Realities on this planet that govern how things work. The quintessential example is gravity.
The year is 2001, and the place is the Chicago area. Commuter trains run on all the railroad lines that terminate in Downtown Chicago. About 150,000 use the service on a weekday. The vast majority of people that use the service use it regularly or frequently. They don’t need the stations announced to them. Announcing stations only has value for the small number of riders that don’t use the service regularly or frequently.
Also, there are conductors that collect tickets. If someone is unfamiliar with the stations, conductors tell people individually that his/her station is coming up, if asked.
Forever it was a conductor announcing the next station when the train was pulling out of the present station, and that was it. Example, “The next station is Barrington.”
One day in late 2001 the conductor was no longer making station announcements it was a computer system. Example, “The next stop will be Barrington.” As the train approached Barrington, “Now approaching Barrington.” As the train pulled into Barrington station, “This is Barrington.”
I didn’t want to hear the station being announced three times. I thought it was unwarranted and annoying. The grammar was also incorrect, and a wrong word was used. I thought I was getting an idiocy blast every time a station announcement was made. The correct verb: is and not will be. The correct noun: station and not stop. Trains go from station to station; buses go from stop to stop. Correct word and grammar: “The next station is…” Conductors always said “The next station is….”
If the train stops in ten stations during a person’s ride, in one day that individual has been the recipient of twenty sets of egregiousness. If an individual uses the service ten times a month, that works out to 20 times in a day (one round trip) x 10 days x 12 months = 2,400 sets of egregiousness in a year. Under the Freedom of Information Act I asked how many of the some 150,000 riders complained about the unwarranted and annoying and grammatically incorrect station announcements during the first three months of operation. Answer: five.
On December 29, 2014, I rode the commuter train and what did I find? “The next stop will be Barrington.” “Now approaching Barrington.”
Some people say: “I/we don’t notice it.” What? We aren’t aware of it every time, but the way our bodies function we are aware of our surroundings. If we weren’t genetically equipped to be aware of our surroundings, we would have ceased to exist long ago. We are aware of our surroundings. Blatant grammatical errors and wrong words are annoying.
We Americans do not perform in a way that we are about standards and our well-being.
This idiocy has been around forever. Long ago groundless abstractions/groundless assertions went by the moniker myths. Myths don’t square with the way things are. Some things in myths may be factually correct, but overall myths are fantasy.
How the world is constructed and how the world works are long known. So now that how the world is constructed and how the world works are known, affairs are conducted in conformity with the way the world is (The working definition of intelligent beings is understanding the way the world is and living in conformity with the way the world is.), and myths are just part of distant memory. Right?
Wrong. Myths are bigger and bolder and crazier than ever. Given what is known today, today’s myths are blatant and baldfaced fabrications. Just as with the myths of long ago, the names ooze gravitas—economics, philosophy, theology, sociology. There can be individual snippets that square with the way the world is emanating from the fabrication industries, but substance the fabrication industries are not.
Just as the peddlers of myths long ago suffered from the conceit that they were wise, the practitioners in the fabrication industries have the conceit that they are intelligent beings.
If a citizen does something that hurts the country or fellow citizens, what has been done has to be undone, and all damages must be compensated. The amount that is going to take is irrelevant. If someone did something that hurt the country and it is going to take a billion dollars to undo the damage and another ten billion dollars to compensate citizens, the eleven billion dollars is to be paid period. How the nefarious one is going to come up with the eleven billion dollars is his/her problem. There is no forgiveness and there is no writing off the eleven billion dollars.
Constructs: What is in place is there because people of power and wealth positioned it in society; what is in place is not there because it is substantive. The term that we often use instead of constructs is positionals. What is there is there because it is “positioned” and not because it is substantive.
Normal people crave to live in a congenial environment and to prosper economically. When realities fly in the face of these hardwired imperatives, the inners boil. The concepts and consensus and force to solve today’s problems and for Americans to have a great life in a secure and functioning country are in place.
The problem of centuries is that Americans have suppressed their hardwired imperatives (the immutable forces that are in them) and have kowtowed to the constructs/positionals in their faces. Americans have thought in positionals and lived positionals when they should have thought and lived the immutable forces that are in them. For Americans and America to make it, Americans have to be the immutable forces that are in them and not brainless and docile bipeds that endlessly mouth and live positionals.
There is a problem. The individual confronts the problem and finds a way of overcoming the problem.