There are certain things in life my brain just strikes to understand.
Among the vast spectrum of human knowledge these things stay for me apart – as a clear invention of sophisticated brains, and not something natural.
These things are not representing the beautify of human nature, in fact they make life complicated.
These things are normally explained in an overblown, twisted manner for only a few to understand.
These things for me are:
I think in a ideal society people will be able to live without it all 🙂
Do you also have a feeling of these subjects to be so unnatural?
LOVE, axinia (image by me)
well, in the ideal world, where everybody spiritually is on the same page and trust each other and only love is a motivation in human’s behaviour… just wondering… i would love to live there for sure 🙂
Dear Axinia, I agree with you partially !
About the Banking I have the same feeling, Taxes are more or less seems to be needed even in an ideal society, but Laws are the base and foundation of an ideal society and without them, there is no idealism left. Laws which are coming from the Divine source are even built-in inside every human being and we are obliged to observe certain limitation.
As it is, Russians are well known for obeying the rules, isn’t it ?
Russians – well perhaps the mislead vision of marx will come true in an enlightened way 😀
I am sure it will, because it is a logical evolutionary process.
reminded my on: “be the change you want to see in the world” (Mahatma Gandhi)
and this again inspired me writing another poem with current context: http://sheerpoetry.wordpress.com/2009/07/23/change-we-can-believe-in/
i find your blog and the enclosed discussions so inspiring! brilliant! big applaus to you! and also to the other contributors!
thank you bernhard, this is a wonderful contribution!
i feel the same way on money etc. in an ideal future. in this regard i like the start trek series where no money exists (at least in the federation 😉 )
and I guess the money thing might be achieved earlier then the law thing
although I think there will always be some kind of rules (agreed pooyan). the idealist still hopes that one day we will be on a level where we have an understanding for those “rules” without needing someone to tell us about the rules…
You hit the nail, bernhard – I am convinced that in a ideal society there will be simply no need for any regulations, as the righteousness and dharma which are buit withihn a human being will work automatically (this is my answer also to pooyan!).
Agreed sis !
Hi, I came here when you dropped by my blog. I like the way you write and your perspectives on life. Will drop in by often.
thank you manesh, I enjoyed your poems and even posted one on my Facebook account 🙂
I think the same also for any architecture….Some people, intellectual people, plays with polluting materials and often with others life for satisfating their mind or doing experiments!
( and I’m almost an architect!)
yea, I hear that too. BUt generally, the ability to construct homes is a useful one, I think. It is strange it often gives such an ego to a person.
Hmmm, Axinia, the very day humans began wearing animal skin, leaves etc. as clothes or began using crude primitive stone tools, humankind veered off the “natural” path 🙂 Which other animal wears clothes or carries hand tools with it? 😕
So almost nothing humans do is “natural”, except for the things that are done by all mammals.
Banks are necessary 🙂 , but not the crooked system of “fractional reserve banking” and the notorious bankster gangsters 😡
Taxes are a generally a curse, since a large portion of the taxes are siphoned off by corrupt bureaucrats and criminal politicians, atleast in Third World pseudo-democracies and dictatorships. No wonder, tax collectors were seen as lowly creatures even in time of Jesus Christ.
The law is usually an ass! Laws are supposed to exist for the betterment of society, but certain laws in Third World pseudo-democracies (over)populated by less-evolved humans are disgusting 😡 And the law always punishes the poor and the weak and works in favour of the rich, criminals and other shady creatures 👿
Let me attempt to explain these three things in a simple, uncomplicated way:
Banks are meant to prevent Paul from robbing Peter directly.
Taxes are meant for the purpose of robbing Peter to pay Paul.
The law is meant to help Peter get his stolen money back.
nice analogy 😉
it shows perfectly that the human behaviour is the critical factor in this game… >-)
My take on this is, that banks taxes and law can be useful if managed and communicated in the right way.
But as it is, the underlying ideas are deliberately shrouded by very complex language, so difficult to comprehend that most people do not understand. Just think of all recent problems with the banking system. Systems were made so complicated that very few people, and least of all politicians understood what was really going on, even though anybody with a bit of common sense should have understood that all of this had to collapse at some point.
Its simple: Use the most inaccessible language, so that only a small social elite, so called specialists who have access to this kind of cultural capital, can understand and participate in the discourse. This way power, political, economic, social power, stays with the same few people.
brilliant contribution, Sigrid!
