Project 313 – Post No. 136

Slogans versus Actions. 

We live in an era of slogans. MAGA is arguably the most famous right now. Rightly, some deride it.

I mean, are they saying American is not great? In what way? It’s never clearly explained. Interestingly, if you dare criticize America (meaning, the USofA) you are likely to be attacked as unpatriotic. If you dare ask what can be done to MAGA, you get no clear answers . . . and then get attacked as unpatriotic. Apparently, going deeper into debt is the path to MAGA. Don’t try that at home folks; it doesn’t work.   

Before too many people nod their heads (or shake their fist at me) let me mention “Change” and “Yes We Can!

What kind of change? We can . . . what?

I’m not trying to appear naive. I know exactly what those slogans refer to but they are just slogans. There’s never credible action plans associated with them. 

Opponents may label the “MAGA” slogan as appealing to populism and call that a bad thing. Except, what was “Change” appealing to? Let me answer that . . . populism.

I don’t expect slogans to accomplish much because they’re aimed at only one thing . . . getting non-thinkers to vote for an idea that’s ill-defined and not anchored in reality. They accomplish their goal by inciting anger about the nebulous and unsupported idea that our personal struggles (such as they are) aren’t the result of poor planning, ignorance, poor decision-making, or just chance . . . Nope! They’re due to nefarious forces specifically working to hamstring our personal and financial growth toward the greatness that is the right of every human being on the planet (or at least ourselves).

Always, these nefarious forces are the people in the opposite party . . . people who — if one is honest — are much like yourself and struggling with problems similar to yours and led by leaders living high off the hog as they point their accusatory fingers in your direction much the same way your leaders point back in their direction.

See if this sounds familiar:

  • Claim something is a problem by using semi-factual and overly-simplified examples.
  • Blame the problem on “the other side”.
  • Claim you have the solutions to the problems you’ve invented. 
  • Get elected to power by making unrealistic promises (lying).
  • Once elected, do whatever you want and declare the problem “solved.” 
  • If (very likely) the solution doesn’t work, blame “the other side.” 

That pretty much describes the current administration right? Well, let me pass something by you.

  • Claim our health care system isn’t working. Cite rising costs and point to other (smaller and more homogeneous countries) as doing it “right.” Ignore dissenting opinions, economic facts, and common sense.
  • Blame the problem on the “other side.” Accuse them of not caring about the “little people.”
  • Claim you have the solution to the rising cost of health care.
  • Get elected to power by making unrealistic promises (lying).
  • Once elected, do whatever you want and declare the problem “solved.” 
  • When costs explode (as predicted), blame “the other side.”

Some will say it’s not the same thing . . . but it is. Complicated problems don’t have simple solutions. If someone tells you there’s a simple solution, you should assume they’re saying so to gain power or money or both. 

Perhaps one day both sides will realize all their respective leaders aren’t doing anything out of the goodness of their hearts and they don’t care one bit about “the little people” . . . all they really want is to enjoy the privilege of power and amassing large personal fortunes. 

. . . nah! . . . they haven’t realized it yet; neither here or anywhere else in the planet.

THIS is mildly interesting if you care to peruse it.  

And now, the photo:

Project 313 136

This particular Paper Artist effect is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. I want to say it gives the images a metallic look but that’s not always the case. 

Regardless, there it is.

One of the reasons I’m pessimistic about the future is that — if we’re honest with ourselves — we’ve let things get so convoluted and interconnected that even if one clearly recognizes a given problem, there’s no realistic “simple” solution for it. 

. . . and yet, people will believe time and time again that simple solutions to complicated problems both exist and are effective. 

I view it more like the problem with modern cars . . . they’re just not designed for the average person to work on and so you have to rely on whatever the mechanics of the world tells you needs fixing and hope they’re not scamming you . . . but most of them are.

In the case of cars, part of the problem is driven by customer demands, part is because of government regulations, and part of the problem is that car manufacturers are driven first by profit and second by any concern for the customer (hint: they have none beyond doing the bare minimum to catch and keep you as a customer).  

