Mean Bosses & Inequality

The following video shows one of the many dangers of wealth disparity.

I’ve posted about wealth disparity in the past and I was recently reading the book The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett (here is the official website: The Equality Trust). Here is a video by the authors:

The data shows the correlation between wealth disparity and a wide variety of health and social problems. Some have argued against this apparent correlation being causally related (or, to the extent there is a causal relation, that the results are necessarily negative… arguing, for example, that wealth disparity is inevitable for economic growth), but the research mentioned in the first video further strengthens this correlation (and the negative conditions that result) by putting it in context of the psychology of human behavior. As Cenk Uygur points out, we all have this predisposition to misuse power (whether we meritoriously gained that power or were merely given it), but this predisposition is just a potential that we can guard against.

As a liberal, I’d argue that if you remove the temptation by decreasing the wealth disparity, then you don’t have to worry about people struggling to resist the corrupting influence of too much power. Anyways, as the data shows, societies with high wealth disparities are bad even for the wealthy in that they too suffer greater problems than the wealthy in societies with low wealth disparities. So, it does no one any good… no matter what conservatives may claim about some hypothetical meritocracy.

Even if they were correct that the economy grows quicker with greater inequality, that is hardly a moral argument for inequality (What good is growth merely for the sake of growth?). As the US data shows, even though the economy is growing, this only directly benefits the upper class. This growing economy isn’t increasing the living wage or employment rates of the lower classes.

If you’re wondering about criticisms of the data and correlations from The Spirit Level, here are some relevant links:

The next video is a debate the authors of The Spirit Level had with one of their critics:

Here are some further videos:

29 thoughts on “Mean Bosses & Inequality

  1. U remember my questions about parenting, professionalism? They were related to this, o, how I wish I could get this book. I also noted those associations, had clear arguments but in this scientific world, had no data as backup.

    In Walden, Henry even made an assertion about certain ills only happening in unequal societies. It’s interesting. I like these findings, I like them a lot.

    However, I also identified something: some people are innately greedy, real avarice is what they embody, they will be dissatisfied. It isn’t really an equal society if some are dissatisfied, and that could cause the same ills that begged eradication being exhumed. Maybe, it will not arise now in today’s people but who knows for tomorrow? They might be the largest portion of tomorrows people, revolt, win and then their tomorrow is like ours, thus a cycle is produced.

    Looking on the bright side, these are all theoretical so let’s see what happens.

    • The main reason I liked the book is because it compiled all of the data in one place and provided graphs that clearly showed the correlations. However, I’d seen the same kind of data on the internet before coming across the book. My guess is that most of the data from the book is publicly available and probably can be found on the internet.

      That is interesting what you say about Walden. It’s been so long since I read that book. I don’t recall that assertion. It’s not surprising, though. It intuitively makes sense that inequality is a bad thing. Anyone who has ever seen poverty firsthand understands that it’s problematic. Still, not all of it is commonsense. In high wealth disparity societies, even the wealthy share increased problems with the poor.

      Yes, there is always a lot of theoretical in all of this. I try not to worry about the future. There is plenty enough to worry about here and now. 🙂

  2. Henry’s words: ‘I am convinced, that if all men were to live as simply as I then did, thieving and robbery would be unknown. These take place only in communities where some have got more than is sufficient while others have not enough’.

    I constantly object to the third world following you guys slavishly like you have all the answers because one thing is true ‘if we are following you, who are you following and who did you follow?’. Here, we look to your workings like yours is the greatest.

    It’s deeply disturbing to see you guys talking this stuff knowing my people are following you. Here, the catch-phrase is ‘even when you go to the advanced countries it’s done so or so’ like it’s some paradise and it’s so great. Probably, in hell, the dissatisfied souls will also say ‘it’s so or so in heaven’. I can blame our academia for it, their attitude of learning just as an occupation. Our universities are inadequate, they do nothing to encourage thought. That rote-learning Kierkegaare decried is practised here. If what you put on paper does not match what is preached, it is wrong. Phoo!

