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In the following posts I want to look at progress that modern man has implicitly believed in and has accepted his circumstance for him to do something about. Progress keeps him going with hope and trust in fulfilling his dream to some extent. There is no denying to the inescapable truth that we could not have arrived here without it. Progress has pitchforked our ape-man ancestor from Savannah to the moden world of conveniences and miracle drugs. If he is curious to what goes on he might have news of the world at a click of a button.

We are assailed oh with what a variety of news!

Progress brings news to you. Only what it does not disclose is what good is to be told of a billionaire born with a greasy silver spoon in his mouth has become presumptive nominee to the White House while the GOP on whose shirttails he had joined the fray do not want him. What do I care what goes on in that part of a world which according to Mental Health reports* one in eight is in need of psychiatric care? I am also aware that many of them cannot avail of services even if they would be served. Cost of care throws some to the street and even a pauper’s grave. What a pother to be told that there are two alien tribes there and one party that stood for conservative America has perpetuated myth of Union of the State while systematically whittling away the soul of its basic principles. It is not Bill of Rights but of one percent such a party was all concened about. So they have a problem, which does not mean a dime to one who is in Kerala, India.

Progress is in making the world a global village. The idea is vitiated if one nation has cornered most of the natural resources of the world and wants to impose a one sided TTIP on another Bloc across the Atlantic. Progress as indicated by the ability of one nation to impose its terms arbitrarily on others  is like pot calling the kettle black. The most advanced nation relies on untested business practices of which the world is yet to recover fully from 2008 economic meltdown. It also shows what lessons they  ought to have learned from the Depression of ’29 was unlearned in order ‘the Banks that are too big to fail’ can hold the world to ransom once again. Under the terms of TTIP the multi-nationals are given more clout over  countries on this side of EU bloc.The biggest culprit in making the world vulnerable to economic insecurity gives unlimited powers to some Czars a blank check. It is a case of pot calling the kettle black.

You see the hollowness of the premise that can tout the World as a single entity albeit the title of Global Village. If any one peers closer there is so much inequality ingrained in the premise as the water that you get to drink on closer inspection is awash with industrial effluents, deadly cocktail of poison. #Flint, Mchigan is merely a case in point.

Why talk about Flint or America for that matter. A nation is made up of people and the fatal flaw is not in a body of men but in the least reducible factor that makes up institutions, tribes nations whatever.Man is the fatal flaw , the Achilles heel and it shall remain so. Till man can progress beyond his narrow circumscribed line of vision to include the whole mankind he is mere prattling and the politicians aggrandize themselves while throwing wool over the electorate.

It is a truism in parental care that a child made to grow up in an atmosphere of domestic violence the child will continue perpetuating the same cycle of violence. Experience of the child is violence as a norm and unless early correction is applied to the child the society is letting another number to join enemy forces and it becomes embedded in the very fabric of the particular society. Violence against women greed, unruliness etc ., eventually shall lead to a societal collapse can be expected in not so distant future. Nations similarly can create a breakdown. Take the case of South Africa under a brutal apartheid regime. One only need fill up the dotted lines between it and the massacre of Marikana mines on April 16,2012. The oppressed becomes the oppressed notwithstanding all the humbug we attach to the nationalism and principles of ANC as embodied in late Madiba. He himself could not save his family front let alone the nation. Now Joseph Zuma faces corruption charges that ought not come as a surprise to anyone. In an individual given his attention span for any specific problem being so short, a character flaw halves it even from the problem on hand.

benny

(*MentalAmerica.net

Mental Health America released its annual State of Mental Health Report, with startling numbers of how many Americans are not receiving the necessary treatments for mental health and substance use issues. Of particular concern is that even among our most severely depressed youth, 6 in 10 are not receiving any treatment for their mental health problems. )

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The Flint water crisis did not begin on April 25th, 2014, when the city switched its water supply from Detroit’s system, tapping Lake Huron to its own on the Flint River. That tragic mistake was the culmination of a much longer ongoing disaster, one caused by greed, politics, incompetence, and selective amnesia. The known consequences include lead poisoning, skin rashes, and carcinogens in the water. Flint’s water crisis begins with the pollution of the Flint River, which has been going on for well over a century.

(Ack:Tim Cormady Feb.26-16/The Verge.com)

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 Pursuit of Happiness is a slippery slope for some.

 I am an incorrigible reader of news and where these are reporting human frailties my antenna goes up instantly; and with experience I know a good story even before I settle down to read it.

Take the following news for instance:

In the month of June 2012 one Patricia Smith, the former controller of an auto dealership in Pennsylvania, was headed to jail after embezzling $10 million from her former boss in a stunning case of a trusted employee looting the business then squandering the cash on luxuries.

Smith, who worked at Baierl Acura located in Wexford, Pa., an upper-middle class suburb of Pittsburgh, was convicted of systematically stealing for seven years–some $4,000 a day on average–for private jet travel, special trips to the theatre, fancy clothes and other goods, according to the court.

