Sunday, August 19, 2018

Logic and sway

   For the first time in my life, I am questioning my ability to see issues logically.
   I will be traveling internationally in a few weeks, and I am wondering if the US of A’s 2018 discourse meltdown has influenced the international norms of logic to sway other individuals to change their POV.

   Yet, I know that in this US of A’s era of no truth, and just POV, the answer isn’t with me, it’s with a preponderance of journalism that became less of reporting and more of a particular opinion propped up with selective often anonymous sources.
   In most western nations there isn’t a complete “so-called 1st amendment protection” comparable to what the US of A has instituted during this last decade.
   Having lived overseas in the most Western of nations, I know from personal experience that government won’t allow reporting of events that could be considered as prejudicing against one particular religion, and might bring civil unrest.
    Most western nations don’t allow reporting of a divisive event unless it can be proven without a doubt that the motive was deleterious to the national good.

   So where does that leave me, as a citizen of the US of A?
   I have not let myself be dissuaded from using the norms that I was taught to use when I went to college, and did discovered that a POV must be based on a logical argument, that is, if I want to sway others.
   What I have discovered is that I no longer want to sway someone’s POV.
   Instead, I keep my opinions to myself, unless I am in a comfortable space with others where I can safely disagree after I listen to their POV, just like they have courteously listened to mine.

   Otherwise, the US of A will become what the philosopher David Hume determined as an  outcome of “cause and effect.
   For me the politically correct “every man/woman/LGBT” worst nightmare can be war in the streets of the US of A with another “Sacco & Venzitti” wrongful execution not in the courts, but by warlike groups who claim they are the fighters against intolerance.


Thursday, July 26, 2018

USA 2018 midterm and shibboleths

   The fate of a nation and the shibboleth in 2018 has no relation to the shibboleth word definition in the dictionary.
   As has happened perhaps more in the 21st century, dictionary definitions that are dependent on words have new meanings.
   Some might say dictionary definitions have been corrupted to the benefit of political power behemoths with long term goals in mind planned and executed well before the march for the USA’s politically inspired “grand society.”
   Some others will say that the grand theory has shaped the structure and composition of what is the USA as a nation.
   According to Wikipedia this notion of some society grand is an integral part of the tug of globalism versus nationalism.
   Little is said of what may really be at stake is available in open source reporting by the mainstream media or the array of partisan political side web outlets.
   Overseas, in the sacred territory of the European Union there are fissions to the grand theory.
  The most recent elections among certain European Union members who have the same Euro currency have indicated a disagreement by voters who used the ballot to express a certain direction.

   Whatever the 2018 USA voters determine in the midterms is more disconnected from a political side or the idea of breaking the norms than voters realize.
   Educated USA voters may be hard pressed to find a ballot box choice that will escape the mainstream media punditry of spin.

   It seems to me the best alternative is to find bloggers and others who may be judged to
have a dubious influence platform.
  If voters read and consider opinions expressed as talking points, in addition to the headlines claiming the stock and trade of political parties, the USA voters will make their decision and the fate of the nation will come of it. 

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Descriptive words for the 21st century

   It’s possible to pick less known and used words to negatively describe the global world we now live in.  
   For instance, I believe the early 21st century is similar to other past centuries, but the difference is how the opposite sides of the political spectrum are using more sophisticated Juvenalian satire to besmirch the other side.
   Perhaps as never before, one side of the argument, whatever it is about, has enlisted the main street media cheering on with the protection of the 1st amendment gin up sometimes violent confrontations in states primarily filled with enough people to fill the protests that attract the major main stream media.
    Another descriptive word to perfectly describe this 21st century from day one to now is entropy
   Some see a lack of order and predictability in a number of formerly connected communities when inundated with huge numbers of so-called persons of “diversity.”
    Some say an ever growing disorder comes when too many diverse dissimilar ethnicities and non-Western religious practices fuel entropy in a formerly cohesively connected community.
   If those with different cultures and non-Western traditional religions are resettled in the civilized Western nations and expect to continue their practices just as they did in the past, their presence can contribute to entropy in the formerly cohesive communities where they are resettled.
   Some think more so than in any other century, the negative of 21st century life prevails when inflammatory descriptive words like racist and fascist fill the second by second needs of the main stream media’s need to attract viewers and clicks for a growing number of news sites.

   Many believe life in the USA of this 21st century seems more about ethnicity and connection to the nation where our ancestors were born.
   Others have noticed that any connection to the nation levying taxes and granting a passport in order to travel to other countries is secondary.
   Even flying the flag of the country of an immigrant living in the USA seems to be the new normal.
   For example, the Trinidadian, a person whose ethnicity practices identifies them as from Trinidad is expected to be more connected to their ethnicity than the nation where they live.

   Those persons we elect to the congress are supposed to possess the intelligence and serious consideration, in other words the gravitas, to make the laws that govern us.
   Some are convinced that if representatives to the US congress are promoting a policy of not obeying the current immigration laws, the gravitas practiced in this USA 21st century emphasizes and intensifies a deliberate separation from the laws that are supposed to govern us.
   Politicians who are supposed to possess gravitas will not find any of their own to pass a law requiring persons living in this country to speak English when accepting Federal, State and Local public services.
   Currently, every phone call to a federal government agency and most US major retail businesses listed on line requires the pressing of 1 or 2 to signify either Spanish or English.
   Many communities employ translators in public schools to teach all courses in a variety of languages, though mainly Spanish is the language of school board choice.  

   I encourage you to pick your own descriptive word to either negatively or positively describe our current 21st century global condition.