“The Vanishing American Adult”

From the Hoover Institution, Nebraska Senator Benjamin Sasse joins Peter Robinson to discuss his book The Vanishing American Adult and the growing crisis in America of “prolonged adolescence,” the necessity of productivity despite now transitioning into a consumption-focused economy, the lagging of virtues in what has become a preeminent first-world society, and the passivity commonly shown by millennials in the face of this unfolding reality and what can be done to instill better habit formation so as to build a work ethic as well as to learn to appreciate the values our nation was founded on.

I can dig much of what Senator Sasse is putting forth here, old-school and traditional as it can’t help but be. Not that all or even most traditions are wholly useless or obsolete to where they deserve to be discarded in the dustbin of history. In fact, we’d better learn more about those traditions and what all they encompass and why they came into being before jumping to the conclusion that they no longer serve a useful purpose or matter. This is me saying this, of all people. Some things can’t be brought back once they’re gone, and we humans have a bad habit, nowadays especially, of assuming we know more than we do. Thinking we have the right answers when we don’t. Getting caught up in modern life and not taking the time to explore in depth what we’ve historically and evolutionarily come up through.

Life is a massive puzzle that we’ll never be able to completely figure out. But now we do tend to act (at all age levels) as though if we can dream it, we can then somehow bring it into fruition and that will necessarily be good. We’re naive in that assessment, IMO. It’s a grand assumption, very often wishful thinking rooted in nothing but hopes and ideals. If we can’t or won’t seriously grapple with who and what we are—as individuals, groups/tribes, cultures, nations, and overall as a species—then how valuable and realistically applicable can we expect our dreams to be?

An untold number of generations have come before us struggling through entire lifetimes while striving to comprehend life and living, to survive and gain wisdom and insights to pass forward so as to give each subsequent generation a little bit more to work with. Yet we like to act nowadays as if all that’s come before is dwindling in relevancy, archaic, impractical in this day and age. I used to feel the same way when I was a younger. Admittedly still do to an extent, especially when faced with religious fundamentalism and the dogmatic extremes exhibited therein. And yet also I more and more feel drawn toward lessons already out there and articulated, wanting to learn from them instead of stubbornly refusing and attempting to reinvent the wheel. I need to focus more of my own time investigating and familiarizing myself with what has come before. Hard not to feel tremendously ignorant and humbled when confronted with so much information and ideas and observations generated and recorded in the past, just waiting for us in the 21st century to conscientiously engage with it and see what springs forth.

Aristotle sounds like a good place to start.

“Joe Rogan Talks About the Biggest Unsolved Mystery Of All Time”

And then youtube went and removed the video clip in question, so in its place I’ll have to post the entire 3-hour podcast. Dammit.

The portion in question (which I’ll have to find on there later) was an excellent conversation between those three.

“Charles Murray on populism, globalization, ‘The Bell Curve,’ and American politics today”

His conversation with Bill Kristol:

Very interesting discussion, after already being familiar with a couple of Dr. Charles Murray’s books and several speeches and interviews.

Pausing at 40:41: It’s taken me a while to come around to the idea, but I can appreciate what he’s suggesting there about a universal basic income. It would replace all other forms of social welfare, including social security payments. His position taken there explains how single mothers would no longer receive any financial incentives from the government for birthing children out of wedlock, which is unarguably a major issue in our country at present. Now, his scheme also requires securing our borders and no longer allowing in low-skill immigrant workers to compete in our workforce, which I would also be on board with. Ideally, it’s not what many of us would envision as a way forward, but we are facing dire straits due to the policies implemented in recent decades, spanning back to the 1960s or before that to FDR’s era. What we do know already is the direction we’re headed for currently is bound to end in national bankruptcy and mass immigration undermining our Western civilizations. So we must start there in considering this matter seriously. Wishful thinking of re-embracing frontier life and simply moving “off the grid” is not a sustainable solution, not for the vast majority of citizens at least.

I am willing to hear the man out and feel his proposal makes a good deal of sense, especially when he is open and willing to critique the globalization scheme we’re all being perpetually threatened by now. Bill Kristol isn’t someone for whom I’ve ever been a fan, but he too claims to be a reformer who’s seen the danger in the G.W. Bush administration and is looking for other alternatives. I will suspend judgment against him if that is truly the case.

