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Luddite mga saloobin

Para sa lahat ng pretentiousness nito, Pranses na lutuin ay medyo kahanga-hangang. Oo naman, Nagagalak akong mga connoisseur pagtikim, ngunit ang French talaga alam kung paano kumain na rin. Ito ay kaunti Wonder na ang pinakamagaling na restaurant sa mundo ay halos Pranses. Ang pinaka-mahalaga aspeto ng isang Pranses ulam kadalasan ay nito pinong sauce, kasama ang pagpili pagbawas, at, oo naman, inspirasyon pagtatanghal (Aka malalaking plates at minuscule servings). Ang chef, mga artist sa kanilang matangkad puting sumbrero, ipagmalaki ang kanilang mga talento lalo na sa subtleties ng sarsa, para kung saan kaalaman parokyano masayang ipasa sa paglipas ng malaking sums ng pera sa mga establishments, kalahati sa mga ito ay tinatawag na “Cafe de Paris” o magkaroon ng salita “maliit” sa kanilang mga pangalan.

Mataimtim, sauce ay king (gamitin Bollywood lingo) sa French cuisine, kaya nahanap ko ito kagulat-gulat kapag nakita ko ito sa BBC na higit pa at higit pa French chef ay resorting sa factory-manufactured sauces. Kahit na ang hiwa ng pinakuluang itlog garnishing kanilang overpriced salad ay makukuha sa cylindrical form ng balot sa plastic. Paano maaaring maging ito? Paano ginagamit nila masa-produce basura at magpanggap na paghahatid up ang pinakamagaling na gastronomical mga karanasan?

Oo naman, maaari naming makita corporate at personal na kasakiman na nagtutulak ng mga patakaran upang i-cut mga sulok at gamitin ang cheapest ng mga sangkap. Subalit mayroong isang kwento ng tagumpay maliit na teknolohiya dito. Ilang taon na ang nakalipas, Nabasa ko sa pahayagan na nahanap nila pekeng manok itlog sa ilang mga Chinese supermarket. Sila ay “sariwang” mga itlog, sa shell, yolks, mga puti at lahat ng bagay. Maaari ka ring gumawa ng omelets sa kanila. Isipin na — isang real manok itlog marahil nagkakahalaga lamang ng ilang cents upang makabuo ng. Ngunit maaaring mag-set up ng isang tao ang isang proseso ng pagmamanupaktura na maaaring churn out pekeng itlog mas mura kaysa sa. Mayroon kang upang humanga ang ingenuity kasangkot — maliban kung, oo naman, kailangan mong kumain ng mga itlog.

Ang problema sa aming mga oras ay na ito unpalatable ingenuity ay lahat pervasive. Ito ay ang pamantayan, hindi ang pagbubukod. Makita namin ito sa tainted paints sa mga laruan, mapanganib na mga basura na naproseso sa fast food (o kahit na fine-dining, tila), lason sa pangbatang pagkain, imaginative fine-print sa pinansiyal na papeles at “EULAs”, substandard mga bahagi at shoddy workmanship sa mga kritikal na makinarya — sa bawat facet ng aming mga modernong buhay. Given tulad ng backdrop, kung paano gawin ang alam namin na ang “organic” gumawa, bagaman magbayad kami ng apat na beses na mas marami para dito, ay anumang naiiba mula sa mga normal na ani? Upang ilagay ang lahat ng ito pababa sa faceless corporate kasakiman, bilang karamihan sa atin ay may posibilidad na gawin, ay isang bit simplistic. Pupunta isang hakbang sa karagdagang upang makita ang aming sariling kolektibong kasakiman sa corporate pag-uugali (bilang proudly ko ginawang isang pares ng mga beses) ay marahil trivia din. Ano ang mga corporates mga araw na ito, kung hindi mga koleksyon ng mga taong katulad mo at sa akin?

May mas malalim na bagay at higit pa troubling sa lahat ng ito. Mayroon akong ilang mga disjointed mga saloobin, at ay susubukan na magsulat up ito sa isang patuloy na serye. Pinaghihinalaan ko ang mga minahan ng mga pag-iisip ay pagpunta sa tunog na katulad ng luddite mga hindi na-popularized sa pamamagitan ng mga infamous Unabomber. Ang kanyang ideya ay ang aming normal na animalistic instincts ng hunter-gatherer uri ay ina-stifled sa pamamagitan ng mga modernong lipunan na nabuo namin sa. At, sa kanyang pagtingin, ito unwelcome pagbabagong-anyo at ang kahihinatnang pag-pagkabahala at ang stress ay maaaring countered lamang sa pamamagitan ng isang anarchical pagkawasak ng propagators ng aming tinatawag na pag-unlad — lalo, mga unibersidad at iba pang mga generators teknolohiya. Samakatuwid ay ibinigay ang bombing ng inosenteng professors at tulad.

