Monday, February 11, 2013

Drones, Stones, and Blood Atonement

In the treachery of human existence today, it should come as a surprise to no one that the world is a dangerous place. With renewed, 'serious discussion' about gun control, citizens are willingly and with open arms reaching toward tantalizing theme songs bleating from the orifices of our fearless leaders. These songs are marked by promises of protection, of safety, of a bravery-laden strategy that will assure "no tragedy such as: X,Y, or Z EVER happening again". And said citizens would be foolish to believe any leader in the polity who ventures to promise such a fantasy.
The cold hard truth about existing on planet Earth is the truth of survival, and death. As far as any scientist can tell, even the infinite universe eventually comes to an end point. By being birthed into this reality, one simple premise must be accepted: life is temporary. Existence is guaranteed to no one. Those who somehow hit the universes' genetic jackpot are granted existence which can be taken, revoked, or simply forced into expiration at any moment. While these facts are absolute, it should be said that all of this reinforces the beauty and importance of the fragile human experience. Life is extremely improbable if viewed from a severely scaled-back macro-view of the universe. We are still struggling to find other forms of life in our own cosmic backyard. Because of the supreme fragility of life, personal protection is incumbent upon each organism. If viewed as natural selection, the organisms must struggle in its surroundings and fight for life, and those most suited to excel in the environment are able to procreate and extend their genetics into tomorrow. But today, humans have excelled beyond the simplicity of natural selection. With the advent of medicine, agricultural methods, and harnessing technology humanity has created a new paradigm where each day humans escape natural selection. Asthmatic children who may not have survived beyond childhood are aided by medicinal methods to allow them to breathe. Many diseases and illnesses have been beaten back by human ingenuity. However, the fragility of life has only been made less fragile than before, the simple fact of ultimate survival remains the same.
With all the above considered, humans must still ensure their own protection in the chaotic universe. No law can stop someone from ending their own life. No law can physically halt a person from grabbing a rock and striking another person. Laws are like window curtains. They look beautiful draped across the window, having the ability to mask sunlight, or to allow it in. They can be made colorful and loud, or subtle and silent. But curtains will never stop the suns nuclear reactions. In the same way, laws will never completely stop the horrible causes and consequences of crime. No politician has the ability to guarantee one life, although by some feat of sardonic comedy they have the ability to snuff it out. This is where real danger lies. In militaries unleashed upon native populations to savage and destroy their landscapes. In police forces where normal humans are inculcated with a level of illusory power over other humans. In politicians who are inculcated with a different and superior kind of illusory power, that of control over every human in their sphere of influence.
Humans should take pause and consider these statements against the actions of politicians. Politicians have no real control over society except the extent to which their fantasy is accepted. And while they can make no real difference, they are eager to make humanity believe in them. They also eagerly legislate new societal remedies for public consumption. Politicians ultimately cannot ever promise or stop death, because they are not allowed currently and are unable to stop life. With life comes trade offs. With life comes the balancing of resources, environmental and biological factors against an infinity of probabilities. With life comes uncertainty.
 In life, not even a single can person can ensure their own survival, they can only struggle ever-vigilant with this aim in mind. And for this reason, any attempt that impedes or diminishes an individual's ability  to protect his or her own life should be disputed, dispelled and discarded. In this brave new world, the president of the United States can murder anyone on Earth without even a shadow of scrutiny or a sliver of justification. Humans are completely on their own, and must retain the responsibility of ultimate self-preservation strictly to the self. Humans cannot promise other humans anything when it comes to the cosmic covenant. Do not run in vain to other humans who promise you the dream of unfettered existence, it doesn't exist.