Monday, November 21, 2011

Conservatives and "social combat"; what if you could become someone else?


What do the “rich social conservatives” want?  Yes, power and control.

But their vision of life seems to be predicated on recognition of success in “social combat”, which includes the ability to use marriage and family as a tool for social competition. The new film “The Descendants” shows that quite well. 

What’s supposed to happen to “weaker” members of any family?  They’re supposed to be “loved” and “valued” as human beings in the context of being loyal family and community members. But because they can take less responsibility (as a result of the outcome of competition), they’re supposed to remain quiet, not be heard or listened to, and accept their dependence (even in terms of karma) on stronger family members.  And, oddly, they’re supposed to try to continue the family anyway, or else stay home and look after other family members when old. Even according to conservative, Southern Baptist kind of thinking, it’s apparent that this sort of moral thinking runs into its own contradictions.  You have to be able to speak up.  Look at the recent scandals, as to what can happen.

What answer do such “conservatives” have to what Anne Richards called the “silver spoon” problem? Well, if you have to live by strict sexual morality (and experience sexuality only in one lifetime marriage, avoiding even fantasy), you don’t have too much natural incentive to take undue advantage of inherited good fortune. You give back. 

We all know that doesn’t work too well in practice. Cheating and corruption abound. And with changing demographics, everyone knows they will be responsible for others eventually, so many men have a feeling they will take “their due” anyway.

Is a world where social competition is the only permitted path to recognition worth living in?  I wonder.
I had a “lucid dream” a couple nights ago.  Based a bit on my novel.  There was some plateau out west where you go to experience a ritual that gives you a preview of the after-life, astral city.  Your body has to be prepped and continually monitored during the experience.  Some people find they get linked to the identity of someone else more desirable (an angel, maybe), and spend only a small portion of time in a purgatory wilderness as themselves.  Some seem to disappear. Others perish.  A lucky few make it down the mountain having learned from the experience, which costs about $200000, like space tourism. Remember the David Lynch film "Lost Highway"?

Oh, there’s one other thing I caught wind of this morning. There is some sort of threat to shut down online poker, which cuts off all livelihood for more people.  I’ll have to follow that later.

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