Champion of Woke

He was an ambitious young man.  He’d grown up with few creature comforts.  Not because his parents couldn’t afford them, but because they didn’t think it was good to spoil children. Since he was 8, his job was to help the dairymaid milk the goats every morning.  His parents were both busy professionals, so they often left him on the farm in the care of the dairy maid all day.

the house where the boy grew up

Their tasks were to milk the goats, turn the milk into cheese, package the cheese and sell it at farmer’s markets and to anyone who ordered online.  So he did have internet access, but he lost one smart phone when it got doused with his sweat when he was milking.  That loss took a week’s profits in goat cheese to replace.  The he dropped the replacement phone into a vat of whey and lost another week’s profit.  So he limited himself to perusing the internet only when all the work was done for the day.

He was homeschooled with a group of kids who lived near enough that they could all get together two to three times a week.  Most of the work was online, though.  His parents supplemented his online studies with stories from their fascinating travels when they were home.

He also learned a lot from the milk maid about practical aspects of life.  Not just cheese and milking, but how to make the best Ethiopian coffee and composting and how to understand goats so they didn’t destroy the trees which provided their most valuable forage. 

When he turned 18, he had accumulated quite a few skills, but not among them was how to deal with city people.  He trusted everyone since everyone he had ever interacted with deserved his trust. He left the mountain farm and enrolled in the same state university that his father had matriculated at.  He joined a special program which matched American students with students from overseas.  His roommate was a white South African.  They got along fine, but seldom ate together in the cafeteria of the dorm.

The boy was having trouble paying for everything since his parents had decided he needed to cover all the costs of his education himself.  He found out he could get out of his meals contract with the university by pleading health reasons.  After that, he cooked his meals in his room.  Mostly canned soup heated up in a cheap little pot with a heating element in the bottom and day old bread.

As part of his financial aid package, he was in a work/study program working for a history professor entering data on immigration to St. Louis by Germans in the late 1800s. That job and some grants and scholarships enabled him to stay afloat.  He hitchhiked home every other weekend to get some meat, fresh vegetables and see the dairy maid and his parents.

His father had taken the very first women’s studies class when he was at the same university back in the early 1970s.  The women in the class took a vote and let him stay if he behaved.  He got an A.  In his father’s time taking a women’s studies course was on the breaking edge of what became wokedom later on.  But things had moved a lot more woke since then.

Now it was all about pronouns and transphobia and what Indian tribe had occupied the land before the evil white colonizers came and the privilege of people with skin the shade of the boy’s.  He learned to be obsequious when forced to speak and quiet most of the time.  He did speak out once about the American Indians because he had been collecting Indian artifacts since he was a small boy.  He knew that several different tribes and three entirely different ethnic groups had occupied the land where he grew up since successive waves of Asians colonized America..

When his freshman history professor insisted that the land of the University should be given back to the tribe which inhabited it when the Europeans came, the boy spoke up about how those Osage Indians had taken the land from the peaceful, agricultural tribe, the Caddo, who had lived there for a thousand years before the Osage adopted horseback riding on wild horses escaped from early Spanish explorers.  With the horses, they could conduct lightning raids against which the Caddo had no defense.

Many villages were totally ransacked by the Osage, who collected Caddo children’s fingers as mementos of every battle.  After a few years, the countryside was littered with destroyed villages, some with a few survivors trying to plant crops to survive.  If a village revived itself, the Osage rode back to pillage and rape again.

The professor was shocked at the effrontery of the country boy and questioned his research qualifications.  The rest of the class joined in in shouting down the boy.  The boy learned to be quiet from then on. He learned that the route to success was to figure out the beliefs of the most woke and then echo them but never try to take the lead in anything since that was just not permitted for a white boy.  He was ambitious and he wanted success. And the only way to success in the social sciences is to be woke.

He had an amazing memory.  By taking copious notes and then rewriting and adding to the notes each evening, he had a complete transcript of each class.  Before each test he then memorized everything each professor had spake and then regurgitated it at exam time.  The procedure worked and he took more and more courses every semester.  After two years he had already completed all the sociology course requirements.  He switched his major to psychology and completed all that major’s requirements in a third year and also the University’s 120 total credit hours.  So he graduated in three years.

The psychology department desperately needed a few extra graduate students in the spring of his third year in order to retain a grant.  One professor realized that the boy could easily meet the graduate school entrance requirements, even though he hurt their diversity, inclusion and equity goals.  Since he was well-known as the uncrowned Champion of Woke in the psychology department, had grown his hair down the middle of his back and often went barefoot, the selection committee decided to overlook his skin color. Also, the need for warm bodies and quick helped overcome the diversity issues and in a couple of weeks he had a research fellowship which came with a stipend to live on and began in the fall of the fourth year since he had left the mountain farm.

His plan before the fellowship was offered had been to get a job mowing lawns and doing maintenance while taking courses outside psych and soc, but the offer of the fellowship and a nice office were too good to pass up.  So, he became a psychology graduate student.

As a graduate student on fellowship he was only required to take about half the number of classes he had taken most semesters as an undergraduate. And he didn’t need to work at all.  So he had lots of time on his hands.  Time to study topics woke social science considered verboten.

