Politics from the radio and TV has been challenging my ears and eyes these last two days. It is important stuff but the stupid shouting of the various pundits isn’t very heavy with easily digested information. There is plenty of information but it is overlain with so much bias and just plain cant that one must be totally informed of the political position where the various pundits are coming from, to make much sense of all their blather.
Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage. – Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)
This famous quote seems to encapsulate what is going on perfectly. My interests in trying to create an EarthArk, a backup plan for humanity and the whole living ecosystem, might seem admirable in these pundits’ eyes but they would instantly attempt to convert whatever value might be there to some sort of private advantage.
Those people who have risen to positions of power and media influence have done it through learning the skills of exploitation of private advantage in their local realm. Each of them probably doesn’t have any spectacular moral qualities, although all of them have high IQ, and excellent verbal abilities, which are necessary for that kind of work. But, real moral depth is clearly a disguise which they exploit. The absolute ability which they need, and clearly have in abundance, is that of exploitation of others around them for their private advantage. Another thing is or was the good sense to get into the organizational structure of the world where they could use this ability.
I am hopelessly naive and will remain so voluntarily because although I have studied these practices and have written about them I have been of such a character as to not exploit them. Perhaps I should use them because the EarthArk is far more important than my limited moral inclinations.