AN EMPIRE IN THE EAST RISES AS THE WESTERN EMPIRE FADES

Best buddies? 

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As Western globalism faces its inevitable decline, we of the Institute for Endogenous Technology declare our Western corporate stewards and our elected governments terminally and incurably impaired to protect us and mobilize us against the worst.

These stewards, lords of industry and politicians who’ve mistaken themselves for God, are willfully out of touch with those they govern and are swallowing themselves whole.

Who picks up the phone when God dials 9-1-1?

 

China, Russia, and potentially India, with tacit backing of Saudi Arabia and its allies, appear to be quietly and rapidly shifting the entirety of global military power, capital, and infrastructure into their hands. China’s Xi Jingping is the dynamic leader at the head of the pack; Vladimir Putin, formerly seeming suspiciously cagey, emerges as his calm hand.

Jingping has been elevated to Mao’s stature, and will rule until he tires of doing so. Putin only wryly hints that he will not run; in truth, Russia never runs better than under his hand, and he never runs stronger than when he has Russia in his hands. These are the new kings of global politics. What’s more, they are oligarchs of industry. New gods, ascendant.

China, Russia, and the Saudis have ample liquidity, and no disincentive to halt their efforts and slow the plunder and ruin of our world. They conveniently geographically dominate the Eurasian continent, nearly control all infrastructure and resources, combined share the greatest stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction, hold all major emergent markets and manufacturing, act as defining Federal creditors to Europe, the United States, and their militaries, and in their union effortlessly contain and neutralize the major regional instabilities that have so occupied global and humanitarian engagements since the end of the Cold War. China now handily boasts the four largest global financial institutions.

We can be reassured that this union will effect the strategically necessary containment of global nuclear threats the US and Briton are no longer able to manage. Certainly North Korea can be better mollified by financial partners Russia and China in the advent the US is revealed to be impotent before them; the bigger nuclear concern, never reported, has always been the India-Pakistan threat, and here the union of these players has even greater containment value.

Morally, they are no more or less equal to the current regime; it is only in channel concentration their horrors appear to differ. In terms of humanitarian atrocities, violations of civil liberties, secret prisons, free speech incursions, and overall body count, they surprisingly score a bit better— especially when compared to the neoliberal American agenda, empowered by our CIA.

Excitingly, Chinese Prime Minster Xi Jingping promises massive goodwill investments of infrastructure spanning the eurasian supercontinent.

Both China and Russia are major proponents of the security state. And with Saudi Arabia, the largest state sponsor of global terror, a financial backer of growing dedication…

Can we truly see an end in sight to global surveillance?

 

The geographic isolation of North America, its internal rancors, its pugnaciously fractious and heavily armed populace, and its failure to lead as economic stewards in the wake of Glass-Stegal’s repeal and so-called ‘free trade agreements’ only incentivize the globe to welcome new financial and political shepherds.

The rise of unruly, shortsighted, knee-jerk right-wing populist movements in the US and Britain only discourages their global reputations after decades of failed and unruly neoliberalism. Donald Trump, particularly, is poor follow up to Barack Obama, for whom few Americans and Britons appreciate the depth and globe-wide span of dismay and offense. Trump is correctly viewed as such a blunder of our electorate that Jingping and Putin pleasantly contrast as measured, prudent, sensible, and by simple comparison.

 

It is strange to admit: The crony China-Russia alliance seems poised to inspire global and investor confidence in ways that the sham comfort democracies of the US and Briton simply cannot be counted on to deliver any longer.

 

The strategic impotence of NATO, coupled with currencies issued by US and European treasures and leant into circulation by reserve banks whose equity-undermining asset bases following ‘quantitative easing’ are noxious at best, and threatened by gross, looming market instabilities guarantee the West will succeed in hampering its agencies to increasingly disabling effect.

Given recent abuses of military power by the US the world over and the long history of oppressive Western colonialism...

