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Social Justice Survey…

One of the reasons that we don’t usually recall memories of our pre-natal and infancy is because the myelin sheaths of our brain neurons are not yet fully developed.

Without that fatty tissue (like insulation on a conduction wire), all sensations and perceptions are somewhat scrambled and memory impressions unable to properly form.

For this and other reasons, contrary to fundamentalist navel-gazers, we don’t become functional persons until some period after birth.

Once the development of our brain neurons have somewhat matured, these neurons can then dedicate themselves to a variety of thoughts, actions and memories. We then begin to develop conciousness and awareness of ourselves.

No neurons, no brains. No brains, no person. If you wish to otherwise believe in a mystical soul, help yourself. Just please don’t impose it on others.

Evolution, biology and reason leave no basis that we exist as an entity prior to our conceptual development, nor do we continue to exist after death. Enjoy.

Language, custom, ethnic, religious and class relations are all the product of our upbringing…much of it simply unconscious.

Celts invented Party-Time!

Of course, history is a somewhat different game. For instance, rarely do we as Americans consider most of us as recent ethno-European Celtic barbarians, which is precisely who most are–or were.

We invent a more civilized gilded history by adopting as our own the heritage of the ancient Greek, Persian, Arabic, Judaic and Roman civilizations.

On the other hand, Celts were the first “colonial natives” that imperial states, such as Rome, practiced upon.  We learned the lesson well; we’ve been practicing the same on others ever since.

But I won’t dwell on that, because in fact we are more and more becoming that which we’ve invented. DNA testing proves that even our physical mix is truly becoming universal.

The human race has always had a ruling crew of one stripe or another who manipulate the rest of us to pay for their free ride. Naturally, these elite write their own history as having been the chief reason for the advancement of civilization and technology.

As I detailed in my last article, there are some 70,000,000 sociopaths on the planet. This comes—as it turns out—to 1% of the Earth’s population. Probably running somewhat higher in the US.

Of course the current leading manifestation of that crowd, Romney-Ryan & Company, obviously prefer to define it as their having the drive to accumulate wealth, privilege, profit and power, which they divine as “earned”.

The 99% who are not afflicted with this pathology are relatively happy to live peaceable lives, pursue their careers and raise their families.

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An innocent but faux reaction by many is when a person—despite all evidence to the contrary—concludes many political and social discussions with, “But of course we live in the greatest country on the planet!” Honestly, do we?

There are two major international agencies that monitor economic and social justice. These are the International Labour Organization (ILO) of the UN, of which 185 of the 193 nations are members, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), of which the 34 major capital nations are members.

The 2011 report entitled “Social Justice in the OECD—How do the Member States Compare?” is a detailed study of the major factors that impact a “Justice Index.”

While it might feel good to stroke the old patriotic amygdala of the brain in proclaiming one’s own nation as the best, in truth, where do we stand in objective reality?

It turns out that for social justice, Norway and the northern European nations are the best off. Turkey is the worst with the US and Mexico following closely.

Most Americans simply never travel far beyond thier own borders, and when they do it’s usually in the military or at a vacation site.  Hardly a means to learn the social status of other peoples.

What does the Justice Index measure?  In terms of social programs that were adjusted to prevent old age poverty, the US came in 29th. In terms of child poverty, the US was 28th.

In terms of access to education, the US comes in at 20th. Again, relative to childhood education, the US was 22nd in expenditure investments.

As to labor market inclusion, the US was dead in the middle at 16th. Unemployment—including long-term—the US was the 22nd worst out of 31 of the world’s major nations.

As for the rights and social cohesion of minorities, the US ranked at 16th with a more complex “Gini Coefficient” rating the US at 28 out of 31.

One of the more ironic and telling stats was on the question of health. The US came in 23rd of the world’s major 31 nations, and Number One for costs! Small wonder the private healthcare corporatists and their conservative allies oppose any form of “socialized medicine.”

Overall, the US came in 27th out of 31 states studied for social and economic justice.

The Happy Planet Index rates the US in 2006 at #150 (out of 178 nations), and in 2012 at #105.

Want more?  Sidney Gendin forwarded a link to the 2012-13 Global Competitiveness Index of the World Economic Forum.  While even more complex, for those interested in where the US stands relative to the rest of the world in a dazzling variety of formats, then by all means tune in.

Sidney also includes a world rank listings from Phoius.com, which includes some stats from the CIA Factbook.

Personally, were I a young man or raising a young family, I’d start learning Chinese.  Of course, if there is an afterlife, perhaps I’ll just come back as one…

Dr. Publico

Category: Psychology, Science
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  1. Thanks for the mentioning my work. As a result, I expect a jump in my readers – maybe 2 or 3 more. But I am not holding my breath.

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