we all remember the game of musical chairs…..
I was introduced to it at the age of 4 or 5…..
in what used to be called kindergarten…..
u know the teacher counts the number of kids and places a chair for every one except one in a circle in the room…..
instilling that this a fair exercise…….
then we all go around the chairs to the beat of some retarded feel good music……
when the music stops we must all seek to sit in a chair…
and of course by design one is left without…..
a chair is removed and the exercise continues…
until there is only one person left with a chair….
and the message is clear they fought for and earned that chair….
little did we realize we were being told the nature of the social agreement in no uncertain terms…..
when I reached about 7 years of age the message had been driven home….
what does this have to do with the myth of modernity u might ask……
let us make the game a little more honest and it might become apparent….
first lets us take a little journey and slowly evolve the game as we go……
the first game seemed accurate to the world of the early sixties when I learned it….
now let us move to the early seventies….
to play the game in the seventies we would have to add a couple of changes…..
the new game would look like this…
every turn u add 1 chair and remove 2…….
the early seventies 1973 to be accurate was the year that each graduating class would on average do worse than its parents generation……
that the opportunity space in our culture would no longer on average support the myth of endless upward mobility for all…..
at about 3 billion people…..
forward to the nineties….
at around 5 billion people…..
we would have to remove an increasing number of chairs for the crowded class room…..
the solution is of course the generation of a “reason” for declaring that a portion of the class would not get to play today because we just did not have enough chairs….
so they would be required to sit on the sidelines and hope for a day when we would…
but do not worry because we r clever and smart so we will be able to create more opportunity soon…..
just be patient…..
the brilliance of the human race will solve this temporary dilemma…..
meanwhile do not disturb the game for everyone else….
cause they r the source of the chairs so do not complain…..
at over 6 billion people….
the chairs come with the people who r acknowledged as the meritorious….
the rest sit on the floor and watch…..
there is a guard in the room….
and the teacher has a badge…..
they no longer add chairs….
they just take them away….
what do make of this…..
comments and thoughts…..