To the nth degree

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A brief summary of my year of internet sesrching and studying. The phenomenon of Donald Trump, Jordan Peterson and Elon Musk. How to take the internet, reasonably. My view of these things and how
not to get caught up in it.

Submitted: May 13, 2018

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Submitted: May 13, 2018

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To the nth Degree
 
Death and taxes are the only things we can be sure of in life, we’ve been told. But, change must be another. And, there has been plenty of that, as of late. We’ve seen a new president, in America, a different attitude among the youth, a changed music seen, new ways to view gender, a new cosmological appearance and even a new organ in the human body. The last generation didn’t see nearly as much variation, from the prior. The internet, without a doubt, has been responsible for the dissemination of these new ways. Granted, the internet is not the be-all-end-all authority and often can supply false information, or even worse, misinformation. But it’s pervasiveness cannot be denied.
After a year plus down the rabbit-hole with theories of all kinds, conspiracy and otherwise; I deciphered a mustard seed of commonality, after which I arrived at a tentative outcome, still open for revision. This outcome is my view. Having an unheard of amount of free time, due to terminal illness and physical disability, I have been able to give nearly every hour of every day for a year, and then some, to my pursuit. I have been delighted, disturbed and driven to boredom by what I have read on many websites and viewed on Youtube. Fueled by a desire to educate myself, beyond the institutional syllabus, I indulged as many viewpoints on as many topics, as I could. 
I have become more globally aware than I once was, in the process, leading me to a more objective view of my own country, their dealings abroad and the plight of the majority, living on less than two dollars a day. The world, most definitely, needs to come together as one, if we are to improve the lives of any one of us. Our planet is systematically being drained of it’s resources, for profit with no care for the health of our families or Earth’s blameless native creatures. Clean energy is blocked by enormous corporations only concerned with their bottom line. But, there is some hope.
Rather than calling everyone, seemingly less aware then ourselves, sheeple, we might rise above the trappings of such triviality, and embraced a more inclusive view. A view of a brighter future for all. Perhaps Elon Musk is one of these types. Undoubtably, it appears easy for him to afford such a positive outlook with no obvious crosses to bare. However, we’ve no time for such cynicism. Nor time for battling each other over right and wrong. After all, what do we REALLY know? A person’s strongest convictions will be at least, challenged, if not destroyed all together, in these times. And, we must ditch firm conclusions. Also, we must not cling to antiquated ideas and adopt a more forward looking view. America’s biggest hurdle is one that was once a major ideal of being American, individuality. Countries in Europe and beyond have solidarity in their nationality. In America, an immigrant country, we are all different and hopefully not too much so.
There have been days when I was confused and even stressed out, just watching the political world turn. I had to deliberately avoid that stress and moved on to other subjects that interested me. One, was ancient knowledge. Wikipedia provides a wealth of information, but can be edited by anybody and as a result, is not considered trustworthy. 
 In 1936 London, Texas USA an iron hammer was found inside of rock. The tool was determined to be 500 million years old, in rock found to be 400 million years old. The hammer was 96.6% pure iron, a purity unrivaled, even using today’s technology. There are numerous examples of ancient civilizations possessing  technology that surpasses our own. But, many cannot accept it and will desperately attempt to discredit it, as well as, any and all examples that one might espouse. Is it ego? Financial? Why do we think we are so good that a past people could not even match what we are today?
We are spiritually bankrupt, as a species. Poisoned by the quest for monetary gain. And, in America that quest is for a FIAT currency which carries nearly no value. All want to give their children a better life, but overlook that by setting a better example, your children will be able to create a better life for themselves. Religions are still claiming that their way is the only way to salvation  and those who don’t follow, pay for it with their very soul. I’ve even heard exclusivity be touted as some grand virtue. Buddhists say that enlightenment must come to everyone, simultaneously. I began to see the Creator as the collective consciousness of man. Perhaps we willed ourselves and the Universe into existence. Blaspheme! I’m sure some will say which takes me back to a prior question. What do we REALLY know?
The younger generation posts to acquire “likes” which equate to dopamine hits, in their young brains. This ensures that they will always come back for more and the traffic on the site will generate more revenue through advertisements.