Over his years in the social sciences, he had internalized all the woke beliefs including a deep mistrust of all genetics.  He had gradually come to an unexpressed belief that apes and humans only differed in upbringing. If you raised an ape like a human, he would become a human.  Environment was everything.  This seemed to be the logical conclusion of the woke psychologists.

Then the boy stumbled upon studies which did try to raise apes as humans and just got apes who were misfits. It was the beginning of the end for the Woke Champion. The hard data just directly contradicted the assumptions of woke social sciences.

He’d also accumulated a set of unexamined assumptions which everyone in his classes believed and would never question. The United States is a horrible country and always has been. White people can’t dance. Blacks have more fun. If a black committed a crime, it was because he’d been mistreated as a child. The boy didn’t recognize that many of these assumptions required that genetics have value.

Then the boy discovered some forbidden literature knows as sociobiology.  And sociobiology put out the flame of wokedom forever for the Champion of Woke. The woke hate the author Edmund Wilson, because he was a prominent biologist with unassailable credentials who showed the power of genetics in shaping all species behavior. The woke called him racist because if genetics is powerful, then that might open up the possibility of racial differences in intelligence and aggressiveness/crime. It might mean that more blacks are in jail because they are innately more aggressive and commit more crimes.

Two biologists taught the Sociobiology course for a couple of semesters until it was cancelled by an outraged faculty. The young boy was lucky enough to catch it.

The young boy was born again. His ambition now was not to memorize his professors’ every utterance and regurgitate each of them at test time. Now he was focused on learning everything he could about Nature and genetics. He began enrolling in all biology classes. The psychology faculty was aghast and tried to reel him back in, but one prof who knew him best defended him as exploring a diversity of ideas. So he was permitted to keep his fellowship, and not take any courses in psychology.

The time came for the boy to schedule his comprehensive exam to prove he had knowledge sufficient in psychology to enable him to be granted a Ph. D. He decided to have it in the early fall so that he could spend all summer studying for it.

Walking to the library on the first day of summer to begin his months of study, he noticed how beautiful the trees were and how lush was the foliage and he began thinking about his bucolic summers back on the farm far from any town, much less any dusty library. An epiphany spread through him and the final nail was hammered into the coffin of the Champion of Woke.

He passed by the steps to the library and continued to the other side of campus where he discovered the department which dealt with growing crops: Agronomy. He entered the department office and asked if they needed any help working in the field that summer. He filed out an application and left. When he came home, his roommate told him Agronomy had called and he has a job.

So he reported for work the next morning as a field hand. He found out hardly anyone was woke in the Agriculture College. The administrators gave lip service to the concepts, but no one really believed in all the woke nonsense. His years a prisoner of the woke ideology were over.

The foremost proponent of the kingdom of Woke is becoming apostate.

Unlearning all his silly assumptions.

You can do the same.

Become a fool that you may become wise.

Ol’ Joe can be revived by young country girl

Once, our beloved country had an aged Prime Minister whose handlers dosed him with lotsa drugs to give him the right shine in public. One was a drug which eliminates shame and remorse over any words or actions one might use. This drug’s effects were magnified by the fact PM Joe (or BM Joe as the late night comedians liked to call him since he once soiled his pants in an audience with the Queen) was fairly shameless and lacking in remorse naturally.

The PM’s handlers used his compliance to push through more and more outrageous spending bills to enrich their loyal lapdogs while furthering their destructive ideologies. One of these lapdog organizations was the National Union for Agricultural Regeneracy. A staff member at that organization had become a senior policy aide to the PM. This staff member, however, grew increasingly disenchanted with the spending and the inflation it was causing. So he decided to take action.

The aide had once had an affair with a cute young girl who had a strange upbringing in the coastal swamps. Her mother had died and her father left her alone in a cabin in the swamp where she stayed alive by fishing and gathering herbs. She was scorned by the local community. The girl lived in isolation, except for the proprietor of a country store. The girl was a keen observer of wildlife and became a self-taught painter of the wild animals where she lived. Her shop keeper friend gathered some of her paintings together and showed them to the local museum director who showed them to a publisher friend. The girl then began making a good income from illustrating books and her own books of paintings.

Gradually the town began to warm up to the girl and the girl began to get involved in an environmental advocacy group, Southern Union for Eco-regeneration. Eventually she even went to a national conference on the topic, where she met the fellow who was now the PM’s aide. They had a torrid affair, but she cut it off when she learned he was married. They remained friends since both liked to write letters and enjoyed hearing about the other’s adventures.

The aide knew how much the PM liked young girls, and hatched a plan. The PM was visiting the coastal state where the girl lived and the aide managed to get the girl and the PM together. They hit it off and the PM began taking weekends visiting her in the coastal swamps. The area was so isolated, it was easy for his security to just leave the two alone as she gradually won his heart. The aide convinced his handlers that the little dalliance was good for the PM’s health. And his health did seem to improve, though his handlers kept his meds on high for every public event.

He finally decided he was going to leave his wife (just as he had left his first wife for their babysitter Jill) and his position and enjoy the rest of his life with his new love in bucolic peace and rural quiet. Without telling any of his staff or the girl, he interrupted a public event broadcast nation-wide to announce his plans. Then, he resumed reading his speech from the teleprompter. He took no questions, as was his wont, and traveled straight to the girl’s shack in the swamps to tell her of his decision.