    I am an independent advocate of Aristotles manner of teaching Alexander. I forgot the story but I think it was he and Xenophon only or… Well, it’s similar to that master and apprentice practice of the ancient Orient. Perhaps, it is impractical nowadays but that was a pretty sight, except the domineering masters that are just objectionable.

    The third world is nothing nice. We are poor, we need food, we break our backs to have access to electricity, books, our educational system is woeful, the government seems to care nothing about you. To make oneself into a through-and-through thinker like the ones that have shaped the West requires sacrifices that are superhuman and inhuman and deprecatory (considering one has to pass through these institutions of ‘learning’). I am a Romantic, I know, but the many thinkers were also; Jung is quintessential. After all, that’s how Socrates taught Plato, by bringing himself out.

    That in mind, you need a job to eat too; to do that, you need a certificate that makes you into some dead man’s puppet unequivocally. In getting it too, you were muted and u stifled a part of u that challenged what was said. Somehow, learning is easier by opposition. As one opposes, one gets the other hand too. Okay, that’s me but others will be there, dismissed as complex, rebellious.

    But still the dearth of our very own thinkers is probably why we keep looking at you guys notwithstanding the inferiority complex of the African.

    It is sad. Now, I have successfully depressed myself. It is sad.

    • I don’t disagree with anything what you wrote. I doubt any of the wealthy and powerful countries of the world are setting much of a good example to be followed (including non-Western countries such as China).

      In the US, there are aspects of the culture that are good, but there is plenty that isn’t so good. The US has the highest rate of citizens imprisoned in the entire Western world, higher than most countries outside of the Western world as well. If I remember correctly, the US is the only country in the Western world where capital punishment is still used. The US has one of the highest wealth disparities which, as I’ve pointed out, correlates to all kinds of problems. Certainly, the US health system and primary education isn’t to be desired as compared to many countries, including some countries that are much less wealthy.

      I could go on and on.

      One thing for certain is that the US is not that great of a place for poor people, especially if you’re either a poor minority or a poor immigrant. If you’re black male in the US, you’re more likely to end up in prison than to go to college. A poor person is better off in a less wealthy country that has a lower wealth disparity.

      One thing that the US has had going for it is a very high quality higher education system. US citizens (if they don’t end up in prison) have the opportunity to get quality higher educations and US colleges attract some of the best minds from around the world. It would be better, though, if all countries had high quality education systems. It’s true that Americans having been losing ground in this area. The US has particularly low literacy rates for such a wealthy country and our science education is despicable. If the US isn’t careful, this could majorly undermine even our insitutions of higher education.

      The best thing of all America ever did for itself and for the world was that our govt funded the development of the internet. With the internet, knowledge is more easily accessible. The only problem is not all poor people have access or easy access to computers, but that should be a decreasing problem as computers have been getting cheaper.

      There was an experiment where computers were put in poor areas in poor countries. The computers were in terminals that were outside. The computers were protected and only the keyboards could be accessed by reaching inside. No instructions were given and the poor uneducated kids, who had never seen computers before, started using them. Some of the first things these kids did was to seek out knowledge. They used the internet to teach themselves such things as math and English.

      I truly believe in the power of knowledge. Maybe a reason America grew to power is because the idea of public education was considered important right from the beginning. Some of the world’s first public libraries were in America. Because of various religious traditions (such as Quakers), the value of educating children was spread to even early frontier communities. Our country has a lot of resources which was fortunate for growth, but without the value of education our country wouldn’t have grown as it has.

      One of the best things happening in some Middle Eastern countries right now is that schools are being built for girls. Wars are pointless, worse than pointless in fact. Education, on the other hand, can transform an entire society. There is nothing better that can be done for a child than teaching them a love of learning.

