A MIND FOREVER VOYAGING THROUGH STRANGE SEAS OF THOUGHT, ALONE


This is my second blog.

My first blog chronicled my experiences over three years caring for my dad as he lived through and finally died from Alzheimer's. That is the book that is for sale.

This second blog kind of chronicles of life, what it is like to start your life over in your late 50's. After caretaking, you are damaged, file bankruptcy, and the world doesn't care what you did. After 8 months of unemployment, you wake each day knowing the world doesn't want you. Finally you do find a job, 5 weeks before homelessness, but doing what you did 30 years ago and getting paid what you did 30 years ago. So this is starting over.



The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

THE LAW OF BUREAUCRACY

Nature has many laws, well, actually, nature has no laws, man makes them up to explain things but for the most part we call things laws of nature.  But one law no one ever discusses is the Law of Bureaucracy.

Now, if you are like me, the first key to understanding this law is knowing how to correctly spell bureaucracy, because I have to look it up.  But spelling, I think, is still important, maybe not.  Relativism has destroyed truth, twitter has destroyed spelling, vocabulary is not far behind and finally numbers will become relative, which will make writing checks real easy.

But lets talk about the Law of Bureaucracy, which is simply anytime a group of individuals get together and exceed 1/2 dozen, the law of bureaucracy will start to take hold.  Doesn't matter if you are 1/2 dozen people starting a club, church, business, no matter, as you grow, divide into sections, then each section will grow and the law of bureaucracy will take hold; the survival of the group or subgroup becomes the sole purpose of the group.

Let's look at some examples.  Microsoft.  If, back in say 1987, you would have told someone that one day, MS would replace Lotus 123, Wordperfect, DBIII and Novell and not only become number one in each of those markets but literally put all 4 out of business, you would have been laughed out of the boardroom.  But that is exactly what happened, and it created several really big entities at MS; MS Office, NT Server, Windows Desktop.  The trouble was, each became so big and powerful they roared into the 21st century and completely missed where the market was going.

EPA, a great idea from Nixon, words you rarely get to say.  EPA, go clean the water and air of this country.  And they did; cars today have reduced 99% of the emissions of a car from the early 1970's.  Our water, our air are so much cleaner than they were 40 years ago.  But as the EPA grew, that law of bureaucracy kicked in and we went from the EPA preventing a business from dumping chemicals in the lake to the EPA telling a land buyer he can't build on his property because 6 weeks out of the year a small pond forms on the land and a duck landed there; or a speckled pecker salamander might wander by and they are an endangered species and suddenly the EPA goes from heroic to a monster than does nothing more than screw up business and personal lives for the sake of saving an insect or snake.

Remember the wild fire story where the fire was headed and going to come over the ridge and some land owner went and plowed over his property?  The fire rushes into the canyon and destroys every home and burns every plant, except on this guy's land, everything is fine, so the EPA swooped in and sued him because he might have killed a small rodent of some sort turning over the soil - yea - or maybe they lived because they all rushed to his property to avoid the fire, well, I digress, the point is at some point in every organization, the bureaucracy becomes an out of control monster.

And thus we come to Google.  Political correctness has become such a bureaucracy and it can run out of control in any organization.  Lo the person who makes a joke that might offend someone, say a word that might offend someone, or apparently now being white on college campuses offends someone.

I'll say this about the guy who wrote that manifesto, he either is totally clueless or wanted to be fired. He couldn't possibly have thought he was just going to open a dialogue and everyone was going to pat him on the back for starting the conversation.  He was going to get fired - hey, anytime you decide to write a manifesto, you are just a step or two away from funny farm material.

Was he right?  Probably.  I don't brag about voting for Trump at work or tell people 'hey, I have a blog, check it out' cause it would eventually be brought before some HR Tribunal.

HR is another good example of the law of bureaucracy gone wild now that I think about it.  Personnel use to be making sure your paper work and insurance forms were correct, now they are into everything, watching what everyone does like little Gestapo, wait, didn't say that word, do-gooders waiting for a chance to pounce.

So anyways, this guy at Google was probably right, a conservative can be ostracized in our culture today by the politically correct bureaucratic monster, but did he really think they would go "oh wow, you are right, sorry"?

Homeland Security is probably the best example.  An over reaction to a problem that should not have existed in the first place.  Now we are all being monitored and tracked just in case we decide to become terrorists.  What, hey look, this guy bought a book on amazon, and last month bought 100 rounds of ammo and contributes to this church and Oath Keepers and OH MY GOSH, A DOMESTIC TERRORIST!

Now HS runs everything and who is going to break them up?  Cause any attempt to break it up and all it will take is one terrorist action and that president will be run from office.  And you can bet it will happen cause if the terrorists don't do it, the government will.  See Waco, OK City for example.

Look at the banks that were too big to fail in 2008 and how they are now all at least double the size they were 8 years ago.

Bureaucracy run amok.   The movie Brazil did a nice job capturing this issue, good Saturday afternoon movie to watch.  Interestingly, none of the major studios wanted to touch a movie about bureaucracy run amok.

Darlings are you ready for the long winter's fall?
said the lady in her parlor
said the butler in the hall.
Is there time for another?
cried the drunkard in his sleep.
Not likely
said the little child. What's done
the Lord can keep.
And the vicar stands a-praying.
And the television dies
as the white dot flickers and is gone
and no-one stops to cry.
The big jet rumbles over runway miles
that scar the patchwork green
where slick tycoons and rich buffoons
have opened up the seam
of golden nights and champagne flights
ad-man overkill
and in the haze
consumer crazed
we take the sugar pill.
Jagged fires mark the picket lines
the politicians weep
and mealy-mouthed
through corridors of power on tip-toe creep.
Come and see bureaucracy
make its final heave
and let the new disorder through
while senses take their leave.
Families screaming line the streets
and put the windows through
in corner shops
where keepers kept
the country's life-blood blue.
Take their pick
and try the trick
with loaves and fishes shared
and the vicar shouts
as the lights go out,
and no-one really cares.

Dark Ages
shaking the dead
Closed pages
better not read
Cold rages
burn in your head.

Jethro Tull  

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