She immediately told him his plan would not work and he should go back to his wife. After hours of entreating, he finally realized she would not relent and headed back to the capitol where the buzz was deafening. The papers and cable news could talk of nothing else. The cabal controlling the PM had ostracized the aide, but could do nothing with the swirling scandal except convince the PM to retract his previous comments and pledge to go back to his wife. The PM obediently read the speech they prepared, but the controversy did not stop, mainly because the PM had officially resigned and the Vice-PM was more than happy to take over.

Then ensued a pitched battle between the PM’s staff and the Vice PM which lasted months and eventually tore their party apart, causing their cataclysmic defeat in all elections afterward and the eventual dissolution of the party.

The girl’s community rallied behind her and did their best to keep the press at bay. Some members of the press hired boats and tried to find her cabin, but got lost and gave up. Eventually they tired of living in an isolated rural community trying to find a swamp girl and went back to the city to chronicle the destruction of the PM’s party.

Swamp politician destroyed by swamp girl

Once, our beloved country had an aged Prime Minister whose handlers dosed him with lotsa drugs to give him the right shine in public. One was a drug which eliminates shame and remorse over any words or actions one might use. This drug’s effects were magnified by the fact PM Joe (or BM Joe as the late night comedians liked to call him since he once shit his pants in an audience with the Queen) was fairly shameless and lacking in remorse naturally.

The PM’s handlers used his compliance to push through more and more outrageous spending bills to enrich their loyal lapdogs while furthering their destructive ideologies. One of these lapdog organizations was the National Union for Agricultural Regeneracy. A staff member at that organization had become a senior policy aide to the PM. This staff member, however, grew increasingly disenchanted with the spending and the inflation it was causing. So he decided to take action.

The aide had once had an affair with a cute young girl who had a strange upbringing in the coastal swamps. Her mother had died and her father left her alone in a cabin in the swamp where she stayed alive by fishing and gathering herbs. She was scorned by the local community. The girl lived in isolation, except for the proprietor of a country store. The girl was a keen observer of wildlife and became a self-taught painter of the wild animals where she lived. Her shop keeper friend gathered some of her paintings together and showed them to the local museum director who showed them to a publisher friend. The girl then began making a good income from illustrating books and her own books of paintings.

Gradually the town began to warm up to the girl and the girl began to get involved in an environmental advocacy group, Southern Union for Eco-regeneration. Eventually she even went to a national conference on the topic, where she met the fellow who was now the PM’s aide. They had a torrid affair, but she cut it off when she learned he was married. They remained friends since both liked to write letters and enjoyed hearing about the other’s adventures.

The aide knew how much the PM liked young girls, and hatched a plan. The PM was visiting the coastal state where the girl lived and the aide managed to get the girl and the PM together. They hit it off and the PM began taking weekends visiting her in the coastal swamps. The area was so isolated, it was easy for his security to just leave the two alone as she gradually won his heart. The aide convinced his handlers that the little dalliance was good for the PM’s health. And his health did seem to improve, though his handlers kept his meds on high for every public event.

He finally decided he was going to leave his wife and his position and enjoy the rest of his life with his new love in bucolic peace and rural quiet. Without telling any of his staff or the girl, he interrupted a public event broadcast nation-wide to announce his plans. Then, he resumed reading his speech from the teleprompter. He took no questions, as was his wont, and traveled straight to the girl’s shack in the swamps to tell her of his decision.

She immediately told him his plan would not work and he should go back to his wife. After hours of entreating, he finally realized she would not relent and headed back to the capitol where the buzz was deafening. The papers and cable news could talk of nothing else. The cabal controlling the PM had ostracized the aide, but could do nothing with the swirling scandal except convince the PM to retract his previous comments and pledge to go back to his wife. The PM obediently read the speech they prepared, but the controversy did not stop, mainly because the PM had officially resigned and the Vice-PM was more than happy to take over.

Then ensued a pitched battle between the PM’s staff and the Vice PM which lasted months and eventually tore their party apart, causing their cataclysmic defeat in all elections afterward and the eventual dissolution of the party.

The girl’s community rallied behind her and did their best to keep the press at bay. Some members of the press hired boats and tried to find her cabin, but got lost and gave up. Eventually they tired of living in an isolated rural community trying to find a swamp girl and went back to the city to chronicle the destruction of the PM’s party.

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When the elite hate the country they run

Dozens of poor countries I’ve worked in have leaders who hate their own country and see it only as a source of wealth for themselves. Until the last few years, I thought they were really different from our leaders in the good ole USA.

Just before covid hit, I spent a long bus ride sitting next to a very smart guy. Anything you bring up, he knows more about it than you do. Conversation gets tiresome when one person is always trying to show he’s smarter than you are. So on the way back, I made sure I had a different seat mate.

This fellow is among the elite of our country. Once Chief of Staff to a US Senator, he now has a high position in the Biden administration. Educated in the best Universities, he truly believes that Democrats are the answer. Without a trace of any other religion, he worships at the altar of the latest woke trends. He knows America is bad and deserves punishment. He supported the rioters in summer of 2020 and will support rioters again if they are needed to root out a Republican. He supports reparations and any other program which blames Anglo-Saxons for all the ills of the world.