      I was thinking about the relationship of America to Africa. Among the Western countries, I don’t think there is any other country that has been more influenced by Africa than the US. Much of our culture has been influenced by African-American culture. There is nothing more American than Rock-n-Roll which has its origins in African-American music and African-American music has its roots in African music. That is just an obvious example, but it does make me think. How much of American culture comes from Africa?

      Obviously, the US is very different from European countries. The major difference is that we have such a diverse culture. We are influenced by the immigrants who came here and slaves who were brought here. In this context, there are few things that define American culture more than the relationship between whites and blacks and between their respective cultures.

  3. Yes, education is prime. I see how much my fellows in the ghettos who have little access to education are so naturally gifted. They create such ingenious things, systems, programs; if only they had a better chance.

    But it isn’t just like that. Some have the chance, but they drop out. Some do for financial reasons, others cos they can’t cope or they are made to think so, some find it a waste of time; many reasons, some convoluted. Critically speaking, some aren’t drop-outs but they can’t proceed beyond a certain point. They got affected by our system of rote education and did not pass well enough so they’re stuck. I tell you, our education doesn’t reward individual thought.

    Unfortunately, we put our culture into the system and there is this ‘us against them’ mentality about it; the teachers appear to detest the students and tolerate only those who they claim are ‘respectful’, phoo, it’s fear and ass-kissing. Students too do not get conducive media to aid learning. I, for one, am a visual thinker, I bet ya, if it weren’t for documentaries and stuff I watched young, I would have been a victim. I can extract meaning from pictures so uncannily and I know there are others now, I thought I was a freak.

    It’s difficult for us. The wanton corruption is killing us. Our first president wanted us to be socialist, he had a point. When one studies our society at the grassroot, sees how much we love the social, one would immediately designate us socialist. But, he was killed, and allegedly, the West had a hand in it.

    Have you read or heard of Olaudah Equiano? It has a great description of our fundamental nature as Black people. Africa is beautiful, yes, but how much we belittle ourselves and stifle each other. I tell you, there are some rich minds here, but, they have knives to their throats willing them to talk. And they aren’t part of our so-called academia. There’s so much to talk about and I can’t be exhaustive about it.

    You know, you never stated your taste in music anywhere. Now, you mention Rock n Roll, what kind of music do you like? As for me, I love Rock so much, that sound they make with their guitars and the sombre lyrics of grunge really appeal to me.

    • I get the sense that the education system you were raised in is very different than the one I was raised in. In American schools, people love to complain that students lack respect for teachers. Americans aren’t known for our respect for authority figures. I went to public schools, but I’m sure Catholic schools in the US demand a bit more respect for authority.

      I did a websearch of Olaudah Equiano and learned he was a slave who had been well educated and after earning his freedom he wrote a book about slavery which influenced the abolition movement. I don’t know that I’ve heard his name before. Have you read the book he wrote? How did you learn of him?

      What is my taste in music? I like any music that has good vocals and I tend to not like music that is just instruments without vocals. So, I don’t like classical music much. The instrumentals I do like are string instruments. I grew up listening to Oldies and Classic Rock. Ever since living in North Carolina for a time, I enjoy listening to Folk and Mountain Ballads. I like some early Country and old Gospels. Anything with nice vocals, I like which includes most Rock. Heavy Metal doesn’t appeal to me. I do like some Grunge. I’ve never been a big fan of Blues. Some Bluegrass appeals to me. An example of a contemporary band I like are The Magnetic Fields.

      I must admit most of the music I like is either American or British (or Canadian). That makes sense as I’m an American and the only language I know well is english. I can’t say I’m familiar with African music. I have a bit of fondness for mantra chants from the Hindu and related traditions. I love Bjork’s voice, but she sings in english.

      I’m sure you’re familiar with mainstream American music since you like Rock. I’m curious if you’ve heard much American Folk, Mountain Ballads and early Gospel. Some contemporary singers of these styles who I like are Alison Krauss and Iris Dement. What kind of music is popular among people you know? What do you consider your favorite African music groups?

