Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Connecting the Dots

Why does the world seem so divided today?  Could natural divisions among people be stoked and fueled to the advantage of third parties?  Connect the dots and see.

Oh a sleeping drunkard
Up in Central Park
Or the lion hunter
In the jungle dark
Or the Chinese dentist
Or the British Queen
They all fit together
In the same machine

Nice, nice, very nice
Nice, nice, very nice
So many people in the same device

Oh a whirling dervish
And a dancing bear
Or a Ginger Rogers and a Fred Astaire
Or a teenage rocker
Or the girls in France
Yes, we all are partners in this cosmic dance

Nice, nice, very nice
Nice, nice, very nice
So many people in the same device

I wanted all things to make sense
So we'd be happy instead of tense

"Nice, Nice, Very Nice" - Ambrosia.  Lyrics by Kurt Vonnegut.

Can things that seem dissimilar be connected somehow?   The rise of the Alt-right?   Divisions among Democrats between Hillary supporters and "Progressive" Bernie backers?  The derision the media and older folks heap on "millennials" and the blowback that generation has for their elders?  The election of Donald Trump?

What about Brexit?  Catalonia independence?   Separatist or independence or succession movements throughout Europe and the USA?   Who benefits from disarray among NATO countries and a weakening of the United States?   Who benefits from civil war in Spain?   Who has the ability to sow seeds of discontent by "nudging" people into one direction or another through facebook postings, Youtube comments, and Twitter bots?

Yea, that guy.

History repeats itself, never the same way twice.   But civil war in Spain and a megalomaniac dictator annexing countries while the rest of the world remains silent sounds awfully familiar to me.   Oh, right, because that happened before.

Whenever you see discussions online where someone is trying to get you to think in divisive terms, think about who benefits from this, and whether this is being manipulated and amplified by external forces.

Because odds are, it is.