When I once had the temerity to suggest a Republican had some good ideas, he said I can’t support an insurrectionist. I’d say that’s a pot calling the kettle black, except I’d be accused of racism. Isn’t a person devoted to destroying the foundations of America an insurrectionist?

Our problem in America today is that the real insurrectionists are dressed nicely, well-educated and run all the Universities, nearly all the media and the government. These real insurrectionists, bent on destroying the America we love, are in control of many of the levers of power.

If they finish their appointed task, America will survive in name only. A meritocratic, highly educated elite with no experience outside academia and government, will make all decisions. They know better than you do. They can’t be convinced they are wrong because they have no basic principles and can twist the facts to serve any position which gains more power for them.

They follow two truths: 1. there is no truth (so they can do whatever they want) and 2. those most adept at twisting words to meet their desires will win. They use their verbal skills to twist your brain by preying on your own weaknesses.

They can only be defeated by those who know the truth of Nature and Nature’s God, as Jefferson, the insurrectionist of the American Revolution, put it.

And until we win, we will be at peace and joyful because one of our truths is the peace and joy which come from knowing those truths.

Deny genetics, enter the dark ages

In America today, university science is being taken over by those who deny the laws of nature. University science courses today teach genetics is bad, science is a myth, men can be women, women can be men, white people are evil, and white men are the most evil. In the early 70s, I was a liberal, teaching social psychology at two Universities. I saw the denial of empirical truth and natural law beginning among my colleagues. Then I happened on a biological approach to social interaction called Sociobiology. I strayed over to the biology department to take the course and never looked back, leaving social psychology behind and becoming a geneticist.

This denial of natural law happens in all totalitarian societies. In the 1930’s, the Soviet Union was at the forefront of genetics research in the world. Its scientists were making very important contributions to understanding heredity and how genes influence behavior. The USSR even attracted talented researchers from abroad such as American scientist Hermann J. Muller, who moved to Leningrad in 1934 with his family.

Unfortunately, this was also the time of growing repression under Stalin, marked with the rise of what has been termed as Lysenkoism which decreed that genes and human nature can be modified by the environment (e.g., the state). In 1948, Lysenko and Stalin declared Mendel and other geneticists enemies of the people and genetics “a bourgeois pseudoscience”.

The scientists who opposed this did not fare so well. Many were dismissed from their posts. Some were imprisoned. Some even killed. Only after the death of Stalin in 1953, was this ban on genetics reversed and the scientists freed.

Now American academia is going down the Soviet route. The author of Sociobiology, E. O Wilson, was recently subject to a hit job in the oldest science magazine in America: Scientific American. E. O. Wilson passed away on Dec. 26, 2021 and the magazine decided it was a good time to attack him and all geneticists as racist when he could no longer reply.

What proof did the author present to support this accusation? None. There was not a single quotation from Wilson showing any racist speech. 

The author started off by saying Wilson’s field is fraught with racism: “Wilson was hardly alone in his problematic beliefs. His predecessors — mathematician Karl Pearson, anthropologist Francis Galton, Charles Darwin, Gregor Mendel and others — also published works and spoke of theories fraught with racist ideas.”

Granted Karl Pearson and Francis Galton were proponents of eugenics, however Charles Darwin never advocated anything related to what later came to be called Social Darwinism. While Darwin is a stretch, the name from the list that really struck me was Gregor Mendel.

Seriously, how was Gregor Mendel a racist? This guy spent his entire life in a monastery in Brno (in what is now the Czech Republic) observing peas grow. Unless he wrote somewhere that yellow peas are racially superior to green peas, I don’t see why his name was on the list. However, his inclusion shows the real target of the author’s rant: genetics.

Wilson wrote several books on sociobiology, a field which aims to explain social behavior based on evolution and genetics. He applied it not only to the analysis of various types of animals, but also humans.

The author thinks Wilson is racist because he believed that genes play a role in a person’s behavior. You can argue the extent to which genes contribute, but anyone not brainwashed by a modern University knows that we all resemble our brothers and parents. The author apparently didn’t care that her arguments are transparently nonsense.

Then she goes on to attack all science and statistics while showing she understands neither: “First, the so-called normal distribution of statistics assumes that there are default humans who serve as the standard that the rest of us can be accurately measured against. The fact that we don’t adequately take into account differences between experimental and reference group determinants of risk and resilience, particularly in the health sciences, has been a hallmark of inadequate scientific methods based on theoretical underpinnings of a superior subject and an inferior one.”

No, that is not what the normal distribution is. The normal distribution is not about default humans. It’s about the fact that in many statistical studies, the characteristics of the population tend to cluster around a mean. So if the average height of the human population is 5 foot 7, then most individuals will be around that height. The outliers, the very tall or very short people, will be just a tiny minority.

The author then spouts this pearl of wisdom: “Other scholars have pointed out that feminist standpoint theory is helpful in understanding white empiricism and who is eligible to be a worthy observer of the human condition and our world.”

If you’re like me, you’ve never heard of “white empiricism.” So let’s look at the study. More classic nonsense: “White empiricism undermines a significant theory of twentieth-century physics: General Relativity. Albert Einstein’s monumental contribution to our empirical understanding of gravity is rooted in the principle of covariance, which is the simple idea that there is no single objective frame of reference that is more objective than any other. All frames of reference, all observers, are equally competent and capable of observing the universal laws that underlie the workings of our physical universe.”