  4. Another thing: teachers put in lacklustre efforts and look for money from extra classes cos their pay’s not good. I know it’s typical of a public school but some teachers are still within that system so commendable, giving off their best.

    I heard of Equiano from a Roots documentary, I think by the NAACP or something. Even some African writers were involved like Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka. They talked on him as part of the Slavery story and how special it was as he wrote and gave everyone how it was through the eye of an African. The fact that he was educated, where he came from. He gives a good account too of the real African society. That was 5 years ago when I watched that program, it was really enlightening.

    When I was young, my father was an immense fan of folk songs and country; Jim Reeves, Kenny Rogers, Everly Brothers, Dolly Parton, the few I still remember cos the stuck and their music continues to be played. Right now, I’m even collecting them type music esp those I can relate to from childhood. My memory of them seems to awaken when I hear just one.

    In Africa, I prefer the folk music. I like Youssou N’dour, Salif Keita, Atongo Zimba and guys generally in the mold of the griots; Youssou and Salif have this pensive aura about their music and their lyrics are really good. I like it too when dirges are played esp on our ‘atentenben'(flute), it goes deep in my soul. Actually, I have one but ain’t good. Do you know the xylophone, I love that sound, it transfixes me like a snake charmer. In Ghana, our music doesn’t really have the input of folk but hopefully some of us lovers will do something about it. Folk music is practised more on an amateur level, mayhap it will change, maybe tomorrow.

    You know, those are some of my influences in the way I write my poetry. Those pieces are meant for performance but.. People tell me my style is too complex and abstruse. It is intentionally so but I try to dilute it a lil. That’s also why I like grunge and your folk music, they’re of serious quality. Maybe I should have done music and literature in school but I’m too much of a lone ranger when it comes to my beloved pursuits, I don’t trust others to caress them as much as I do.

    Lest I forget, I like opera music very much and symphonies, they have a distinctive but unexpressed meaning and they resonate with me so well. Unfortunately, I don’t get much of them anymore as their no longer showing. Thing is, I extract meanings from sounds, I even like the sound of perfect silence. I’m probably a geek with all of this but nowadays (with Jungs help) I’m starting to feel good about my weirdness, my geekiness and slowly finding my relation to society. I’m glad I met u, and I mean that.

    • The Roots documentary is probably something I’d enjoy. I never liked history when I was in school, but I’ve become more interested in learning about history. I also find documentaries to be a great way of learning. I’m not sure if I’m a visual learner, but I do learn best when I can find a way to connect to the material. To me, names and dates are just abstract data and I’m not good at remembering abstract data.

      That’s interesting that your fatjer was a fan of Country and Folk. I tend to assume non-Americans know American music only in terms of Rock and Pop such as Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson. Is Country and Folk popular where you live? Is there any cross-over between American Folk and African Folk? Is the music in different African countries similar in style? In North America, there isn’t much difference between American and Canadian music, but Mexican music is different in style.

      I listened to the singers you mentioned on YouTube. I particularly liked Salif Keita’s voice. I know of the xylophone and have heard it in songs, but it’s not an instrument I’m all that familiar with. I’m not sure what I think of the xylophone. Do you have a favorite song that includes xylopone?

      I hadn’t thought of your writing in terms of music. Do specific songs influence your writing? I was wondering one other thing. Do you ever write fiction? Do you read much fiction? I used to read more fiction than I do these days. I still enjoy fiction, but I’ve found myself mostly drawn to read Philip K. Dick. Besides PKD, I’ve read some graphic novels. I like Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, and Alan Moore. I like imaginative works and graphic novels with quality art can add to the imaginative quality. Unfortunately, I haven’t been in much of a creative mood in a while and so haven’t done much in the way of creative writing.

