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The World Makes Sense (in three simple steps)!

September 8, 2020

This scene looks chaotic, but it kind of makes sense.  You might, however, want to stay out of situations like this. (image via wikimedia)

I’ll keep this short.  Otherwise, I’ll end up rambling and sounding like a mad man.

A lot of people think the world is crazy right now, but I think the world has always been crazy.  If that weren’t true, there would be no reason to follow history.  Crazy is what makes history interesting, but most people don’t really want to live through crazy interesting times.

Unfortunately, when I thought the world was crazy, I was anxious, frantic, maybe even borderline depressed.  Whatever you go through when you think the world is crazy, it’s probably not good.

So here it is.  The world is not crazy.  The world makes sense to me now.  I feel pretty good about things.  I was going to keep quiet about my realizations, but maybe, just maybe, if this makes sense to me, it can make sense to others.

Here are three realizations that have made life much easier for me.  And if I sound like a mad man, at least it’s on my own blog.

1.  Every institution is corrupt.

God is great (say it with me, everybody!), but religious institutions are corrupt.  If they weren’t, why would they hoard money (and sometimes hide pedophiles)?

Military defense is important and noble, but the military as an institution is corrupt.  The Civil Rights movement has a lot of important ideas, but the organizations and their current leaders are corrupt.  Education is important, but the system is corrupt and teaches weird stuff.  The list goes on indefinitely.

Now that I see everything big as (probably) corrupt, the world makes sense.  It’s the institution and (maybe) the people in charge who are corrupt.  Most non-powerful people working for the institutions are probably decent people, and it’s possible to work in these systems and do some good.

I worked in one of these systems for 30 years and did some good, but I saw some corruption as well (that’s for another blog post).

2.  All famous public figures are con artists who scam normal people.

This is especially true for politicians.  Donald Trump is a scam artist (and probably always has been).  Barack Obama is a scam artist (but maybe didn’t start off that way).  Joe Biden WAS a scam artist (but probably doesn’t even know what he’s doing now).  The organizations that are pretending that Joe Biden is mentally fit are all proving they’re corrupt (as if we needed more proof).

The 2020 election intensity probably isn’t going away after the ballots are counted because each side has supporters that think their candidates are honest/sincere and that their opponents are evil/stupid/racist.  Those supporters have fallen for the scams.

That’s important because whoever loses will be really angry, and whoever wins will be angry at the loser for being mad.  I won’t be mad, no matter who wins or loses.  I have a plan if one side wins, and I have a slightly different plan if another side wins, but I’m not emotionally attached to either side.

My wife thinks I’m cynical.  I think it’s a relief.  Everything around me makes sense when I see con artists deceiving normal people.

I’m not even angry at the scam artists, whether they’re celebrities or political figures.  They see it as my responsibility to see through their deceits, and I kind of agree with them.  We normal people have to agree to the scams in order for them to work.

When enough normal people recognize the politics (and other stuff) as money-making schemes, the normal people won’t act as crazy… unless the normal people decide they want vengeance against the con artists.  Vengeance-seeking can cause huge problems.  Just so you know, I’m not into vengeance.

3.  We can’t save the world.

I know people are taught that they should want to make a difference in the world.  Unfortunately, that kind of well-intentioned narcissism leads to anger, bitterness, and frustration when our efforts don’t mean much.

Instead, I focus on my family, friends, and neighbors.  When stuff hits the fan, anonymous people with similar political views won’t watch my back.  It’s my family, neighbors, and true friends (who don’t care if I’m an amateur conspiracy theorist) who will look out for me (and vice-versa).

Life has become easier and much more relaxing since I’ve come to these realizations.

I’m not trying to convince anybody else to agree with me.  I’m just thinking out loud and working through ideas.  Plus, I had to see it for myself.  And once I saw it, I thought, “Oh, now I get it.  Now it all makes sense.  Well, most of it makes sense.”

I’m telling you, man!  You gotta believe me!!!

I hope I don’t sound like a madman.

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What do you think?  Which of the three statements/steps do you agree (or disagree) with the most?  Which one needs the most clarification?  Most importantly… AM I CRAZY?????

10 Comments
  1. I’d say that you ARE saving the world by taking care of your sphere of existence, the family, friends, and strangers you come to in living, and, by taking care of everyone who is in your life, it extends out to the macrocosm quantitatively!

  2. You don’t sound like a madman at all. In fact, I think you make a lot of sense. Or may be I’m just as cynical and mad as you are. Who knows?

  3. The last line of “Candide” by Voltaire is: “Let us cultivate our garden.” A group of weary adventurers who have suffered great tribulations finally find sanctuary. They fall to bickering amongst themselves. One of their group advises them to shift their focus away from politics, religion and philosophy, the cause of most of their troubles, to a much smaller goal. They should stop worrying about the big issues of the day and content themselves with tending their garden.

  4. It doesn’t seem like crazy talk to me. An emphasis on community and those close to us and what we can do in positive ways is important. I don’t agree with all that you’ve written but it is a logical treatise. My main take, though, is that there is considerable US centrism because your country has achieved the maximum in absurdity and, in my humble Aussie centric opinion, so much of the craziness is due to an overemphasis on the importance of individualism and people profiting from the work of others. I guess you say this too in your emphasis on community

    • I have different theories about where the craziness comes from (stuff like mass media fear spreading), but that’s for another time.

      After all, I have a ghost story to finish writing.

  5. You don’t sound crazy, but you do sound like you’ve given up. That’s not a judgment, I’ve given up plenty of times. But now I want to hear about these plans, because I don’t have one, and I don’t know what I’ll do if the wrong side wins.

    • “… but you do sound like you’ve given up.”

      I can understand why you think that, but I don’t see it as giving up (except for giving up some unhealthy habits and thoughts).

  6. pipitinc permalink

    You are mad indeed but a sweet malady we all should suffer from

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