To say this week was eventful would be such a sublime statement as to convince one mountains were moved hourly by everyone. Yes, some people do. I happen to be one of them. Grab a cuppa and snuggle into a rocker. The wind has died back to a pleasant breeze. Let’s talk.
It appears there was massive malfunction of the subscription system, and many folks thought I had died. Someone told me the assumption was I was on vacation. I just shake my head.
In more than a year, I have missed fewer than seven days. Still, there are more than two posts for every day since M3 was born. This post is the 768th. Even when I am MIA from the blogosphere, guest posters keep the place jumping. A few of M3’s most popular and active posts have been by guest posters.
For future reference: If more than two days passes without a subscription email from The M3 Blog, climb in the SIB. I will immediately discover and eradicate the problem.
Just in Case You Missed One
In the left sidebar, you will see a list of the latest posts. If you missed one in the email snafu, please visit the posts. There has been fun, art and announcements this week.
Not the least of the announcements was the release of a dozen books through Redmund Productions. All are available in print, PDF, Kindle and ebook (ePUB). The M3 Readers should scroll (do not walk) over to the RedmundPro book store and click on the cover of interest. Proceeds go to starving authors in three countries. Do your part to solve the starving author crisis. Press the button.
Right Turn, Clyde.
Orangutans are not so sure humans are the dominant species. One of the things which separates man from ape is the higher cognitive function when applied to communication. Clyde thinks it is all smoke and mirrors.
How many times have you been convinced someone’s (even your) mouth was not attached to a brain? This phenomenon is not relegated to any one realm, yet all those who encounter it are certain it is more prevalent in their arena than anyone else’s.
In fact, people say the most egocentric, misinformed, idiotic, ill-conceived, incredible things every single day. Have you ever asked yourself why? Better still, have you ever asked the person with the feces falling from their lips?
Throughout the animal kingdom the hierarchy of family holds precepts for pecking order. All of them are geared toward the health and welfare of the group. Enter humans.
As a species we choose on a daily basis to walk away from the weakest. Unlike other animals, we do not do this to strengthen the whole, as there are no predators to mollify with the sacrificial lamb.
We are not culling the herd to prevent disease or strengthen the pack. Instead, we walk away, turn our backs, leave them to the care of those whose compassion would compel them to do the caring we find unpalatable. We find it so unpalatable we do not even contribute funds or resources to the support. Again, it is not our (problem, fault, concern) someone else is afflicted by something we were (genetically, statistically, luckily) spared.
As a species we eschew our responsibilities to ensure those in our group are supported emotionally. Unlike the lioness playing with cavorting cubs, we seek solitary entertainment… “me time”.
We are raising generations who engage in completely antiseptic engagement. Cyber relationships replaced dating. Emoticons replaced the need to express feelings verbally. Bombs are computer guided from the opposite side of the planet than where they fall. Telephones are now for games and apps, not conversations.
As a species we engage herd behavior only when it is to our direct benefit, despite our railing against it when it is not immediately evident we benefit from its support.
Got a ticket? Pay it but do not support the police benefit. Paying for your crime is support enough, right? Why can’t they just use your fine money for whatever they want today?
Fireman’s benefit ball? You did not lose your spouse in a fire. Why would you support an event for the children of a fallen firefighter? You did not start the fire.
Mayor corrupt? You did not vote for him. Why would you help the district getting the new landfill stop him from receiving kick backs from the trash company? After all, he did not put it in your neighborhood.
We say awful thing about the people who do the most for us. We disparage parents without knowing the sacrifice they made to give us the non-idyllic childhood they could muster. We spurn public servants when they point out our bad behavior. We ignore wrongdoing when its effect is not directly impacting us.
Despite our sophisticated language and our written verbosity, we choose not to engage making the world a better place. We choose to insulate ourselves from the evil which runs rampant in our midst. We choose to abide those we know would sacrifice us in a moment of self-preservation.
We shriek our dissatisfaction when attention is not focused on us yet choose the energy-saving apathy over action. We denigrate when displeased yet do not congratulate other’s success or thank those who care for others in our stead.
Moreover, we hold silent when our voices could change the world.
It is enough to make an ape wonder.
Disclaimer: Although I used an example from politics, this post is not an invitation to discuss any current or past political topic. It is designed to elicit responses on the concept of social and cultural communication.
When was the last time you thanked someone for a service they provide? Do you volunteer? Have you ever supported a cause for those less fortunate? What is the best thing we could all do to make the world a better place?
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