New week, at least in the frame or measure that the week starts on Monday. I suppose that is a hold over from religionist times – the dark ages – into the industrial revolution and the generality of not working in the home. The podcast this morning, as is usual on mundane day, was an episode of the CBC’s “Best of Ideas”, dealing with the concept/actuality of secularism. It’s a series and the bits today were rather primarily concerned with trying to say that religionism and secularity are not orthogonal. Of course these are not scientists speaking and even if they were they would edit their vocabulary usage to accommodate bogs.
But while motoring back to Castellum SCP, I came to reflect that the reason they aren’t independent is because humans are rule breakers/avoiders/deniers. One of my pet peeves is people who pull up past the safety line at intersections. That’s a breaking of the rules expressed by law, hence somewhat arbitrary and self-serving of the organization at the expense of its members. This violation is widely recommended as a safety trade-off since it permits one abetter density of lines-of-sight. It also makes it difficult for anyone turning left at the intersection to avoid striking the motorcar pulled out.
This is the basic nature of humans, I fear. Breaking rules for their own benefit, rarely for anyone else’s. And the purpose of religion, in addition to “explaining” things people are too lazy to investigate rationally, is to limit this rule breaking for self’s sake. Sadly, the two aspects seem to get intermixed to the detriment of the good.
Simply put, it seems that humans are too self-interested, expect perhaps for that wee bit of biological programming that makes them sacrifice for offspring, a matter hated by almost all organized religions, to permit a rational social organization. Reason is not enough, emotion and endocrine secretions are necessary to bind society.
This all sounds like another monologue about bogs versus nerds, but this is coming from a different direction. Yes, it does lead to the distinction among the bogs and geeks and nerds, but it does not derive from that distinction. What it comes down to is that the large fraction of humans are going to be bogs and any society is going to have to be largely irrational. It’s somewhat of a third law of thermodynamics for humans – you can’t get out of the game. Or otherwise, society has to have all three types of folks to work.
So maybe we can eventually turn all this extrovertism around and get some rationality back?