we have reached a very interesting point in history when the levels of detachment between action and result is enormous
most people don't know how food is produced, for example, or see the interlinking pieces that go into creating social movements, which don't spring from nowhere but are built, brick by brick, over years or decades
this is partly the result of an educational philosophy, propagated (in part) due to the "success" of mass production techniques coming out of the "Industrial Revolution"
when I was a young sprout, in love with college life -- the thing I wanted more than anything was to STAY in college forever and get my Ph.D. and live that "life"
but my ideas about integrating various pieces/parts into a "holistic" tapestry met with disdain at every turn and much as my professors applauded (and recognized) my talents
they "gently suggested" I turn my academic wunderkind mind on to ONE THING, learn everything about that one thing, do my dissertation and get a job and put this follow the yellow brick road to wherever it leads madness behind me
35 years later this post is the result of me taking the "Oz Road", I guess :)
as a collective, we don't typically see how the shin bone connects to the hip bone unless we first have a diagram of the knee . . . when the knee is evident (meaning when the social structures ("weeds") pop through the concrete), then people will be able to see
but at that point there is only weed control, not weed prevention
and so the wheels of the bus of European History (a train with a lot of cabooses) rolls on
this is why this stuff with the Italian banks "matters" -- because it is not just the economic pain that will be felt; there are deeper roots than what lies on the surface
and those old wounds, once the scabs are peeled back, will be the match that sets Europe, once more