Friday, April 25, 2008

Pulling for Apocalypse

I have a decision making tool that I fastened from an old board game. It's a spinning arrow attached to a piece of cardboard that that you flick with your finger. It's bisected by a thin line. Printed on the left are the words "destroy the world" on the right "save the world". Every morning I face off against my optimism that life can be a beautiful, magical experience and a giddy, impish desire to push it into the red and see the whole thing go super nova. It's like Nietzsche says "that which falls should be pushed".

If you have to choose sides, isn't wise to back the clear winner. Hence the Foundation's motto "Our side is winning".

I've been championing the cause of entropy and destruction ever since I first learned how fun it was to smash things. That said, it seems like these days everyone is an advocate to chaos. Just yesterday Hilly Clinton was was sounding like a trigger happy republican or an amphetamine addled despot:

"I want the Iranians to know that if I'm the president, we will attack Iran," Clinton said. "In the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them."

The foundations position has been seriously trespassed on by the mainstream. I see skulls on dog sweaters and children's cloths.

This week Slate magazine did a piece on secular envirnomental visions of apocalypse: Envirogeddon! Is it time to start wishing for the end of the world?

The polical left and right use apocalyptic fear mongering as a means of control. The right says that the threat is from evil doers and terrorists. The left using climate change and environmnetal disaster.

The BBC did an excellent documentary on this subject: The Power of Nightmares
The films compare the rise of the American Neo-Conservative movement and the radical Islamist movement, making comparisons on their origins and noting strong similarities between the two. More controversially, it argues that the threat of radical Islamism as a massive, sinister organised force of destruction, specifically in the form of al-Qaeda, is in fact a myth perpetrated by politicians in many countries—and particularly American Neo-Conservatives—in an attempt to unite and inspire their people following the failure of earlier, more utopian ideologies. (Wikipedia)

We gotta billion Eddie Barzoons!

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