2. The people that surround us
3. The situation with
This is a Nederlog of
December 31, 2017, and it is the last Nederlog of 2017. It
mostly consists of repeats - with a few changes - from previous
Nederlogs published on
the last day of the year. There is a previous Nederlog of
Here is my appraisal of this year, for me, from
the point of view of my health:
It was about the same as last year: My ME was about the same, while my
eyes improved considerably (but without being properly healed
I have mostly done little else all year other than writing my
Nederlogs, but I have done that every day, which satisfies me,
because it was a fair amount of work (not so much the writing as the
searching, in fact).
As to "the rest of the world", it is as last year, except that it has again
grown worse for almost everyone who is not rich.
Finally, this is the last
file of today and of 2017. There are three
other files for today: two commented index files for 2017: Part A and Part B and an end
of the year file that is mostly a repeat from last
year, and is this file.
1. The world we
This is a repeat of the text of part of one of
best and last routines, followed by a link to some hypotheses that I
formulated two years ago and reformulated
George Carlin - about the US, but also true of
"But there's a reason. There's a reason. There is a reason
this. There is a reason that education sucks, and that it will never
ever ever be fixed. It is never going to be any better. Don't look for
it. Be happy with what you've got. Because the owners of this country
don't want that. I'm talking about the real owners now, the big wealthy
businessmen who control things and make all the important decisions.
Forget the politicians. The politicians are put there to give you the
idea that you have freedom of choice. You don't. You have no choice.
You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the
important land. They own and control the corporations. They have long
since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the State Houses,
the city halls, they got the judges in their back pockets and they own
all the big media companies so they can control just about all the news
and information you get to hear. They got you by the balls. They spend
billions of dollars every year lobbying, lobbying to get what they
want. Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and
less for everybody else. But I'll tell you what they don't want. They
don't want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They
don't want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They are not interested in
that. That doesn't help them. That's against their interests.
That's right. They don't want people smart enough to sit around the
kitchen table and figure out how badly they're getting fucked by a
system that threw them overboard, thirty fucking years ago. They don't
want that. You know what they want? They want obedient workers.
Obedient workers. People who are just smart enough to run the machines
and do the paper work and just dumb enough to passively accept all
these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours,
the reduced benefits, the end of overtime, and the vanishing pension
that disappears the minute you're going to collect it it. And now
they're coming for your social security money. They want your fucking
retirement money. They want it back, so they can give it to their
criminal friends on Wall Street. And you know something? They'll get
it. They'll get it all from you, sooner or later. Cause they own this
fucking place. It's a big club and you ain't in it. You and I are not
in the big club. By the way it is the same club that used to beat you
over the head all day long when they tell you what to believe. All day
long beating you over the head in their media, telling you what to
believe, and what to think, and what to buy. The table is tilted,
folks. The game is rigged. And nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care.
Good honest hard working people, white collar, blue collar, it doesn't
matter what color shirt you have on, good honest hard working people continue - these are people
of modest means - continue to elect these rich cocksuckers who don't
give a fuck about them. They don't give a fuck about you; they don't give a
fuck about you: they don't care about you. At all. At all. At all. And nobody seems to
notice. Nobody seems to care.
That's what the owners count on: The fact that Americans will probably
remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white and blue dick that's
being jammed into their assholes every day. Because the owners of this
country know the truth. It's called "The American Dream", cause you
have to be asleep to believe it."
Some of my hypotheses:
The people that surround us
A repeat from 2010.
the good, the bad and the stupid
I will make it
easy for myself, and start with quoting from my chapter 11
annexed to "On
"The Logic of Moral Discourse"":
In fact, much of what I could say here is in Goffman
reveals all (nearly) - Groups & Groupthinking; for Dutch
readers in my
note to Multatuli's Idee 1211; and in my chapter 11
to "On the Logic of
Moral Discourse", so I don't say but link it, and only
concentrate one relevant consideration in an arithmetical way:
One way of understanding society - any
human society anywhere, of sufficient size, say 10 or a 100 or more not
specially selected persons - is that the good : the bad : the stupid = 1 : 9
: 90. Alternatively expressed but to the same effect: the intelligent :
unintelligent = 1 : 9 and the unegoistic : egoistic = 1 : 9, and
intelligence and egoism are independent.
Note that part of my meaning is that the bad
is normally the harm
that is done actively or passively to others because of egoism,
malevolence, and that it is for the most part due, in everyday
human practice, to indifference, convenience, or conformism:
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is
for good men to do nothing."
-- Edmund Burke
With this understanding, viz. that it is normally a lot
easier to leave the good one sees that one should do, on one's own
principles, undone - because leaving it undone is very often easier,
more convenient, better paid, or more normal or correct.
