Posts Tagged ‘leadership’

Is it possible to not relate to the relative magnanimity given to other writers when you are one?

I guess musicians may go through a similar thing.  They create music.  They make a tune or a symphony. Someone is beguiled by it. Then someone projects all certain desires upon it and its creator.

Most often I have seen artists just shrug and go back to their business of making. Love or not loved they produce because they produce, like a Salmon on a spawn run or a fruit bearing tree. There is just a natural compulsion driven by known-but-unseen forces to produce an image or an art object.  The making is simply not dependent on the market. It is the only hope left for magic.

I guess I have been under some illusion writing is in some separate mundane magic where its craftsmanship is dammed up behind misers of a different type. Those who are word-killers. I imagine a type of A-list hunter who seeks to kill the craft for the sake of completive spite or avarice. They  seek to control a maker making or a writer writing. It’s the anal retentive would-be-Svengali who sits on what other people make for their own perverse solitary power trip. Few seem to think the joke is funny, but, again, they shrug and move on to whatever gets published that day like organized insects busy on their pile of dirt.

Prior to this tirade, I read a prop piece on Edna O’Brien’s recent book in Smithsonian magazine. (What was I doing reading Smithsonian in my free time? It showed up in my mailbox, suspiciously, one day.  It was later discovered a relative had sponsored a subscription for us.) The prop piece was written by someone truly fascinated by the author. It wasn’t just her book process.

I guess I have been so spoiled by professional behind-the-scenes relays from filmmakers and directors, that I was somehow offended when this magazine writer became a starry-eyed drone hovering over Edna O’Brien. Despite my discomfort I realized this author wasn’t merely observing and reporting about another  author. They were commenting on journey and style of Irish writers.

I took a class on Irish authoring. This may tip a few Holy Cows here but I don’t get Irish writing. I don’t get why people fawn over Irish derived writing as if reading the geographic or even genetic writing is somehow like watching a live birth of an elf covered in opals telecasted in a rough gaelic translation. I just don’t get it. To this day when I read or witness people nearly worshipping Irish writing I feel really strange.

I have a similar reaction to people who flock to the feet of New York writers because they made publishing space for some new display of carnality or vileness for really bored and vile rich psychopaths as if it can be newly understood gutter oil under this piano lamp. I can’t share their fate. I have to run. Far. Away. To a Turd Polisher’s Anonymous meeting.

Criticism has to be justified. In Edna’s case this coverage was somehow about the integration of a genocidal war maker on the lam with his love story in her new book. The notion is unsavory and a little outrageous, but in some universe also conceivable and human. I think humanizing psychopaths who routinely get a break in all runs of the press daily everywhere is bad form for human life.

I guess this comes from a deeply disappointed bitter place that nearly psychotic writers and editors end up in charge of what I read. Its the same type of publishing parsonage who bank the prosperity of their writing career on being taken into intimacy with convicts.They have been making terrible editorial decisions my entire life to let genocidal megalomaniacs off of the hook by not printing the horror of what it is they do or demurring to political forces who want to smooth over what genocide actually is to some socially accepted thing.

I think this is happening so certain world leaders don’t have to face the emperor in his nudity or when they are proximally close to the same people who ascended to power by killing hundreds or thousands of regular people. I am so sorry for their discomfort, because I have been there. However, the writer and journalist must call spade ‘SPADE’ when it is our turn to use the written word to tell the truth. They have to stop being sops to deadly or powerful people because they can kill indiscriminately.

Someone has to be the adult in the room.  To adulate Edna O’Brien for her careful pass at probably humanizing the love interests of a genocide perpetrator is conservative form and noteworthy for me. The Smithsonian’s coverage is the same tone and caliber of whitewashed insanity that makes some intentionally enforced poverty and segregation of native americans and former slaves in America kept humming consistently in the background unnoticed by the regular people. There are tons of it in inventory in vast grades and quantity in this market.

I know the whitewash will still be reliably printed and ran. Writers will make their living from conflicts either bowing to them or defying them. I just cannot be expected to read on happily without a single complaint.

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[Or how to deal with the unwanted attention of parasites]

Godzilla Government blog has been around for years. This blog has successfully influenced people to think bigger than themselves, than machines, and what is conventionally expected.

Godzilla, after taking a City and ruining things back into balance, retreats into the sea to recharge, to eat massive quantities of radioactive waste and/or seafood. I too have been known to hibernate anything: causes, blogs, campaigns or art projects. I do this to successfully develop new concepts to lead to productive outcomes.

So here is what is going to happen. I will set aside mirth at Twitter and this blog for a time to produce different work, books. Godzilla Government will be around, just not as actively for many months to come. I am overcoming long beset difficulties. The road is cleared for a productive haul.

I love the freedom this blog has given me to maul modern structures, like the English language.  Godzilla government will always set its design to free others.  I cannot guarantee later reports won’t unpack some sort of mayhem and critical mass damage in the process.  Godzilla government blog has had moments for play and for charm the same way grown adults will buy action figures and run around in capes like 7 year olds.  It’s also the runoff for all sentiments going afoul of practical understanding.

