Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The Problem With Relationship

Humans ordinarily spend their whole lives making and breaking relationships. A mind-boggling amount of time is spent in this pursuit. Trillions of dollars are exhanged annually for books, lectures, and assorted commodities in an attempt to create ones that work, with ongoing expenditure on analysis and maintenance until the end. The famous are tracked with hypnotic diligence as the tenuous threads of their liaisons fall apart. The afternoon television queens tell them everything is all right, I understand, then spend hours upon hours pretending to help their subjects fix all the broken connections.
It wasn't until my life changed from being a relationship centered one to a more solitary one that I realized how insulating the personal web can be in human society. It's easy to look around and see the problems needing attention outside of the personal sphere. Even easier is the absorption in the continuing demands of intimates to the exclusion of the community's and world's problems. Close the door and they magically disappear.
Not anymore. As gas prices climb, everything is affected, and eventually I think people will feel the urge to participate in a solution. Mr. Gore has brought this dilemma to the attention of the world, as the people recognize there is indeed a puzzle to be worked on.
My view is that the earth changes are part of human social evolution and that survival might start to include cooperation rather than murder and theft primarily. Part of this development could be the learned skills of group participation beyond the protective familial cacoon.
The United States is in an interesting position. A stellium in Cancer drives the personal and the daily gossip column called life and politics in America, but she also has a Moon in Aquarius, sensitive to the needs of the entire human family. Uranus in Aries will surely bring people an awareness of their independence that can turn them in the direction of new relationships in the collective realm. If survival starts to depend on extended relationships, they will emerge, and perhaps this congregation of people in cyberspace is the beginning of the new movement. As the earth moves, so does mankind.

11 Comments:

Anonymous Joe said...

That's what makes me wonder if there is some unseen hand directing everything. Your earlier comment about the big gas giants out there trapping potentially dangerous asteroids before they could hurtle toward Earth, for example. I keep struggling to see The Big Picture in all of this stuff, you know?

One thought I had was that the party time of cheap oil and gas in the 70's/80's/90's may have exhausted carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, trapping more heat and thereby mitigating the coming ice age that some researchers are convinced is coming after this temporary warmup. Or something. I dunno. But I do think cultures with extended family relationships will turn out to have an advantage in survival, no matter if Earth turns into an inferno or a tundra.

17/10/07 3:16 PM  
Blogger jm said...

That's what makes me wonder if there is some unseen hand directing everything.

Or hands.

But I do think cultures with extended family relationships will turn out to have an advantage in survival, no matter if Earth turns into an inferno or a tundra.

Joe. That is a magnificent use of our language.

It's an interesting thought. It started as an inferno, became a garden paradise, and could be heading for desert nothingness, but that will be later, if so. In the meantine I guess we're stuck in this semi-paradise wondering where in the hell we really are.

17/10/07 3:21 PM  
Blogger jm said...

I keep struggling to see The Big Picture in all of this stuff, you know?

Exactly my point. Absorption in all the personal angst can cloud this.

17/10/07 3:44 PM  
Blogger m.p.k said...

When I was very young I envied people in relationships since I was without. Then I realized the vast majority of intimate relationships among people I know and observed would make me miserable. It took a hell of a lot for my wife to "reel me in" so to speak. I just wasn't all that interested. It didn't occur to me to go along with it until it became clear that our goals are more or less aligned, we can accomplish them faster as a team, and we can exist independently, yet lovingly, with ease while sharing the same space.

17/10/07 5:44 PM  
Blogger jm said...

It didn't occur to me to go along with it until it became clear that our goals are more or less aligned

I think this is the key.

17/10/07 9:34 PM  
Blogger NEOBuckeye said...

I wonder, sometimes, if the changing weather issues will be what spurs us on to reach the theorized "Type I civilization" level. Supposedly, Type I civilizations have enough energy to control and regulate their own planetary weather systems.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kardashev_scale#Type_I

It might take us a while to get there, but can if we manage to find a way to all work together.

