Humans are curious about each other and everything around them. Humans like to gossip about each other, pity each other’s misfortunes, and envy others’ successes. Everyone tells lies, justifies and rationalizes their own behavior, exaggerates their altruism. Humans love to expose, mock and read/hear about the cupidity of others. People enjoy playing games, telling jokes and using poetic and ornamented language.
It is human nature to grieve at the loss of loved ones, feel joy at the triumph over enemies, to feel deep chagrin at failure and defeat, to feel shame at public humiliation, and to feel pride in achieving goals, overcoming obstacles and solving problems. It is human nature to have divided impulses and to be dissatisfied even in the midst of success.
When I first moved to Northern Nevada, I started out reading the Reno News & Review, where I developed a fondness for Dennis Myers and Barbano. Myrna the Minx and Reno Citizen were the first Reno Blogs I started with. Then Vote Gibbons Out and now I also follow this Reno Broowaha blog as well as Reno Exposes which this blog lead me to. I thoroughly enjoy reading all of them. These examples of Northern Nevada citizen activism are in stark contrast to the Nevada politicians who are paid to represent these citizens.
I believe there is a personal human psychology based on the realization that others, people, and other life, animals, plants etc. have minds that can and do entertain different beliefs and intentions.
I believe there is an ability in human, animals and probably even plants to read facial expressions that includes an inventory of universally recognized patters such as sadness, happiness, fear, surprise, hurt, joy, etc.
I believe there is an ability in humans for intuitive economics, involving an understanding of exchange of goods and of favors, along with an associated sense of fairness and reciprocity.
I believe there is an ability in human for a sense of justice, including obligations, rights, revenge, and what is deserved, sometimes involving the emotion of anger.
I believe the rise of modern civilization is increasing human’s sense of nature as wondrous and connected more so than separated and a threat.
I believe Northern Nevada politicians and their staff are out of touch – even proudly out of touch. The Fat Boys, aka current mayors of Reno and Sparks and their arrogant city staff, are so proudly out of touch with the average Reno-Sparks citizen and reality. The Bullys aka the Washoe County Commissioners, most especially Bonnie Weber, and their arrogant staff are proudly out of touch with the average Washoe County citizen and reality. The Thugs aka Northern Nevada judges and their arrogant staff are proudly out of touch with the average Washoe County citizen and reality. The Gangsters aka Northern Nevada senators and representatives, Federal and state, and Nevada’s own Outlandish Governor, Jim Gibbons, and their arrogant staffs are proudly out of touch with the average Northern Nevada citizen and reality. US Representative Dean Heller and his arrogant staff are proudly out of touch with the average Northern Nevada citizen and reality. US Senator John Ensign and his arrogant staff are proudly out of touch with the average Northern Nevada citizen and reality.
What part of intensely complex social relations are a hallmark of our species, as much as took-making and language, don’t they get? Human relations are intense, passionate, and fraught with suspicion, jealousy, tension, and compromise. Competing demands of social and familial guarantee a perpetual drama in which intimacy and opposition, co-operation and conflict are inextricably bound together. Over the years, it produced what the human species is today – among others, intensely social, robust, passionate in their love-making, murderous, convivial, organizing, technology-using, show-off, squabbling, game-playing, friendly, status-seeking, upright-walking, lying, omnivorous, vengeful, knowledge-seeking, arguing, clubby, language-using, conspicuously wasteful, and infinitely versatile.
It's about us not the politicians or the corporations! Politicians are paid to represent all the citizens not corporations.