I know that sometimes these days when hearing news about the new space race, it can feel like the song by Stuck In the Sound – Let’s Go, I know it has for me:
However there are a lot of things to consider, Fortunately we have some experience in this particular regard, I like to think it’s encapsulated fairly by the music video by Imagine Dragons – On Top Of The World :
Which is a lot about what the world was like when the moon race was going on.
Seriously though, the Roger Stone – Richard Nixon – Donald T. – Ronald R. (c’mon it even rhyms! ) connection was almost too much for me last week.
More importantly, the amount of the budget that goes to science such as NASA is very small, though the space force might be able to pad that. Even in catastrophe there is opportunity. Space monitoring of the earth is going to be especially important for getting a handle on what other chemicals are being wantonly spewed into the atmosphere by heavily industrialized areas. This is especially important when considering that the hole in the ozone layer has actually been growing recently, despite all the news about that international collaboration project being a success. It would appear that work has been undone.
It really only highlights the effectiveness of the propaganda as of late, which has been terribly disappointing. It’s also the reason that this is being written so late.
These events mean a lot more than would appear at first glance since they are not new news but actually several months old. But they do point to some very disturbing possibilities but more so the importance of solidarity because that is the only way to build relationships based on trust which are required to navigate this new political landscape (new awareness of it anyway) instead of being divided by it. While the space race is specific to only a few countries, this sentiment is true for all, from the yellow vests of Europe to red for ed, the many teachers strikes occurring in the US. To the Shush protests in Iran.
There is so much noise that it can be hard to see, but much like a magic eye puzzle, there is a subtle beauty to the chaos. Hold this knowledge in your hears to steel against what at times feels like a slowly grinding weight, pressing between exhaustion over what seem like insurmountable odds. But it only feels that way when miss what is directly behind us. For example, the sucess of the cannabis legalization drives have resulted in a disruption to the flow to the prison industrial complex. So much so that most of the anti-immigrant rehtoric is actually caused by the need for the prison industrial complex to find new sources extremly high rent ‘tenants’. You may not think of it that way, but who is asking for a UBI of $70,000yr per person ? Yet that is normal for the ‘government housing program’ that the prison system is made out to be. The largest and most over priced UBI for prisoners, which they obviously do not benifit from, much like peaseants of old, the prison corproations extract exsessive rents on their behalf. I wonder how much it would change property values if the non-violent offenders were placed on GPS ankelets in slums? Or would I be remis for the fact that many people of coor with cell phones feel this is already the case, and somehow they get even fewer benifits. And are flabberghated when they are blamed for not spending more money to stimulate the economy. The fact is, the current political fight is not a result of loses, though it may feel that way, but is actually a sign of sucesses.
Despite trumps economic policies being a rehash of Reaganomics https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reaganomics the people are instead choosing to do the work to reorganize the political structures to dismantle it. So if politically people are looking for sign posts as for what policies to advocate for, I cannot give you suggestions because that would be a violation of what it means for this to be a religion. I can only say that undoing what regan did seems like a good place to start, but obviously without meaningfully dealing with climate change, there will be no future, so those programs must take precedence purely on the basis of self-preservation, not religion or even ideology.
Yes that does kind of mush both the Nixon and Reagan administrations together, this cycle is different, the wars are different and the security environment is different. More importantly than all of that, is that it’s not all about the US either, but these things are true of most nations, fortunately for everyone, the US is the one lagging in this area, not the rest of the world. Already for 2 years most of the world has been able to agree on these things even under the oppression that is the trump regime, which was only bolstered by the newly minted head pooh for life in asia. In the midst of all of this, I hope some people will have learned the true value of organized religion without being stuck layering on all the abrahamic aspects, that religion provides something that I feel is referred to well in the song Hgh Hopes by Panic at the disco:
Hope is something logic cannot provide and enable any choices to be made at all in games of imperfect information. Without it, the cold calculus, incapable of accounting for any aspects of life that cannot be quantized by physical properties alone, such as happiness or contentment. Results in self destruction because the summation of these rules result is the externalization of life itself both in meaning and purpose. If you wonder what the difference between a culture that internalizes domination of nature and one that endeavors to live in harmony with nature. Look no further than the streets of rural china vs the streets of rural japan. Same with any city that is not in the largest 3 for that country.
You will notice a stark difference. Some people see the environment as something to exploit and the others view it as a part of their own world to be taken care of. The cleanliness is just a reflection of those subconscious beliefs.
I don’t care what you choose to do now, just don’t sit in silence. More than that though, don’t give me shit about the secret moon base. Trust me, this will be important in the future. And don’t feel like the new space race is a waste. Think of it more as a refuge from the madness. Something to appreciate like art, not a pointless distraction.
Any time you feel down and it feels out of control, when you are questioning the point of your life. Remember these words by Bill Hicks:
“The world is like a ride in an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it you think it’s real because that’s how powerful our minds are. The ride goes up and down, around and around, it has thrills and chills, and it’s very brightly colored, and it’s very loud, and it’s fun for a while. Many people have been on the ride a long time, and they begin to wonder, “Hey, is this real, or is this just a ride?” And other people have remembered, and they come back to us and say, “Hey, don’t worry; don’t be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride.” And we … kill those people. “Shut him up! I’ve got a lot invested in this ride, shut him up! Look at my furrows of worry, look at my big bank account, and my family. This has to be real.” It’s just a ride. But we always kill the good guys who try and tell us that, you ever notice that? And let the demons run amok … But it doesn’t matter, because it’s just a ride. And we can change it any time we want. It’s only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings of money. Just a simple choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one. Here’s what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money we spend on weapons and defenses each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace.”
And I know it’s hard sometimes, so if that doesn’t work try this, It’s Ride by Twenty one Pilots: