Film

Film – The Flourishing of Sin

The small film can be found here.

Sin. Sin is a theological concept, and in the theological, one can say that rationality is completely lacking. Though I disagree. Religion, and theology while based in a school of thought separate from rationality are steeped in the conception of the unknown, that which is here, here being something tangible, but that which we cannot fully grasp or understand. Sin a moral construct, formed by theology dictates to us that which is wrong, which is sinful. It has illumined to us that unknowable thing which we cannot physically grasp but inherently know. We know that morals exist, they are no religious construct, they were interpreted through that construct because in that epoch, that is what ruled that time. Now, though, we have supplanted religion with reason without thought as to what will supplant this religious, this theological view of morality. And of sin. The one and the other no longer exist in the eyes of the Modern man. But one need only look around and see the flourishing of sin. All around us there is a total disintegration of any human understanding of morality and the flourishing of sin is ever evident – it bleeds into our homes and on our commutes, all around. Sin abounds.

Score

Score Philip Glass, Metamorphosis II

Scenes within from the Film Network (1976)

Scenes also pulled from newsreels.

Film

Film – Edwin’s Gambit

The small film can be found here

Edwin Hubble greatly expanded our view of the cosmos, bringing into the forefront the idea that our universe extended far beyond our own galaxy. In that instance our world got ever so smaller. His gambit, though perhaps not known to him, was the hope that by making our world smaller we as a collective of people, humans, would grow more unified – united together in our humanity. Have we humbled ourselves in our understanding of our place in the cosmos? Or have we simply continued along on the same course, destined for ruin?


Score
Arvo Part – Tabula Rasa, I
Philip Glass Dance III, & VIII

Writing

45 – The Strategic Importance of Africa

Africa has for some time been a target of the nations of the West for exploration and has been used throughout much of its history by imperial powers. Colonialism left an immense strain and stain on the continent and when we relinquished our hold on these peoples, we did not leave the fundamental infrastructure and institutions neccessary for order. In the 21st century, the strategic importance of Africa cannot be understated. China, now the leader of the authoritarian nations of the world, is leading the charge on revitalizing the continent and the West ought to pay attention, with the aim of righting the wrongs of the past and working to create lasting partnerships rather than colonial holdings.

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Show Notes

Important readings pertinent to the topic at hand.

  1. https://china.usc.edu/china’s-strategic-partnership-africa-significance-challenges-and-implications-united-states
  2. Africa’s Strategic Importance
  3. https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/publications/reports/why-africa-matters-to-us-national-security
  4. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.csis.org/analysis/world-coming-sub-saharan-africa-where-united-states%3famp
  5. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.africanglobe.net/business/africa-important-strategic-continent-world/amp/
Old Howard Union

Issue Brief, 12 – Intercontinental Rail

An intercontinental railroad that would run throughout the United States, comparable to those in other major industrialized nations would be a boon not only to the economy, but to the people of the country and to those proponents of cutting down emissions from major fuels. Poltical inaction on the issue is at the core of the effort to stop the start of what would be a major infrastructure investment in the United States.

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Show Notes

Important readings on the subject.

  1. https://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2019/02/20/high-speed-rail-usa-california
  2. https://www.marketplace.org/2019/04/04/us-has-tried-build-high-speed-rail-50-years/
  3. https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2019/05/07/why-is-there-no-high-speed-rail-in-the-us.html
  4. https://www.afar.com/magazine/several-high-speed-train-routes-are-coming-to-the-united-states/amp
  5. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-speed_rail_in_the_United_States
Writing

Piece 41 -The Preservation of Our Collective Wilds By. Raimondo Graziano

The Preservation of Our Collective Wilds
By. Raimondo Graziano

There is much talk domestically about the effects that man has had over the last two hundred years, due to industrialization, on our wilds, our rivers, our oceans and seas and in regards to the air we breathe and the water we drink. There is clear consensus that man has in some way or another adversely affected this place we call our home. That man has been derelict in his stewardship over this land of ours. That man has exploited the wilds, and precious resources of this our only home, for the benefit of profit, and an allegiance to the idea of perpetual growth. Two very misguided reasons, excuses really, for the degradation of our world and the ruining of such for our children and grandchildren to come. Our advances and strides have been great, and have afforded a standard of living onto the people of world unknown before in the history of humanity. Even to the poorest of the worlds poor. But, at what cost?


The world after the dawn of the industrial age was indeed a world of great promise, but it most be sternly noted, that it was a world of capitalism run rampant and exploitation on a grand scale, a gilded age in which the barons of industry dug their claws further into government and the relationship between business and governance grew ever closer, and the rights of workers not yet enumerated where trampled upon. The beginning of deforestation of our great wilds, acidification of our oceans, lakes and streams and poisoning of our water supplies, and the exponential consumption of resources and the boom in the number of peoples in this world was simply the surface of the greed to come.


In progress, we often skirt the long term aims and safeguards, for short term gains of wealth and appeasement of an ever hungry mass. In other words, we forget and neglect our role as stewards – the role of ensuring the sanctity of our home for profit. In this a lesson can be learned, that we need not forsake progress to preserve our world – rather a balance must be stuck. Greed, excess, and the ills of capitalism cannot be allowed to run amok. Industry serves it’s own ends, and only from vocal public pressure can we ensure that industry, and the politicians they fund remain accountable. We must act now, or forsake the great project that is humanity due to perhaps our greatest inherent flaw – blind belief in our right to exist, independent of our care for this world.