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Sunday, December 14, 2008

When Did It all Begin?

When Did It All Change? posted: Dec 14, 2008

This question is posted across several blogs because it applies to all the subjects of those blogs. It's All Tuna begs the answer to when did everything become Tuna and why? The Principle of Imminent Collapse has presented many examples of the principle in action, but why is it that we repeatedly fail to do anything about it? Is THAT another of the characteristics of the PIC? And the Vulnerable Geometry is only vulnerable because we construct it that way. Why?
This post seeks to elicit examples of when it all began and what evidence, albeit in retrospect, can be seen that has led us from the Before to the Now. An example of this question and answer is thus: People driving on the road today are so rude, ignorant and aggressive that they endanger everyone around them and sometimes commit murder over simple things. When did this start and what caused it to happen?
With that in mind, what is the answer to these:
When and why did it become more important to make a profit than to make a product or service that made life better for people?
When and why has sex replaced love? Songs in the 1950s and earlier were all about love and relationships. The 1960s saw some transition. The 1970s and on it is sheer sex and show.
We used to see starving children and mobilize efforts to save Biafrans. Rock stars sang and did benefit concerts. We had Farm Aid. We had Feed the Children. Now we hardly even know the place called Darfur. What has happened?

If the answers were simple, we would have solved our problems already. But identifying the causes and the time line is an essential step in getting to that goal.
Vulnerable Geometry at Blogspot

Sustainable Geometry at Blogspot

It's All Tuna! at Blogspot

Principle of Imminent Collapse at Blogspot

Monday, October 20, 2008

Sleeping over the Fire

Even our most primitive ancestors were not so dense as to build a fire in their cave and then take up sleeping above it. Well maybe a few did, but their lineage died out very quickly. Sleeping above the fire was one of those innovations that did not get revived until the nineteenth century when we became convinced that we knew what was good and not good in residential construction practice.

Soon every house that had a basement also had a furnace there that burned some fuel or other and conducted the heat to the rooms above. So confident we are that we allow ourselves to easily fall asleep with the fire down below. "The Fire in the Night" is an all too oft occurring tragedy that results from a primitive understanding of a very modern Vulnerable Geometry.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

A Vulnerable Geometry

We all are precariously perched on a ledge that sits high above the urban streetscape below. Many people and things act upon us that conspire to make us fall. The wind blows, our attention wonders, the precision of our movements become erratic or sloppy. It is then that we are most vulnerable.

Our relationships with other people, too, place us in a vulnerable geometry where heartache and failure become commonplace. Just as admitting that one has a problem is the first step in solving it, recognizing that one is in a VG allows us to begin to remedy the situation and avoid them in the future.