      I”m glad your feeling good about your weirdness. Weirdness is a quality I appreciate in myself and in others. The internet is a boon for those who feel a bit weird or otherwise don’t fit in. I’ve met many interesting people online. I’m not a social person in normal life… a bit anti-social in fact. I only have one good friend who I see on a regular basis. Besides him, I don’t socialize much. Meeting people like you from other countries is kind of an odd experience. It’s easy to feel isolated in my private world and in my society, but the internet creates opportunities to see outside of my immediate environment.

  5. Not specific songs but genres. The content of my writing is mostly from reading Solomon, watching and listening to Socrates(at least that’s what I thought it was) and from Eastern philosophy. The general style is from drum rhythms; hip hop, our folk, rock, any beat, sometimes complex, sometimes simple. While I am writing, the beat plays in my head, so I can even set up instrumental backings cos I already have em.

    Between our folk and your folk, there’s no cross-over but now that you mention it, there’s a lot of similarity in the lyrical, the instrumentation(clapping is enough).

    Basically, African music is grouped by regions which is easy to see when one samples the various nations’. There’s the north, west(mine), east, south, central(very eclectic, logically). The north is excluded cos of the Arabian influence. The differences lie in the instruments used or more emphasized. West is the drums and flute plus rattles but the drums are the main thing. I know East and West are also drums but they have horns too plus they have a predilection for vocal backing so East and South are similar. Within each, there’s much variety. I am much better informed on west African music.

    Senegal and Mali where the griots are mostly have this distinct or unique style with with a chordophone that looks like a banjo. They use yelling, drums, flutes as adjuncts but the strings are the main thing though there are some variations that use a small drum with a shallow sound called ‘donno’ in my country. Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria are very similar given our common origin historically. Much reliance on heavy, ‘deep’ drums is our own.

    The xylophone is very rare in performance works. Mostly, it’s used by cultural troupes and schools as well as indigenously. Urr, fiction, for now, it’s classics; Henry Fielding, Thomas Hardy, Homer etc. I didn’t get them when I wanted them so I’m satisfying that desire. Before, it was Stephen King, Tom Clancy, Mario Puzo; mostly bestsellers in the genres. My hold on reality is low so generally these keep me grounded and give me info on what pertains elsewhere. Withal, King was more of a paranormal guy and I read him mostly cos I gravitate there. Maybe I’ll read Bram Stoker.

    • I was just remembering that we did talk a bit about fiction on my About page. You mentioned Siddhartha, but you didn’t mention your having read besteller type of books. Are the authors you mentioned bestsellers in Ghana?

      I’ve read some Stephen King and I think I might’ve read a Tom Clancy novel a long time ago. I’m mostly familiar with Stephen King through the movie adaptations of his fiction. Mario Puzo doesn’t sound familiar.

      Have you read other Horror writers besides Stephen King? I like some horror, but I’ve never been overly attracted to that genre. I’ve become more familiar with Horror through my friend who collects small press Horror writers.

      BTW where do you get your books from? Do you have access to a public or university library?

  6. No, I buy em. Don’t like libraries much, too many people. Too lil freedom.

    Yeah, I read Siddhartha’s story in bits, from documentaries, history books but that was long ago. Recently, though, I’ve been refreshing my memory of him while waiting for Hermann’s to show up somewhere. However, I’ve read the Tao te Ching and that was one of my target books.

    Puzo writes more Sicilian stories, mafia and stuff. Horror? Only King, as far as I remember. Africa has enough spine-tinglers in the informal sector.

    I meant NY bestsellers, they appear on the books that are brought here. I’ve read other books long ago but they have varying authors whose names I can’t remember.

    • I also prefer to buy books. I usually only read books that interest me and my interests don’t change much. I like having around books I’ve read because then I can look back at them and check out the notes I wrote.

      I only live a few blocks away from both a city public library and a univesity library. I can check out books from both, but I rarely do. Maybe there being too many people there is a contributing factor.

      I noticed a book I have and it made me think of you. The book is Lin Yutang’s From Pagan to Christian. He wrote many other books on Chinese culture, philosophy and relition. I also own his Wisdom of Laotse. It’s been a while since I’ve read him. My friend likes his work quite a bit.

