Web of Stories

April 30, 2018

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From Homo Deus -A Brief History of Tomorrow:

“Animals such as wolves an chimpanzees live in a dual reality. On the one hand they are familiar with objective entities outside them, such as trees, rocks and rivers. On the other hand they are aware of subjective experiences within them, such as fear, joy and desire. Sapiens, in contrast, live in triple-layered reality… The sapiens world also contains stories about money, gods, nations and corporations. As history unfolded, the impact of gods, nations and corporations grew at the expense of rivers, fears and desires. There are still many rivers in the world, and people are still motivated by their fears and wishes, but Jesus Christ, The French Republic and Apple, Inc. have dammed and harnessed the rivers, and have learned to shape our deepest anxieties and yearnings.

“Since new twenty-first century realities are likely to make such fictions even more powerful, to understand our future we have to understand how stories about Christ, France and Apple have gained so much power. Humans think they make history, but history actually revolves around the web of stories. The basic abilities of individual humans have not changed much since the stone age.. But the web of stories has grown from strength to strength, thereby pushing history from the Stone Age to the Silicon age.”

Excerpt from Homo Deus – A brief history of tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari

Posted by Jim Culleny
4/29/18

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Giving Donald Trump credit for the apparent deal between North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un and South Korea’s Moon Jai-In (no doubt a good thing if it turns out to be a thing)¬†would have been like giving the late mafia boss, John Gotti, credit for threatening a neighborhood hot head that he’d better clean up his act, or else. While there might have been an immediate positive change Gotti would still have been Gotti and every one of his ongoing ruthless, crooked enterprises would have continued unchecked.

It would be big-picture wise for us not to forget that Gotti had dedicated his life to having his own way no matter what.¬† If that’s the kind of leadership we want we’ll deserve the certain outcome(s). Gotti did not shy from disappearing those within his own organization who crossed him while Trump, so far, just fires them or throws them under the bus. By all apparent digitally recorded evidence Trump, while probably not filled with literal blood-lust as was Gotti, has been and still is filled with lusts of other deadly sins of which he is in no way ashamed and which he will ratchet up as his needs be.

Believe me.

If you don’t want to believe me at least believe what Trump’s been telling you throughout his life, campaign and presidency to date. Bone up on it.