The War Against Men

It’s about fucking time. We’ve been degrading women, the earth, children, strangers, animals, water, the air, and more for all of human history as far as I can tell. If there was ever any measure of who should not be in charge of this planet – we, and by we – I mean men, all of us with dicks and balls no matter where we like to put them – we should not be allowed to rule. We do a terrible job of it.

Yes, we are good at some things. Some of us are nice. Some of us are considerate. Some of us aren’t bad at all. Some of us are even good – but the record speaks for itself. Men are guilty of noise pollution, bullying, creating wars, and all kinds of other things.

I for one am very happy to have women step up to the plate and relieve us of our power to rule.

A few words of advice – if I may – ignore or pay attention – it’s up to you.

1) We did it wrong. Coercion and force are not the way forward. Mass killings, mass incarceration, warfare, and vile violence are not the answer.

2) Punishing the Germans after WWI led to Hitler. Punishing men could lead to a terrible backlash…please find a way to do it that doesn’t give power to monsters.

3) Men essentially want three things 1) Praise 2) Blowjobs 3) Sandwiches – it’s the quest for these three things (which all have the most power when they come from women) that have led to all the horrors men have brought to the world. I’m throwing this in because in my experience, most women don’t understand just how powerful they really are. This is it – the secret to controlling all the men and taking all the power.

4) If you can figure out how to exterminate us, it will probably be best – but I can’t help but think that we offer something that can be wonderful – some of us make the best fathers – of course others are only good if they are gone. So, either way, I understand.

5) Focus on those who nurture cooperation and working together – I mean when you are giving power to leaders…because there are some women who are essentially chasing the same motivations as men and those women will only bring you more of the same.

6) This is the big failing of men in leadership – we seem to have always been focused on fixing the external world while the world around us was imperfect and suffering. Start with the woman next to you and make sure she is taken care of before you start looking across the world. A community of autonomous and healthy people where no one is left out – that’s a community that can grow and help others.

But, I’m just another man offering a little bit of perspective from where we were coming from – offer me some praise and you own my soul. Offer me a sandwich and you own my body. Offer me a blowjob and you own my ability to make decisions. I know that isn’t the revolution you have in mind, but it would work.

The Problem with Everything

The problem with everything is that human beings have a tendency to take the short term self-interest choice over the long terms self interest choice. We are, for some reason, wired for it. I understand this, but I’m having a hard time explaining it in words.

Let’s say there is an apple tree next to a town. The tree provides enough apples for everyone. Perfect, right? Wrong. Every person in the town will feel a little bit of an urge to hoard or to take more than their fair share. Will they all do it? Probably not. I believe there is an intrinsic altruism built into some people – maybe altruism is the wrong word – maybe golden rule practicality is the phrase I need to use here. So, the golden rule crowd will realize that they don’t want anyone to take their allocated share, so they won’t take more than their share – it’s a sort of long term self-interest but it comes out as looking like altruism in the short term. If there are people who are genuinely altruistic – they are exceedingly rare – I would suggest that there are only long term self interested and short term self interested people. There are also those who are playing a different game – they give up their share for some percieved benefit. There are many such – pity, honor, respect, or something else. The bottom line is that everyone looks at the apple tree and sees a benefit for themselves – and if the consequences outweigh the rewards for keeping everything even – everyone will have their share of apples.

But we all know that the world does not work like that. Those who seize the advantage early, generally have less consequences than those who do not. Some people realize that and are watching for that opportunity. In any event – the apples become a problem because some people are taking more than their fair share so others are getting less than their fair share. Cause and effect.

The headman of the town – whether appointed by strength, ability, or election – it doesn’t matter. A person steps to the fore and says the apples are a problem now – so we need to make some rules about them…and not everyone agrees. The person taking too many says something like “I work harder to take the apples so I deserve more” and the person getting too little says “Just because I am shorter, doesn’t mean I don’t deserve the apples growing higher” and the person who is canning the apples say “I am taking apples that would otherwise rot and making them into something that will keep” and everyone has a reason why their self-interest is more important than the other people’s self interest.

