Paul Ryan, Social Darwinism, And The Comoditization Of Americans!
"The indifference to the plight of others and the cult of the self is what the corporate state seeks to instill in us. The state appeals to pleasure, as well as fear, to crush compassion".
That is from Chris Hedges in a great book called "Death Of The Liberal Class". If you get a chance to read it, it is both infuriating and sad, and a clear roadmap to where this society is marching. With this just read book in my head, comes the selection of Paul Ryan the Social Darwinist as Romney's VP pick. Here is a fellow whose budget would absolutely decimate the middle class, torture the poor, as well as send the U.S. into a prolonged recession or probable depression. All the while the rich would get that much richer, and corporations would be freed to finish destroying the planet. What the corporatocracy eventually does is reduce humans to nothing more than commodities. Like all of the products you use today, you use them for a short lifespan, and then discard them. It doesn't matter how much of the worlds resources are wasted. It doesn't matter how much garbage and pollution is created. It takes the equivalent of three times the water to make the plastic bottle as the water that goes in it. And the plastic bottle will take more than 5 generations to actually disintegrate into another form of toxic waste. But our economy has become dependent upon quicker and quicker cycles of waste and destruction. When Apple sells you that new phone, they already are planning on it's obsolescence within 6 months when the new one comes out. And we have moved to a point in time where people have become just as equally disposable. Use them up and discard them. No medical coverage, no retirement, no social safety net, just treat them like a used up plastic bottle.
This poster (from around 1938) reads: "60,000 Reichsmark is what this person suffering from a hereditary disease costs the People's community during his lifetime. Comrade, that is your money too! Would you be surprised if you saw something similar today on a Tea Party Poster?
2 Mi 10:08 5:04 Pace 91' 5K 17:45 5:44 Pace 90' 4 Mi 23:20 5:52 Pace 90' 5 Mi 29:56 5:59 Pace 89' 10K 37:54 6:07 Pace 91' 15K 1:00:30 6:30 Pace 91' 1/2M 1:27:30 6:41 Pace 93' M 3:10:58 7:17 Pace 50Mi 8:22:50 10:03 Pace 94'
Just completed 40 years of running and racing distances from 1500 meters to 50 miles. After 4 back surgeries, surgeries to both feet, having my knee and ankle broken after being hit by a truck, and having had meniscus surgery in 2011, I have limited my competitive running to races I can complete in an hour or less. I think I have used up all 9 of my running lives, so I am hoping to stay injury free for a few more years! My goal now is to try and run 4 days a week with two days of quality work, and to supplement that with three days a week of weights and bike intervals at the gym. The Combination of Year/Kilometers (40 plus years and over 110,000 kilometers) have enjoyed their full effect on me orthopaedically.