Here I am staring at this blank page trying to figure out what I might say about anything.
Obvious flatland fuck-ups were on display everywhere you looked this year. I am still sometimes surprised that I need to point them out to get a few humans to notice them. That's important to me, for others to see the same train wrecks I'm seeing. Only human after all.
I suppose that's why I kind of lost it when I read that, for humans—
Developing situational awareness ... will not require altruism or idealism or self-sacrifice, only accurate self-perception and enlightened self-interest.
Sounds easy! No need for altruism! No need for self-sacrifice! Really, we humans just need a nudge in the direction of "accurate self-perception" and "enlightened self-interest".
And then I remembered how hard I've worked on this blog with very little tangible reward to develop "situational awareness" in a few thousands of humans. And most of the time it didn't take.
I'm not talking about awareness that humans are fucking up the biosphere—that's easy, Robert Scribbler can do that, even David Grinspoon can do that—but awareness that humans are the problem. That's the only "situation" that matters if you're looking for solutions.
The "catch-22" here is that if humans are the problem—if humans do not have the required capacity for "accurate self-perception"—there are no solutions. And they do not have the required capacity, or so it seems to me. That's what I mean when I say humans are "whistling in the dark."
If you truly understand what I'm talking about, then you will also see that the human world necessarily consists of an endless stream of socially motivated filtered bullshit, something like this—
And that's what I see everywhere I look. Good lord, if you didn't see the primates in 2016, you never will.
This is not "nihilism" as some humans would have it. That's reality. If some humans want to interpret that as nihilism, well, be my guest. Humans can misinterpret anything and almost always do. (Sometimes they get it right like a broken clock that's right twice a day.)
Have a nice holiday weekend. Try to enjoy yourself. It needn't be a nihilistic weekend.