I’m so happy about Godzilla because he has been: blasted with radioactive waste, hit with acid, shot with bullets, attacked by man-made mechs, poisoned, bombed and tripped up.  He still gets up like a champion and lays waste to defeat his chosen enemy. He doesn’t trouble himself with the terrified little men who don’t understand his goals. He’s a big guy. He has to go big because that’s who he is.  He’s a survivor.  He leaves the wreck behind. People get to rebuild in his wake, begin again fresh.  That has value.

I think of Kathmandu at the peak of the world being left to ruin by seismic destruction. The quake has certain meaning to me. It caused me to consider that deeper meaning will find its way out. If needed change is not accommodated by peaceful means with regular decompression outlets, then life allows for hard reckless destruction, repressed to terrible momentum, later leading to mass violence and death. This victimizes everyone in its path; even the best, highest and most spiritually centered of us all.  [Of course, we gave help to rebuild.]

Our society often lacks the humility which allows for small decompressing changes to take place. This is why you see periodic riots in American cities and gun violence in Middle Schools. Little Plutonian men & women try on massive crowns of leadership. When the find they are too small to fit into the crown and how heavy it is, they opt for a wearable imitation. From the base of an enormous ego, they continue to present the public with service which only accommodates their actual, not their projected, size. The service is then too small for public benefit. So they alienate themselves from the purpose of public service and mass leadership. They present the public with a hollow non-controversial fabrication for show and then ask for more endorsement of this kind of progress.  It’s all they can manage.

Much of the public wants a “bigger” person in office to do what they often can really do themselves.  If the small man you elected does nothing for you from a gigantic office, with means of public money, you should realize you are on your own.  You have better luck guaranteeing personal results on your own than depending on someone small, weak and likely paranoid. If a leader makes Godzilla sized promises and seems like a really big guy who can handle it all, have a back up plan.  Politicians will more likely use and take. They may even demand an apology from you for not giving more. That’s not really the way it’s supposed to go.

Try flipping the script. Tell the politicians, bureaucrats, or propped up “elite” cutouts whatever they want to hear and then do whatever you need to do put your needs first.

We all have a purpose here on planet earth. Let’s presume it has nothing to do with feeding parasites. If a tick had latched onto a body part, you would unapologetically go get a lighter to burn its ass until it let go. Then you would extract it from your body and dispose of it. You wouldn’t make your life’s work sustaining and promoting the tick or justifying it’s need for your blood when all it does is … suck. The moment you realize the actual purpose of a government body is to suck, give due diligence to rid yourself of the parasite.

That will require you to do something that others won’t do for you, though.

Act like a grown up. Be brave, think and then act responsibly.

See you eventually.  Thank you for reading Godzilla Government.

Sheila Dean

Dear Libertarian,

 

This is a brief note to let you know there has been a line drawn in the sand. It would be good for you to practice some observance.

I have found the realm of active organized politics very confining to my personal pursuit of #Liberty.

I don’t like being pressured and told what to do by people who are forceful and weird with me when I do volunteer up to lend support to the profession of Liberty ideals.

The worst part is found among the problem characters in the field of organized politics. Those who seek power to have power for power’s sake.  For them, the Libertarian cause is an entrepreneurial opportunity with free labor attached. Their plans are not different from other partisan animals. They wish to seat themselves atop a hierarchy of people they despise.

While we presume these brothers & sisters extol the priority of Liberty amongst each other, they also tend to lie, cheat and steal from each other, as with typical factionalism professions.  To these charlatans, you know who you are.  I will point you to someone who may take your indefinite orders for zero compensation, but I won’t be doing anything for you as your intent is made known.  I’m not your amenity.

To the sincerity of the rest, I feel the need to explain there is a limit to what I can be expected to grant in terms of Libertarian genie wishes.  Once that limit has been reached you will be informed that my bond to you has been lifted.  I will drift away like a ghost into the ethers.

Liberty is personal. If you want Liberty to be an act of brute labor, find some money to pay your workers upon an agreement to make it a profession.  You will find some hypocrisy among the less spiritually inclined to make arbitrary demands with slavish and abusive conditions for people who perform work tasks amongst each other. Often they are not charged anything for political labor. Yet, when The Willing apply themselves they often are mistreated as volunteers.

Cause labor isn’t free. It comes at a cost to everyone who applies themselves responsibly. If you are not communists, don’t act like them. Recruit qualified people whose work you will trust and respect as if you were running a business. Pay them a market adjusted wage.  However, don’t insult voluntary or paid contributions with petty tyranny, threats, screaming, carrots, diminution and intimidation, because they will hate you, leave you and misunderstand Liberty.

No one cares if that is the standard way the political profession or active campaigning is carried out.  No one cares about your cult of insanity or your initiation fantasies if they truly give a damn about their Liberty.

Always be grateful for what you have. No one is promised anything.  Gratitude will help you stay human and flexible when everyone else is becoming another substrate species channelling intent that leads to frothing at the mouth, dropping chromosomes like dead skin cells.  Those moments are really frustrating.

Finally, do not exasperate your fellows’ goodwill with constant grating philosophical classifications of phyla of species and subspecies of Libertarianism.  Liberty is simple. If you get  lost in the trees, deep in the forest, some of us will call and you won’t be able to recognize us.

Thank you for considering it.

Sincerely,

Sheila Dean for Godzilla Government