Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The Mutants


I know that you, like me, have wondered when you have time, why the world is becoming such a stinking mess.  It’s not just climate change that threatens all of human and animal habitat although this concern gets more serious every day. It isn’t even the increasing financial ruination being brought to us by corporate rule that now seems to have more power than the governments who protect them instead of us.  


 With every passing month we have less of what we need to live as a civil society.  Workers need higher wages, we all need more public and affordable housing, affordable child care, the cessation of criminal interest rates on credit cards, forgiveness for student debt, and less propaganda about inflation.  Every person entrusted with grocery buying knows that groceries seem to rise in a disgustingly regular fashion, if not daily, at least weekly.  Epidemics of dementia of all kinds stalk the elderly, cancer has become so common that some health scientists predict that one person in two in the western world will contact cancer before they die.  And this is occurring at the same time that only a handful of people, relatively speaking; own most of the wealth of the Western World. 


The elites (corporations, bankers, billionaires, media heads, military industrial complex, lobbyists for eternal wars) tell us one way or another that this is how the world works.  It’s just the way humans develop in a free economy.  You know, it is freedom that does this.  It’s Democracy. Shut up and count your blessings. The economic winners get to write the rules.   


I have been reading a book that explains, at least to my satisfaction, some of the reasons why we, the people, have allowed the social psychopaths of the elites to rise to the top of an increasingly economically miserable heap which the elites themselves have created.  The name of the book I am finding that points to the wealth and power inequality on earth that is killing us is: The Master and His Emissary:The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World. The subject is about the human brain and how it works written by Dr. Iain McGilchrist.  McGilchrist has trained both as a literary scholar and as a medical doctor (psychiatry and neuroimaging researcher). 


In order to wrap our heads around the really insane proposition that the sneakiest, craftiest and cruelest people among us must be our leaders, we need to know how this happened in the first place. McGilchrist tells us that it is because the human animal has a divided brain.  However, while divided, both sides of the human brain talk to each other regularly. Except in psychopaths.  I think that our elites – our socially acceptable psychopaths - use only one side of their brain. One side of their brain has mutated and has reduced communication with the other side.  In my opinion they are, in effect, mutants. More next time.

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