Malinaw, Hindi ako sumasang-ayon na may ganitong luddite ideolohiya, para kung ginawa ko, Gusto ko kailangang unang bomba aking sarili! Ako pag-aalaga ng isang higit na mas mababa mapanira linya ng pag-iisip. Ang aming mga teknolohikal na paglago at ang kanilang mga hindi nilalayong backlashes, may patuloy na pagtaas ng dalas at amplitude, ipaalala sa akin ng isang bagay na fascinated aking isip geeky — ang transition phase sa pagitan ng naka-balangkas na (laminar) at magugulong (magulong) estado sa pisikal na mga system (kapag daloy ng mga rate ng krus ang isang tiyak na threshold, halimbawa). Sigurado kami lumalapit tulad ng isang limitasyon ng transition phase sa aming mga social system at societal mga istraktura? Sa aking sumpungin luddite sandali, Pakiramdam ko ay tiyak na tayo ay.

Mga system at mga tao

One of my friends found my post on Bill Gates and his philanthropic efforts less than persuasive. He said Bill just couldn’t be a good guy. It may be true, I just have no way of knowing it. I am in a benevolent and optimistic mood in the last few years, so I tend to see the rosy side of things. My friend’s objection was that Gates would squeeze blood out of a stone, if he could, while what he probably meant was that Microsoft was as ruthless a corporation as they came. Therein lies the crux of the problem with our modern era of greed and excess. We see the figureheads standing in front of the soulless corporate entities and attribute the evils of the latter to them. Totoo, the figureheads may not all be innocent of greed and excesses, but the true evil lies in the social structure that came with the mega corporates, which is what I wanted to talk about in this note. What is this “system”?

It is a complex and uneasy topic. And this little analysis of mine is likely to draw flak because it is going to point right back at us. Because we are all part of the system. So let me spell it out right away. It is our greed (oo, yours and mine) that fuels the paychecks of those fat cats at the helm of large companies because they can and do exploit our unreasonable dreams of riches and creature comforts. It is our little unkindnesses and indifferences that snowball into the unstoppable soullessness of giant corporations. We all had our little roles to play, and nobody is innocent. Doon, I have said it.

Before I accuse you and me of being part of the system (a possibly evil one), I have to clarify what I mean by “the system.” Let’s start with an example. We buy a coffee from Starbucks, para sa, say five bucks. We know that only a couple of cents of the money we pay will actually go to the farmer in Africa who produced the most important ingredient — the coffee. Ngayon, Starbucks would tell you that it is not just the coffee that they are selling, it is the experience, the location, and of course, high-quality coffee. All true. But where does the rest of the money go? A large part of it will end up in the top executives’ compensation. And why do we find it normal and tolerate it? Of the many reasons, the primary one is simple — we do it because we can afford to. And because we want to feel and show that we can pay five bucks for a cup of coffee. A bit of vanity, a bit of extravagance — some of the vices we don’t like to see in ourselves, but the soulless giants cynically manipulate.

The trouble with the system, bilang may pinaka-bagay sa buhay, is that it is not all white or black. Look at Starbucks again. Its top brass is likely to be enjoying obscene levels of rewards from our foibles and the remote coffee farmers’ helplessness. But they also employ local kids, pay rent to local landlords, and generally contribute to the local economy. Local benefits at the expense of remote pains and personal failings that we’d rather not see. But the remote pains that we distance ourselves from are real, and we unwittingly add to them.

The system that brings about such inequities is much more pervasive that you can imagine. If you are a banking professional, you might see that at least part of the blame for the coffee farmers’ unhappiness lies with the commodities trading system. But it is not something that stands on its own, with no relation to anything else. When you get your salary through a bank, the money in the account may be used for proprietary trading, resulting in huge profits and price volatilities (in food prices in the third world, halimbawa). But you prefer to leave it in the bank because of the conveniences of credit/debit cards, automatic bill payments etc., and perhaps for the half a percent interest you get. You certainly don’t want to harm the poor farmers. But does the purity of your intentions absolve you of the hardships caused on your behalf?

The thing is, even you see this involvement of yours, decide to pull all your money out of the bank, and keep it under your mattress, it doesn’t make a goddamn difference. The system is so big that your participation or lack thereof makes no difference at all, which is why it is called a system. I feel that the only way you can make a difference is to use the system to your advantage, and then share the benefits later on. This is why I appreciated Bill Gates’s efforts. Nobody took more advantage of the system than he did, but nobody has more to share either.