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Recently Domesticated turkeys were released prior to Thanksgiving as a gesture of amnesty. The following is my response…
Utterly ridiculous. While fellow humans suffer starve and die, special interest groups are taking upon themselves the moral task of defining and defending animal “rights” as though no living organism in nature or elsewhere should ever suffer or die, as though it we’re a moral duty to put an end to all animal tevail and survival of the fittest. As though it we’re somehow okay to meddle with nature producing genetically inferior puppies in puppy mills prone to genetic maladies and diseases as long as they appeal to our anthropomorphic Disney fantasies, or mass produce turkeys only for human consumption which struggle under their own body weight and require artificial insemination in order to reproduce. As though allowing such physically deformed and domesticated animals to continue to live out their “happy” lives under such conditions constitutes justice, utterly ridiculous.
In a post modern world of special interest, spectacle, and disconjunction, let us turn a blind eye to social causalities while we blindly participate in them in an endless cycle of utter ridiculousness.
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If we are to believe scientific prognosticators it is not only probable but quite likely that other forms of extraterrestrial intelligence exist elsewhere in the known Universe.
Even if we distrust or reject the scientific method many of us by default believe in some alternate form/s of intelligent alien life, i.e., deities, angels, and demons, etc.
This leaves a vast majority of us who believe in not only extra terrestrial Intelligent beings but extra terrestrial life in general.
The discovery of any extra terrestrial life will be of great significance to Earthlings since it will elucidate much more clearly our own nature as well as our place (purpose) in the Universe.
One of the first if not the singular most question we may have upon the discovery of intelligent life, will most likely be what is it’s/their “end game,” ultimate “business,” or “purpose”?
For all non-symbol using creatures on Earth we might ascertain that it’s/their main “purpose” or “occupation” is merely to survive; whatever non-symbolic (non-meaningful) form of life this may entail exists because it does, and survives.
For meaning-seeking-symbol-using-and-abusing-beings-“rotten with perfection,” mere “survival” is not a “good” enough answer (although it may provide a compelling argument for evolution as the method of creation).
Our uneasiness and uncertainty about our own true nature and place in the Universe (precisely the anxieties which fuel our desire for discovery), will likely bias our evaluations and critiques of any newly discovered intelligent life forms.
We will may judge and evaluate them as though we ourselves are the standard of judgement or “control group” from which to mete out unbiased objectivity. We will most likely do so since our language-bourne hegemonic social structure of power is built upon the precepts of our ultimate authority and truth. It would be unthinkable if not unbearble to discover greater intelligences and or truths superior to Earth’s dominion.
If we now consider the tables turned and an alien (symbol-using) intelligence should discover Earth, they likewise may enjoy similar liberties of “objectivity” in their judgement of Earthlings from their particular perspective.
Assuming an alien intelligence had somewhat dissimilar sets of values and therefore a dissimilar modus operandi in relation to their main purpose or raison d’être, They would be likely be less inclined to critique themselves as objectively as Earthlings, and visa versa.
Similarities and differences between us and them may constitute our initial fascination as whatever those entailed could become as a sort of Rosetta Stone for deciphering the nature of life and the Universe in general.
Until that first contact we may suffice it to say that for symbol-using beings, control over subjectivity (i.e., subjectivity to other things and conditions such as illness, mortality, ignorance, etc) is our ultimate purpose.
We have (as well perhaps as other symbol-using beings) constructed through symbolic meaning a world and reality which firmly places us at the center of our Universe of purpose and meaning even though we continue to pursue knowledge in our quest for control.
Any organizational belief system which supports a status quo of power relationships (regardless of truth or reason) I refer to as Articles of The Emperor’s New Clothes, i.e., any ideas and or beliefs which are symbolically created to preserve a hegemonic and ego-centric hierarchy of power as a function of our individual quest for power over subjectivity.
In Sum, the route to truth is found in pursuit of the will of the self.
…of social reality dwell between comfort & joy, and contention and hatred.
In the book a major methodology I employ in search of human purpose is Subjective Annihilation Theory.
Essentially my theory suggests that our ultimate motive is the elimination of all subjectivity through the continuous pursuit of progress through technology.
However as of yet we are only at the very beginnings of our evolution towards annihilation of subjectivity which the Pandora’s Box of symbolic language has opened.
Symbolic language has sparked a chain reaction of ‘progress’ which can only be estinguished by the end of all symbolic language – which necessarily entails the end of humanity.
There is no evidence to suggest that science, technology, nor religion, will at any point in the future throw their collective hands in the air and declare ‘that’s it! that’s as far as we’re going, we’ve progressed adequately so we’re just going to stop right now and call it good.’
There is neither much evidence to suggest that human knowledge is approaching “saturation” in which there is no new knowledge to gain, rather it seems, the more we know, the more there is to know.
It has been hypothesized that in the future many human subjectivities will be eliminated or greatly reduced, i.e. illness may be eliminated and we may purhaps achieve immortality.
However, will everyone benefit equally? Will we also evolve fairness and equality? If so, by what method or technology?
I qualify my search for human purpose in the beginning of the book by stating “if” anything matters, or is of significance, then it follows that other logically connected artifacts of meaning must also “matter,” or be of significance.
Ultimately I argue that everything is significant – to one degree or another – in a meaningful world to symbol-using animals whose every action is in response to subjectivity.
Although it is very significant to this writer to hypothesize and theorize about abstract ideas and principles relating to human purpose, Uncommon Sense is intended as a touchstone for the purpose of stimulating exigent discourses in our co-construction of reality this very moment and far into the future.
As we hurtle head-long towards perfection through technology, we as yet are subject to many incongruencies as a symbol-using species.
How do (will) we decide who gets what in an advancing society? The current model seems to be that the wealthy and powerful will be the predominant beneficiaries of new technologies and resources as they are now and have always been.
Everything we are doing this moment and each moment of our lives sustains or resists the status quo. I am confident that each individual knows what matters (is significant) to the self, however is what matters to others really as significant if it doesn’t benefit the individual in some perceived way?
Like so many elephants in a room, all such incongruencies will continuously materialize and manifest themselves repeatedly as we claw our collective way towards unsubjectivity.
In the interim, we pursue our own interests regardless of cause and effect.
At this very moment the entire world is in a state of dire social conditions regardless of technology and “progress.”
“We will pay the price, but we will not count the cost…” Rush