notes 4 today: 2015-09-04 – Thoughts On Patriarchy, Colony of China, Sedentarism

Title: Patriarchy and its Other Others: Ageism Against the Young is Invisible to Us

Keep it a short post, but basically saying that whether a society is matriarchal or patriarchal, either way the adults overlook the needs and the intrinsic rights of the child who has more time yet to be on the planet than they. Patriarchy, matriarchy, or perhaps “archy” in general, are all oppressive and stacked against those born into such a time

Title: Update Your Text Books: North American Colonial History is 1607-1776, 2014-present

The years of “sovereign independence” may have faded long before now, and it depends what you want to choose as the point at which we “escaped from freedom”, collectively falling in to the Frommian theory. Around the year 2000 the outsourcing really picked up, and our consumerist addictions were to be managed by a different care provider: China and friends.

Corporations have been allowed to rape and pillage our land within the confines of our laws, but they have mostly been raping and pillaging the lands of other nations within the confines of our laws for the limits of our own foreign imperializing.

I think it was safe to call us a colony of China some time in the mid 2000s when a larger plurality of our goods started to come from there, and they started to credit an ever larger chunk of our debt. I do think it’s useful to look at ourselves as a colony of China, in all realms not just economic (because the other realms would be sure to follow).

We were an “unhostile take over” for the better organized Chinese State (buttressed by Russian backed resource support)

China with the BRICS and Eurasian resource axis is looking to build a future of domination. This might be aloof (and naive), but if I am to be oppressed and can choose the lesser of two evils (which I can’t), I’d rather have it be by a civlization that is several thousand years old and not run by Americans than this techno-oppression and alienation I feel today in some perverted WASP bureaucratic state. I won’t sit around waiting for Chinese water gardens, but to know that my oppression at least serves somebody somewhere high up in the oligarchic chain to have the free time to meditate in a beautiful spot, is better than dwelling on what the old guard American oligarchs do with their pleasure time.

Title: Classroom rules set in stone: working and moving bifurcation

Early childhood education is essentially about taking that which wants to run around and play and engage mentally and bodily to form the habit of sitting down. If you’re looking for someone to blame for other people sitting around, look to the availability of seats and the classroom rules becoming set in stone. Classroom rules are all about taking volatile lifeforms and setting them in stone.

The recession (or receding?) of recess”

Nature wants us to work hard because nature worked very hard to build us. This means using all of our levels of bodily energy engaged actively in motion with the rest of the eco-system atmospheric level we find yourself naturally born in to. Sitting is not work, that’s why it hurts us so bad. It’s very hard to do at first (think of young children), but it becomes very easy as our bodies get used to doing only that and other motions become difficult (not to mention the sedentarism encouraged by muscle atrophy drugs such as statins… what a name choice, huh?).

Nature wouldn’t want to see you squander away the elaborate skills and inclinations that it worked very hard to embody in you, which leave us as we cut corners and then cut ourselves down on the sharp edges we litter around our environments.

MEME:

IT’S THE SAME BAD LESSON BEING TAUGHT

(juxtapose picture of kids sitting in a classroom with picture of kids sitting playing videogames)

MADE DIFFERENT ONLY BY THE CONTENT

OR,

teachers should be happy, their lesson of sitting is now being applied outside the classroom!

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A Genealogy of Analysis

We cannot take for granted the human mental activity termed analysis, that is grouped, tightly or loosely, with rationality, logicality, and often Procrustean binarism. Where did such violent patterns of thought arise from to be a mainstay of the modern human experience? Thought patterns that have a curious mind pondering, and ultimately encouraging a body—or many bodies—to enact such blood spilling dissections of the natural world. To get at a plausible answer, I believe we must use another mental activity still afforded us (i.e. imagination?) that can have us walking in some earlier, less or even pre-analytical time. Perhaps if we use such an imaginative temporal transportation adequately, we can see the peculiar analytical flap of the butterfly’s wings that rippled into the hurricane of analytic violence that so consumes the human psyche and the wider world we have today compacted.

The Stark Natural Impurity of Purities

Purities are the fruits ripest for a mind to cling to and ponder to develop an analytic binary: that which is the pure thing, and the impure milieu defined as a background to surrounding the pureness. To get at such pure fruit, we could take our imaginations back temporally to the experience of an early migratory human in a forest gathering tinder for a fire. Such an activity is not unimaginable though it probably displays a crude understanding of paleolithic life; nevertheless, it will serve as a starting point.

We should pose the question: what in that forest environment was pure enough to stand out from the rest that she would take particular note to develop a discourse to pass on to others? The only “thing” that I can think of (but perhaps your imagination will afford you a better example) that is pure and startling enough to wrench her from her gathering task would be her stumbling upon a recently dead body of another human. Such a drastic encounter would probably force her, after much emotional processing, to conceptualize death as something other than life. The purely differentness of death from daily living would stand out to any having their first encounter. From this simple life-death binary it is possible that if she didn’t suppress the whole experience out of a traumatic response, that she would then be opened to seeing death in non-human entities as well, such as a fallen tree, animals she might eat, and so on.

