Sunday, January 3, 2010

Predator and Prey

In a truly civilized society no one would take advantage of the misfortune or weakness of another unless their literal life depended on it. To do otherwise would mimic the animal behavior of our ancestors. Instead we live by the law of the concrete jungle. Is it any coincidence that the nutritious leaves in this jungle are green and smell good. The problem is they do not just smell good to the prey. Unlike in the real jungle the leaves smell good and are nutritious to the predator as well. If this ever happened in ecosystem it would die in short order. The same thing happens with the human economic ecosystem, except it is revived by government when it flat lines. That is essentially what separates us from others in the animal kingdom. Our larger brains give us the ability to decide to gorge ourselves in gluttony until we become greedy. I am a spiritual man, but not a religious one. The only Bible tenet I always make a best effort to adhere to is the Golden Rule. That said I think it seems odd that so many are claiming that capitalism is in line with being a good Christian while two of the seven deadly sins are inherent to it.

You are prey if you make less money than is made from your labor. If this description fits your situation, you need to stand up and show the predators the power you possess. Do every thing in your power to save up enough leaves so you can graze for at least two weeks without going into the field. The economy will tinker on the verge of collapse as it may have last year, but this time the prey will decide through it's collective choice who survives when it receives a bailout.

Assuming what continues to separate us from animals with less cognitive ability is choosing to ignore our collective interests in favor of what is good for the individual, maybe it all should end in 2012 as some believe it will.


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