Metaphorical mental DDOS

The recent media and news cycle has gotten so short that we no longer have time to process the goings on in the world and respond to them before something else happens.

We are effectively paralyzed by the amount of incoming activity demanding our attention and we can no longer act as citizens to ensure a fair and just society.

There are so many attacks that by the time we can respond to one, another has occurred.

There are so many lies that we do not have the resources to investigate them.

There is so much hate that we do not take the time to understand where it comes from.

The solution is to coordinate and distribute our efforts. Effective responses to problems come from planning and coordination and these things require focus. Since this cognitive DDOS attack is destroying our focus, we need to fight it by increasing the persistence of these issues and our approaches to them in our collective awareness. We need to focus on the root causes, and solid long-term solutions. We need to plan.

The specific meanings of the language of the law are not solely determined by the language itself, but by the precedent of the judges who have interpreted that language in the past. The relationship between the law and the judges’ understandings of the law constitutes a huge portion of the effective meanings of the laws themselves. Therefore ensuring that the selection process for judges is one that favors judges of good ethics, good character, and good judgement is paramount to the sanctity and effectiveness of the whole legal system. Differences in the legal system affect all of society.

The fact that the selection process for the highest judges with the largest precedential power can be co-opted by a clever senator with a grudge and some baggage — yes you Mitch — constitutes a perilous weakness in the structures designed to ensure that our government remains a tool owned by the people to be used by the people for the benefit of the people.

And this is far from the only such structural failure in our present government, all of which must be thoroughly repaired and reengineered before our government can serve it’s intended and essential purpose of providing true freedom and opportunity equally for all.

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