Putting it all in a table with
percentages (while remembering that intelligence
and moral courage are probably for the largest part determined by
innate factors, and non posse nemo obligatur):
|| not good
| not intelligent
| not intelligent
|| not good
That is one important part of the
reason why Hazlitt
was right and so much of human society so often is in such a mess, also
because intelligence is mostly innate, but goodness is mostly a matter
of personal choice:
"If mankind had wished for what is right, they
might have had it long ago. The theory is plain enough; but they are
prone to mischief, 'to every good work reprobate.'"
Next, another important part of
the reasons why man's inhumanity to man is so common os that all
members of society have a public and a private face
and role, and the public face consists mostly of deception.
The public character
people assume is usually
1. composed of lies that are derived from what they think is
supposed to be desirable behaviour of members of their society
2. it is a role played by an actor for the rewards one's
society provides for playing this role or for the punishments
one's society provides for not playing the role and
3. it consists of deception even if one's deceptions happen to be
one knows one is playing a role.
Seen in the light of these
important points - the distributions of intelligence and egoism and the
fact that all social acting consists of role-playing in which
deception is the norm - it is not so strange nearly all social and
political analyses are false, phoney and illusory, and also part of
role-playing and delusion or deception.
And - it seems - (3) is important:
Those who make a career are those who are known to be liars by those
who already have made a career. Somebody who is honest won't get far in
any society or group, even if - very privately - many will agree he is
honest and truthful.
The best expositions I know about
the problems I am treating here in a simplistic and generalizing manner
- A. Anti-totalitarian
Talmon: "The rise of totalitarian democracy";
Farm", "1984" and "Collected Essays and Letters";
Revèl: "The totalitarian temptation".
- B. Texts on socialism:
Conquest: "The Great Terror";
Aron: "The opium of the Intellectuals";
You'll find more about this in the context of chapter 11
I mentioned earlier. And here is a relevant diagnostic quotation of a
more comprehensive type, from T.H. White's
The Book of Merlyn:
"What are we, then, at present?"
"We find that at present the human race is divided
politically into one wise man, nine knaves and ninety fools out of
every hundred. That is, by an optimistic observer. The nine knaves
assemble themselves under the banner of the most knavish among them,
and become 'politicians': the wise man stands out, because he knows
himself to be hopelessly outnumbered, and devotes himself to poetry,
mathematics or philosophy; while the ninety fools plod off behind the
banners of the nine villains, according to fancy, into the labyrinths
of chicanery, malice and warfare. It is pleasant to have command,
observed Sancho Panza, even over a flock of sheep, and that is why
politicians raise their banners. It is, moreover, the same thing for
the sheep, whatever the banner. If it is democracy, then the nine
knaves will become members of parliament; if fascism will become party
leaders; if communism, commissars. Nothing will be different, except
the name. The fools will still be fools, the knaves still leaders, the
result still exploitation. As for the wise man, his lot will be much
the same under any ideology. Under democracy he will be encouraged to
starve to death in a garret, under fascism he will be put in a
concentration camp, under communism he will be liquidated. This is an
optimistic but on the whole scientific statement (...)"
(T.H. White: "The Book of Merlyn" p. 50-51)
Anyway... there's more along similar lines in
Boétie's The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude.
So in this short piece you have found links or references
to no less than twelve explanations for man's inhumanity to man.
1. "On the Logic of
Moral Discourse" esp.
2. Ervin Goffman: "The Presentation of
Self in Everyday Life"
3. Talmon: "The rise of
4-6. Orwell: "Animal Farm",
"1984" and "Collected Essays and Letters"
7. Revèl: "The totalitarian temptation"
8. Conquest: "The Great Terror"
9. Aron: "The opium of the intellectuals"
10. Zinoviev: "Yawning Heights"
T.H. White: "The Book of Merlyn"
Boétie: "The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude"
3. The situation with ME/CFS
A repeat from 2011. The brief of it,
for people with ME/CFS, who seek medical or social help:
My psychologist's advice for people with ME is this:
"There was only
one catch and that was the DSM-5, which
specified that a concern for one's health in the face of illness was
the process of an irrational mind. One was ill with ME and
could be helped. All one had to do was ask the health-authorities for
help; and as soon as one did, one would be called crazy and would not
be entitled to help. One would be declared
crazy if one said one was ill with ME and needed help, and would be
declared sane if one didn't, but if one were declared sane one would
get no help while being ill.
If one asked for help while ill one was declared crazy; but if one
didn't ask for help one was considered sane and denied help for that
Avoid seeing any psychiatrist unless you are forced
to. If you need psychological help, psychologists know as much about
the mind as psychiatrists (which is in fact: very little, that
is: if you subtract all the bluster, bullshit, false claims and
propaganda); tend to be less doctrinaire; are cheaper; and do not
prescribe pills, which is indeed what you should not take, at least not