Changing Stripes

It is amazing how society changes in every aspect of life throughout time. The way we hear, view, and feel things is so different than just a few hundred years ago. So what, exactly, is the reason for this change? Is this a change for the better?

When plays were first becoming popular the stage was empty. There were no visual elements that created the “scene” for the audience. Plays were meant to be heard. The actors didn’t even wear proper garments according to the times they were depicting within the play. No plays were historically accurate and yet the audience loved them (or hated).

The plays we view now have sets for the audience to have visual clues as to what is happening. Society has changed from hearing a play to seeing a play; which is two very different things. For us to be so educated in this age, we seem to have forgotten how to hear. No one listens yet we cannot shut up. We pay more attention to “seeing” a problem than we do to listen as to what is really going on. No one seems to realize that this is a problem, or can become one for future generations.

On another note, in the 16th century society looked upon fatness in equality to wealth. The fatter a person was, they wealthier they were because they could afford food unlike the poor who starved to death.

Today we look upon materialism as an indication of a person’s wealth. Since most everyone can afford food, we judge each other by what we own. The more we own, the wealthier we are. I find it disgusting that we live like this, yet I can’t help but join in.

When did society start caring about what we have instead of what we need?

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Taming of the Shrew

(From Act III Scene II of the Taming of the Shrew)

Bianca:  “That, being mad herself, she’s madly mated.”

Gremio:  “I warrant him, Petruchio is Kated.”

It is amazing how society changes in every aspect of life throughout time.  The way we hear, view, and feel things is so different than just a few hundred years ago.  So what, exactly, is the reason for this change?  Is this a change for the better?

When plays were first becoming popular the stage was empty.  There were no visual elements that created the “scene” for the audience.  Plays were meant to be heard.  The actors didn’t even wear proper garments according to the times they were depicting within the play.  No plays were historically accurate and yet the audience loved them (or hated).

The plays we view now have sets for the audience to have visual clues as to what is happening.  Society has changed from hearing a play to seeing a play; which is two very different things.  For us to be so educated in this age, we seem to have forgotten how to hear.  No one listens yet we cannot shut up.  We pay more attention to “seeing” a problem than we do to listen as to what is really going on.  No one seems to realize that this is a problem, or can become one for future generations.

On another note, in the 16th century society looked upon fatness in equality to wealth.  The fatter a person was, they wealthier they were….they could afford food unlike the poor who starved to death.

Today we look upon materialism as an indication of a person’s wealth.  Since most everyone can afford food, we judge each other by what we own.  The more we own, the wealthier we are.

When did society start caring about what we have instead of what we need?

Freakonomic Views

I’m in the process of reading Freakonomics, only the third chapter at this point. It’s really interesting to read about America and deceit and drugs and the KKK and real-estate agents. That’s about it so far in the book.

I read a part about dealing crack in Chicago and they made it into an economic standard. It listed the amount of revenues that the Black Disciples had earned and their leader who made it into the board of directors but then later was indicted and sent to prison. One member of the gang kept books on all dealings and the books were given to someone who in turn gave them to an economist. The title of the chapter is “why do drug dealers still live with their moms?” The information was sorted out into a hierarchy of jobs just like any other profession. Foot soldiers made about 3.30 an hour (lower than minimum wage) and the leader made about 50 an hour. They also had taxes (non-government of course) expenses and other off-the-books dealings and weapons.

Just think if drugs were legalized.

The world of jobs is being downsized to the point that robots and computers will be able to do all the work. People would become bored and want to try new things and now there isn’t law enforcement to interfere with their decision. More people would do them because the moral obligation to be upheld isn’t there anymore. Some will still think of it as a sin, but a lot more will follow on the band-wagon.

Since crack takes less cocaine to make and offers the same high, it would be the inexpensive route to take (“only a couple dollars a hit”) and it could be bought in mass quantity at a cheaper rate. The prices would range accordingly within each neighborhood. The more people buying means more money to each leader. The board of directors (kind of like the schools) would be there to advise the leaders. They would also receive a percentage of the profit of each gang (….or group…or union?). Anyone at the top of this hierarchy is the richest. So in turn the foot soldiers would receive more than minimum wage and could make a living. Police could be there to prevent wars between and to keep everything stable (but of course i’m sure they won’t). People will make a living off any substances others are willing to buy.

What are people here for really? We’re destroying the planet more each day. If technology improves greatly to the point of not needing humans to help out on the assembly line then we have more leisure time and time to be with other people. What if all jobs were construed over the internet? Why not sit back and relax with a little free-basing? Obviously if technology is better then there should less pollutants in the world (maybe even less materialistic). Everyone should be free to enjoy themselves as they please.

To get technical:
The government would monitor the drug deals to ensure that people won’t OD and that each person can afford it and not lose their house or any other belongings.

I don’t want to get any more technical than that. Of course I haven’t thought too deep into this to create other circumstances that will definitely arise. Enjoy this, I don’t want your hate mail.

Creationism?

We have come to know that dinosaurs originally ruled the Earth. It has been said that the meteor had destroyed their existence and afterward humans came. Is the the real order of sequence?

There could have been people inhabiting the Earth long before the dinosaurs. The meteor could have wiped out the human race or the dinosaurs could have evolved from the collision with the humans. The meteor could have even brought the dinosaurs from another planet, not necessarily on a “flaming rock”, but could have brought a biological substance within it that had reacted with the help of heat of our atmosphere, acting as an inhibitor. This could have truly been the start of all organisms here on Earth. The only continent was Pangaea. The meteor might have been the start of the breaking up of this continent. The meteor could have spawned any nature on this planet.

Some people are obsessed with the idea of aliens. What if we are aliens ourselves? If another planet in another galaxy was dying and the only chance for the inhabitants survival was to move to another planet, wouldn’t you want to move to another planet to save your lives? This alien race cannot survive on this planet, maybe for reasons such as no more natural resources to support life. The only ideal for the inhabitants is to move as many people as possible. Now these aliens move toward the center of their planet (imagine if you will the world being somewhat like the Matrix, in which the exterior of the planet will not support life). They need a way of moving through space, but do not have any equipment that will allow them to move the amount of citizens safely. They decide that the only option is to move the planet itself. There really isn’t a way to move the planet from one galaxy to the next, though. They induce an explosion at the core of their planet so they can use pieces of their planet (meteors) to live on while traveling through space. They won’t try to save everyone, just a good portion to be able to procreate while on their journey. All the pieces of the planet move in different directions and they might still be moving through space or they were lucky enough to collide with another planet and evolve their race.

Earth could have been a lifeless planet until the meteor had collided with Earth. We could be the evolved offspring of an alien race that was only trying to save itself. We are killing our planet now as technology advances and while we consumer all the world’s natural resources. We could one day have to do the same to keep our own race alive.