None of us is safe until all of us are safe

We are learning that we can not live on this earth on our own.   We all depend on external life support systems of government directions and universal obedience.   Initially by following social-distancing and isolation directives, and ultimately be getting annual immunization shots. 

COVID19: next comes the fallout

The ultimate fallout will be political upheavals resulting from the fact that the lessons of this experiment are impossible to unlearn.   People will see the contradictions between what they were told to believe before, and how things actually work out.   There will be two sides: those who want to retain their prior authority by going backwards, and those who no longer believe that option makes any sense.

Covid19: Competing purposes of testing

As during the Prohibition where people moved their social gathering from public bars and saloons to their private residences, I think the same thing will happen now.   Social gathering in comparable numbers will resume but they will be in private “speak easy” locations with restricted entry to those who have the right test results instead of knowing the right password.

Learned helplessness and domestication

We look back at the recent history and are frustrated that we can not do what they were able to do.   We live in a world with many more rules, and a lot less opportunities.   The conditions are like that of the experiment: we are frustrated in finding relief and observe what increasing appears completely random occurrences of success.   The modern examples of people who do succeed, even in the technologies, appears more to be the case of the person being lucky at being in the right place at the right time rather than being particularly visionary or brilliant.   Success is random, and consequently so is the pain of the lack of success.   Success is also increasingly rare, leaving a large population in frustration, yearning for its master to save them.

Missing data: taking looks seriously

Looks do matter a lot in social and professional success.   What really matters is that our looks match our personalities and aptitudes.   Many of us do not live up to our appearances.   We can try to compensate with changing things we can control, but we can not escape the messages sent by our height, our skeleton, and especially our facial features.   The alternative is to work on our personality, changing it to match what people expect from our features.   Many of us do that, but we never convince ourselves so it is always an act, and that act will eventually be exposed for what it is, leaving us where we started, alone.    

The world of Alita

Assuming a post-scarcity world, the big challenge will be how to satisfy the human need for justice.   At the very least, there will be two systems of justice: one for the wealthy celebrities and another for the rest.   The masses will have very little opportunity to seek justice from the wealthy, especially once democracy is replaced or rendered lame from politics of division of ever smaller identity groups.   Over time (especially over generations), we will learn to satisfy our needs for justice though non-governmental means.

Laws: government coercion, domination, and control

Contrary to President Trump’s declaration, we have an inescapable need to have laws that coerce, dominate, and control our lives.   There may be some people who think they can live without those laws, but I suspect that will only work when they are on an island isolated from any dissenting peers.   There is something deep within us that recognizes that the rule of law is essential to our being humans.