Adventures of a Viking Reading Bystander
The curtain rises on the scene
With someone shouting to be free
The play unfolds before my eyes
There stands the actor who is me
Enryo (遠慮) is one of the most quintessential Japanese concepts. “Restraining speech/actions towards people” (「人に対して言語・行動を控え目にすること」).
A Stranger in a Strangeland.
How could that be?
I was born on top of the world. The middle class, white suburbs in Southern California, in 1950. White, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant heritage: (that dreaded 21st century epithet WASP).
Then, Why a stranger in a strangeland?
There were hills that I couldn’t climb when I was young. I was sheltered by my dreams, now stellated mirrors in the sun.
Everybody: just like me?
You’re Hired. You’re Fired. That’s business.
You’re Fired! It was Donald Trump‘s phrase, he tried to trademark it. But it is the old, tried, and true random way: Neo-Darwinism (but do not blame Darwin for he understood his views better than that).
No, how about Margulian Darwinism?
Because, Larry’s plan is different — fundamentally different. His choice.
A New Page of History
You’re hired, and your salary is a one time gift, of ~30 billion dollars give or take some billions, no strings attached, but Metaman tethered.
Are we on the SAME PAGE? Not likely.
“The XXI century will be a сentury either of total all-embracing crisis or of moral and spiritual healing that will reinvigorate humankind. It is my conviction that all of us – all reasonable political leaders, all spiritual and ideological movements, all faiths – must help in this transition to a triumph of humanism and justice, in making the XXI century a century of a new human renaissance.”
He won’t go away. Still, he tries to help. He has no political power. And he will fade away.
Those who fail to learn from history, will repeat it.
Slow ideas take longer to work, than fast ideas.
Counterfactuals are hard to do, but we know these atheistic Communists Joseph Stalin and Mao Tse-tung were responsible for well over a hundred million deaths in the 20th century. Current history is also difficult: how many deaths can we lay at the feet of Putin.
So how many lives did this atheistic Communist SAVE? — Probably millions. We will never know. And he now is virtually ignored by his own countries, and the international community gives him accolades, but more likely they need a famous speaker for their get together.
“For over a thousand years Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of triumph, a tumultuous parade. In the procession came trumpeteers, musicians and strange animals from conquered territories, together with carts laden with treasure and captured armaments. The conquerors rode in a triumphal chariot, the dazed prisoners walking in chains before him. Sometimes his children robed in white stood with him in the chariot or rode the trace horses. A slave stood behind the conqueror holding a golden crown and whispering in his ear a warning: that all glory is fleeting.”
– Gen. George C. Patton
Mikhail Gorbachev was key in the relatively peaceful break up of the Soviet Union. He, had been in effect, the Tzar of Russia.
He had the Idealistic Idea that the world, and the Soviet Union, could be a better place.
“There are strong minds in every walk of life that will rise superior to the disadvantages of situation, and will command the tribute due to their merit, not only from the classes to which they particularly belong, but from the society in general.”
So wrote Alexander Hamilton in Federalist Paper #36, one the founding articles of the United States of America.
If this is not one of the best arguments for the importance of Temperament in the Human Wealth of Nations, then I don’t know what would be.