My only concern standing would be that people might group up into collectives and then pool their money to afford living expenses while choosing to waste their lives with drugs and whatever else. Which they basically are doing already, so I can’t see why under his proposal it would be any different. But we as a society would have to remain steadfast and disallow these individuals to take advantage of us just because they squandered their own benefits. This is where guns and self-defense tools would remain vital, and we’d have to learn to take them more seriously. Because some people will always seek to take from others rather than earn for themselves, regardless of what they wind up entitled to. That’s just a sad fact of life that we’d be better off coming to grips with sooner vs. later.

But his talk about the advancements in artificial intelligence and driver-less cars is a real concern and certainly will displace thousands, if not millions, of American workers in the decades to come. The mechanics and automotive professionals I’m currently in contact with assure me of this reality. The sooner we prepare, the better off we might be. Might be.

I also appreciate Dr. Murray bringing up the importance of conscientiousness in our jobs. That’s something always worth keeping in mind, especially for those of us who work in unobserved environments. He’s right there, and there’s always somebody else waiting around the corner who can do better what we’re not taking seriously enough.

Videos on 9/11 by Lionel Nation

This man’s expressed views are closest to my own in regards to the needed skepticism and critical thinking when assessing the 9/11 attacks.

Don’t refer to myself as a “Truther” either since so many jumped on that bandwagon over time and began drawing conclusions that we also have no proof for. All I know is the official story makes no damn sense. Never did and never will. We all remember the news that day and can recall citizens and reporters describing hearing explosions in or near the basements of the twin towers. And no plausible explanation has been offered for why Building 7 (a.k.a. World Trade Center 7 which housed various tenants including offices for the IRS, CIA, Department of Defense, Securities and Exchange Commission and many others) fell into its own footprint when the only damage it sustained was due to an internal fire, making it THE only steel skyscraper in the world to have ever collapsed due to fire. I watched it go down and heard the news guy say something about the building being “pulled” — never forgot that man saying that at the time. Made no sense. Still makes no sense what we’re being told on this matter.

So people can go ahead and believe whatever they wish. Obviously can’t stop them. And they can rail against those of us who remain very skeptical and dismiss us as “conspiracy theorists,” as they always do. It’s aggravating to me that so many people aren’t more curious about such matters, especially when it pertains to domestic defense.

And I’ll leave it to Lionel to question the incredulity of the official narrative when it came to the Pentagon and the other plane supposedly going down in Pennsylvania (United Airlines Flight 93) that somehow, inexplicably, vaporized on the spot. Makes not a lick of sense, not when we’ve seen portions of spaceships and the like return to earth at extremely high speeds and still leave recognizable debris.

Blows the mind that so many people still refuse to question what the heck happened that day. Some people even get angry at you for refusing to accept the official story as true. They’ve laced into me on several occasions, of course calling me a “conspiracy theorist,” and I always tell them clearly and directly that I won’t pretend to know what really did happen or who’s behind it, but the official story itself doesn’t make sense. I have to draw the line at accepting claims that are illogical and physics-defying. What sane person wouldn’t? And if that makes me and so many others crackpots on that account alone, well, then we have an even bigger problem as a nation. Sounds like it’ll just be a matter of time before we start denying scientific evidence altogether in favor of our preferred politics, and THAT IS DANGEROUS. Don’t go down that road, folks. Read for yourselves. Look into explanations and research from experts in related fields who aren’t government employees and find out for yourselves how buildings fall in various scenarios and WHY. That’s all I ever recommend to anyone, hence why I don’t bring this topic up much anymore since my goal isn’t to get into fights with people over bullshit.

The one rebuttal that gets under my skin is that which comes from military personnel who act like questioning such matters is somehow a demonstration of my lack of patriotism. That’s not fair and they damn well know it. If anything, the opposite is more accurate. Is the goal to toe the line here or to figure what is and isn’t real?

Until I know more I can’t say much more than that what’s been put forth to us in the official narrative leaves more questions than answers and is implausible to the point of being ridiculous. THAT much I can accept. What has actually occurred? I don’t know. Who does know? How many really know and why have they chosen to lie? We all can theorize about that, but we can’t claim to be certain without conclusive evidence. Which it’s looking like we’ll never have, and that’s a travesty.

