Is There Intelligent Life on Earth?

About: are we alone in the universe? - the washington post

~ The case is well built in Krauthammer's

own sense of language & irony.
source: ...

There could be no greater irony: For all the sublimity of art, physics, music, mathematics and other manifestations of human genius, everything depends on the mundane, frustrating, often debased vocation known as politics (and its most exacting subspecialty " statecraft). Because if we don’t get politics right, everything else risks extinction.

We grow justly weary of our politics. But we must remember this: Politics " in all its grubby, grasping, corrupt, contemptible manifestations " is sovereign in human affairs. Everything ultimately rests upon it.

... speaking from the purely material world perspective, of course. 

The visual thesaurus defines intelligence as "the ability to comprehend; to understand and profit from experience." The latter clause being the kicker. It may be time to bring a new injection of intelligence into politics.


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  1. intelligence
  2. life
  3. politics

Comments


Seth says
I find it strange that message resonates with a person, like yourself, who decrys the reach of governmental power in people's lives.   For me politics and what the government does is just a distraction from my real life.  My interest in politics stems mostly from my interest in language, communication, media, and how messages flow in culture. 

Mark de LA says
You have been dueling with your fabricated image of me & my positions for so long - mostly speeding through anything I post - that you most likely will be considerably surprised in foreseeable  future & far beyond.  Krauthammer surprises once in a while & perhaps that is why he got a Pulitizer Prize a long time ago.  His biography in the Wikipedia is interesting including his practice as a psychiatrist who worked with bipolar disorder.
His positions are outlined in the bio as well.


Seth says
Well now i have read Krauthammer's whole article rather than just your clip of it ... and, yes, he does make his point dramatically.  To me politics has become so corrupt and incompetent that i fear if we must rely upon it for our survival, we are already doomed.  I prefer to rely upon the sum total of our lives to amount to the force that will survive ... not some mythic wisdom legislated and enforced by Washington.   Somehow, i doubt that was what Krauthammer's intended take away from his article.

Mark de LA says
seth 2012-01-02 15:32:20 15736
Well now i have read Krauthammer's whole article rather than just your clip of it ... and, yes, he does make his point dramatically.  To me politics has become so corrupt and incompetent that i fear if we must rely upon it for our survival, we are already doomed.  I prefer to rely upon the sum total of our lives to amount to the force that will survive ... not some mythic wisdom legislated and enforced by Washington.   Somehow, i doubt that was what Krauthammer's intended take away from his article.
You are right he didn't intend either of what you suggested to be taken away from his article.  He just suggested, imho, that politics is serious & relates in the very big picture to survival in spite of how ugly it looks at times (this year).


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