The Lands of Fruit – A thought Experiment

Imagine a land of warm winters and wet summers, open plains, fertile soil and a specific family of prolific thornless bush that supplies a marvelous fruit that fulfills most of the nutritional requirements of the human body.  The various subspecies flower virtually year round.

People live in this Warm Land, and eat the fruit. They live simple lives and their population density remains low as they move about and forage for the fruit. Their lives are relatively easy, but not idyllic, there is still disease, a great scourge of the human race, especially so in such a warm wet climate.
Eventually a few groups venture outside this land, into harsher environments, including a cold land, . Here there are no simple easy fruit bushes to harvest. The ground is tougher and there is no simple bounty to be collected by moving around. At first people try to replicate the lifestyle that they had in their homeland. They find trees which grow tall, but bear fruit. Harvesting requires climbing, and those that are taller, with longer limbs are much more adept at this.
Then winter arrives, a season unknown to these people, many people die of starvation because the trees do not produce fruit in winter.
The next year, survivors collect more fruit, expending more effort, but only those who are tall enough can collect enough to survive. Now there is a bottleneck in the population. In the past, in the old land, everyone could have almost as many children as they wished, because food just required a hand with which to pick it. More children meant more hands. Now only tall ones can pick enough to sustain their families. The taller one is, the more surplus they can acquire to have a larger family. Thus those who are taller prosper and have larger families, the average height increases as those who are taller make up a larger and larger portion of the population through their posterity.

The limit to an individual’s offspring is not simply how many children he or she can have before expiring, but is now how many one can sustain with work. As with all people, this limit is to be tested, and pushed back. Methods are invented to reach more fruit, then devices are created to augment height. Those that invent these devices prosper even further and those that can use them to their fullest extent do so too. Children must be trained to use these techniques, which are a lot more complex than the simple fruit picking required in the Warm Lands.
Techniques to increase the yield of the fruit trees follow the advances in devices, and after thousands of generations the yield of fruit in the Cold Land is actually higher than that of the original Warm lands.

Now the Cold Landers re-discover the Warm Lands. They bring with them their techniques and devices, some of which are still useful on the bushes that flourish in the Warm Lands. The people of the Warm lands are made much more prosperous, but they do not rule themselves now. Those in the Cold lands harvest the fruit there. They use the increased harvest from the massive bounty of the Warm lands to feed their people back in the Cold lands and they also allow the Warm landers to take part in that increased bounty.

However, eventually the native Warm Landers they force the Cold Landers out when some of them return from the Cold lands, having learned more there. These few that went to learn in the Cold lands tell them that all people are equal, but once the tall Cold landers have left, they find that they have not the height to operate all of the devices left behind, and they lack the knowledge of all the techniques. Starvation and poverty follows, for the increased harvests allowed their population to grow further than the limit of their previous hunter-gatherer lifestyle.
For this they blame the former Cold Landers. They say that all the prosperity of the Cold lands was gained from plundering the Warm lands.

But was it?

Problems And the (Lack of) Solutions.

It is hardly a matter of dispute that the general state of affairs is not desirable. Whether it’s foreign wars, violence at home, the economy, or whatever else, it’s clear that there are serious problems. That in itself is nothing new. Every generation has problems that it must overcome. We are here now because our ancestors overcame their problems. They may not have found the most optimal solution, but they found a solution. There are various problems facing the world today, but far worse than any of them is an underlying issue that exacerbates all the others, yet it is beyond the perception of many.

The underlying, far more serious issue facing our society today is not that there are problems, but that there are no effective solutions being implemented or even publically proposed. Our society has made a series of errors so grave that it may not survive. These errors have exacerbated, or in some cases outright created serious problems that have not been solved. These unsolved problems result in crises, and unsolved crises destroy civilizations.

Any number of supposed solutions to a problem or crisis may be proposed, but only a fraction of these solutions will work. Only a fraction of them will have the desired effect, hence the reference to effective solutions. The dearth of effective solutions and the abundance of false solutions boils down to one overarching factor: Disconnection from reality.
This disconnect evident in near every social and political matter one looks at, but it is hard to point this out, as no one could accept or even consider of these false solutions & false ideas if there was not an environment, a culture that nurtured and defended them and the false assumptions that give rise to them. Continue reading “Problems And the (Lack of) Solutions.”

The Unassailable Preferences of Generation Special Snowflake

“If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

How many of us heard that growing up? I certainly did, along with others with the same message, because when a teacher has 30 pupils in a classroom they want to keep things running as smoothly as possible. But there’s a problem, because that attitude has combined with others from the self esteem movement to spawn a mental barrier of unassailable proportions.

The easiest example of this can be found online, of course. Visit deviantART, fanfiction.net, or any number of different sites where people post their work online and try to find a positive response to criticism. You’ll be searching a long time. The responses are overwhelmingly negative. At the less extreme end of the spectrum, critics are labeled “haters”, “too negative” and blocked, or they are chided for not providing any positive feedback with their negativity. Disregard is just the beginning, many responses are what one might expect from an entitled 7 year old when informed that their drawing did not win first place in a competition. This attitude can also be seen in the absence of personally created works, such as the responses some have to those that criticize a favored TV show, movie, or game.

The mentality behind this is rather simple, and works like this:

  1. I am special, and things I like are essentially flawless because I am special and unique and don’t like things that aren’t special (ie, flawed)
  2. Any criticism on the object of my preferences cannot be due to any flaws in the object, because they have none (or none worth criticizing)
  3. Therefore, all criticism is an underhanded attack on my own person.

This can also be extended to others, as people defend friends or social groups. The effect is the same; not liking something is evidence of hate for those who like it, and/or those who made it. The likes and opinions of a person are now a part of that person, and thus cannot be assailed in the same way that the person themselves cannot be defamed, libeled, etc.

Much more could be said on this subject, this is just one facet of why any negativity is now grounds for casting out, but this suffices for a single post.

Why “Gone Nova”?

Gone Nova.

It is an anagram of the first two letters of each word from the phrase “Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained.”

That is what I thought to myself in the lead up to creating this blog, and taking some other actions to remedy the unbearable urge to do something about the situation I’ve found myself in. I think it’s quite appropriate on multiple levels.

While “Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained” is what I am telling myself, “Gone Nova” is how I see he current world situation. Like a star running out of fuel, the pressures in the core of Western Civilization and Culture are no longer in equilibrium. Something is going to give, and it’s going to blow up in a violent eruption like a supernova. Hence why this name is appropriate on another level.