And then: “Why are string theorists calling for an end to empiricism rather than an end to racial hegemony? I believe the answer is that knowledge production in physics is contingent on the ascribed identities of the physicists.”

And her conclusion: “Through the recognition of white empiricism, a bifurcated logic that serves white supremacist traditions in science while deontologizing marginalized Black women physicists, I propose that the Black feminist theory intersectionality should change physics — and not just through who becomes a physicist but through the actual outcomes of what we come to know.”

Social scientists today are trying to prevent anyone from knowing Nature’s truths and insure the adherence of all to their ever evolving dogma. Today that dogma includes: genetics is bad, science is a myth and so, men and women can switch sexes or even not have a sex. Some people, however, cannot escape their genetic make-up since white people are evil and white men the most evil. This dogma is different from most other dogmas. It is ever evolving. Some contend white people should not receive medicine for Covid. Others believe people of color should be punished less than whites for crimes they commit.

No telling where the witch hunt will go next. The Soviet Union shows what can happen when a society seeks to undermine Nature’s truths.

The author of Sociobiology did much more than rescue me from the clutches of woke-dom. E. O. Wilson is often called the father of biodiversity. He founded the Half-Earth Project, whose aim is to reserve half the planet for wildlife. Smithsonian Magazine quotes him as saying: “It’s been in my mind for years, that people haven’t been thinking big enough — even conservationists. Half Earth is the goal, but it’s how we get there, and whether we can come up with a system of wild landscapes we can hang onto. I see a chain of uninterrupted corridors forming, with twists and turns, some of them opening up to become wide enough to accommodate national biodiversity parks, a new kind of park that won’t let species vanish.”

We must protect the planet. In an interview with Vox, Wilson had this as his main message: “If we want to know what is on this planet and why it is a live planet — what contributes to that life and what it all means, ultimately, for human existence — we should try to save it all.”

This is the most important legacy of E. O. Wilson. This is what we should be fighting for. We will never get there if we start censoring science in order to promote a half-baked, contradictory, and every evolving ideology. The good news is that flouting natural law results in the natural punishments inherent to that natural law. You reap what you sow. A society which accepts denial of Nature’s laws will decline and disappear.

Those who deny natural law cannot build anything because the laws they question enable everything constructive. Their prominence today in American society augurs for a Soviet style collapse. Soon.

Gender, love and natural law

The moon is visibly smaller every night; too weak to cast any moon shadows. The stars are growing brighter every night as the moon’s power declines. Reminds me of a once great nation now in decline as other nations surpass it. Maybe that nation will regain its full brightness just as the moon does. If it could do so in 29.53 days as the moon will, I’d be so happy.  Many ancient counting devices called tally sticks have 29 notches.  All nature works in cycles. Nations also follow cycles of growth, maturity and decline.  The Lebombo tally stick with 29 distinct notches was left in a cave in Swaziland 35,000 years ago. The ancient San who made that tally stick were all but destroyed by the invasion of Bantus from Nigeria about 300 AD. But we can’t blame outsiders for the decline of our nation.  We have forgotten the natural laws which govern all living systems. Too many follow whatever man-made laws the elite dreams up.

The first humans looked much more like these San or Bushmen than like modern Bantu.

The oldest law code was written about 1600 BC during the reign of King Hammurabi.  We know his Hammurabic Code of 282 laws from the letters carved into a black nine foot column so all his people would know the rules of the kingdom.  Abraham, father of all Arabs and Jews, was born in Ur.  About 300 years after Hammurabi, Abraham’s descendant, Moses, came down with a set of laws somewhat similar to Hammurabi’s but dedicated to one god.  The Hittites, Egyptians and Chinese all soon followed with their own written laws.

All these codes of written laws were turned on their head by a movement which claimed that “the letter of the law kills, but the spirit of the law give life.”   This new movement claimed that love is the foundation of all natural law.  Loving your neighbor as yourself and loving the one God were declared as the foundation of all law.

In the two thousand years since, most have strayed from trying to know the spirit of the law and instead have become practical and down to earth and, consequently, gazillions of laws have been established.  Lawyers have multiplied like bunnies and made modern America the most litigious society on earth.

A small remnant of lawyers continues to try to make human law consistent with the laws of nature.  To these jurists law should be natural, meaning: consistent with the instincts and emotions common to all, such as the instinct of self-preservation and love of offspring.  For this dwindling remnant, written laws are just attempts to put into words the laws found in nature.  They will always be lacking, never totally true, and slavishly following them will always lead to problems.  Man-made laws are made to be broken.  Only by breaking and perfecting them can we bring them closer to natural law.

The trouble is that most folks nowadays don’t have any concept of the “spirit of the law.”  As man loses touch with nature, he ceases to know natural law.  The cities where most people live are designed to exclude nature.  Nature is an enemy to be fought.  Those whose world is the city can easily become separated from natural cycles and natural communities.

All natural cycles and communities are built on cooperation and complementarity.  You may have difficulty seeing how love is manifest in nature.  After all, nature is alleged to be “red in tooth and claw” based on survival of the fittest.  Recently, ecologists have come to realize that the selfish, individual selection central to classic Darwinism is misleading.  The fittest individuals are not single individuals.  They are individuals which are part of communities which help each other.  Each species is part of a community of all sorts of species which are complementary to each other and help each other.  It is the community which is selected, the individual is just the mechanism by which the community is selected.