So, assuming a Kansas cattle grazing war doesn’t break out over the apples, rules are made and people are given the job of making everyone keep to the rules – which of course fails because the people keeping the rules suddenly have an advantage that will be expolited by themselves or by those smart enough to seek to exploit the advantage. So, ultimately, some people are left hungry, some people get fat, some people get rich, and others become poverty stricken. The poverty stricken and the hungry say “Hey, what about our interest?” And the rich and fat say “Why should we have to take care of those who don’t or can’t work as hard as we do?” And everyone is ultimately fucked because eventually, a cold, poor, hungry person cuts the apple tree down to use as firewoodpor simply to even the playing field so that no one has any apples.

The End.

What if, however, there was a way to change the way people think? What if, instead of focusing on the short term self interest, there was a way to get them to focus on the long term self interest? In that case, the apples would be harvested by all, the excess would be canned, and the needs of all would be met by the work of all. Wouldn’t that be awesome if something like that could happen?

The problem is that it can’t. Humans are short sighted, selfish, and ultimately unable to work together for a long term collective good.

And that’s the problem with everything.

Homeless People Living Like Pigs in Hawai’i

I have as much compassion and understanding for homeless people as anyone, but one thing bothers me. Why do they have to live like fucking pigs? Why is it that they have to have shit scattered all over an acre of park or abandoned land? I respect the ones who build tidy little shelters, clean up after themselves, take care of basic hygiene (because, come on, we have free showers and public restrooms in Hawaii and if you simply keep yourself clean looking, maybe wash your clothes once in a while, you can be a fucking tourist and people won’t bother you), and don’t destroy or possibly (big fucking gasp) actually improve the land they are living on. But no, they won’t find a dumpster, they drag shittons of rubbish to wherever they stay and strew it around like they are four year olds and not responsible for cleaning up their own messes. If they are crazy, they should be institutionalized. If they are sick or drug addicted, they should be put in a place where they can get medical help. If they are simply poor and not cleaning up after themselves, actually, fuck them. Just because you are poor doesn’t mean you get to be a fucking pig on public lands. I’m not allowed to litter and no one else should be allowed to either. They should get tickets, and then if they don’t take care of the tickets they should get warrants, and if they need to be arrested and given a psych evaluation they should get that and then they should either be institutionalized, forced into community service, or at the bare minimum put through a ‘clean up after your self bootcamp’ where they get taught how to wash, clean up their messes, and practice basic sanitation.

The Untenable Nature of Our Current Civilization

Consider the untenable nature of our current civilization. Perhaps the most amazing thing about our current world civilization is the fact that it does not crash. This ridiculous house of cards seemingly only held together by brain washing and threats of force. An arrangement which benefits an extreme minority and disadvantages the extreme majority. How in the world is our current system still standing? Why have the common people not risen up and destroyed it or at the very least demanded something more favorable? The answer, is democracy. I’m not saying that democracy is good, far from it, I’m saying that democracy allows the control of the masses. We all know that politicians lie and that campaign promises are rarely kept, and yet we continue to extend our votes and our trust and our hope …and to be disappointed. Meanwhile, the engineers of this system continue to fine tune their control through distraction, stress, and misinformation. The dissemination of information, the requirements of capital, and the politics of voting – all of these are distractions from the true issue. We are not being allowed to live the lives we were born to live. Were you born to commute? Were you born to have a job that doesn’t fulfill you? And even if you have a job you love and a commute you enjoy – were you born to fill out forms for health insurance and continually worry about things which have nothing to do with the veracity of your existance?

Hillary Clinton and ‘wish I would have said that’ syndrome

I voted for Hillary Clinton. She wasn’t even close to being my favorite candidate of all time, but, frankly, I wanted to see a woman in the White House and I didn’t want to see Donald Trump in the White House. So my vote was clear.

Unfortunately, Hillary Clinton is releasing a book right now. It makes something very clear. She was a victim of bullying and now she is letting us know that she wishes she would have said that. It’s something we all do when we are bullied, but we don’t all get paid for big public speaking engagements to do it.

Donald Trump is a disgusting creature – there is no doubt about that – but with this book, Hillary Clinton shows us who she really is, a mean, petty, angry old white lady – actually, sort of exactly the profile of the women who voted for Trump. We can all breathe a sigh of relief that she didn’t win the election – except that someone who is just as awful and quite possibly worse won the election.

