This Swampy River (a riff)

Is this Trump’s[1] effort to influence the return of manufacturing to the states?

March 2018 – Trump’s tariff decisions are causing manufacturers problems due to cost increases.

September 2018 – Manufacturers now scramble to find ways to avoid human resources to drive down costs so they can afford to buy materials from overseas.

To see the steelmill towns return to life would be amazing, but to do so without solving for sustainable fueling of them would be not only irresponsible, but (in my opinion) criminal; certainly it would be unethical and thus, immoral by any system of logic and reason.

I’m watching all of this closely and I begin to think that Trump was the GOP’s effort to “shake the snowglobe” hard enough to try and regain national control of industries and commerce that, increasingly, are ducking their responsibility to the country and the citizens that make up its workforce.

I’m not really sure how I feel about it.

On the one hand, nationalism would say this is a brilliant move and should be supported in every conceivable way. On the other, global economy is driving a level of proximity to outcomes that business, commerce, and industry simply are not used to having to endure.

Here, I think, is where the ember of the “Next Great Fire” happens. In fact, I would assert that it is humanity’s next big decision gate; also that, sadly, it often feels like the only way to get people to stop talking and act is to throw a grenade in the middle of them. (Mind you, that is a horrific concept and a decidedly uncomfortable analogy, but it is visceral and you, reading, know precisely what I mean… the point.)

But isn’t that precisely what the election of Trump and all things 2012 and onward really were? What “today” looks and feels like, are they not the direct result of our choices (particularly the choice to do nothing, regardless how much one says they are doing or will do)?

Either the global humanity recognize the need for profound change to continue any sustainable quality of life, or they do not and things get more and more Darwinian as we regress more and more to our cousins in the wild.

Ultimately, I think the choice to remain nationalistic is likely positive only in the short-term. Of course, this is why I’m comfortable asserting that’s what’s happening as well as that, given the state of the world today, that’s not a particularly wise choice. Humanity is woefully short-sighted as a rule and I’m pretty sure our federal government isn’t going to be an exception anytime soon.

First and foremost because it continues in denial of the reality of change that is occurring along every trajectory of human existence (for all it seems it is equally a full-on conflict in each).

I would even go so far as to assert that mutation at some level is underway within us, and that we may even be revving up for some spontaneous event. I say this because evidence across multiple vistas of human endeavor are now enduring the increasing weight of effects and, frankly, the more of those a given system struggles with at a time, the more likely a catastrophic failure is to occur.

Also, the more likely that ANY failure will trigger an emergent, catastrophic failure increases.

There is only so much tolerance any system has for allocation conflict. There is only so far you can stretch anything before it must become something else, and there are incomprehensible ways in which all the systems we now “know” entangle and enact with all the systems we do not know (and all the ones we don’t know we know, etc).

Don’t let the whiplash get you….

Fractal. The secret to infinity is that movement continues and position changes and speed modulates, and only at true death does it not…. But only for a moment, an eternity, et al and then?

It’s the end again, begin again. (I suspect this means we are contained in a system that exists beyond our currently level of experiential notice. I also suspect it means that any ripple we create indicating otherwise is likely not so much a peer-to-peer “hello” as it is the tremble of a fly’s leg as it lands… we are fools walking into a far greater desert than on Earth we ever knew).

There is a reason why they say ignorance is bliss. But it’s the same reason they always say it sarcastically. Paradox: The only herald of Truth.

No wonder there’s such a thin line… you can’t unscramble an egg that doesn’t exist.

This Logos holds always but humans always prove unable to understand it, both before hearing it and when they have first heard it. For though all things come to be in accordance with this Logos, humans are like the inexperienced when they experience such words and deeds as I set out, distinguishing each in accordance with its nature and saying how it is. But other people fail to notice what they do when awake, just as they forget what they do while asleep. (DK 22B1)

We are in a failure pattern as a species. We have, in our choices, cumulatively, literally, upset the systems upon which we rely so severely that very little short of drastic, dramatic change will course correct in any meaningful way.

Additionally, we stand upon a precipice where once our ancestors stood; will we, I wonder, manage better than they? Too many ruins and not enough reverence of what they represent.


My meditation
On Guru Heraclitus
Lifts obscurity

Impossible life!
Experience paradox?
Life is possible!

It is not the word
That is the thing in itself
Just experience

[1] Anyone who thinks “just” Trump is deciding things probably shouldn’t be reading my posts, ever.