. . . strange how that resembles every situation we find ourselves in . . . 

Like for everything else, if you wanted to “fix” any perceived problem in the auto industry, you typically screw up other areas. For instance, making a car cheaper compromises safety and reliability and it means less money for the executives. 

I could go on but most people have stopped reading already and I’ll cover other aspects of this in future posts. 

One thing is for sure . . . we’re using up time that could be better spent on continued marginal improvements and choose, instead, to focus on promised massive fixes that never work and often screw things up. Time, you see, is the problem. We want everything solved now and with minimal effort. 

If we could stop time, this is how we might do it . . . The Wobbly Wheel of Time Frozen in an Aluminum-Carbonite Alloy.

The Wobbly Wheel of Time Frozen in an Aluminum-Carbonite Alloy

And . . . that’s it

Some of these posts will likely be longer as the mood hits me, but most will be thus; short, uninteresting, bland, and relentless.

You can read about Project 313 HERE.

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9 Responses to Project 313 – Post No. 136

  1. etinkerbell says:

    I see you share a high degree of pessimism about out future. I can’t see any solution at present only a sense of impending disaster.


    • disperser says:

      Note: I edited what I thought were typos. If that’s not OK, let me know and I’ll change it back.

      As for the future and solutions . . . not until people change their view of personal responsibility and accept a long-term approach to incremental but sure improvements.

      Unfortunately, I think we’re already past the tipping point. A combination of gullibility in the general population and callousness in our “leaders” has gotten us to where any effective “fix” is viewed as too painful so we keep patching major problems with tiny band-aids with pretty designs on them; they might look good, but they do nothing for the festering stuff they barely cover.

      . . . it’s not like we haven’t been here before . . . I saw a clip some time ago that makes an observation about history (and yes, the character is named for that Giuseppe); He mentions fictional wars because it’s in the future, but the argument stands . . .

      The only flaw in the argument might be the “exciting” part but the part about people being willing to tear down and rebuild instead of growing and improving and fixing what they have is right on the money.

      The example is renovating an old house . . . it may be “easier” tearing it down and building a new one from scratch, but it won’t be the same house and you lose all the old memories. And, it’s not like the new house won’t have the same problems and a host of new ones . . . you’ve just pushed them into the future. Except it’s not just one house; it’s whole towns and cities and countries and many people will have a hard time of it while we “renovate”.


  2. Eileen Fiedler says:

    One (or more) never knows. So, since that’s probaby the case, we shall continue along the path of apathy and thoroughly laugh at the “other side” because we (here) all know better. Thank you for once again showing your brilliant self. You have been missed. Applauds wildly.


  3. Pied Type says:

    I’m sitting in the middle … and crying a lot. No laughing here.I share your pessimism and other than urging everyone to vote in Novemeber, I don’t know what to do about it.

    (Glad to see you didn’t drown or get washed away.)


    • disperser says:

      Not enthused about any candidates I’ve seen or heard so far. Still lots of wrong reasons for running as is the case when it’s based on “wanting to hurt the other side” . . .

      Frankly, I don’t think the elections will do much to ameliorate the situation regardless who wins because no matter what happens, half the people will be pissed off about it . . . which is where we were with Obama and where we are with Trump. Welcome to the swinging pendulum of anger and hate.


  4. Both sides have gotten on my nerves. They make me sad. Make me think about the 5 years old I taught in Kindergarten. No wait….most of the 5 year olds I taught sought to get along, and were more mature than most adults today.

    PHOTO: I find this mesmerizing.
    CARTOON: Eek! But so true!
    DOODLE: Love this frozen-ness…looks amazing!
    HUGS!!! :-)


    • disperser says:

      I’m not a parent but I’ve seen the similarity to kids blaming each other for stuff they did wrong. If you look at the American people as parents to the politicians being kids, I think I’d be in favor of a little corporal punishment, like a swift kick in the butt.

      Thanks, Carolyn.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. AnnMarie says:

    Your photo is very elegant. That post-processing is very flattering to the subjects and the colors are brilliant!


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