Sunday, July 16, 2017
The Point Of
The point of biographies is not meant to be flattering, but to give a realistic account of things. For that reason, they're not so... pleasant to read. Not the right word. They're disappointing. Yes. But not quite.
I'm never going to get the Unabomber or the luddites- neo or classical. I know it's cool to say if the third world war is fought with nuclear weapons, the fourth will be fought with bows and arrows. But nothing, not war or willing change of lifestyle will revert the progress of civilization. What's the point of starting all over again? If it's meant to get this point, it must get to this point. And once you have got to this point, there is no point in going back to the previous point. I don't get why the luddites don't see something so simple. Everyone is reminiscing about the "Good Old Times", all seeing through rose-tinted lenses. What's the point?
This is coming from a man (as in mankind, I've developed more disgust for being a woman that I don't ever want to remind myself of that) who hates the industrial revolution more than any disruptive human accomplishment.
"Accomplishment." That term sounds like it's exclusively for humans, don't you think? When did any other animal ever accomplish anything? When God does something, or nature, it's not an "accomplishment", it's always casual, a whim, a joke, etc.
Just a second.