Looking back on history, we are sometimes surprised that people ‘didn’t see’ what was happening. Hindsight is 20-20.
Part of this is due to the fact that while one is ‘living’ history, it is not easy to ‘see the big picture’. We see bits, pieces and glimpse some connections…. but just like an ant cannot tell the shape of the whole garden – just bits it can see, we cannot possibly see all the bits around us.
This page is a key to the posts I have made, trying to piece together some of the bits and pieces of the big picture. It will continue to be updated as new posts are ready…..
OK, so I have been negligent and is really, really in need of updating. I’m hoping to build a better place for this than a blog – like, say, a site I could have pretty linked maps on…but whom am I kidding? I’ll update this. Soon!
This is sort of the ‘mission statement’ here…
This is the key (with excerpts) of the posts which provide some of the definitions necessary to explain what I mean by some of the terms I use in this discussion.
- Freedoms vs. Accomodations
- What does ‘Freedom of Speech’ mean?
- The concept of ‘murder’ is not ‘universal’ as in, “I don’t think that word means what you think it means..”
Defining some more terms… because words have more than one meaning
Religion/faith/belief (or absence thereof) plus related concepts
- Disbelief = absence of belief
- Religion (definition): part 1 – common definiton is the only guarantee of protection for all religious thought; defining ‘religion’ in the Jungian sense, as a peculiar attitude of the mind.
- Religion (definition): part 2 – we must protect religious beliefs – but we must not include in this protection actions which break our secular laws
This is my very imperfect attempt at tracing some of the attitudes present in today’s media and one of their possible root causes.
Dan Rather expresses his opinion that the loss of journalistic integrity which we are witnessing today is due to the change in media ownerships.
While some media people are beginning to recognize their bias, some are still willfully blind to it.
Canadian Government Agency which ‘regulates’ the airwaves has ruled that it is perfectly fine for Bell Canada to reduce bandwidth it makes available to its customers (the ISP companies who are also its competitors) and thus prevent them form providing hi-speed access to their customers during the evenings.
The City of Ottawa is very proud it ensured every rural Ottawan can get high-speed internet access. It granted a large, international ISP a monopoly on all rural Ottawa internet customers, kicking a number of already present smaller, local, customer-centric ISPs out of the marketpace.
Governments and Governance
A quick intro into how we decide who holds the power – touching on the difference between ‘inside group’ and ‘in-between-group’ power dynamics.
What are Dunbar’s number and Monkeyspehre – and what they mean.
Quick peek at the emergence of governance structures and the accompanying necessity to differentiate between ‘acting on behalf of the state’ and ‘acting on behalf of one’s self’.
The dillema ‘agents of state’ face.
What happens when doctors (like in socialized medicine) become ‘agents of the state’.
Update: OK, I admit it…I have not kept up with updating this page as I fill in the pieces of the puzzle…. My apologies. Please, feel free to roam the site – there are very many posts there which help define the ‘big picture’!