Cynicism is amplified within my being.
Stupidity is rampant, and I believe that’s due to way too many people (for way too many generations) allowing themselves to be somewhat stupid as a compromise for modest gain — and all of the monstrous rippling effects from that compromise to form a strong stupidity modulation throughout society that cycles those ripples perhaps even to the volume of extinction.
Stupidity is like a massive and dense minefield that we all have to navigate throughout our lives.
Anyone boldly proposing a genuinely innovative and logical solution is publicly shot down like a victim being ruthlessly discredited and pummeled with monkey crap.
Conflict of interest.
The human brain is reasonably good at detecting imminent danger of an obvious and physical nature. We’ve evolved along those lines.
The conflict of interest is a predator (often a powerful and potentially deadly stressor), but it lives in metaphor.
It roams the halls of power without fear of detection, while being protected via money and guns (and consequent governing influence) by the selfish empowerment of the human beings forming the corrupt side of that interest.
The correct interest within that conflict is leveraged to surreptitiously promote the conflict (while boldly promoting the obviously righteous correction), so strengthens that conflict.
Some intelligent and honorable folks work to expose that predator, but their (and sometimes our) numbers are relatively minor, and an uphill battle against that conflict usually results in defeat, while that conflict remains king of the hill. That work is a terrible risk that many (if not most) people cannot courageously exercise, so the numbers remain small, but powerfully represent the strongest hearts.
I feel the internet is an expression medium that allows the heart to hearts, but the conflict fights back via the rampant stupidity that it has weaponized for itself.
In all major and unlikely victories, the underdog wins by a combination of working with reasonably powerful allies aligned with their cause, and by remaining hidden away from convention, while striking small-but-hard from that mystery.
Intelligence identifies the powerful enemy, and consequently critical strikes undermine that power by the destructive power of accuracy.
The fall always comes within reality. The more pressing the stupidity working against the public good, the sooner that tension breaks free into a wild release of societal emotion violently fed up with the governing stupidity — i.e. the governing conflict that relies upon stupidity to survive and thrive.
Civility demands that the conflict of interest be proclaimed and fully understood throughout our community to be public enemy number one, especially when it lives in the halls of power.
Are you ready to compromise for modest gain?
Or are you ready to fully defend genuine gain (i.e. choose the aforementioned terrible but honorable and necessary risk)?
The sadly big secret is selflessness is ironically the best form of selfishness. The reward is not necessarily a larger number after the dollar (or such) sign, but it usually involves gratitude and at least one healthy smile.
In a seamlessly energetic reality (at least according to the most prominent reach of mainstream physics) that shows no signs of logically being able to die (quite the contrary), do you really want or need to define the boundary of goodness?
If so, then that definition logically starts with feeling (if not also understanding) that healthy (i.e. never devious, or harmful such) smile is priceless and the soul resource of civility.