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Tokens – Blog No. 25

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I was imagining a world that existed like this:

Each person’s wealth – that has been gained from ‘earning a living’ – is converted into tokens redeemable only by the ‘earner’, in an attempt to demonstrate who has what in this world.  You carry around a bag with your tokens in it, showing how ‘valuable’ you are as a community asset.  Then – surprise, surprise – the air you breathe becomes costly.  You have to insert tokens into a local ‘breathing machine’ in order to have fresh air pumped – in a puff – into the atmosphere so that all living things can draw breath.  At first there are communal machines – anyone can put tokens in to make sure that we can all breathe.  Everyone does so with enthusiasm.  We all have tokens, well, hopefully we have all earned a few, and we use them as is necessary.  Those with tokens put them willingly in – in a fairly democratic fashion, no doubt.  I put one – you put one.  Etc.

Then the majority starts to run short of tokens.  The air is getting tight, difficult to breathe.  Like molasses.  Those with big bags of tokens begin to become selfish.  They resent putting extra tokens into the ‘breathing machine’ – despite the fact that they have plenty extra – when there are others that no longer ‘contribute’ to the air everyone breathes.  The ones with tokens believe the ones without tokens should suffocate.  They should die because they did not earn enough tokens to keep them alive.  They believe this, despite the fact that they – and those ‘lazy time-wasters’ – share the same breathing space.  The point is:  without the ‘time-wasters’ – the dreamers, the believers, the lovers – the elite and their breathing would not even be a problem that needed contemplating on this planet.

Then – considering all – I came to the conclusion that human beings, being what they are, would never have condoned the manufacture of communal ‘breathing machines’.  The capitalist mindset that manipulates the actions of the too-wealthy elite – those ‘with’ money – would have ensured at the outset that only individual ‘breathing machines’ were made, those that were built to the individual’s specifications.  I am quite certain that those with enough tokens and their bespoke ‘breathing machines’ would be quite happy to watch with a ‘dejected’ sigh those without tokens who fall by the roadside and expire.  I mean – if you are wealthy and well-connected you cannot be expected to save every piece of crap lying around on the planet, can you?

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Oversight – Blog No. 62

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Oversight is synonymous with missed opportunities. Opportunities are important, particularly those that you miss. If you have your wits about you, you will not miss anything. Oversight is not the end of the world. It just means that there are things you will never know. This is not because you have not been told, it is because you have chosen not to take notice of what is in front of your eyes each and every day.

Oversight stems from complacency, assumption and probably, arrogance. It occurs when a person is of the opinion that there is no need to check or re-check something because they either cannot be bothered, or they believe that things always tick as they were meant to tock. They do not believe that things can tock-tick, too, when that is necessary.

The tendency to use oversight is lazy. You cannot presume, let alone assume that things always run the way they have run in the past. Things have changed a lot, since the past. Oversight should be avoided. That does mean that reality can be complex from time to time, because you have to pay attention to change and make adjustments accordingly. That is proactive thinking, not reactive.

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