 

Why wouldn’t ambitious China reach for the opening yawning before them?

Why wouldn’t Russia, it’s pride too often jilted by the West, also join them?

Why wouldn’t the nations of the world find a power shift enticing?

Why should the investment community hold onto confidence in Europe and America with hard right populist movements near to upending the pillars of globalism?

It is any wonder Russia involved itself so liberally in the illiberal American 2016 presidential selection?

Could you resist such a temptation were it so close at hand? And so cheap?

And the subjects you targeted so handily and hungrily gullable?

 

The era of Briton-assisted US hegemony is at an end.

Let us breathe a brief sigh of relief... snark.

 

But is this to be the fire after the frying pan?

How could these emergent players not lust after the very rewards we have too long hoarded for ourselves? How could they not capitalize on new technologies to reward their significantly larger and growing populations with even greater rewards?

How could this yield any outcome other than greater planetary plunder?

And how could a discredited West apply any braking mechanism to them?

 

It should be noted: the nature of capital in the United States, amplified with the Babylonian plague of tongues afflicted upon its people by virtue of its black mirror fetishization and scandal obsession, was always the prevailing global obstacle to remedying the biome emergences beset upon us now.

The power movements diagnosed above should not be viewed by conscientious citizens as calamity; rather, these shifts, despite their uncertainties, create extraordinary opportunities for revolutionary, virtuous action.

 

Selected Readings:

The Economist | The world’s most powerful man http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21730144-do-not-expect-mr-xi-change-china-or-world-better-xi-jinping-has-more-clout?frsc=dg%7Ce

The Economist | A tsar is born http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21730645-world-marks-centenary-october-revolution-russia-once-again-under-rule?frsc=dg%7Ce

Xi Jingpin and Vladimir Putin behave like the best of buddies, The Economist, http://econ.st/2hciY68

The Economist | Xi’s thought, unveiled https://www.economist.com/news/china/21730407-it-sounds-much-old-oneonly-more-so-chinas-leader-xi-jinping-declares-start-new?frsc=dg%7Ce

The Economist | The nuclear option http://www.economist.com/news/business/21730168-north-korea-highlights-faultline-worlds-business-architecture-american-efforts?frsc=dg%7Ce

The Economist | American efforts to control Chinese firms abroad are dangerous http://www.economist.com/news/business/21730168-north-korea-highlights-faultline-worlds-business-architecture-american-efforts?frsc=dg%7Ce

The New York Times | Saudi King, in Russia, Seeks Warmer Ties With a Longtime Foe https://nyti.ms/2xWde7q

WE KNOW NOT WHAT HIDES IN THE SHADOW

Known unknowns, unknown unknowns... 

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We at the Institute for Endogenous Technology apprehend as utterly consequential the sage words Donald Rumsfeld stated in his president’s second term:

There are known knowns, known unknowns, and unknown unknowns.

It was the folly of our media and progressives that they derided this assessment as comically stoopid doublespeak. But Rumsfeld was a disallowed source; no truth, no matter how blatant, could be accepted from him.

How often have We the People ignored the obvious because we disallow the source, because ‘it can’t come from you?’

It is in the unknown unknowns the Institute diagnoses as concealed the true dire and mortal threats to our species. These urgently need most imaginative anticipation, most daring investigation, and most innovative preparation enacted with a collective public effort exceeding any march to war or space.

Alas, no such agency is visibly affected in private nor public domains. Indeed, our leaders’ heads are willingly stuck in the sand, while ours are stuffed inconveniently yet comfortably in warm derrière darknesses...

We can only anticipate the climate disasters we are familiar with today— the known knowns and known unknowns...

What our leaders and the reported scientific community neglect is the obvious:

As these so-far-named disasters repeat themselves and increase their severities, their cycling will spawn more of kinds that were never on our radars.

New types of catastrophic weather phenomena and aggressive pandemics present most immediate threats, and require most urgent mobilization.

