Weekly Rochester Events #303: Cadillac Came to Detroit
Thursday, October 28, 2004Ok, so I'm going on the soapbox again and writing about ideologies and such instead of writing a blog of cool stuff going on in my life and around town. Oh well ...
See, I was thinking about the current political climate and how everything seems so black-and-white, particularly things like, "If [Bush|Kerry] wins, the whole country will go to hell."
It's not like that ... here's why: considerateness is a uniquely human trait.
We — as humans — are unique in our expectation of considerateness. We actually care that the world isn't fair ... that it rains when we don't want it to ... that other people in the world might not have enough to eat ... that someone failed to hold open a door for us. For any other species, it's just given that the world is not fair, but for us, it's actually an issue.
"So what," you may say, "this has nothing to do with the current state of the world." No, really, it does.
Ok, consider what we think of when we think of the "unadulterated" world — aside from rocks, air water, and animals, it is society — and that is people. Organizations, corporations, and governments are just things we have constructed. The only thing in society that is real is people.
Remember shortly after September 11, 2001 when your neighbors were your brothers, the people of New York were your brothers, and your countrymen were your brothers? Well, that was the truth: the petty fighting we have now is a falsehood. Every person you ever see is your brother (or, well, your sister, but I was on a roll with old-school masculine-dominated English.) It goes hand-in-hand with considerateness.
From another direction, consider technology. Do you answer your phone when it rings (cell phone or land-line)? Are you compelled to do it? Will you shirk your current conversation to obey the call of the machine? Don't you think that is just letting the technology run you instead of you running the technology? And how about "your life?" Are you a slave to your job? Are you constantly running on a schedule — running as fast as you can all the time? And for what, really? Do you feel you have to? Is there some devil forcing you to live like this?
Do you see what I'm getting at? (Did you notice the shitload of questions in a row? Did you really? Are you a slave to the questions? ... er ... I mean, let me get back to my point.) The rules and conventions and behaviors we have are things we have made should not be our masters — we are their masters, and by extension, this is true of our organizations, corporations, and governments.
However all this stuff we made is the adult version of the boogeyman (adult as in "grown up," not as in "pornographic," pervert) They are the things that keep us awake at night because they are "going to get us." Someday we're going to write the wrong thing on a website and before you know it, the CIA is dragging us away from our compute
Ha ha ... just kidding.
We may think we're living in the titular 1984, but we're still far from it. We still have families and friends and neighbors whom we communicate with, care about, assist, listen to, and are helped by. Big Brother isn't even a person, just a concept: a fictitious monster we make ourselves believe to stay afraid ... to prevent us from taking risks and speaking our mind.
So what I'm getting is that — no matter what the outcome of the election on November 2 — there is still an endless supply of hope. Institutions are destroyed and rebuilt (or, as the kids say, refactored) governments can be fixed, and oppressors never win.
Just keep treating everyone as your brother.
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About the title ... Sieur Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founded Detroit, Michigan 303 years ago in 1701.
This page is Jason Olshefsky's list of things to do in Rochester, NY and the surrounding region (including Monroe County and occasionally the Western New York region) from Thursday, October 28, 2004 thru Wednesday, November 3, 2004.
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