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Landscapes

2018.03.07

Landscapes traverse the laws of science and the expectations of society. They are perspectives of observation employed to better understand the world's various layers and fragments.

Earth

Visualize earth from space. The atmosphere seats the oceans and continents. Particles and waves fly through the air. Life breathes for air with oxygen and carbon dioxide. Rays of light shine from the sun to heat the air and illuminate the surface. Electromagnetic waves stream out of phones and radio towers and satellites. Wind currents blow from place to place, carrying heat and water vapor. Birds and planes glide across the scattered sky with trails of loose feathers and combusted gas. Clouds drop rain and snow; sleet and hail. Gale patterns form tornadoes and cyclones. Asteroids and debris plummet from space through gravity and burn to dust through falling friction. The core's magnetic field deflects the sun's solar winds. Beyond the solar system rests a sea of stars and possibilities.

Terrain

Land harbors rock and water. Minerals and dirt rest beneath grass and dust, dividing trees from magma. Rivers stretch past mountains and plains, across hills and valleys. Animals scurry through forests and swamps. Silence echoes over deserts and canyons, into islands and caves. From the shore's perimeter, a symmetry of life extends into the shallow and deep waters of lakes and oceans. Volcanoes and earthquakes rumble the crust. Geysers vent and natural gases emanate. Underground tunnels and pools remain. Desolate mysteries and forgotten artifacts abound the crevices of the unexplored.

Civilization

Cities and towns speck the surface with a sprawl of the urban and suburban; the rural and faraway. Great distances are traversed by roads and lights; carried by pipes and cables; bordered by walls and fences; rifted by chasms, pillars, and waters. The traditions of hunting and foraging have passed long ago. The modern way runs its course; farming arable land, breeding animals, mining rocks and minerals, pumping oil and natural gas, cutting trees, filtering saltwater, distilling air, harnessing solar rays and geothermal heat, capturing wind and water currents, navigating magnetic poles, researching wildlife and environments, gazing space and stars.

Psychology

All people eat and sleep, driven by survival. They choose from what seems available, towards pleasure and purpose. The mind trails its accomplishments, mistakes, missed opportunities, and critical moments; at varying depths these memories float in one's ocean of awareness. Life experience is controlled with interpretation, reflection, critical thinking, and memory retrieval; to overcome built-in physiological tendencies and moderate the emotional reactions of the present persona. Personal development is largely to repair habits and heuristics; to have compelling self-control and align one's channels of happiness toward the silent truth of one's unique, deep-seated identity.

Military

Military power is the bedrock of civilization. It is the fundamental form of attack and defense. It is necessary to protect society from tragedies such as Stalin's Forced Famine (1932), Hitler's Holocaust (1940), and Mao's Great Leap Forward (1958). Underneath the deaths of millions, the common tragic link is the loss of individual freedom in the distorted pursuit of long-term prosperity. Military power must therefore be wielded by the guardians of liberty. It extends from close-quarters combat and ranged marksmanship to machine-supported engagements and missile defense. It covers cyber warfare and covert operations including hacking, spying, organizational penetration, enemy financing, and industrial sabotage. It is prepared for large scale conflict if necessary. It researches the frontier of cutting-edge technology and ultimate reliability. It enforces border control to repel fanatic terrorists and professional assassins. It participates in rescue efforts and reconstruction projects after natural disasters and industrial accidents. It guards important officials and collaborates with local police to reduce civilian strife.

Politics

Political systems provide standard procedures for controlling military power, maintaining infrastructure, enacting/enforcing laws, setting taxes, budgeting government funds, and administering national management. In modern culture, political power is meant to reflect the decisions of the people and is usually structured as a representative democracy in developed countries. Political design involves a series of unilateral, largest minority, majority, super-majority, or consensus decisions in weighed or uniform vote format to authorize operations and fill positions within the organization. It uses time constraints, standard communication procedures, neutral witnesses, and documentation practices to work efficiently and accountably.

Economics

Economic systems determine the division of labor conducted to sustain the needs and wants of society. They comprise the standard rules and expectations for trade, charity, taxes, and ownership- all enforced by legal structures and military power. Economies depend on productive people, survive on fast transactions, stabilize with smart regulations, and prosper through informed choices.