So…in short, I don’t know if Middle Easterners had anything to do with these attacks. Could it have been an “inside job”? Yes, and it wouldn’t surprise me either if it was. But I can’t chalk 9/11 up to domestic attacks orchestrated by Muslim extremists and feel confident in that assessment. Doesn’t appear to be the case, at least not in the way it’s been described to the public by our government. I don’t know who’s responsible for all that, but we know they’ve gotten away with it (at least so far), and we also see that a lot of propaganda has arisen out of this debacle (perhaps due to seizing on the opportunity; perhaps for more nefarious, premeditated reasons). But I don’t trust a damned thing I’ve heard in well over a decade coming out of my government as a result of these attacks and how the matter has been handled and publicized. They’ve wrecked my trust and faith in them there. Can’t seem to re-establish it since either. Just can’t, not so long as the BS keeps flowing and those actually responsible aren’t brought to justice (which likely will never happen). Maybe many decades on down the road pertinent information will be declassified or leaked, but I won’t be surprised if that’s long after the players involved are dead and gone. And will the rest of the public even care by then anyway, considering so many don’t seem to care even now or over a decade back?

This probably has damaged quite a bit of my faith in my fellow Americans as well. Maybe even humans in general. Not that people could be so calloused as to attack us — that doesn’t surprise me one bit. But that people would rather stick their heads in the sand so as to avoid being called a loon than to take a stand and demand better information. THAT right there really sickens me. Unnerves me. Because it’s that precise impulse that keeps leading people all over the world to back or at least tolerate lying politicians and, subsequently, the rise of totalitarian forms of government. No country or people are immune to this impulse apparently. Many, if not most, would rather live on their knees than risk dying on their feet. That’s just a truth about human psychology, so it seems. We’re a bunch of cowards who are awesome at rationalizing ANYTHING under the sun when it suits us to do so.

“Arthur C Clarke – Fractals – The Colors Of Infinity”

Happened across this video last night:

Been amazed by fractals since my early teens. And that above was an old-school documentary on the subject.

My guyfriend requested today that I post up pretty pictures of fractals on here. Probably aiming to distract me from political discourse. Haha! That’s what friends are for. tongue_funny

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mandelbrot_set That particular design is known as the Mandelbrot set and is repeated throughout fractal formations.

“Charles Murray — The Bell Curve Revisited”

From the Program on Constitutional Government at Harvard (March 14, 2014).

EXCELLENT talk! Loved how Dr. Murray outlined what the book actually stated and what can reasonably be inferred from it (and what yet cannot), as well as discussing the backlash his book received. Sad about his co-writer/co-contributor not making it to see the release and response of their research in their book. Fascinating topic with so many possible implications that we really do have to be reserved in our speculations, as Murray definitely is. It’s unfortunate that so many people chose not to actually read these men’s book yet still feel the need to trash their findings. I admit to not having read it yet, but I have watched a good many lectures/speeches from Dr. Murray, including part of this one before, and grasp his findings enough to appreciate the value of them, upsetting as they may appear to some folks.

The Truth is what what is, our opinions and desires be damned. That’s how Nature rolls. There comes a point where we have to come to grips with that, my fellow social sciences enthusiasts. Because some people’s assumptions proved wrong doesn’t mean it’s all over and that more interesting inquiries don’t exist on the horizon. And this right here points to the problems with the “social sciences” — inability or unwillingness to be flexible in light of new and substantiated data. Welcome to scientific inquiry! Learn to roll with it! Quit investing yourselves in particular outcomes. That’s called an ideology. Not true empirical Science. We have no choice but to accept that fact, lest we wind up on the wrong end of the Copernican controversy, as Dr. Murray mentioned. He’s right there. Absolutely is. See more and in-depth information on biology, physics and anatomy to start grasping the larger picture. It’s necessary for human development that we all learn to grapple with the information being presented to us and to not hide or simply dismiss it because it may not conform to our prior expectations.

Very important that we come to grips with this life lesson. Much as I love aspects of the field of Sociology, I still stand firmly on what I’ve stated here.