It is true, they try to make as complicated as possible for the rest of the world to understand. And my point was_if these things were natural, there have been not need to make in such a twisted manner.
Physics is complicated. Calculating the speed of light is complicated, the lay man does not understand it, but that does not make it “unnatural”.
Inject love into anything and it will be beautiful. Grameen Bank is a great example of this. Taxes and laws also have beauty to them – sometimes to help those who cannot help themselves. My point is that these are all instruments, and when used properly, better mankind – they can benefit from it without knowing how it works.
Ankur, thanks for your insight. I think I have a bit differernt view here because – opposite to 99% of my reareds, I grew up in a totally different economical and social system. OK, it did not really work for the reason that it came over Revolution, and not Evolution. But i saw people living without thinking of profit, taking credits adn all that…Nothing can convince me that capitalistic approach is ideal. 🙂
As for banking, yes I know this example of Gramin bank, it is a good think for now. But in the ideal society we will not need all that at all. You will see 🙂
I can agree with that. =) Kind of sad at the same time, because I don’t think it will happen in my lifetime.
Abstraction is a crucial feature of our language. The beauty and love, which one wants to express is beyond the words. So actually words are like the bridge which takes us to destination. This is reason why complication arises in the statements.
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Interesting stuff Axinia…I will agree with you on all the three…and if I had to add another one -it would have been ‘misunderstandings’. They are so unexplainable that I sometimes feel that they cant be understood.
I never paid taxes…always exempted.
Never borrowed from bank, my bank account is always empty.
BUT, laws – I NEED them. If we choose to live in a society (even an ideal one), we all need to agree on what is accepted and not what is not.
I feel we all must adhere to the spirit of the law.
I never paid taxes…always exempted.
Are you absolutely sure, my friend? You meant to say “direct taxes” like income tax, didn’t you? 🙂
Whether we like it or not, every damn thing is taxed heavily in India, especially by the filthy central government scoundrels by means of excise, customs, service tax, sales tax, VAT, education cess, surcharge on cess etc. etc. No one is exempt from these taxes. Even if you buy a match box or a pencil or top up your mobile phone talktime or pay your internet bill, it carries a heavy tax on it. And unlike European social democracies where the high taxes collected are used for the benefit of society as a whole, only 15 paise of every rupee reaches the intended people 😯
That’s because most of these taxes end up as in the pockets of criminal politicians and corrupt bureaucrats and other lowly creatures. There is a scam in almost every deal or project in India. Why else would the government want to buy a burnt-out, outdated, second hand aircraft carrier like Admiral Gorshkov for nearly twice the cost of a brand new, built to order, state-of-the-art one that will last twice as long and could be delivered in a shorter span of time???
But why did you leave out Religion from the list?? Perhaps it is covered by ‘law’.
good point, swaps but I did leave it out of the list for several reasons:
First of all I do understand religion 🙂 In fact, it is easy to understand. Religion, at its core is an absolute need of every human being and even atheism is nothing but a substitute of a religion.
Secondly, I do not say that the religion as it has always been is what we really need. But in the ideal society there will place for the divinity and its practice (what I believe a religion shall actually be). A religion in its pure form is enlightening and natural…
I wonder what list would YOU make? 🙂
I found this extremely funny poem about taxes, Axinia. It describes the situation in the USA, but it is true of almost every country on Earth:
Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table
At which he’s fed.
Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes
Are the rule.
Tax his work,
Tax his pay,
He works for peanuts
Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.
Tax his ties,
Tax his shirt,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.
Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he
Tries to think.
Tax his cigars,
Tax his beers,
If he cries
Tax his tears.
Tax his car,
Tax his gas,
Find other ways
To tax his ass.
Tax all he has
Then let him know
That you won’t be done
Till he has no dough.
When he screams and hollers;
Then tax him some more,
Tax him till
He’s good and sore.
Then tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in
Which he’s laid.
Put these words
Upon his tomb,
Taxes drove me
to my doom…’
When he’s gone,
Do not relax,
Its time to apply
The inheritance tax.
I couldn’t stop laughing after reading it 😆
it’s great, Raj! Especially the last part…when i thought the poor thing is finally gone..and here comes the inheritance tax! :)))))))))
being a law student i totally agree …evn i dont understand laws lol :)particularly tax laws 😀