Readers and others have asked my why I rant so much against the elite. The quick answer might be that I am stupid, as well I might be. But somehow I take comfort in the almost certainty that I am not alone in my misery. Left alone I stumble around and figure it out as apparently ninety percent of others do.
In truth ninety-nine percent of us are still very simple beings. We react to a few major stimuli; fear and greed being two of the most prominent. Others might be pleasure, pride, hubris laziness, and boredom in equal measure.
In the age of ‘instant everything’ life is complicated enough. Why do we need so many others. hell-bent on making it even more complicated? Rather than muck about with sociology here in the form of my continuing rant are two examples.
A current hot button issue is why are wage earners not spending the savings dividend from falling oil prices. In its stead they are paying down debt or saving what should be a significant budget item. The answer is not complicated, as the pundits would have us believe. Rather it is simple namely fear; fear that the great recession of 08 is not over but is merely taking a breather; fear that they could be made redundant by destructive technology; and the certainty fear that the governing elite are handling the truth recklessly by misstating the rising cost of living.
This last item annoys me to no end, and reminds me of the truism that ‘figures don’t lie but liars do figure’ Why is it that the clever ones, the statisticians hidden away in the bowels of institutional buildings, feel constrained to produce figures designed to make a relatively simple matter complicated.?
We do not have housewives any more, a good thing you say, but if we did they as the managers of the household budget would know full well that the figures put out by governments, at all levels, concerning the cost of living are a crock. Same for retired people on fixed incomes. I hope we don’t all look this stupid.
Then we have the matter of security; a matter driven largely by irrational fear. Morning night and noon we are bombarded by the specialists, another deadly form of the elite, telling us that if we do hand over the conduct of our lives to government in its’ various forms we are doomed; the terrifying loss of our freedom be damned. Truth be known that our ninety percent know full well, institutions that failed to stop twenty young men with box cutters from nearly bringing the strongest nation on earth to its knees are not the answer.
Small wonder that pundits , such as David Brooks of the New York Times wonder out loud why it is that, we the stupid ones, have so little trust in our governing institutions. The saying “Fool me once, shame on you fool me twice shame on me” comes to mind.
In the meantime forgive me if I rant on.