Academic sleepiness

I was a away in Thailand and China for three weeks. I’m back. I couldn’t access my blog in China. I assume WordPress was blocked and not just my blog. In Thailand I simply didn’t have the time. I’m back now and happy to see I got some comments. Somebody actually reads this stuff.

I’ve been a university student ¬†for almost ten years, so I can say with experience that I agree with much of David Icke’s assessment about academic institutions being right-brain memorization centers. Yet I must concede universities aren’t useless. I’ve learned a lot, and a lot of good scientific research is done by academic all over the world. Overall though, I’d say universities have lost touch with reality when it comes to various issues and challenges we are facing today. Academics simply refuse to see things that aren’t within the narrow field of perception which consists of bits of truth mixed with dogma to form the totality of main stream science.

The academia as a whole reminds me of an old Monty Python sketch. In it a man (Michael Palin), possibly an accountant but for the purposes of this article he’s an academic, is sleeping in his bed next to his wife. The wife keeps messing around with another man. When the academic hears something, he raises his head and asks his wife what is going on. The wife says it’s nothing, probably just the wind making tree branches brush against the window. Go back to sleep. He does as he is told. This happens a few times, and if I recall correctly he never finds out what is happening. All he gets is various excuses.

When things like conspiracies, UFOs, spirituality, synchronicity, non-materialistic theories of physics and countless other fascinating things nutty people like me are interested in, pop into the field of vision of the academic, he raises his head, but then his wife tells them to go back to sleep. In a nutshell, the academic perceives something of interest, an actual phenomena that could and should be studied further, but due to his pre-programmed view of reality is unable to contain such things, he decides they must be untrue. The academic is a passive and boring creature whose wife cheats on him next to him in the same bed thanks to his benign and gullible nature.

I usually don’t subscribe to the maxim “never add malice to something which can be explained with incompetence”, but in the case of academics, I’d say it is often true. I don’t have any experience of any conspiracy in the academic world, but then I again I don’t tend to associate myself with the higher up administrators of universities. That’s not to say that The Conspiracy hasn’t played a part in making the academic world what it is, but I don’t think they need to conspire much to manipulate the majority of academics as they have been rendered docile and herbivore of their own volition.

School shootings, broken cars and disease

When I look at ordinary people across the world, their values seem pretty similar. They care about family and friends, some degree of decency and honesty, respect toward others and they understand that nobody’s perfect. The details of what these things mean vary from culture to culture and based on ideological beliefs, yet basically the values of people are the same. However, the values of society are very different. Society values success, money, status, power and exploitation. There’s little room for kindness, respect or decency, except when you feign them to get ahead. You always have to compete to be the best, or at least be better than the guy next to you, so you don’t get trampled on.

The values of the people are at odds with the values of society. The social pressure leads to many kinds of suffering and confusion. To school shootings and suicides due to pressure, plastic surgery for not feeling pretty enough, addiction to drugs, alcohol or some form of entertainment. Because the values of the society do not represent the values of the people, both the society and the people are sick. Also when we run into problems, we don’t treat the cause, we don’t really even treat the symptom, we treat a rumour, a myth, a piece of hearsay. When someone shoots a bunch of people, we try to ban guns. When someone feels unwell we pump them full of drugs, so we can pretend we did something. We don’t bother asking why they feel as they do. It’s like if your car isn’t moving you beat it with a wrench and yell insults at it, instead of actually taking the time to figure out why it’s not moving. You can’t fix it unless you know what is broken. This is simply how we do things in our society.

The question is: why does society have these values, who put them there and why should we adhere to them?

Seriously.

 

I’m going on a trip for few weeks so I doubt I’ll be posting stuff here which must come as big disappointment for my hugely non-existent audience.