Geologic phenomenon must not be ruled out, especially in the Pacific Ring.

This is to say nothing of distortions, such as methane lakes and plumes, only beginning to peek from the thawing poles…

Without appropriate investment in infrastructure beginning with powerfully strengthening not merely the civic response infrastructures but more consequently the individual persons that compose our populations, we will be laid low by these inevitable catastrophes and the surprises they spawn.

That Western civil societies are in rapid, fractious unraveling all but guarantees human pandemonium at any individual catastrophe’s onset.

The indifference of a blatantly self-serving executive federal leadership in America guarantees that the unfavored least among us will be swept beneath the rug in any calamity.

That successive and mounting catastrophes, such as the last few years’ Caribbean hurricanes, will not broker sufficient recovery periods for the effected may yield social cohesion out of sheer necessity is hopeful; however, it is ill-advised now to count only on hope.

 

What patterns do we see in these storm cycles? Can we at this point reasonably expect them to relax? Especially now that the Arctic ice cap is nearly gone?

How can communities hit by just one of these superstorms find sufficient time to recover before the next hits? And the next?

 

Who will offer refuge to those who flee increasingly unsettled regions? When could we ever reasonably expect them to return to their homes?

Will there be sufficient resources to maintain the health of those in those camps?

 

Couldn’t these refugee camps, such as those in Bangladesh harboring Rohinga, become footholds for pandemics?

Would the historic city slums not also be far behind as pandemic petri dishes? And those, too, growing around America’s cities, such as in LA, the Bay, Seattle, and Portland?

 

By virtue of climate disruptions alone:

Our food production grows increasingly threatened year over year.

We should anticipate, for example, that land based storm cycle disruptions will grossly affect growing seasons.

Mountain forest fires will remove vital anchors from slopes, allowing greater erosion in snow melt and rain. Increased flash flooding will erase vital beds of topsoil. Erratic winter warming disturbs the slow snow melt necessary to replenish our draining aquifers.

We see pests rapidly adapt to counter the GMO crops, engineered against their advances and increase our yields. We see fracking spoil aquifers. We see industrial feed lot slurries poison still more ground water, while their drying fields of shit pollute the breathable atmosphere, and the methane of their livestock accelerate the warming of our atmosphere.

What declines to nutrition would result from the mounting losses of top soil?

What would happen to yields should tensions between nuclear powers erupt and cause even a season of nuclear winter?

How could we possibly resist common diseases, let alone pandemics, if fresh water supplies, food, and nutrition dwindle?

 

We obsess about sea level rises as a matter of averages, but the truth is wilder and more dangerous:

As the global volumes of our oceans only ‘slightly’ swell from ice melt, the power and number of storms they spawn seems to increase considerably.

And in these powerful storms this seeming-modest increase in oceanic volume shows it’s ugliest potential:

The storm surges, truly their most devastating arms, become increasingly high and deep, their appetite for destruction explosive.

And so they lay greater waste to life and land, sucking sand and property in equal measure into the tangled deep.

 

 Yet a far greater threat brews deeper in our seas, farther offshore…

Our oceanic biomes are in free fall. Complex, interdependent, body-rich coral reefs have spontaneously collapsed the world over— most of the Pacific’s reefs bleached in just two weeks of May 2016. Untold trillions of fish— many friends of Nemo, Dory, and Marlin— died in two short weeks— due to changes in temperature, salinity, and chemistry entirely caused by us.

Aren’t less-complex, more-homogenous colonies of aquatic organisms, such as the food-chain foundational plankton, also direly threatened?

We at the Institute for Endogenous Technology boldly diagnose the most urgent threat to all surface life on our planet is the collapse of oceanic phytoplankton colonies.

These massive blooms of prehistoric micro-organisms refresh our atmosphere annually with as much as 80% of its breathable and combustable oxygen.