So think about cooperation and complementary species if “love” seems too wishy-washy and sentimental.

But, please, when abandoning the notion of individual selection and the capitalism which logically sprang from it, don’t trade it in for another set of rules such as socialism or organic agriculture.   All these rules are imperfect and made to be broken.  Instead focus on the consistencies in natural cycles and communities.  Look at which communities survive and thrive, not which ones meet your external criteria.

Organic agriculture, for example, is appealing in so many ways.  If you define qualities of systems which survive and thrive (e.g., are resilient) in line with most ecologists and define organic farming by IFOAM Basic Standards, you’ll probably contend:  “for most criteria, organic farming displays encouraging and promising features and mirrors the characteristics of farm resilience.”

Yet organic farming has become dominated by farms which focus on stability using the command-and-control approaches of classic resource management.  This class of organic farms has become just a set of industrial farms which follow slightly different rules but the same philosophy as their conventional brethren.  They follow the letter of the law and not the historic spirit of organic farming.

Similarly, so many societies have been founded on the principles of socialism and grew weak and declined.  You may argue that unfettered capitalism has always resulted in the obliteration of species and pollution of the earth.  And you’d be right, but the same is even more true of all socialist societies.  

Around 2020 the most radical departure from natural law began sweeping urban areas.  Suddenly, previously normal people began declaring that there were more than two genders, that people can be a variety of genders and change their genders.

Children were encouraged to discover their gender for themselves.  If a four-year-old decided their real gender was different from their natural gender, the intelligentsia said they must be affirmed.  They must be given hormones to stop their natural development and be surgically altered to fit their new gender.

Of course, defying natural law has its consequences—such as not being able to have children. Many adolescents who are “affirmed” when young now regret the surgeries and hormone treatments and suffer from a variety of mental illnesses.

So strong is the new man-made law of affirming those who wish to change genders that books must be banned which detail the suffering of those who switch genders.

Many believe a lot of things which are just not true in our declining country.  The good news is that nature will win.  Those who fight natural law always lose.  Countries which defy natural law will decline and fade away. Unless they are destroyed by countries which understand and follow natural law—such as that the most adept at fighting and strongest are men and armies should be made up of the strongest fighters in the nation.

Natural laws can’t be changed.  Yet many ignore natural cycles and time-tested facts and put their faith in the latest man-made philosophy which you know will be proven wrong?

Any if you don’t know that any man-made philosophy or law has flaws and will fail you, then you are stuck in a polarized and polarizing position.  You will inevitably come into conflict with other totally convinced people at opposite poles.  You will help create the wicked problems which bedevil our world.

Full moon embracing transformation

We’ve had a beautiful full moon the last few nights.  Reached its peak yesterday evening. It was bright as day at 5 this morning when I walked out get a good view of it.  Nice to walk in and out of the moonshadow.

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Every day the moon is further from the west horizon at 5 am and every day a little bit more is sliced off the side nearest the western horizon.  We accept and enjoy the way the moon changes.  Why don’t we embrace such transformations in our own lives?

We’re heading into autumn in Arkansas.  The dry weather has hastened the loss of leaves from our trees.  The creek maples have already lost all their leaves.  The views at Meadowcreek have started to open up.  It’s less like maneuvering through a lush tunnel when you travel Meadow Creek road.

Deciduous trees embrace change.  Right now, they are all transforming themselves for the coming winter.  The shorter days have told them to start decreasing supplies to the leaves and start storing it in the roots.   In a month or so they’ll shut down chlorophyll production and colors will start to appear on the remaining leaves.  Then the leaves will fall and our huge trees will just lie dormant for a few months.  That’s a transformation most of us humans couldn’t abide.

Our here in the country, we’re the exact opposite of dormant in the fall.  We’re chopping wood and putting up preserves.  Soon we’ll be canning salsa from our fall tomatoes. We’re tending our winter tomatoes which we’ll bring inside when the temps fall. The cooler fall weather stimulates us to do more outside.  When the frost comes and beats back the chiggers and snakes, we spend even more time working outside.

Why are we doing all this work, when all around us Nature is slowing down to rest for the winter?  Because we want things to be the same in winter as summer. We want tomatoes in winter even when we can’t pick them off the vine.  We want the house to be warm as toast even when there’s snow outside.

Humans like stability.  No matter how many times we hear, “the only constant in life is change,” we don’t accept it.  We want things to be stable.  We want our kids to stay young and we want to stay young.  We want lives that are balanced and run on an even keel.

This need for stability leads us to see stability in nature when it doesn’t exist.  We like to think of the “balance of nature” when ecologists have abandoned this notion.  We like the mature forest and believe in “climax communities,” though ecologists have also abandoned this notion.

Ecologists now realize that ecosystems are made up of multiple competing and cooperating species which eat and are eaten by each other.  Nature is never in balance, it is continually fluctuating.  As prey numbers fluctuate according to forage growth, predator numbers fluctuate.

Ecologists recognize multiple equilibria instead of just one climax community.  A savanna with plenty of open grassland will have more diversity and more production than a mature forest.  Native peoples realized this and maintained grassland with fire to increase herds of grazing animals.