17/10/07 9:36 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Neo! I think we will. This is new territory and the excitement of developing capabilities like you mentioned is in itself an impetus. Man loves to invent. And he loves a thrill.

I'm not sure if I'm in favor of controlling weather as much as cooperating with it. But who knows. I'm an old dog!

I do know that humans get out of every jam and the joy of doing this makes them want to repeat the experience. Just wait. It's going to rev up soon.

In the midst of it all is the WWIII blabber and it's appearing more and more ridiculous. I do think priorities are about to change. I'm even excited! I was very very pleased with the Jupiter-Uranus square.

17/10/07 10:01 PM  
Blogger jm said...

As far as working together goes, there is a distinct possibility. First the NN in Aquarius along with Neptune and the Saturn-Uranus opposition, then Uranus in Aries with Jupiter, then Uranus in Taurus trine the Capricorn conjunction, then Pluto in Aquarius.

I think there's a chance.

17/10/07 10:07 PM  
Blogger NEOBuckeye said...

Congress is so useless and ineffective anymore, whether run by the Democrats or Republicans. And I can't even really be bothered with the Presidential campaign, jm. I don't think I've ever been more uninspired. I can honestly say for the first time that I don't care or think it will make a difference much as to who wins next November.

I do think that with the decline of the dollar, however, the whole world is just going to step in with its' newly-discovered investment power and set us straight. They definitely don't want a WWIII either. Even the US military is tired of fighting, perhaps no surprise with the US progressed Mars going retrograde.

I've been concerned about the future at times, but I've never believed that we would go so far as to enter a genuine World War III. I think the real conflict would be much more cold and "economic" in nature as the US loses its "superpower" influence and the world becomes multi-polar.

And then there are the resources. Atlanta and much of the the Southeast US seem to having a bout with water limitations now. Another Pluto in Capricorn preview. It's time for honest efficiency and accountability in what we use and how we use it.

Pluto in Aquarius? I think that'll be our preview of the Age of Aquarius! ;-) I'm thinking major technological revolution, new energy forms, maybe nuclear fusion power (this would be the right transit for it), a new revolution in space travel (seeds planted now for the "pioneering age" perhaps to come when Pluto enters Aries in 2067-68) and probably a totally different outlook on the world from what we have and are doing now.

And if we still have any of those old suburban McMansions built during Pluto in Sag, still standing by 2025 or so, they'll probably find new life as eco-oriented communes for sizeable groups of friends.

17/10/07 11:05 PM  
Blogger jm said...

It will make no difference at all who wins. But I think that's the good part. No more "strong" leaders. We don't need their brand of inspiration right now. We need to regroup. These ones are wimps and jackasses to the max. All the better at this point. I've never liked leaders anyway.

The thing I'm most pleased about is the public recognition of how disgusting they all are. Finally.

There'll be no WWIII. They're gaming the public as usual. Serious business is going on in the ME and it doesn't include massive war. The opposite I think. It seems that war is becoming less cost effective. Nuclear weapons won't last long most likely, because of the outrageous maintenance costs. They can keep inventing them, but as developing countries get wealthy and keep buying them, they have to buy more and more. Then there goes the newfound wealth. Maybe the whole thing will bankrupt them all. And people are losing their interest in fighting. WWII pretty much closed that door. And do you really think the world is going to let anything happen to this country's 25% market share of consumers? Get serious. That's our high card. Our glorious greed.

And if we still have any of those old suburban McMansions built during Pluto in Sag, still standing by 2025 or so, they'll probably find new life as eco-oriented communes for sizeable groups of friends.

Smashing idea.

18/10/07 3:31 AM  
Blogger jm said...

War's been great business historically. But probably long low level ground wars. The soldiers get wounded, recovered, and sent back to the fronts. They have to have live people to attack and make money. So if they have massive weapons that wipe out whole populations, they won't have people to kill. Nuclear weapons don't make sense. The whole thing is backfiring on them.

It's like they took a good small business and made a mega powerful corporate type thing and it's too much to maintain. Now they're caught in some psychotic mania. We might as well go on about our own business.

18/10/07 3:33 AM  

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