In the first decade of this century, MIT reported a 40% decline of the overall phytoplankton population from the 1950s to present.

We boldly declare: the likelihood of phytoplankton colony collapse the single greatest threat of our time.

When we consider the mass devastation of Pacific coral reef colonies during spring of 2016 due temperature, chemistry, and salinity changes to the oceans, coupled with the relative homogeneity of the cellular constituents of phytoplankton blooms, and their rapidly declining yields, multiplied by the very real phenomenon of colony collapse (as most visibly evidenced in honeybee populations, and which defined the coral bleaching tragedies of 2016) world-wide surface hypoxia is a very real threat to all life, whose likelihood only continues to mount by gross orders of magnitude so long as we persist in belching carbon and methane into our biome.

Most direly, were we to halt all carbon and methane emissions today, the disruption to oceanic chemistry from volatiles remaining still in the atmosphere would persist for decades of increasing risk before tapering off at last. And we know not the state of the oceans should that gentle solution find purchase now.

It should be noted: hypoxia is already well in-effect in the waters Gulf of Mexico as well as other small, now stagnant water bodies. This is not doomsday speculation nor a ‘that can’t happen to us,’ and certainly not a ‘maybe.’ This is a very real and growing phenomenon that is happening in multiple bodies of water on our planet right now.

Unlike Las Vegas, what happens in our oceans does not…

 

And then: There are those unknown unknowns…

Only imagination at its most robust could even fathom possibilities of what might come to pass. All we can be certain of now: That what seemed impossible is only increasingly more possible.

Perhaps the impossible becoming increasingly possible signals a greater opportunity to quite literally turn this tide?

It is down this path The Institute for Endogenous Technology fearlessly treads.

 

 

References:

Unknown unknowns, YouTube, https://youtu.be/GiPe1OiKQuk

New science suggests the oceans could rise more— and faster— than we thought, The Washington Post, http://wapo.st/2gFURfr

Climate change will bring major flooding to New York every five years, The Atlantic, http://theatln.tc/2xjkwkz

2017 hurricane season, What the hell just happened? Vox, http://bit.ly/2gDXaj8

A 5,000 mile long ‘river in the sky’ targets the Pacific northwest, Washington Post, http://wapo.st/2iCgrFy

Coral bleaching events, Wikipedia, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coral_bleaching

The coral die-off is a climate crisis and Exxon fired the Gun, McKibben, Bill, The Guardian, http://bit.ly/2brJDqOx

Ocean acidification may cause dramatic changes to phytoplankton, MIT News, http://news.mit.edu/2015/ocean-acidification-phytoplankton-0720

New Jersey-sized ‘dead zone’ is the largest ever in the Gulf of Mexico, National Geographic, http://bit.ly/2lize9X

Southern California stews in most extreme heat nation has ever seen so late in year, http://wapo.st/2y77A0S

Pandemic and epidemic diseases, World Health Organization, http://www.who.int/csr/disease/en/

Trump administration is ill-prepared for global pandemic, Washington Post, http://wapo.st/2i7jKRA

World leaders rehearse for a pandemic that will come ‘sooner than we expect’, Washington Post, http://wapo.st/2y1h9hH

Hepatitis A outbreak among homeless a byproduct of California’s housing crunch, Washington Post, http://wapo.st/2z6mutg

OUR BRAVE NEW WORLD, TOPPLING

This is no ‘rabbit hole’ we tumble down... 

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In America, the prevailing archetypes defining cultural and governmental behaviors are rapidly exchanging— from a wonderland of narcoses and sandal to the more uncertain paths winding through the long shadow of dystopia.

 Presuming our stories survive, will our grandchildren diagnose the spoils of the Clinton ‘90s fading into tyranny now as corollary to A Brave New World?

Will they rue us for falling, again and again, into its somatic comas?

Will they connect those indulgences to the fall of democracies worldwide into tyrannies and thug oligarchies, the emergence of a dystopia far darker, crueler, and inescapable than 1984?

