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morbius glass quote of the month – March 2009. The Duality of man

Posted by Adrian on February 27, 2009

I was thinking about Stanley Kubrick movies last night ( an incredible director), especially his Vietnam war movie Full Metal Jacket. Yes there are a hundred different quotes one could get from Gunnery Sargent Hartman (alright just one for the road, “You will give your rifle a girl’s name because this is the only pussy you people are going to get. Your days of finger-banging ol’ Mary J. Rottencrotch through her pertty pink panties are over! You’re married to this piece. This weapon of iron and wood. And you will be faithful.”) , but this won’t be one of them.

The morbius glass quote of the month is in light what has occurred to our the economy and that misguided habitual belief of sustained stability. Which I don’t believe can ever exist in reality, in fact trying to reach a form of equilibrium and stability causes more harm than good. As a society and humanity are intermixed with calm and turmoil. As discussed Forecasts and Risk assessments. Can we predict the future?, I actually believe that humans are very good at adapting to environments when they change dramatically, or are good at anticipating change, in the sense that intrinsically we can set in plan a course of action before an event occurs. This is also my refers to my belief in the psychology theory of mental time travel or MTT, discussed in and also Future Event forecasts.

What has occurred has been an illusion of control and stability implicated by goverment policy that unfortunately they have now deceived themselves, so when we have a crumbling global economy, climate change and looming energy crisis (the next ‘big’ crisis) – we still get that assurance that our leaders have somehow figured it out and have implicated a plan. They of course haven’t, yet even in their own deception of policy and rhetoric, they believe they have a plan. So it has lead to a false feeling of being safe and a fabricated environment of stability. I guess there are analogies in history of this, maybe Rome at the cusp of it’s collapse is a good one. With the Roman empire collapsing, Roman Holidays’ were also assured, even with the barbarians at the gates. This can also been seen in my term called the ‘al-Sahaf syndrome’ .

So goverments and policy makers have had luck on there side, yes we had this sustained global boom for over 10 years, climate change (although could be now expediting) remained as a long term goal and the US could invade countries like Iraq and Afghanistan with out creating much global insatiability. This is all changing, and changing fast. The luck is gone for the economy (globally) as it is heading towards a depression that could last 3 years or more, with a flat line growth that could last 8yrs or more. Water, oil and energy are will become critical aspects to society existence. It is so serious, one could argue that the next war will be oil and water based. Oil shortage will be a huge crisis for the world, so when demand comes back on line, we could see a major problem with oil production and any conflict could just send an oil crisis to the forefront over any global issue.

Life is uncertain. I don’t believe in governing bodies per se, as they try to smooth out reality to remain in power until it goes ‘south’. Hence dictatorships and totalitarianism possibly returning on a global scale.

The insult to the worker, taxpayer and the everyday person in the street, is the process of Governments complicating issues; especially in finance. This is so that the economists pulling leavers and the central banks of the world can maintain an illusion. In the sense have lost touch with reality, this can be seen with the horrendous amount of money poured into the banks by goverment via the tax payer. This is huge error as it distorts free markets and causes governments to take on huge liabilities. Businesses fail, cycles come to end and are reborn. The governments of the world are not going to save anything especially not the whole financial system. Of course we don’t buy it and as mentioned their luck has come to an end.

Although life is chaotic and unpredictable, it does however have pattens. The flows of history and futures interwind, to try and control natural is perilous. But anticipation and adaptation is what every human being is capable of, we are by far a advanced animal – with a complex cultural existence and the benefit of a mind that calculates and imagines situations; forecasts and assess then survives.

The quote is more of a passage (from the script) form Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket:

The Duality of man:

Pogue Colonel: Marine, what is that button on your body armor?

Private Joker: A peace symbol, sir.

Pogue Colonel: Where’d you get it?

Private Joker: I don’t remember, sir.

Pogue Colonel: What is that you’ve got written on your helmet?

Private Joker: “Born to Kill”, sir.

Pogue Colonel: You write “Born to Kill” on your helmet and you wear a peace button. What’s that supposed to be, some kind of sick joke?

Private Joker: No, sir.

Pogue Colonel: You’d better get your head and your ass wired together, or I will take a giant shit on you.

Private Joker: Yes, sir.

Pogue Colonel: Now answer my question or you’ll be standing tall before the man.

Private Joker: I think I was trying to suggest something about the duality of man, sir.

Pogue Colonel: The what?

Private Joker: The duality of man. The Jungian thing, sir.

Pogue Colonel: Whose side are you on, son?

Private Joker: Our side, sir.

Pogue Colonel: Don’t you love your country?

Private Joker: Yes, sir.

Pogue Colonel: Then how about getting with the program? Why don’t you jump on the team and come on in for the big win?

Private Joker: Yes, sir.

Pogue Colonel: Son, all I’ve ever asked of my marines is that they obey my orders as they would the word of God. We are here to help the Vietnamese, because inside every gook there is an American trying to get out. It’s a hardball world, son. We’ve gotta keep our heads until this peace craze blows over.

Private Joker: Aye-aye, sir.


One Response to “morbius glass quote of the month – March 2009. The Duality of man”

  1. Dewayne Roque said

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