      Lin Yutang reminds me of another author… maybe because it’s another favorite of my friends. It’s A Philosophy of Solitude by John Cowper Powys. I read that book probably more than a decade ago, but I fondly remember some of his descriptions of nature. In one particular passage, he describes how close life and death in terms of the plants growing out of the soil. He also discusses philosophy such as stoicism.

  7. Mmm? Will have to look for em. One problem is Ghana is a very Christian country and mysticism is very much demonized here cos it’s poorly understood and the christians do well to deceive em.

    But I’ll talk to a friend who heads Ananda Marga here. Chatted with him sometime for hours and completely forgot everything around me. Talked socialism, mysticism, urbanisation, religion, philosophy, just vast.

    • Why are the Christians always ruining all the fun? Or, rather, why are all the fundamentalists always ruining all the fun?

      Were you raised Christian? If so, what denomination or kind of Christianity? Are there any traditional religions left or have they been entirely destroyed? Is Ghana like some other African countries in that people will commit violence in the name of Christianity? Sarah Palin had her political career blessed by an African minister who was known for being a witchhunter (I forget which country he came from).

      So, what is Ananda Marga? The person who heads it sounds like a good friend to have.

  8. I was raised Catholic. But I won’t say that cos I never allowed them to fully raise me. I’ve always had mystical leanings and I just took what was mystical there and went on, I was never really indoctrinated, though I had passionate admiration of the saints and monks of the church.

    The traditional religions are still there though dwindling fast and, they, are the real extremists after all that’s what their belief tells em. The kinds of things they do? O man, just check out widowhood rites in Africa or Ghana for an example.

    What my friend showed me was representative of the society’s ism. A hexagram, actually the star of David, a rising sun at bottom with a swastika within that sun. The star represents perfection, the rising sun is awakening and the swastika is service or brotherly love. Maybe I am using my own words but the idea is same.

    Err, he says they do have a politico-economic philosophy that incorporates free markets but on the whole of a socialist character courtesy of the leader. It allows that service but an independence that can provide for the strivance(not to be taken as the forceful kind) for perfection.

    Within all of this is a life of moderation and meditation. Those are the central aspects of Ananda Marga as I have learnt it. It’s pretty interesting but there’s more cos our conversation kept going away from centre(my fundamental quality).

    • Do you think the traditional religion have become extremist because they’ve been marginalized and so attract marginalized people?

      The reason I ask is based on my knowledge of Native Americans who also had, to modern sensibilities, some rituals that seemed extremist. However, it was common that many captured whites who lived with Native Americans didn’t want to leave the tribal culture after other whites “saved” them.

      Western culture has been very oppressive in many ways. In the past, a woman or a minority person might have had more freedom in an indigenous culture than in a Western society. Women and minorities still continue to be more oppressed in modern civilization in general.

      As I see it, there is difficulty in making comparisons about violence. On the individual level, Americans for example experience less violent. However, while Americans have their civil rights respected, vast wealthy disparity causes poverty and violence and vast numbers of citizens are housed in prisons… of course, they are non-violently housed in prisons. Furthermore, America’s peace and prosperity is based on tremendous violence around the world. And the spread of Western culture and Christianity is based on centuries of violence and oppression.

      Some practices of traditional indigenous religions may not be desirable. Still, the violence of indigenous traditions could never even come close to the violence of modern civilization. For certain, it’s not the indigenous cultures that are destroying the environment, annihalating entire ecosystems, and causing untold numbers of species to go extinct.

      Modern civilization as it presently functions has its benefits, but it comes at an immense price and it isn’t sustainable. I admit that I like the opportunities and ease provided by living in a powerful and wealthy country. I would find it hard to give up this lifestyle in order to live simpler, but future generations may not even have a choice. I don’t know if we will collectively return to tribal lifestyles, but I’m fairly sure that future humans won’t be living this way.

