Wednesday, 12 February 2014
The problem with having Nourishing Obscurity as a source of posting inspiration is one of blink and you're behind the curve. Just the other day I saw this post and it immediately triggered the inspiration of a post for this place. By the time I get round to it, I'm way behind. But hey ho, here goes.
James' observations immediately took me to observations of mine of a similar nature back in 2011when I wrote about the role of Chancers in my hierarchy of treason. Chancers are people ill qualified for any of the roles they hold and their rise borders on Kafkaesque if you happen to be close to them. Of them I wrote:
"Although the hallmarks of a Chancer are many, one of the simplest to spot is the concept that the only basis for their activity is themselves. Like a fly that can sniff out a bloated corpse for no other reason than a source of food and a place to lay its eggs, Chancers, are acutely attuned to similar bloated bodies to gorge on money, power and prestige. Such bodies can be found by them in public and private sector and it matters not to them which they land on as long as it can serve their needs."
I wrote many more things about them at the time. What was refreshing to see in James' post is that I'm not alone. I don't possess a gift unique to me. We can all see them and frequently we all have. If we couldn't see them before, events over the last few months have shone a spotlight on them. back then I wrote this of them:
"There are many more facets to the Chancer and their pathway, too numerous to mention here. I ask however, if with the relatively short description I have given if you now see them anywhere. Personally I do and am startled at their prevalence. If you're still unsure, look around at the major problems that are currently on our doorstep such as the riots, show pony politics and the global financial crisis amongst other things and look at their handling and the responses of the so called great and the good. Most of us recognise we are in the midst of serious times, but ask yourself if we have seen a serious response. I say not. I see trivial responses and the continuation of previous failed methods. I see people lacking the capability to make decisions, preferring instead to hang on to their gilded life. I see people in power trying to shuffle blame to anywhere but themselves. I see a general population screaming at the lunacy of it all and seeing responses that serve only to convince them that they are indeed the crazy ones"
Unfortunately, however we are reaping the fruits of these people. Its not just a bit of stupidity here and a touch of bumbling there any longer. We're paying a real price now. People are paying a real price and will continue to do so. We will get much more complex problems than the flooding we have now. Our problem is that in too many critical positions we have people of similar capability. Their response will be the same but the impact will be magnified. We see they're not cut out to handle a damn thing.
Originally I was, at this point, going to write what I saw as their mindset, but to be truthful I cannot comprehend what must go on in their minds. The appear to possess a mixture of hubris in which they presume their every utterance and ideas to be pure genius. At the same time however, their efforts to avoid blame and make other people pay the price for them would have to have them acknowledge that they're just not that smart and they have to avoid responsibility. How they can possess both traits at once, I cannot comprehend.
In all honesty I am lost for words in trying to understand them.
Sunday, 2 February 2014
Although it's taken me a few days to get to it Raedwald hit the nail on the head with this post about Barroso's cabinet. It's a fantastic summation that the people of Britain and Europe need to understand. I've put the image on here also (Based on Raedwald's post I think I'm allowed to, but if asked to remove I will do and you can certainly go get it directly from his place).
I think it's right on the money for a number of reasons. As bloggers we moan endlessly about a mainstream media asleep at the wheel in their role of holding the elected (or unelected) to account. Honesty, enquiry and integrity have all gone out of the window. As such everything that is wrong with the nation and its politics is getting a free ride. When you throw into the same mix, a disinterested population who have been taught to do no more than worship celebrity from A-Z (and even lower) and obsess over things like X-Factor, you find a nation and a world like we have now. For those of us with an eye more on the horizon than on the TV listings, the journey looks dark and scary and unlikely to end well for everyone everywhere.
The answer in reality is to prove their dominance irrelevant. They're a handful of people and in reality we are legion. Whilst we continue to bemoan them, we (and this means everyone) need to decide to bypass them. They're not interested in picking up our message so rather than go through them, going round them is the answer.
There are lots of ways round that I'm sure, but Raedwald has commented on one method with that picture.
Given where our people are with awareness of what's going on, it has to be simple so that everyone can get it. There's a phrase somewhere about not feeding people bread when they are only able to tolerate milk. That applies right now for us. We don't have the 50 years or so it will take through the existing routes. Something needs to start shifting soon in the nation's psyche.
The messages need to start to come out, simple, clear, unambiguous and punchy. Nobody could fail to understand the message from that picture and that is key. Stuff like this needs to start getting out to everyone. Do that enough and the drip drip drip of it will start reaching the people. Do that and we'll start to make the uniformed half truths and outright lies of mainstream media irrelevant.
And how could the everyday man & woman in the street do that. Well next time you think of sending those funny emails on to your like minded friends, you could send one with that picture in it, although I grant you it will wipe the smile of their faces.