Although I began this blog three years ago on January 16, 2010, which falls on a Wednesday in 2013, I thought I would do this post on a Sunday when many of my regulars will be reading. On New Year's Day, I posted about the kind of things you are likely to see on this blog in the coming year, so read that if haven't already. A few days before that, I posted about what we can expect to see in 2013—the same old crap—and you can read that one too.
Last Monday I got pissed off about how poorly this blog has fared over the last three years. Here's the traffic graph that some readers think I "obsess" over.
I don't want to dwell on this because I got it off my chest last week, but when I look at this pageviews graph, I see failure. My traffic has been basically flat for a long time now. Some people commenting on that earlier rant didn't think I had any right to complain. Those people can go fuck themselves.
If this blog were about cats & dogs, or cooking recipes or some other ordinary human drivel, I could understand why my traffic hasn't increased much in the last two years. But this blog is about the Big Issues—human nature, growth, the economy, technology, climate, the oceans, oil and other resources, social inequality, and all the rest. One would think, as we suffer through the steady, inexorable deterioration of human living standards in the early 21st century, and the destruction of the Earth's biosphere, that such subjects might attract a growing audience, even if that audience never reaches the lofty heights attained by Politico or the Daily Beast or Gawker or Peak Prosperity.
Well, marketing has never been my forte. I have no interest in it. One doesn't buy and sell The Truth. Reality is not a commodity like copper or hog futures. That's just more human bullshit—the capitalism variety, where everything is for sale. Did you know that when they discovered the first writing in ancient Mesopotamia about 5000 years ago, the first messages they found were on clay tablets detailing crop yields, taxes and IOUs? You know, stuff like Egad owes me three goats. Some things never change
However, as I have found out, sometimes painfully, the joke is on me. Frank discussions of essential subjects like growth and social inequality are simply not accessible to ordinary humans who are living out their lives according to their nature. Ordinary people lack the required consciousness to engage with such discussions. See my post What Would Schopenhauer Think? An end to economic growth? Biologically impaired oceans? What the fuck is this Dave guy talking about?
So I consider DOTE a failure, but a noble failure. I have written this blog and will continue to write it pro bono—for the public good. This is not a "doom-for-profit" site like some others I could name. You won't find the ordinary political or economic babbling which passes for intelligent, informed discussion in contemporary America on DOTE. I want future historians 50 years from now, if there are any, to know that there was somebody who had a disinterested but generally accurate view of the Human Future.
I also want them to know that relatively few people cared about that view (see the graph above) because then it should be abundantly clear to them that Homo sapiens got exactly what it deserved. The never-changing Human Condition (past and future) is a tragicomedy. Shakespeare comes to mind—we see the same old (often comical) foolishness over and over again.
There's much more I could say along these lines, but I've probably said too much already. I want to reprint some text I wrote in my December 20, 2012 post Are We Living In A Computer Simulation? I am addressing The Creator.
To Whom it may concern,
Please don't pull the plug!
But may I suggest a few small modifications to the current simulation program? I humbly submit that You might consider these changes, including but not limited to the following, regarding Your Homo sapiens subroutine—
- make it such that they don't kill or physically harm each other anymore
- make it such that they no longer want to fuck each other over all the time
- give them a low threshold of gratification
- make it such that they don't kill off other species and destroy their natural habitat, including the oceans, the climate, wetlands, tropical forests and so on
- make it such that they're not so damned crazy and confused all the time
- give them the gifts of Reason and Self-Knowledge, tempered with Compassion
- make them humble, such that they always take a realistic view of themselves
- get rid of those irksome Animal Instincts that cause them to grow like bacteria in a Petri dish
If You would consider these small but not insignificant changes, and some others I might submit in the future, I would be eternally grateful.
Yours in simulation software,
I will leave it at that. Peace.