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Tidbits #83

Is it true people in the range of 50-70 are happier than when younger? Is that true for married couples too? For singles, it might be true: we recognize that we don’t need much, as long as the health is passable.

For the Vulnerable populations (the poorer States and elderly people), so far AstraZeneca’s candidate covid-19 vaccine may be the cheapest at $6 to $8 dollars for both doses (compared with $40+ for the others), and the only Covid-19 vaccine that only requires normal standard refrigeration storage

All human-made calamities are consequences of most of us claiming to know more than the others’, of what is right and what is wrong. We transcend our ignorance, our flawed sense of pride, our deep intelligence of our limitations and capabilities in order to fool the others’

The religious sects do not want to listen to the good in the other sects, but they assemble the flocks of the faithful around hatred because it is only in confrontation that they show their solidarity. 

Tread lightly on this earth, avoid sudden movements, and do not kill trees or flowers. Pretend to plow the soil, but do not wound it. When others scream and yell, move only your lips.” Mani

Shapur begged Mani to join him on one of his war expeditions so that he may promote his religion to the conquered territories but Mani declined the offer saying: “My words shall shed no blood. My hands shall bless no blade. My hands shall neither bless the knives of sacrificing priests, nor even a woodcutter’s axe.” Mani message and later labelled the Manichean religion

The dodge? The fear that someone might see us “for who we really are” is what social media enhanced our willingness to change to match the better people.

A few manage a fantastic leap: from childhood to an older person. The period in between is defined as emotional handicap, lacking “emotional intelligence”. The best part of life is missing, and still it is good to wake up and ponder.

Israeli sniper target a child and then wait to shoot at anyone who rushes to check on the child. Thousands of Palestinians were crippled by live bullets during their weekly demonstrations of “Right to Return”

Britain is crossing the Rubicon: it will start vaccinating against Covid-19 released by the EU/German pharmaceutical Pfister. The British are the Testing Ground for the efficacy of this vaccine. The good news is that the vaccination is Not mandatory and this policy provides evaluation on 3 counts: 1) How the British have faith in this vaccine and 2) How the vaccinated people fared, and 3) Has the pandemics decreased in Britain? Nations have to wait for this evaluation before joining the bandwagon.

The passe-partout disease: Seems that the death every “famous” person is attributed to Covid-19. That is fishy: as if no famous person is eligible to die but by Corona. Think governments are manipulating and abusing of the social media platforms to excuse their massive confinement policies and their massive printing of money.

This Covid-19 pandemics has decelerated the frantic “trade” in air, route and maritime transport. A few cities experienced clearing of its air pollution for a short while. It didn’t make a dent on climate change: the UN has confirmed, as facts, that the last 5 years were the worst in “natural” calamities. Reversing this trend to sustain a slow “normal nature recovery” requires a world trend in adopting “frugal” lifestyle and away from this fixation of constant “Growth economy”.

Maybe this slowing down of the economy didn’t make a dent in the short term on climate change, but it gave hope that the mental and emotional readiness of people to adopt an alternative standard of living and lifestyle will transcend the multinational greed.

Economy of Sobriety, (August 1, 2009)

There is a growing political economics trend for substituting the traditional steady growth and productivity policies into an economy of sobriety.  The Slow Food and Slow Cities movements, along with many European communities exercising self autonomy in the economic policies of their districts, are practicing on a smaller scale the concept of “living better for less”.

The latest economic downturn and financial crisis are re-confirming that traditional economic policies are hindrance to global resolutions for global problems.  The number of middle class families has increased three folds within less than two decades.  China and India have added over 300 millions to the 200 millions in the USA, Europe and Japan.

This quickly increasing middle class in emerging nations is demanding equal standards of living as in the USA simply because they can afford to purchase the same consumer goods for their comfort and are doing it.  World resources in minerals, oil, and wood are depleting and no longer accessible to sustain the current rate of consumption.

Regular people are not interested in the concept of “faster is better” or “more performing is better”; they would rather fly safely at more affordable fees; they would rather that customs and airport regulations quicken the pace and alleviate faster the hassle.

The regular people would rather have moderately performing equipment that last longer and that are more robust, under less than standard conditions in the developed nations. Regular people cannot afford to re-invest for products considered obsolete within a couple of years.  Regular people would rather not to have to repaint or maintain their plumbing and electrical lines frequently.

Regular people would rather have potable water running on schedule; power utilities providing electricity less irregularly.  Common people are not interested for increased rate for the luxury families of high consumption.

Regular people want public transportation arriving on schedule, accessible, and available in cities and in rural areas.  Regular people are not that interested in caviar and luxury items; they need flour, rice, sugar, and seasonal vegetables and fruits marketed locally and not exported overseas.

Regular people need a wider network of public libraries and public schools.  Regular people want the teachers to be paid right, to be retained, and compete with private expensive private schools. Regular people need preventive health institutions.

The industrial nations have got to support sustainable economies in Africa, Latin America, and in the Middle East and desist from mass exploitation of natural resources and human miseries.  Kuwait, Qatar, and Libya are already investing billions in agricultural businesses in Africa; they are renting lands for 99 years and hiring thousands of Africans in jobs they are proficient in and within their own States.

There is definitely an anthropological crisis; the traditional growth policies are uneconomical, anti-social, and anti-ecological.  Decentralized economies serving restricted regions are more sustainable and are solicited by citizens. Institutions have to be revamped in that direction and up-down laws are no longer cherished. In fact, less restrictive local laws are the best recourse to taming the monster of global totalitarianism in the making.

Catastrophic crisis are not teaching anything in behavioral change: they simply increase the level of fear, anxiety, and apathy. Continuing in the same trend is tantamount of letting this monster of totalitarianism starting sniffing around, for another round of human calamities.

Most probably, totalitarian regimes, established in order to control outbursts and uneasiness in communities, will mushroom in industrialized States because:

1) they can afford these kinds of institutions,

2) they have already the sophisticated and all encompassing control institutions, and

3) they have practiced it several times in many nations within the last decades.

For example, Germany, Japan, and the Soviet Union experienced it efficiently.  France applied it to spread its public secular system of education in order to unify its nation. The USA applied it during the two Administrations of George W. Bush.

Currently, China is the most effective totalitarian regime.  Millions of workers are transferred and displaced by a simple order of the politburo; millions succumb to eugenic practices on simple obscure laws; millions die in mining accidents and famine; gigantic dams are disturbing millions of people without recourse or participation by the citizens.

The third world States will always enshrine dictators, state political parties, and oligarchies but they will never afford totalitarian regimes for lack of sustainable institutions.  The best you might expect of third world states is organized chaos and periodic clamping down on dissidents.  There will be time when the “industrialized citizens” will opt to immigrate to Third World States and live in sobriety just to recapture the taste of freedom and liberty.




February 2023

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