The internet is a fascinating creation that has certainly changed every aspect of our lives. However, the younger generations, growing up not knowing a world without it, are not playing outside, engaging with their peers, are more prone to bullying and suicide. Children used to be entertained by Disney movies but are now online as young as three and four years old and are not entertained but addicted. Social media sites, such as Facebook, are engineered with that fact in mind.
Jordan Peterson is, arguably, the most preeminent intellectual on Youtube today. He had been an associate professor of psychology at Harvard but came to notoriety as an educator in his home country of Canada at the University of Toronto. The first I saw of him, he was in a verbal confrontation with students on the quad of a university, presumably Toronto, over what pronouns he “should” use toward today's burgeoning trans-gender society. There were people of color claiming that he did not represent them and other’s saying that he did. He is much maligned as well as loved by many. His position, with regards to trans-genderism, is certainly shaped by legislation in Canada that coerces the populace into using pronouns foreign to them, and with their sheer number, become quite confusing. He frequently speaks on the ill’s of today’s society, as well as the teaching of Carl Jung. Mr. Peterson's  book “12 rules for life” has been well received among  intellectuals and has even inspired a novel. He speaks at length about raising the quality of one's life and suggests ways to do so.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the phenomenon of Q. Q is an unknown person, most think in a high US governmental position, who started injecting bits of information that he called “breadcrumbs”, on a website called 4 chan. He delivers information about politics and the surrounding, as questions, that if deciphered provide answers about who and what is running our world, and how it is being mismanaged. Q has legions of followers following the breadcrumbs in social media groups who collectively translate his messages. His breadcrumbs are debated, sliced up and reattached, all in the name of disclosure of what once was, classified. Senators have expressed their dislike for Q and threatened him with charges of Obstructing Justice and Treason, but that likely, won’t happen due to the fact that hackers are taking up for him around the world.
The mainstream media has grown into a propaganda machine. The corporate owners openly campaigning for a certain presidential nominees and reporting on, only what they are paid to. The media has been referred to as fake news, largely by folks getting their news from the internet. They are maligned for to their cherry-picking of stories to report on. They WERE the fourth branch of the US government but have gone corrupt and lost such an elevated status. Now we are leery about everything they say. Even cable media have betrayed their trust with lies so pitiful, that a four year old child would declare, bullshit!
In the summer of 2014, I met a man who sincerely believed that a meteor was going to hit the Earth on November 24th, of that year. Not with gavel in hand, I listened intently to his supposition, giving him the time that I would appreciate, if I found something Earth shattering that I wanted to share. In listening, I knew that I was going to learn something, either what he was telling me, or that folks can get wrapped up in things they find on the internet that are not exactly on the rational side. He finished with, “I saw it on Youtube”. Apparently, I would learn the latter. Oh, he was planning to move, look out for his daughter and even help out his ex-wife with his new found knowledge. This proves an important point, one cannot consider the internet to be authentic, genuine truth. It must be taken with the a ten pound sack of salt.
A year on the internet has not filled my head with garbage, as some would think. But, only because I don’t give the it more credit than it deserves. I do not ask questions that or too detailed or that are opinion related. I do not expect it to settle arguments nor define my inclinations. All theories, I treat as stories, first, and substantive, second. 
I began my year, sheerly to entertain myself then I saw that what I was enjoying as entertainment was quite informative, too. My hunger for knowledge is intense, to say the least and while Wikipedia is not the MOST reliable it is a general source, as long as it is taken as such. I don’t get caught up in the “social” aspect of the internet, this is not to say that I don’t have a Facebook account, or Twitter, I just don’t keep track of “likes” or even really care if I get them. Also, when I post I have always assumed that the whole world is watching and abusing my name. That, however, is due to a philosophical proclivity from being an “American”. I am, and will always be, a fence rider as I recognized that those in the right/wrong battles are usually those clinging to an ideal or particular opinion. I don’t need to decide because when I stay on the fence, nobody is at odds with me and nobody wants to shield information from me. After all, I’m just here for the entertainment.


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