We like to accomplish things on a regular schedule.  The people of India used to say, “Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.”  They preferred to adjust to the environment and not try to force the environment to adjust to them.  The dedication to order, stability, and control did enable the English to conquer a good bit of the world.  But which culture is more resilient?  Based on the numbers of people from India running motels, research labs and even large companies in the US, maybe the British model is not so resilient.

We value hard work.  But timing needs to be right.  Last week, I only had one day I could help dig beds.  So we dug them even though the ground was dry from lack of rain.  We couldn’t dig as deeply as we wanted to, so the bed won’t be as productive. I strained my back pounding the shovel into rock hard clay.  We should have waited on the beds and done something else instead.  To everything there is a season.

Being in sync with the rhythms of nature is required for resilience.  We weren’t in sync with the rhythms of nature when we decided to dig that bed last week.  We knew it, but we did it anyway and I’m still paying for it with a sore back.

Native species don’t have any problem adapting to natural rhythms.  If they do anything else, they don’t survive.  The fungal structure we call a mushroom is the very transitory fruiting body of an organism which can live for centuries and occupy acres of soil. The mushroom only appears when the organism (as mycelia underground or in decaying logs) has colonized all the available territory.

Then it waits until a rain comes and conditions are perfect for sporulation.  Only then does it produce the fruiting body of the sexual phase.  These then produce the innovative offspring which can colonize new territories.

All resilient systems follow this path. Most of life is spent in the growth and maturation phases. But when needed, the alpha phase is begun to create the transformation and innovation which leads to more fit, adapted and productive systems.

The resilient system is content to wait and wait until conditions are right and then it explodes with vigor and growth and transforms itself.

One of Nature’s most spectacular transformations is butterfly metamorphosis. Around 280 million years ago, some insects began to hatch from their eggs not as minuscule adults, but as wormlike critters with plump bodies and many tiny legs.  These voracious worms are built solely to eat, grow and accumulate the resources needed to form a chrysalis or cocoon.  Inside the cocoon, these larvae release enzymes which dissolve nearly all of its tissues. However, some organized groups of cells survive. These clusters of cells, called imaginal discs, first form when an insect embryo develops in its egg. The imaginal discs remain dormant until the larva has been destroyed, then they rapidly proliferate and grow into adult legs, wings and eyes, using dissolved larval cells as fuel and building blocks.

Similarly all resilient systems carry the equivalents of imaginal discs (such as seeds or new inventions or new social organization) which enable the system to transform as it uses the resources generated in previous stages.

Unfortunately our desire for stability and order inhibits our resilience.  A leader stays too long in office and his state or country declines.  A businessman or farmer refuses to relinquish control of his business to the fresh energy and ideas of the next generation and the enterprise declines.  An industry refuses to accept a new technology and is run out of business.

Resilient systems embrace periodic transformation.  Natural systems because they have to, man-made systems because they need to.

Pay attention to your local system and the forces impinging on it.  Is it time for intense work or time to accumulate reserves or just time to rest and be alert for opportunities?

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For more details on the contributions to resilience of periodic transformation see Chapter 9 of our free online book available at this link.

What is Critical Race Theory anyway?

Unless you’re extremely luck, you’ve probably heard of Critical Race Theory, also called CRT. And you may be like me and not really know what it is. Thanks to a whistleblower at Wal-Mart, we now have a clear statement of what CRT preaches, at least in trainings given at Wal-Mart. Seeking cover from the woke crowd, from cancel culture, Wal-Mart’s boss required all executives to go through the training and recommends it to all employees.

Walmart has put more than 1,000 employees through a CRT training that teaches that the U.S. is a “white supremacy system” created by white Europeans “for the purpose of assigning and maintaining white skin access to power and privilege.” The training teaches that white trainees are guilty of “white supremacy thinking” and “internalized racial superiority,”

The program suggests that white people are guilty of “white privilege” and “internalized racial superiority,” the belief that “one’s comfort, wealth, privilege and success has been earned by merits and hard work” rather than through the benefits of systemic racism. The training claims that the “white supremacy culture” is defined by several qualities, including “individualism,” “objectivity,” “paternalism,” “defensiveness,” “power hoarding,” “right to comfort,” and “worship of the written word.”

It adds that “discussions about racist conditioning” should occur in racially segregated groups as “people of color and white people have their own work to do in understanding and addressing racism.”.

According to the training, employees who are racial minorities suffer from “constructed racist oppression” and “internalized racial inferiority” and struggle with internal messaging such as, “we believe there is something wrong with being a person of color,” “we have lowered self-esteem,” “we have lowered expectations,” “we have very limited choices,” and “we have a sense of limited possibility.”

This harmful internal thinking forces them to buy into the “myths promoted by the racist system,” according to the training, and to develop feelings of “self-hate,” “anger,” “rage,” and “ethnocentrism,” and they are forced to “forget,” “lie,” and “stop feeling” to survive.

The program suggests that the solution is for white people to work on “white anti-racist development” and to accept their “guilt and shame” and that “white is not right.” Ultimately they should work toward “collective action” where “white can do right.”

You can read documents from the training at this website: https://www.city-journal.org/walmart-critical-race-theory-training-program

Universities DIE on altar of equity

“Reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.” Scientists at our best universities used to believe this. Now public relations is everything. Universities no longer look for the most talented and best trained mind. Instead they kowtow to those who hate empirical truth, white men and western civilization.