This life-death binary is a possible beginning to the analysis we have inherited mentally, culturally, institutionally today, but I would like to problematize that such an event could actually have had the staying power to grow into the scientific and philosophical knives with which we currently dice up reality. I don’t think a single concept—even one as shaking as death—could pull a migratory people into developing a particularly divisive language and an educational culture dedicated to replicating such ideas in the minds of their children and grandchildren. I see such primal occurrences, if they happened at all, as likely to be ripples that returned to the ocean; carcasses left behind to decay as the migration pushed forward, away from a previous locale.

The Relaxed Acceleration of the Western Analytic Mind

The particular analysis we of the westernized world have inherited must have an origin of sorts, and one place I would posit as distinctly possible is in the Pre-Socratic philosophizing of ancient Greece. A sea such as the Ionian (or Aegean) offers itself as such an analytic purity to the mind of one not interested in empiricism, who is not attuned to the subtleties of catching fish or other nautical pursuits. Thales—a name for a thinking (wo)man or group of thinking (wo)men—was just such a person who had a privileged position, including the leisure time to gaze at water and conceptualize it as a purity. After finding this pure fluid mixed in with other substances—not least of which would have been fruit—Thales went on to posit that this purity of water was what made up everything. Though no documentary evidence exists, it is quite possible that among a small group there was a fervor of thought and activity exploring this idea that water composed everything, and there were many fruits and animals slain (blood would be evidence), and wells dug, in the search of proof of waters omni-presence. This idea of a purity certainly impressed itself on the minds of these specific characters, and their bodily actions were sure to complement their thinking patterns. Out of Thales came other ontological originary elemental positings (air, fire) by the Ionian school that favored different purities for different reasons.

Thus oneness was posited in the minds of a particular place that would genealogically endure, and a few generations later “twoness” would arise from Plato and any proto-Platonists on the scene. Again, empiricism is sheltered out for it is damaging to the rational categories so constructed by the philosopher. History tells us of a marching forward of these ideas that would not be stamped out by the Persian Empire, nor defeated by the Carthaginians, nor permanently lost to the middle ages. We are the inheritors of such a tradition, but we are also those who could freely choose a different path, and to let go of analytics if we so dared, not using paths blazed before us that direct our activities forward.

There is an ontological, non-historical explanation for binaries/analysis which is forthcoming.

Appendage of Scattered Notes/Ideas:

modern work doesn’t enable an excess of leisure, being of a particular class of efficiency that we can have leisure as a byproduct. No, it was during leisure time that modern work tasks were codified in the mind and then later put into practice that now have us all toiling in varying degrees.

analytics are not created/initiated in the brain. They are purities in the external world, like “blueness”, straight edges, create the idea of analytics. Comes from purities, from a lack of sensitization; but if we are just open to our senses…

violent slashings create an idea of objects and geometry that must have been somewhere available in the greeks. They must have been looking at the sky too much.

Why do children have so many learning disabilities? Because academics in special education need to publish books! And…

…the common existence of mildly toxic substances (such as endocrine disruptors) gives them a lot of dough from which to cut cookies and form categories.

The proof of the pudding is destroyed in the eating!

You Don’t Fatten Your Sheep By Weighing Them

These days this adage is generally applied to the abusive overuse of high stakes educational testing. Here what I would like to offer is that you could draw analogous conclusions on the now routine drawing of blood at the doctor’s office. The data tracking society that has crept in to normalization lands all of us who perform well visits (in the United States at least) in the lab having hollow needles injected into our arms with the suspicion that some parameter in our blood might warrant lucrative medical intervention. Fattening we sheep is not their concern—it’s fleecing us by cashing out our wool, under the guise of protecting our health.

The likely logic is that the doctors are advancing the pharmaceutical corporations’ agendas to push a particular drug. Instead of their largely ineffectual commercial advertisements, they advertise indicators on your very own blood test that speak for themselves: you the patient may have a cholesterol problem in several years, so why not start taking our statin drug now? Personalized data in the hands of an authority such as your trusted modern doctor are a powerful weapon to coerce you into compliance.

This cynical view of mine is far more likely than the story that routine blood tests with annual physicals are a genuine advancement in medical thinking that go to benefit the patient. Blood samples twenty years ago could still test for all the same categories that they do today, so what’s the difference? It’s the drug company lobby on the medical field, many times stronger today than it used to be. Blood tests are not preventive medicine, they are battering rams that force open the gateway to medicinal plundering of the human animal.

Perhaps a new dichotomy should be formed between drugs and medicine. Previously it was drugs that were recreational, and medicine that was the remedy to an ailment. Now it is drugs being those substances that benefit someone external to the user (such as the pharmaceutical pusher), and medicine is something that benefits the actual user (an increasing rarity).

Edited 2015-10-28

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