Why couldn’t we have had a female candidate like Sarah Silverman? Why couldn’t we have had a candidate like Oprah? In 2016 we had a choice between a bunch of lame old white people. Bernie Sanders sounded great but even Fidel Castro in Cuba wouldn’t have been able to deliver what Sanders was promising…He was just another delusional old white dude…yeah, he’s a crotchety old Jew and yeah, I would have voted for him if he had made it to the general election – but Clinton was in charge of the party machinery and she ran the most inept campaign in modern history. Worse than Al Gore’s!

Now here she is, lashing out at everyone and anyone. Blaming everyone else for her loss. Trying to justify to herself that she was cheated and using the rest of us to do it. She wasn’t cheated. She was bullied and she ran a terrible campaign. Jeb Bush isn’t releasing a book and he was bullied far worse by the bully in chief. The biggest problem in Clinton’s campaign was her tone – (and that was Jeb’s problem too) – her tone sounded like she probably really is – she sounded like she thought she was better than everyone around her. Her gesstures to silence applause with that smug look on her face. Her toneless and arrogant speech patterns and then her incredibly awkward attempts to make herself into the everyman or everywoman. When you know someone is arrogant as fuck and they are working hard to bring themselves down to your level – it doesn’t work. It makes people resent you. The message you are sending is “I know I’m better than you but look, I can lower myself to communicate with you” and that message sends a big fuck you to those people. And those people want to see you fall. And so we had that versus the super rich asshole who was just who he was. And the super rich asshole won. His message was “I’m better than you but you can be as good as me” and hers was “I’m better than you but I can be as low as you”

That’s it – end of story. Well, that and that the width and breadth of racism and sexism in this country was vastly underestimated after 8 years of Obama.

So now we get to hear Hillary tell us all the things that were done to her, how she was victimized, and all the things she wishes she would have said. We get it, Clinton. Nobody likes to lose to an asshole – but all you are doing with your book is showing us that we had no choice to begin with – an asshole was going to win this election either way.

The Whirlpool – A Parable of Our Times

Our world is beautiful. There are moments in each day (many of them) when the breath of life should fill us with joy. Each morsel of food, each flower we pass, each exotic smell or sound. The colors of life are beyond wonderful. We should all be ecstatic.

But we are not.

Something has happened which is pulling us down and destroying all of our lives. We are caught in a viscious cycle that none of us created. The solution will require all of us to be onboard with it. I can’t for the life of me figure out how that could happen. The events of 2016 and forward have demonstrated just how gargantuan and improbable a solution is.

Here is our problem – told in a story.

Imagine a cafeteria filled with children sitting at tables. Each child has a stack of paper. Each child has a large box of crayons. They can create art for as long as they want – there is no shortage of materials. There is plenty for each of them.

One child starts crumpling paper and throwing it at other children. Then one starts throwing crayons. The children who want to keep drawing and coloring are hit now and then as the paper and crayon throwing continues. Gradually, the paper starts to ruen out for the paper throwers and the crayons start to run out for the crayond throwers. Certain kids start taking the materials from other kids – some of them ask and use beautiful sounding words, others use force, others use deciept and theft. An enterprising child starts to gather the materials from the floor – a suggestion is made that materials from teh floor should be put in a central box on each table. Those kids who have avoided the paper/crayon war so far are eventually forced or coerced into putting their paper and crayons in the central box. Certain people are put in charge of the materials, they dole them out, horde them, or share them. Gradually, an economy arises where acts have to be performed to be given materials. Those who do not help clear the floor, uncrumple the papers, or do other service are not allowed to have materials. At this point there is a lot of crying – there are a lot of attempts by the broader minded children to create fairness – the kids who want to throw things, the kids who want to horde things, the kids who want to cheat and steal and exploit – they don’t stop. They may start being sneaky about it – but the system they have created continues and they start putting together bigger secret piles in secret places – under the table, in the corners, etc. Their hordes grow larger and larger as they are not constrained by the rules – and meanwhile, the kids who didn’t do anything wrong, the kids who followed the rules, the kids who are not to blame for the artificial scarcity are forced to work instead of draw, they are forced to give more and more time to get the materials that were theirs in the first place, they are sometimes left unable to even get a single broken crayon or a single crumpled piece of paper. Meanwhile, in thier strongholds, the bosses of the crayon/paper cartels draw, play, laugh, and tell their minions to continue the chaos which has allowed them to take control – of everything.

And that’s where we are.

There are solutions, but they are not easy. Since there are no adults to restore the initial balance … the children must discover the solution on their own. We should all be able to live and enjoy our lives – what will it take to make that so?