MIT used to be known as the nation’s foremost university devoted to science and technology. More recent it is known for cancelling a lecture on atmospheric and planetary science because the lecturer, Dorian Abbot, believes in merit, fairness and equality rather than diversity, inclusion and equity (DIE).

In August, Abbot of University of Chicago, and Ivan Marinovic, Stanford University, argued in Newsweek that the politically correct regime now taking control of America’s universities, which they identify as DEI—diversity, equity and inclusion—is undermining the mission of what universities are supposed to be about. That mission is “the production and dissemination of knowledge.” When universities no longer look for the “most talented and best trained minds” in hiring, and politically motivated criteria drive hiring practices, the university’s “core business”—the “search for truth”—is undermined.

They proposed that “MFE”—merit, fairness and equality—be adopted as the regime to define hiring practices to displace DEI. MFE is about hiring based on individual merit and qualifications alone.

Abbot is now paying the price for publicly expressing such heresy. Twitter outrage descended on the administration at MIT, and Abbot was disinvited. Today, academic speech is not allowed for those who don’t genuflect before the idols of DIE.

Abbot and Marinovic were right on target in their Newsweek essay, suggesting that the DIE politically correct regime promotes everything about racism that we’ve been trying to get rid of since the 1960s.

Racism is all about obliterating individuality and making predetermined judgments about who any individual is based on socially defined characteristics of the group to which they are assigned.

How can any Black child in America not be injured when they are not taught that they are special and unique human beings but that what is most important is their color?

How can any American Indian child not be injured when they are taught they are victims and lack any personal responsibility for their actions?

How can any white child in America not be injured when they are taught they are evil?

Science advances when we recognize that truth is discovered piece by piece, through humility and hard work, not political arrogance, pretending we already know it.

Modern science only emerged some five centuries ago. It wasn’t all that long ago that most believed that the sun moved around the Earth rather than the other way around. Scientists such as Nicolaus Copernicus and Galileo Galilei, through honest observations, concluded the prevailing view was wrong. This was politically incorrect then; they were attacked, and their books were banned.

One famous graduate of MIT was the great Nobel laureate physicist Richard Feynman.

Feynman observed, “Reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.” The increasing deference of reality to public relations, meaning suppressing what is true to serve what the politically correct want to be true, is destroying our national integrity, hurting the very people that supposedly we are trying to help, and threatening the future of our nation.

The good news is that our culture has not totally descended into the dark ages. We don’t yet burn heretics at the stake.

Democrats can’t lie

Democrats didn’t always have sad lives. Once it was cool to be a Democrat. For a brief period when I was a minor Democrat office-holder, civil rights and antiwar ideas made Democrats cool. Then came all the sixties riots in the cities and sensible, non-glamourous people realized being cool was a dead end.

Democrats in the media elite and universities were, and still are, insulated from the riots in the cities and the high inflation. They are still cool Democrats, if only in their own minds. Even as their party moves steadily toward Venezuelan socialism.

I just hope Republicans never get cool. That would be really bad. Can you imagine a media and university elite which thought the rich should be worshiped for being rich and the poor deserve to be poor? Instead, we have an elite which thinks they should be worshipped and anyone who doesn’t–such as Trump supporters–should be castigated, isolated, locked up whenever possible, and made fun of at every opportunity.

It must be sad to live always looking down on regular hard-working, flag-waving Americans. Since they have no sincere beliefs, the elite look down on anyone who does believe–especially Christians. Yet they have adopted the worst attitudes of the Puritans. Godless, believing-in-nothing Democrats have become self-righteous scolds. Anyone who doesn’t get a vax or doesn’t wear a mask, should lose their job and all right to normal activities.

The good thing is that they will not hesitate to contradict themselves in the future. Wearing blackface was bad until their Governors and other leaders did it, then its OK. Since they have no enduring beliefs, they will reverse their positions on any and everything. So try to ignore their castigation, they will reverse themselves soon.

It’s glaring how they can be so anti-police until they want to lock up people who don’t agree with them. Before Jan. 6, they were all “defund the police”. After Jan. 6, the Democrats declared the Capitol Police heroes as a way to attack the Trump supporters.

Most galling is when Democrats call others insurrectionists or traitors, when they admit they feel apprehension when they see an American flag. Many of them, and I was once one, have been insurrectionists their whole lives and continue to preach the evils of anything the US does–except that now that they are in power, what the US government is doing is good because it is destroying the old America.

They seem convinced average Americans are stupid fools capable of all sorts of evil. They dwell on the CIA overthrowing democrat governments and US soldiers killing civilians and cops killing unarmed black men and invent a connection with “white supremacy.” Meanwhile supporting today’s woke CIA and Chief of Staff undermining a sitting President, drone strikes killing civilians, hundreds of thousands of covid positive people swarming across the border, and the eliminating bail for criminals who attack low income folks

They are so sad I don’t even like thinking about them. But thinking about Republicans can be even sadder.

I’d rather dwell on love joy, peace and the other fruits of the Spirit. I’d rather live way out in the country where the Clinton, Bush II, Obama, Trump and Biden years can be pretty safely ignored as the winter tomatoes set fruit and the basil spreads seed for next year.