and rulers can resort, if needs be, to men with guns to enforce their claims. Of course, the men who make and carry the guns have to be fed too, along with their wives, and families, and also a retinue of bureaucrats and lawyers, all supported by taxes, this is called government. Its nature concealed, because humans have short memories and prefer a quiet life.
Manufacturers, traders, teachers, and others, support the system because it provides a framework in which they too can go on eating without growing food themselves. Only when farmers dispute the claims of landowners or rulers does the nature of the game become apparent in bloody battles. To minimise provocation and to keep people alive, and at work, rents and taxes, are typically fixed a little below the level, at which, desperation slips in. This is the principal of all successful parasites, malaria never quite exterminates its host species, nor, the wise master his servants.
On the game of government called politics, the aim is to secure control of the tax revenues.
Typically, this is accomplished by force, by murder, revolution, military coup or conquest. Individuals interested in the power, the treasure, and the control of the men with guns, will say almost anything that helps them to acquire these prizes. The results is an unconscionable amount of rhetoric about rights, while the wish to justify successful ploys in the power game, colours the humans account of their history. Writers on political philosophy, seem to the observer from far away to be like so much paint on the guns.
The observant observer, sees local variations among the humans according to where they live, their languages, how they make ends meet, and whether they look well fed and healthy, or skinny, and sick. The colour of their skin is evidently an adaptation to the altitude (height) of the sun, the amount of cloud and other environmental factors. Nevertheless, it figures in the observer from afar, a first law of human biology, quality of health and nutrition is inversely proportional to skin pigmentation. At one end of the scale are half a billion pink skinned people who push food away trying to control their waistlines and at the other end, half a billion, dark skinned people who are seriously undernourished, exceptions in the form of fat blacks and scrawny whites, show that this is not a genetic variation, but a social phenomenon. Every two seconds a small child dies of poverty, and a task for any observant historian of the present day, must be to, explain how this state of affairs came about.
Food is prominent among the cargoes of ships seen moving in stately fashion across the oceans, so evidently effort is not lacking to redress imbalances in nutrition, at least, for those who can offer something in exchange. The most generous source of surplus grain turns out to be North America where the care of grass is a slick, energy intensive business. The conspicuous recipients of grain are not starving black people, but whites in North Eurasia, in particular, the Russians who occupy the most spacious territories on Earth, but seem incapable of feeding themselves as they would like. What is left over when the northern whites have eaten their fill nourishes the growth of tropical cities.
The wakes of tankers carrying crude oil make another pattern. The whites and not least the grain rich Americans have a great thirst for inanimate energy slaked from the oil fields that lie scattered for the most part, around the tropics, and sub tropics, and especially, in south west Asia, a chain becomes apparent. Arabs send oil to Americans, who turn it into food that goes back to the Old World to save people from famine and enable Russians to eat a little meat.
Is this masterly cooperation or worldwide fecklessness? The observer notices the flash of guns near the south-western Asian oil fields. With sonar vision he observes submarines ready to sink the life giving ships, and others equipped with nuclear tipped missiles for killing Americans and Russians in their homeland on a grand scale. Evidently, between the feeders and the fed, relations are less friendly than one might expect. The puzzled observer studies, banners, badges and cheering crowds, and soon discovers a characteristic of humans: their instantaneous loyalty to any group to which they find themselves assigned. In scale, the groups can be anything between a children’s gang and an intercontinental alliance.
Political and spiritual leaders have evidently used the humans, divided them into rival nation states and made religious alignments. They have also invented a habit of war, this too, cries out for investigation.
Shared beliefs knit the group together. These beliefs can range from the half-hearted hope that a certain football team may win its game, to a conviction that ones ethnic group is especially favoured by God. The substances of beliefs often seem arbitrary, what matters is that, they should be distinctive and shared by the group. History and beliefs, churned together by a word magic (art) create the traditions and legends that underpin the culture of the group. These influences begin at the mother’s knee, and scientists, and scholars, are not all immune from them.
After distancing himself to clear his head, the observer has to reconnect himself with the fun and grief of human existence. Coming down to breakfast on the planet Earth, he should note that a metallurgist on the island of Cyprus invented his steel knife three thousand years ago. The maize in the cornflakes traces back to mutant grass of Mexico, whilst the wheat in the toast is of south-western Asian origin. The chicken eggs and citrus juice came first from Indochina, the coffee from Ethiopia via Arabia and the sugar from New Guinea. The milk, butter, and cream, are biochemical fossils from a six thousand year old revolution of cow and plough that spread productivity, and cruelty around the world. And, as the observer reads some of the consequences in his newspaper, printed in Etruscan characters, on Chinese tissue, he should have a very large sense that human life is exactly that. A peculiar sort of biological system that the biological sciences can illuminate.
Partly, and adapted from the book ‘Timescale’, Nigel Calder (not in print). His latest book is out, which I am going to order when I get to town! ‘Magic Universe’.
Relevant to: The Gutter Or The Stars, theme of the blog – Dad’s hand written notes- part corrected.
Beware of the insidiousness of the religious (evangelical recruiters) at this time of year. Easter, as regards your children.
Ref, Richard Brodie ‘Virus Of The Mind’. Global interconnectedness is lethal against mass ideology and mass religions. This interconnectedness could take the edge off the consequences, even annul eventually: mass holocausts that are often the horrific festering results of these two human activities. Interconnectedness is hated by restrictive oppressive regimes.
Another great find Australopithecus Anemensis. A 4 million year old human ancestor fossil. BBC science/nature section and reported in the magazine – ‘Nature’.