 

We have succeed in isolating ourselves from each other by celebrating and retreating to the false assurances of our most vapid, narcissistic, piously fractious ‘individual’ selves.

The religion of the ‘individual’ as supreme currency of personhood reigns, despite the endless surge of evidence directly refuting its promises, making plain that its suppositions are false, and that pursuit of both to the exclusion of all else is quite literally maddening.

Moreover, we in our pursuit of ‘individualism,’ we fail to distinguish ‘personality’ from ‘character,’ and so fail to address the matter and obligations of ‘identity.’(1)

Is this religion of the individual is a disabling sham?

Might it be perpetrated now to keep us all lost in an ever-growing shell game with no pea, with no lasting peace to purchase as commodity?

 

Again and again, we chose paths of least resistance, paths to self-fulfillment we mistake for self-attainment, paths that can be purchased for the low, low price of $9.99 or $99.99.

We congratulate ourselves on our clever finds, rewards of good hunts, as reflective of our uniqueness as persons— ignorant of the obvious: this one purchase is one of millions of the exact same, the chase you mistook as a hunt was a distraction from graver matters, your bewilderment in life and the narcotics you consume to ease it are a product not merely of the endless maze you run through but of your denial you are in the maze at all, that the helplessness you insist defines you is truly an abdication of your very real power to those with less virtue and lesser characters than their cults of personality suggest or sustain.

In all this, we chase ‘the middle class dream,’ which is precisely that: the idea that, should we master a single range of skills, seated in front of a computer, that reflects the merits of our deepest characters, we will be rewarded with accolades and comfort, and enjoy a modicum of the lifestyle our betters attain before us in the two, perhaps three decades we do not work while we wait to die.

That this pursuit does anything other than chain us more tightly, more eagerly while we watch the endless play of shadows dance on the LED screens opposite the cave walls before us...

It should be noted: The rich never, never have their fingers in just one pie. See also: Trump, Donald J.

Our failed fourth estate and the evangelical domain of prosperity politics and religion not only advance these myths of the mighty middle class and virtuous individual as paragons of fulfilled liberty via every possible channel with endless zeal, they aggressively destroy what gossamer vestiges of community remain. 

Short-sighted, craven, and shameless, both corporations and governments abuse free speech and deploy clever signaling masked by salacious memes that relentlessly stoke public hostilities and set the least of us against and upon each other with rabid fury that mounts by the day. The best of us hide at home, trusting that one day this storm shall pass.

How is it that we still accord them our trust?

Could it be we still trust that seeing is believing, even after having been taking in by so many obvious cons advanced by such poor slights of hand?

Is it hocus pocus or peekaboo that has us chained balls-to-the-wall?

 

Our masters’ bald aim: render us increasingly confused and impoverished, and dependent on our corporate masters and the state they sponsor, and while they devastate entirely an already dangerously depleted civic political infrastructure, shamelessly plundering a planet they suppose infinitely plentiful.

Ever we wander further into their labyrinth of horrors, never bothering to map the path for ourselves lest we should retreat urgently to the exit, trusting ever in the reality they weave for us, again and again.

What shall we do when we wake from this dream at the heart of their maze, the iron gates slamming shut behind us, and the veil lifts at last?

When we discover the truth: that we have always been fat, naked, and alone— easy prey?

 

Plato’s diagnosis in Republic that democracies inevitably devolve into tyrannies, no matter how unpalatable to acknowledge, is now in agonizing, rapid descent the world over— with seemingly no remedy nor justification for actionable hope, both urgently needed, in sight.

Even more terrifyingly, the popularity of Handmaid’s Tale signals our cultures’, states’, and corporations’ very real understanding of the reproductive value of our women and prognoses just how far the wicked are willing to go to keep the most treasured members of our species under boot. For it is only from their wombs the wicked earn their veal.