According to Shannon Pierre, of ABC Pittsburgh affiliate WTAE, who reported on the story from court, Smith’s reason for her crime spree was she felt like a “horrible daughter, wife, mother and friend” and the gifts were a way to “earn their love” because she wanted to see “what happiness looks like.”

Oh that was a good one! Pursuit of happiness was a phrase that made sense to Patricia. Here was happiness in its lurid colors and it didn’t work for her. In fact ‘pursuit of happiness’ was not simply a catchphrase but a whole sentence. Nearing retirement age she must serve 78 months in prison, three years of probation, and pay restitution of $10,349,569.14 for the fortune she obtained by making more than 800 money transfers from the Baierl Acura’s coffers to her personal accounts. (Good Morning America, June19, 2012).

When you are among lemmings watch out. Pursuit of happiness could land you in trouble.

Benny

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Samuel Foote(1720-1777) wit
Dear Son,
I am in prison for debt; come and assist your loving mother.-E. Foote

Dear Mother,
So am I; which prevents his loving duty being paid to his loving mother.-Your affectionate son.
Samuel Foote
P.S_ I have sent my attorney to assist you; in the mean time let us hope for better days.
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John Ruskin (1819-1900)

John Ruskin once received a request for donation to pay off the mortgage of the Duke Street Chapel and I have given here below an excerpt of his reply. It would seem he was addressing our present world; and for those who want buy now and pay later it may even be an eye opener!
Brentwood, 19 May,1886,
Sir,
I am scornfully amused at your appeal to me, of all people in the world the precisely least like to give you a farthing! My first word to all men and boys to hear me is”Don’t get into debt. Starve and go to heaven-but don’t borrow. Try first begging_ I don’t mind if it’s really needful_stealing!. But don’t buy things you can’t pay for!”….
Isn’t it surprising how what we hold up as a virtue and a proof of a solid character is chipped away so slowly that none notices the enervation of personal values? In his essay ‘Unto This Last’ Ruskin wrote ‘There is no wealth but life.’
Dulled senses of a person who has chased a mirage at the cost of his or her personal values,-character, take the place as a slave driver. No pity or no worthwhile example but the constant goading the person to acquire branded items that he or she doesn’t really need. The victim scarcely notices what is branded right through the flesh to the spirit.

Moral: Virtues of one Age are the vices of another. Capitalism invented mass consumerism and made the bible for the lost and the damned. One only needs to see the mess we are all in.

benny

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From a toddler to a doddering fool you realize all that you did as a matter of duty was expected of you. So no thanks mate.
All that you did as time and inclination permitted gave you some satisfaction. No comments mate. You did your thing.
When you are past deeds sans teeth, sans joy sans friends all that come to haunt you is not what you could do but what you have left undone or is too late to mend. I don’t know what is all this bother about.
This is where you and your society part company. They haven’t a clue what makes what you are.
benny

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“Hopelessness of a situation in life is not decided by what we must do without; but what we may learn to draw strength from hope an unknown quantity. This hope is all we can tease out of ourselves– religion, morality and social identity are all mercurial colors that we flash in translating it. Our hope must stand the wave of helplessness that is from without. Those who have survived shall know when the storm is past they found strength because it was a genuine article, their character”.

benny

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Nucleus of an atom is made up of protons and neutrons, collectively known as nucleons. These are fermions (spin-half particles) of almost the same mass (in fact it is often useful to think of them as two different states of the same particle, distinguished by different values of quantum number, isospin).

 Nucleons interact with one another via certain type of force while the protons also interact via another: a nuclear force and electromagnetic force respectively. What is fundamental in nuclear physics may be used as an analogy to explain the working of an individual in terms of nation. Individual takes the place of quark. Even as individuals interact it produces a force that make certain changes in the ideals of nations. This force law created by individuals will show on what flimsy grounds the much vaunted  ideal of a nation stands.

 Nations hold certain ideals and so does an individual. ‘In God we trust’ but business of America is business. Where making money is an ideal and citizens are encouraged to make money and lack of money is held out for ridicule in a subtle manner, the force law of greed works on individual,- and Bernard Madoff is a classic example. Several hundred spectators crowded Monday into a courtroom in Manhattan to witness the sentencing of Bernard Madoff for a multibillion-dollar fraud scheme. Among them were many who some time ago didn’t think it amiss to ask the disgraced financier, “Can we kiss your behind, Mr. Madoff?” They were all for catching a favorable nod from one who turned out to be no better than a common thief.

Last year the crowd was for singing his praises and come Monday the crowd wants blood. It seems to me they are behaving like fermions as two different states of the same particle.

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A quote from Antony and Cleopatra:

But when we in our viciousness grow hard,-

O misery on’t! -the wise gods seal our eyes;

In our own filth drop our  clear judgments…

While we strut to our confusion.(Ac III;Sc XIII)

‘Snorting coke may be to turn off but it comes to a point it shall take much more than that to turn oneself in’.

benny

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