Our social inteligence

I have been wanting to comment on Georg’s post for a while, but I wanted to wait until I had the time to read and understand the subject more fully before I did so, as not to get the facts and figures wrong (in case I need them on my side).

One thing is the moral issue here. Should we all help each other to better ourselves and society? Definetly. Should those who are strong and resourceful help those who are weak and poor? Yep. Is it a human moral obligation to aide those who are less fortunate than yourself? I think so.

But for the sake of the argument, we can put all this aside. Forget moral obligation and ethical standards. Let go of community belief and beeing a good samaritan. And the vote still came out wrong. Why?

It’s stupid.

Yes, it’s plain stupid not to make everyone, not just the few, as smart and as good as they can be. You don’t blunt your blade before going to war. You don’t let half your country grow up without a proper education. In the long run, nobody benefits from this. People with lesser education tend to have more labour intense jobs, which means they are more prone to injury, which means they need treatment, and sickpay and all these things that will cost society millions of euros every year. They also work shorter, statistically, which means they cost more in pension when they retire.

All these things will have to, eventually, be paid for by taxpayers money, which also include those who have more money and are happy leaving things they way they are now… the taxmoney could have been spent on further improvement of the schools, the healthcare system or taking care of the old people, but no, they decided to keep it the way it is. Plain stupid.

I think one thing is to be worried about our social concience. I guess this we can change over time. But the social inteligence?

Maybe we’re fucked after all.

Has stoPped beeing surprised

Can we please stop this?

It is ridiculous what we have to watch on TV all the time. Every other day there is at least one feature of XXL Food restaurants. Places where people try to stuff themselves with so much food everyone else could survive for over one week. It is disgusting to even watch all those programms, all the XXL mega hamburgers, hyper hot dogs and the cheeseburger eating contest.

The example today: The longest hot dog in the world (and as a side attraction a hamburger that in the end has an overall weight of over 150 kilos!): An Austrian team of very well prepared gourmets set out to create this 130m long piece of sausage needed to break the world record. Their idea is as simple as it is stupid. They produce this sausage in 8 pieces that they then put together in a 130m long metal construction, which looks pretty much like a roof gutter. The idea is to then use 7 (!!) gas burners to heat up the water of the 130m metal piece until it reaches the necessary 60° C. After finally finding out how a construction of this length can actually be leveled so the water stays inside, the undertaking is already 1 hour behind schedule. It then takes them all together over 4 hours until they realise it will never ever work and they rather spend all their energy on the XXL burger they also produce. In the end, they throw kilos of sauce and vegetables on this huge piece of meat, whilst 130m of sausage are still awaiting their destiny of never ever being heated or even eaten. Along with all the sausage meat, almost 140m of bread are also looking forward to finish their short life in view of the inside of a huge bin.

I have enough of all the waste. We have the absolute privilege to live in a place of the world where we don’t have to starve to death. We have resources other people – let me make it more clear – a huge amount of people only dream of. I feel with all those absolute useless and stupid attempts to set a record, we pay no respect to the situation we live in and the ones others have to suffer. All support for anyone attempting such a record should completely be denied, nobody should ever go and watch them try something like that. There should be a law that does not allow the wast of food and the fines should be incredibly high. I am sorry for the really clear word on that, but I am really fed up.

Eating a salad now.

Nightflight

As I don’t have an idea yet what the mysterious stuff is Hans wrote about, I will just share some thoughts – well, yet again, something we have discussed quite often here – this night.

I just came back from a bar called nightflight. Besides other things, we discussed, why I once said “the world is a strange place…”. Well, it really is. In many ways. Look at how many different people live their all different lives every single day on this planet. The planet which might seem huge sometimes, but then again, how do you measure distances? Compared to the (possibly) infinite space which is the universe, our little earth is incredibly small. But we have created so many different worlds on the surface of this blue planet. Luck, destiny or the coincidences we often talked about let us all wake up in our own world every day. We open the eyes and what we see is our reality. With its own rules, rights, boundaries and chances. We all learned and accepted the way our world works. We now know what to do to be able to survive in this world. The same goes for all the other people on this planet, too. The slumdog in India also wakes up every day, opens the eyes and is faced with his/her own reality. This reality is probably completely different to ours and the rules, rights and boundaries vary greatly. But the slumdog as well as we knows how to survive in his world. This is what I mean with “the world is a strange place”. So small and yet so big. So rich and yet so poor. And whoever you will ask, nobody will ever think the world is fair. Can we actually solve all the problems … ever? Are we all designed with the little flaw that no matter where we live our life and no matter how well we are, we will never be satisfied…?

Another thing started by talking about the film “Milk”. (I can only recommend it) We were talking about how free and tolerant our society has become nowadays. Everyone has a lot of freedom here in the western world. Freedom of speech, religion, sexuality and many more are things we here take for granted. First of all, the world is not nearly as open minded as we might be here. In huge parts of the world, people get killed for believing “the wrong thing”. People are not allowed to criticise the government, their boss, their husband… In many countries of the world men get killed or arrested for being gay and even the so very liberal USA are way behind with their tolerance. In California, old-fashioned and religiously conservative groups managed to file a petition which passed last November, which does no longer allow same-sex marriage, something which was legal up to that point. Now there is a huge fight to come back to the way it was before… (if you wanna do something about this: http://jointheimpact.com/ ) All I wanna say is that we might all take a lot for granted which it actually is not. So maybe we all have to start and be a little more aware of the responsibility we all have for all the ones on the world which cannot fight for themselves. ( www.one.org )

Maybe quite a random post, but what do you expect with such a random nightflight…

Let’s go and speak out loud…!