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Created by John Eipper on 06/03/21 11:14 AM

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Ric Mauricio on Utopia, and the Yin and Yang of Everyday Existence (John Eipper, USA, 06/03/21 11:14 am)

Ric Mauricio writes:

OK, now that y'all have been discussing "dogies," I now can't get the Rawhide theme out of my head...

Keep rollin', rollin', rollin'
Though the streams are swollen
Keep them dogies rollin', rawhide

As to Utopia, Golden Ages, and Dark Ages, one only needs to look to Charles Dickens for enlightenment: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair ..."

Ah, the yin and yang of everyday existence. Think of it. If one did not have the worst, then one cannot appreciate the best. One cannot appreciate the thrill of victory without experiencing the agony of defeat (OK, yeah, Wide World of Sports used to have a trailer with those words; poor ski jumper who kept being shown over and over again falling). I once had a friend who because he was a good-looking guy, it was easy for him to attract the opposite sex. (I know, I know, he could just as well attract the same sex, but I will not go there.) However, his relationships never seem to last. But for us who have felt the sting of rejection, when we find that one true love, it is bliss beyond all comprehension.

And for Tor Guimaraes: one can only dream of no wars, no hatred, high standards of living for all, a strong middle classes, etc. Alas, those last two contradict each other. If all people had high living standards, there would be no middle class, only one class. (Would that be communism?) I find it interesting though, that even those in the lower economic brackets have their cars, flat-screen televisions, and stereo systems, but maybe that is a localized warped perception here in the San Francisco Bay Area. I continue to carry my hippie mindset from the '60s (whatever happened to the Age of Aquarius?) and enjoy my friendships with those who identify with many religions (Muslims, Jewish, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Bahai, atheists, agnostics, and of course, Christians), ethnicities (African, European, Asian), and cultural or nationality (Egyptians, Palestinians, Chinese, Japanese, Pacific Islanders, Europeans, Persians, Hispanics, etc.). I can't even imagine a world without diversity. How boring would that be?

While many people prefer to surround themselves with like minds, I actively seek out those who are different (vive la difference!). I was talking to a female in the gym one day and she told me outright that she was gay (maybe she thought I was hitting on her). I exclaimed that we are the same. Really, she responded, you're gay too. My response, no, but we prefer the same thing. She became a good friend. Since she was raised a Catholic, we had a discussion where she remarked that she was doomed to hell anyway. I asked her to read the teachings of Jesus (and not any other teaching, like from the apostle Paul) and tell me what he said about being gay. She actually came back and said that she couldn't find anything that Jesus taught about gays. Ah, but he did. He said to "Love your neighbor." He didn't say "Love your neighbor, except if they're gay, or black, or white, or Jewish, or Muslim."

Ah, which brings me to the concept of heaven. Heaven, perfect. Utopia. Nothing to do. Ah. Relax. Every day. No need to strive. No need to work. No hatred. No wars. Movies are all the same. In fact, 99% of movies or TV shows would not exist because there are no conflicts, no good nor bad guys, no broken hearts. No sports because you can't have winners and losers. For all eternity. No wonder Satan or Lucifer (or whatever made-up name they go by) went crazy and rebelled.

Which brings me to a quote in The Avengers, the End Game, when the Mighty Thor says that "all words are made up." Yup, "dogies" are made up. Well, one can go even further. Heaven is made up. Utopia is made up. Religions are made up. Countries are made up. Oh, wait, people kill each other over made-up things. Ow.

The investment markets are populated by made-up companies, some more real than others (oh really, producing real products with real profits is a concept that few people seem to appreciate these days). People say that crypto currencies and their kissing cousin, NFTs (non-fungible tokens) are made up. In fact, one cryptocurrency that has been wildly popular is Dogecoin, which was created as as a joke, but people keep betting on it. It, like fiat currencies (yes, the dollar, euro, yen, yuan, etc.), don't have limits placed on its creation like most cryptocurrencies. So let me ask you, what is more real? In fact, what is more made-up?

Ugh! Made up information fed to us by made up politicians (or ex politicians) or economists.

OK, getting ready to eat my plant-based burger. Oh, that's made up, too.

JE comments:  Ric, WAIS has no pre-existing category item for "Utopia," so I filed this one under Philosophy.  Your relentless optimism needs to be packaged and monetized:  Mauricio in a Can?  But then again, you teach us things that cannot be sold.  One of the reasons More's Utopia was so, well, Utopian was because they had no concept of money.  Alas.

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