“The Misinformation-Outrage Cycle, Part 1: “There are no Yankees here!”
Plato argued that democracy was inferior to other forms of government, including monarchy, aristocracy, and oligarchy because democracy—by its very nature—undermines the expertise necessary for good governance. This is summary of Plato’s thoughts is from the Stanford Dictionary of Philosophy:
Democracy requires an educated population able to analyze the implications of government policies. It requires voters to look beyond their own interests and consider the interests of society as a whole. It requires people who are aware of the appeal of a demagogue and can withstand that appeal.
This cannot happen if people do not have accurate information.
The British philosopher A.N. Whitehead famously commented that the history of Western thought “consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.”
This brings us to the question: Will America prove Plato wrong? Or will America’s experiment in self-governance prove to be another footnote to Plato?”
2023 is the year for change, not that anyone wants change but that we need to change or we’ll destroy the place and each other.
The second world war demonstrated how much damage a few anti-social types in powerful positions can create.
At that time there were reasons for chosing powerful uncaring people. As my dad used to say Hitler was a german solution to run-away inflation. Desparate people do desparate things, and once you get used to collateral damage, genocide is just around the corner.
Humans are social animals, we work well in groups covering for each other in more and more complex ways, one the next thing you know we have created computers, airplanes, medicine, art, websites about almost anything.
Our Mirror Neurons make civilization possible just as our reptilian hindbrain keep us a few bad days away from the next conflict.
No two ways about it, War is out of style, no longer useful. Like the gold rush and the rush to bitcoin, converting or killing for your man-in-the-sky.
Life is about life, we are either helping or we are not. That is how humans need to keep score.
In 20, 30, 40,90 years we will all yield back our physical forms and leave behind only what we have worked for.
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WRWK is like so many good ideas that are passed over for the more exciting but passing fads and thrills. WRWK is not a fad. It is about life as the only unique thing that separates us from the dumb animals, plants, bacteria, rocks and planets that we share our existence with. I mean Dumb in the sense that other animals do not speak. Humans can be very dumb in that they don’t seem to listen or speak rationally. Humans in spite of their larger brains often stay in the emotional section of their brain and only use the reasoning ability to conjure up “reasons” for what they have already done, or want to do, or want to get someone else to do for them. At WRWK, the work fm we want you to remember what life is about: life; and help find ways to enjoy it, each other and skip the noisy thrill seekers digging holes we will all have to dig our way out of. Life is a miracle, It should not exist as far as our scientist can figure. So while you’re here, enjoy the miracle, yourself, each other and how clever we can be, but above all, try to be useful. Stay tuned to WRWK, we will help as we can.
He has dedicated it to WRWK- Progressive Community Radio so this will be a combined event. Alan has been waging Peace since he first encountered unfairness and he has not taken many breaks.
WRWK is humbled by Alan’s example and has pledged to persist just as he has in finding, understanding and sharing solutions in stories of people who have dealt with similar problems in their areas.\
The future will come from learning how to deal with the present. We can’t pretend that things have not changed when change is the only constant in human civilization, Today’s solutions become tomorrows problems after moving us ahead but changing entire game. That’s how progress works.
This video and web-page attempt to explain the present situation we find ourselves in driven by the engines of progress that have grown too big to manage.
Folks are coming to it, sending donations if they cannot; donating money, equipment, or just coming to enjoy the company. Most sentient beings work to change their world, shape it to their needs, make it better and safer for their family and friends. This is called being human. Most folks take care of things around them and even extend their care to others. That is where community comes from. We have nice things and we work to create nice things for our communities, we plant trees we may never sit under, for the next generations. It’s not always easy and we aren’t always rewarded for helping out but others before us made our way easier and so we pass it on.
Life is a gift, we only get 80 to 100 years here, let’s all try to be useful.
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