Thursday, March 14, 2013




Today was the "pie" day, 3.14 kind, never mind that it has been a pie day, each year, for centuries, but this year it had significant, I don't know why, but some people thought of making it significant this year, or may be they do every year just that I noticed being noticed for the very first time, otherwise, it was just another day.

There are two theories as to where we (humans) came from, one says that we evolved from lower animals, and the other that we are created, just as we are by a divine power,  called god. However we came to be here is immaterial, we have developed in to something beyond the original status, developing tribes, communities then town, cities and nations. As such we have become different than other animals, even though it appears that even the animals have some basic sense of cohesiveness.
 And that brings me to this experiment, commentary follows!

Marina Abramović, Rhythm 0, 1974

“This piece was primarily a trust exercise, in which she told viewers she would not move for six hours no matter what they did to her. She placed 72 objects one could ...See More

Marina Abramović, Rhythm 0, 1974

“This piece was primarily a trust exercise, in which she told viewers she would not move for six hours no matter what they did to her. She placed 72 objects one could use in pleasing or destructive ways, ranging from flowers and a feather boa to a knife and a loaded pistol, on a table near her and invited the viewers to use them on her however they wanted.


Initially, Abramović said, viewers were peaceful and timid, but it escalated to violence quickly. “The experience I learned was that … if you leave decision to the public, you can be killed… I felt really violated: they cut my clothes, stuck rose thorns in my stomach, one person aimed the gun at my head, and another took it away. It created an aggressive atmosphere. After exactly 6 hours, as planned, I stood up and started walking toward the public. Everyone ran away, escaping an actual confrontation.”

This piece revealed something terrible about humanity, similar to what Philip Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment or Stanley Milgram’s Obedience Experiment, both of which also proved how readily people will harm one another under unusual circumstances.”

This performance showed just how easy it is to dehumanize a person who doesn’t fight back, and is particularly powerful because it defies what we think we know about ourselves. I’m certain the no one reading this believes the people around him/her capable of doing such things to another human being, but this performance proves otherwise.”

As we look at the horrible result of this particular and the other experiments mentioned with in the article it brings me back to my contention that we are, in nature, nothing more than animals. What makes us think better or different from the rest when the truth is that we are actually worse, by nature. Animals do not break bonds of their societies, they all, most always, play by the rules of the community they are a part of, they all do the same thing always, they follow rules and boundaries of their societies. Humans, however, are not that smart, given a chance, we always step out of line, test and over step boundaries, and do things we are "not supposed to do.

We created laws, even gods and religions, to define proper behavior, to "make" us obey the boundaries of behavior and character,  when no laws and limits are defined, we fall in to the lowest form of humans we can be. These experiments prove this succinctly. 

These also show the need first, for a controlling code of ethics, a comprehensive list of acceptable behaviors and character. Secondly the need for all to follow these rules, as no society can exist for long where everyone is allowed to to as they please. Call it religion, call it laws, or call it something else but there have to be rules and people that follow these. I am not much for any religious dogma, but we see the consequences already, in society, of the "do your thing" mind set. Our failing education systems, our break up families, our disregard for authority all are the result of no one setting limits and no one following any. It is time we playerd by the rules, better yet to make some rules.


Monday, March 11, 2013


Simple solutions to the real world problems!

John Lennon once said,
"Ah, people asking questions, lost in confusion
Well I tell them there's no problem only solutions!"
(Watching the Wheels)
Well I am no artist, I have no simple one line solutions to any problems, I don't offer any solutions, my cause is to present the problems, let people think about things and decide, each for them self, as to what they can do to help.
No problem that I see in my world today is simple, I have, however, also said that " we don't have any problems that a Jesus or a Stalin could not fix, and Jesus may not come sooner.
Come to think of it, Jesus and Muhamad, Moses and Buddah, Leviticus and Humarabi they all had solutions to ALL of our problems, yet thousands of years later, we are still here!
We do not live in a Socialist utopia, Capitalism has not yet produced Manna from heaven either. First problem with food, " if food is grown for profit, some people will/must starve.
It is easy to say that all must be vegetarians, the problem is first how you enforce your edict, you want to educate five or six billion that actually do eat meats? As the "wealth" of the world increases more people are inclined to eat meats, and that is just part one of the problem.
I understand the problems with eating meats, from gout to kidney failure, higher cholesterol and triglycerides to high blood pressure, not to say about the pressures on land, water resources, pollution, methane, antibiotics and hormones and of course cruelty to animals, I love animals too, live and the ones on my dinner plate. But growing crops is not problem free either, fertilizers, insecticides, water
Use, water way pollution, under ground water depletion, to name a few, yet in this era of jobs, jobs, jobs, animal "production" is much more labor intensive than farming.
I love the ideals, all ideals and all idealists, but we live in a real world.
It is not just about food, it is about consumption. Every time you turn on the heater in your house, or you get in in a car, ride a subway, a plane or a train, you cause problems for some one some where in the world, a human being just like you and I. Every time you go to a movie, to a church ( mosque, temple what ever) you cause problems. Every time a child is born to a poor woman, in Pakistan, Somalia or even UK or the USA, we create a problem. If a woman in Bangladesh lights a fire with sticks to boil her rice, she is contributing to global warming.
Every time someone buys gold or a diamond, when our government buys a fighter jet or a submarine, when I turn the hot water on in my shower, every time we do a line of coke or smoke a joint, some one (a human) some where must suffer.
Yet we worry about animals, to eat or not to eat!
"Charity, to do very little good, to feel a lot better about yourself." (M. N. R)

In the meantime, here are somethings to chew on!