      To put it simply, it was a Christian culture that created atomic bombs and dropped them on cities filled with innocent people. The most gruesome of traditional practices pale in comparison to such mind-blowing acts of mass violence… technolgoically precise and emotionally detached mass violence. Nothing personal about it.

      My response to your comment is based on my own culture. I don’t know the cultural context of your own thinking. I just know that, in the West, whites have intentionally portrayed indigenous people and their cultures as barbaric in order to justify oppressing them and in many cases in order to justify genocide. This portrayal of the barbaric natives is what justified the colonization of Africa and the enslavement of Africans.

  9. Err, it’s from service to awakening to victory and the, swastika, is victory. The other symbols remain the same. Sorry for the mix-up, I actually drew the entire symbol for myself but mixed the correlations up. Check it out on the net, it’s there, I don’t know if the symbols will be there though. However, getting it from a living, breathing source always beats formal means. Don’t blame me, it’s fairly new to me, lol. Ain’t like Bushido.

    • I just looked up Ananda Marga. I don’t think I’ve heard of it before, but maybe I have. It’s general principles are familiar to me. There have been a number of Hindu and Buddhist movements that have spread around the world such as the Hare Krishna. Reading about Ananda Marga, I was also reminded of Baha’i.

      The symbolism is particularly familiar. I’ve been attracted to symbolism… I suppose starting with reading such people as Jung. Many symbols like these are cross-cultural. The “Star of David” of course is an ancient Hindu symbol. Various forms of crosses, including swatzikas, are some of the oldest and most widely spread of all symbols.

      Is your interest in Ananda Marga passive or active? Are you considering becoming a member? Does it have a popular following where you live?

  10. Hahaha, I wish. The head himself says people come in there looking for occult powers. Gives u an idea of how it’s viewed here. Can’t help laughing. It has a meagre following but in the future, it might.

    He did mention all those similarities but I knew you would know all of em so just left em out. He actually wears the garb of the Hare Krishna and when I met him, I thought he was one. Funny.

    Not looking to be a member, I just want a friend who shares in these kinds of practices and beliefs and thoughts. It gets lonely here. Believe it or not, I have meditated and had one or two mystical experiences.

    As for me, I don’t really have a culture. My social grace is appalling, my stance on religions, beliefs is severely critical and my own belief system is extensively expansive. So occasions the statements on my site: ‘I am everything, I am nothing’. Let me come down to earth; for all the demonizing, oppression, it’s just a trait of man, I suppose.

    Here, the folks think whites are so much better than blacks with their anthem: ‘if this was a white man’s this or that’. I keep telling em that you guys have the same characters but when one has been maltreated or ignored by one’s own people(governments, the rich) for long, it’s hard not to look at those people with disdain, making you blind to any reason. We are also enchanted by the ‘development’ of the West, thus, ignoring that it is flawless. Generally, too, they think cos you guys do ‘what is right’, you are angels. With the many laws and your law enforcement(though you’ll say otherwise) being relatively good, it’s hard not to be lawful. In spite of that, I know a lot of deviance goes on.

    In view of all this white supremacy then(ironic, isn’t it?), everything local is death, bad, evil, hellish, devilish, so here the demonization has two causes, our fundamental attitude as humans to condemn anything we don’t agree with and a self-hatred from a white love. With that, we despise the traditional. But tradition also has this enslaving nature; self-determination isn’t possible in it. That is probably the real reason for the disgust but no one declares that but rather argue in circles using ‘and the white man, and the white man’ and a superficial epistemology. After all, the education too glorifies the white enough.

    I can go on and on but I hope this suffices.

    • Sure, I suppose that will suffice. 🙂

      It is kind of amusing that go there looking for occult powers.

      Ah, so, you have Hare Krishnas there. The Hare Krishnas regularly visit this town, My guess is that Hare Krishnas like college towns. My brother used to hang out with the Hare Krishnas, but he never became one. I’ve chanted with the Hare Krishnas.

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