First World Problems

Philosophy, Politics, Religion

If it’s one thing I can’t stand to hear from someone is how some particular thing is “destroying our nation.”

Whatever it is, no it’s not. Our country is just fine. Lately every single politician, political movement, religion, atheist, communist, socialist, fascist, congressman, president, governor, mayor and the Post Office is destroying our country.

What exactly is so bad that some sort of harbinger has been unleashed declaring the end of the United States? Are we slugging it out in the streets for a top spot in bread lines? Do we face some kind of energy crisis? Are armed guards kidnapping random people in the night? Do we wake up to assault gun fire and mortar shelling every day like they do in Syria? Any genocide going on?

No. None of that is happening. We don’t have any REAL problems. We bitch about the political fighting in Washington, tax breaks for the rich, lazy people on food stamps, etc. But, I’m sorry, those are not nation-destroying troubles. Ronald Reagan’s Iran Contra scandal, George Bush’s recession, Bill Clinton’s philandering, George W.’s warmongering and Obama’s fight for his healthcare plan have not destroyed this country and none of it will.

Do we have problems? Yes, we do. The government spies on everything from our phone calls to our top scores on Angry Birds. Politicians on both sides lie about facts and use fear and anger to generate fervor among their electorate. Our economy at times seems to hang by a thread. The public denies scientists when they don’t like what scientists have to say.

But by and large, these things ARE being held in check. We still have our smartphones and our memes. We still drive our gas-guzzling trucks and SUVs. We still have McDonalds, buffalo wings and Pizza Hut. This Sunday our nation will sit collectively for five hours while we enjoy our annual descent into junk food and beer during our beloved Superbowl.

Can things escalate to the point that our country will be destroyed? Of course. But we’re nowhere near that point. The fact that we’re so much in arms about the NSA, political discourse, climate change, economic regulations, welfare costs and healthcare shows that we do at least care about what’s happening even if we keep electing 90 percent of incumbents in Congress who do nothing about it.

And I won’t lie, sometimes I get caught up in the drama of it all and join in the chorus of doomsday. But I think enough is enough.

I’m not saying we should never be worried. I’m saying stop it with the histrionics. Let’s keep our eyes on the realities of our world. There are countries with genuine war zones, food shortages, widespread disease and genocide. But it’s not our country. Our issues are, at the end of the day, first-world problems.

It’s the deep paranoia and the actions that people take based on that paranoia that can cause serious problems. But even then, that won’t be the end of us.


Covenient Capitalism


Oil Barrel. Blue Oil Barrel, Metal Lid. Isolated.


It’s all fun and games until the oil runs out.

Every day more people are born and every day we keep sucking out drops of oil that can’t be replaced. Not to worry, capitalists tell us. Keep playing. Keep living your life. Don’t worry about the depleting supply of product that fuels our lifestyle.

As Ruppert said, oil is in everything. It’s in our paints, plastics, tires, building materials. On top of this of course, it powers the transportation methods used to move food, retail and people from one locale to another. Population is going up while the well is running dry. The math doesn’t lie.

For so long capitalism has been king because we’ve done quite well with it.

I think there will come a time when capitalism will no longer be practical for our overall survival. As human numbers continue to grow and our worldly largesse continues to dwindle at a rapid pace, consumption will have to be based on cooperation if we as a species want to remain on this Earth.  We may have to consider what’s best for all and not what’s best for “me and mine.”

We could go down the dark path: where capitalism remains an element of our social dynamic. Then, instead of cooperation, we’ll have all-out wars for food, water, fuel. The sky’s the limit. We’ll eat each other.

Now capitalists will tell you that won’t happen. I’m talking about the hardcore capitalists; the ones who go home every night and jack off to Ayn Rand and Wealth of Nations. Capitalism fuels competition and innovation. Therefore, if capitalism is allowed to remain in place, solutions will be discovered and once again, our selfishness will be our salvation. Nope. Sorry.

What exactly are you going to innovate when you run out of resources to market?

If the cooperation idea sounds like socialism, it is somewhat, but not in a political sense. Native Americans and a world of indigenous peoples have built societies on co-op economies. They didn’t do it for altruistic reasons either. They chose it because of the limited resources around them and the desire to help their own persevere.

Cooperation or greed? Which way are we going to go?

I’m betting on the latter. That “me and mine” mentality is primal. The instinct is so strong that we’ll fight each other to the death for the lives of ours.