The heavy curtain suffocates as it descends, ever cloaking more and more of what little light remained, choking out hope.

The culture of globalism can only generate this outcome. It is wholly incapable of delivering its remedy.

Moreover, it inoculates itself entirely against those agencies which previously might have.

 

Protest is now wholly impotent.

We cannot ‘like’ our way back to liberty.

Tweets are useful only insofar as we can point fingers at glimmers of offense; beyond that, they demonstrate plain: words have all but lost their power.

It appears that power is now only another commodity whose purchase is far from our reach precisely because it is offered only to an exclusive few— not us.

We excuse depthless surveillance as acceptable as we presume those watching will find no reason to accuse us.

Our unconstitutionally militarized police force no longer acts to serve and protect but rather terrorize and effect violent incursions.

We congratulate each other with a myth of merited greatness that has long faded behind the bullying might of our military.

And we sit by and do nothing, rewarded with temporary tokens of our scientific genius manifest by our industrial might. We promise ourselves these successive purchases define us more closely to the persons God made us; when we grow bored of the token and the image of us it reflects, it is cast into waste streams whose instant invisibility takes hold the moment the Hefty bag is cinched and readied for curbside collection.

In all this, we ‘understand’ were are complicit in our planet’s befoulment, and we ‘fathom’ our excess rapidly renders our Earth uninhabitable.

We excuse ourselves from moral responsibility and release ourselves from any hint of remorse, however, because we prize ‘intention’ as the defining conceit of behavior.

“She has a good heart,” or “he is a good Christian,” or “I didn’t mean it,” stand as convenient balms for accountability to behaviors that are too obviously deliberate.

Terrified of shame, perplexed about how we might not behave the same, we hide from blame.

And so we render the progress of our demise, cast entirely from the power of our physical bodies as they pass through the world, unconscious to ourselves.

 

What else can I do?

Everyone else, after all, is doing it.

It won’t make a difference if I stop.

 

Only behavior is what marks the world. And you.

And in that, a clue:

If we have so marked the world as to render it nearly uninhabitable asleep at the wheel, isn’t it correct to state we do so only using a fraction of our bodies’ strength?

What would it look like, then, were we to wake up, and use a bit more of that strength toward more intentional, more virtuous, also deliberate ends?

 

Our governments are too encrusted in corruption and too beholden to the wicked to respond with sufficiently rapid mobilization of our populations.

The capitalist myth matrixes of Western Civilization and their token narcotic comforts discourage action and reward entitled disengagement.

The irrepressible ‘growth’ pressures of market driven corporate agencies, defined by the short-sighted impositions of GAAP accounting— notably in profit and loss statements— and amplified by the inability of fiat currency to reabsorb and balance capital streams, ensures a continued prioritization of parasitic actions on the part of our corporate shepherds.

Per a 2016 New York Times editorial by former Treasury Secretary Henry ‘Hank’ Paulson inveighing upon finance and capital as solutions to our blight caused by the very same, global corporations already view the looming crises as opportunities for still more profit and human oppression.

How can we permit those captains who persuaded us with distraction, delusion, deception, and narcosis to lead us through this quagmire? How can we even allow ourselves the false luxury of hope in their hands?

This must not stand.

 

We, are the Institute for Endogenous Technology.

We act in virtuous defiance of this wholesale degradation of you, your tribes, our planet.

We bring you solutions that transcend the revolutionary— precisely because those solutions we offer will wholly transcend the very nature of the limits you are habituated to in the experience of your being.

And those solutions reside come from places no one is looking, yet precisely those very places we tell ourselves, again and again, those solutions must come from.

“Tribes.” “Grassroots.” “Groundswell.” “A new culture.” “Vote with your dollar.” “We must awaken, globally.”

These all truly can be accomplished, but not within any means we deem conventional. You will not find these paths, these outcomes, where you have been told to look.

