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teoria é tudo

pátio ao sol, boa biblioteca, e saber que chegados ao fim-do-mundo: that’s tha good life

No jornal de hoje: resenha dos livros recentes na confluência da sociedade, história, economia, e (des)humanidades diversas com uma hipótese sugestiva: "pode um livro explicar tudo"? Entre os mais recentes de Peter Frankopan’s "The Earth Transformed: An Untold History" 2023, Sarah Bakewell’s "Humanly Possible: Seven Hundred Years of Humanist, Freethinking, Enquiry and Hope" 2023, Michael Muthukrishna's "A Theory of Everyone: Who We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We’re Going" 2023,

By combining theories of human behaviour and social evolution it is becoming possible to identify the fundamental "laws of life". The first is the law of energy: the trajectory of human existence has been shaped by periods of abundant energy, which give rise to greater cooperation, new ideas and new institutions, and periods of energy scarcity, which lead to greater competition and conflict.
in "A Theory of Everyone by Michael Muthukrishna review – the laws of life" 27 set 2023

— citam-se ainda os antigos "A Brief History of Time" 1998 do Stephen Hawking ("once dubbed the most unread book of all time") mas também o nosso conhecido "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" 2013 do Thomas Piketty ("economics should be used for good rather than evil, to effectively redistribute wealth"):

these are exceptions in human history rather than the rules

The 20th century had been unusual: rapid, unrepeatable population increases that helped accelerate growth, combined with shocks (two world wars, the Great Depression) that reduced the value of capital and so kept inequalities low. The 21st century won’t be like the 20th. If we don’t act, the accumulation of capital in the hands of the very few will resemble the norms in the early 19th or 18th centuries.
in "From Piketty’s Capital to Hawking’s The Theory of Everything: can one book explain it all?" 2 dez 2023

(Nós mandamos mais para trás: feudalismo.)

...e todos os livros que o Yuval Noah Harari alguma vez escreveu mas nomeia-se o "Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind" 2015 que registámos na versão BD aqui, e o aqui também comentado "The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity" 2021 do falecido David Graeber & David Wengrow: "a takedown of the purportedly rational Enlightenment west". Igualmente, não lido mas cujas tese principal do autor já vos trouxemos antes, agora editado no "End Times: Elites, Counter Elites and the Path of Political Disintegration" 2023 de Peter Turchin, "the surplus elites produced by neoliberal capitalism":

Turchin argues that there is a large class of disgruntled wannabes, often educated and highly capable, who feel shut out. Essentially the western world seethes with humanities graduates with low status, working in the kind of professions the late anthropologist David Graeber called “bullshit jobs”...
in "From Piketty’s Capital to Hawking’s The Theory of Everything: can one book explain it all?" 2 dez 2023

A explosão de livros recentes sobre o sentido de tudo é sintomática dos tempos, algo que poderão comprovar nas listas de fim-de-ano que fazem as rondas nos media nesta altura do ano. É de uma outra obra de David Graeber recentemente reeditada entre nós que concluímos notas à-altura-dos-tempos:

[...] todos os casos assistiram ao desenvolvimento de algo parecido com uma cultura de desistência, com os ascetas e os sábios a fugirem para a natureza selvagem ou a vaguearem de cidade em cidade em busca de sabedoria; em todos os casos, estes acabaram por ser reabsorvidos no seio da ordem política, como uma nova espécie de elite intectual ou espiritual [...]
in "Dívida - os primeiros 5000 anos" 2022 orig. 2011

Obviamente não vaguearam o suficiente, há que ir mais longe. Senhores, esta é antiga entre culturas de resistência:

♪ We're building a new world, all of my friends and me ♪
♪ Its not an exact science yet, but we have the technology. ♪
♪ Now all we need is an economy where everybody finally will get enough to eat, ♪
♪ Even the suburbs know powers getting too crooked to stand on its own feet ♪
♪ For much longer than it has. ♪

♪ So I dont want to kill a cop, what I want is neighborhoods where they don't have to get called ♪
♪ When the shit goes down ♪
♪ Cause our friends, they are enough, and our neighbors have enough. ♪
♪ Finally we're enough. ♪
♪ Cause our friends, they are enough. ♪
♪ And our neighbors are enough. ♪
♪ And finally we're enough ♪
♪ Please help me be enough. ♪

♪ Fuck the law cause we're enough ♪
♪ Fuck the boss cause we're enough ♪
♪ Fuck microsoft cause we're enough ♪
♪ Fuck owning stocks cause we're enough ♪
♪ Fuck you cause we're enough ♪
♪ Quit what you don't love cause we're enough ♪
♪ Live as you make it up cause we're enough ♪
♪ You'll never go without cause we're enough ♪
♪ We'll buy a house cause we're enough ♪
♪ We'll grow some food cause we're enough ♪
♪ We'll slam some dunks cause we're enough ♪
♪ Don't be afraid cause we're enough ♪
♪ You'll always be ok because we'll always be enough. ♪

in "My Idea of Fun" 2009


Extra, dois outros artigos na mesma capa de jornal: "Why are younger voters flocking to the far right in parts of Europe?" 2 dez 2023; e o sítio ideal para se viver uma boa vida:

Philosophers have long debated the concept of the good life and whether such an exalted state exists but the reality turns out to be not so elusive: Skerries, [a] town of 11,000 people on Ireland’s east. Amid the ordinariness there is, apparently, an answer to a riddle pondered by Aristotle, Kant and Hegel: the good life? It’s right here.
in "Has an Irish town found the secret to the good life?" 2 dez 2023

Uma comunidade exemplar que, pelos exemplos, passa por uma comunidade para seniores. Assim percebemos porque os teens não andam nada all right.

nada bem