No sage who lived thousands of years prior can truly illuminate the path to your awakening today— especially not if their modes have failed to deliver their promised goods en masse well before this time.

Oprah, Bono, Hillary Clinton: They lose power should you truly experience the blessings they claim to fight for on your behalf. So they are disincentivized to truly fight for your liberation.

Our Christian pastors and priests, save for this new Pope, seem to blatantly miss, again and again, the extolments in Genesis and the red-letter texts in the Gospel: That we are to be stewards to this garden, courageous and gentle shepherds to each other. With most of the clergy and orthodoxy enjoying some fashion of corporate sponsorship and no financial obligation to the state and its people, how could they do otherwise?

Our survival is at stake; worse, our children’s and grandchildren’s. They will not inheret a better world than we.

We cannot trust the ideas of the past— those ideas that delivered us to the existential crises of today. Wholly new ontologies are required that serve us now.

We need new leaders.

They must shun those near-sighted traditions; they must lead not only people but the very idea of ideas; the must forge entirely new paths into imagination itself, and in them: lead us back to each other, to belonging, and ultimately to thriving.

These paths, ever, must begin and end: with evidence and compassion. And they must always lead: To action, to agency. From all of us.

This must begin with rejection of all prior orthodoxies, and taking a hard look not only at the evidence, but at our very orientation to that evidence. That can only begin with a radical redefinition of our understanding of imagination itself, and what purpose we prioritize it to consider first.

You must approach the matter of your agency, your culture, your country, your planet, orthogonally. That must begin with an orthogonal shift in how you experience the entirety of you. You must be wholly imaginative in discovering who you are now, and in concieving what you can become.

For you, your physical body, your glorious minds: it is in these that power is truly purposed and designed. You know this: We the People have only scratched the surface of what we truly are.

The individual, the personality: These blind us to that potential just beneath the surface. These hold us back. The way forward leads not through nor ultimately to them.

The way forward leads to and through you, and into us all.

The way forward, of wholeness and healing, is in belonging. It is only in belonging that we thrive. It has ever and only been thus.

In you, in the tribes you seek: This is where our work begins.

Together, so effected, so imbued with untold physical power, we will not yield to the dark. We will fight. We will usher in a new era of light.

Join us.

 

(1)‘Identity’ is a shared phenomenon that distinguishes individual persons for each other and to themselves. It arises and forms between persons, and is sustained so long as the relationship(s) between them are sustained. The identities your mother, college best friend, daughter, coworker, husband, and pastor in all likelihood are very different from one another.

‘Personality’ is in the modern context a pastiche/potpourri of purchased fashions and copied sound-byte memes, broadcasting homogeneity to affinity groups while offering a hint of ‘difference’ so as to advertise distinction from within those groups, and therefore appear ‘authentic.’ Personality is a short-hand that more easily establishes and more broadly applies identity.

‘Character’ is an innate trait that cannot be changed, but can be deliberately strengthened, underdeveloped, or suppressed. Character and its fulfillment are less matters of social affinity and identity and have everything to do with selecting and managing your behaviors, and sustaining your habits.

 

Selected Readings: 

Brave New World, Huxley, Aldus, http://amzn.to/2xqA99X

1984, Orwell, George, http://amzn.to/2gNpDqr

A Handmaid’s Tale, Atwood, Margret, http://amzn.to/2iAYPKt

Republic, Plato, http://amzn.to/2iAZFXD

Allegory of the Cave, Plato, http://amzn.to/2gN1oIZ

 

References: 

Concentration of Media Ownership in America, Business Insider, http://www.businessinsider.com/these-6-corporations-control-90-of-the-media-in-america-2012-6

Yellow Journalism, ‘Fake News,’ Wikipedia, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fake_news

How to Raise Trillions in Green Investments, NY Times editorial, Paulson, Henry Jr., http://nyti.ms/2iBrWNO 

Sample Profit and Loss Statement, http://bit.ly/2y6mb1f