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Descendants of Boom

Posted on 2010.09.03 at 12:15
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The weight of the world is too heavy to rest upon mismatched, uneven pillars of self. We're not strong enough to bear that burden for long without stress cracks from the weight and constant motion of the societal superstructure we support. Raise therefore your children in an image other than your own, for we are all flawed. Increase their chances of survival by arming them with open-mindedness - For the things you believe now differ from when you were young, and shall differ again before your demise. Why then would we willingly sabotage those who will lead and those who will follow by teaching them to hold onto our current whims?

Ethical discipline is the indispensable means for mediating between the competing claims of my right to happiness and others' equal right. ~ HHDL

"I was wrong," is easy to say as an adult who's changed their mind, but much to late to easily remove it as a filter from a child who has clung to the values as so sacred that it permeates their every thought and action and threatens to be propagated to their children and their children's children. Four generations of fuck-up because of your ignorance. Raise your children instead to question everything - then teach them patience by doing so yourself when you answer them because they've turned that directive upon you. You may learn something in the process as your answers are challenged - this is a good thing, and keeps us sharp for remembering why we do the things we do instead of slipping into the comfort of apathy.

Your children are your legacy - don't propagate a legacy of dumb. ~ ehowton

Please don't pollute our future with your narrow-mindedness. Show your kids both sides of the coin - explain to them why you believe what you believe and then what other's believe - explain the similarities and the differences both. Invocation of balance doesn't make it so, only its practice. The opposite of multiculturalism isn't individualism, but it should threaten (territorial) nationalism - our borders are artificial1 and our beliefs colored through ignorance or greed or both. You look as just as stupid to the group you're calling stupid. "Why can't they understand?" is fervently uttered aloud on both sides and the word tolerance is used as an epitaph.

All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry. ~ Edgar Allen Poe

The United States of America is the first (and to date only) nation based on an idea, rather than on geography or ethnicity. And not just any idea, but the highest ideals which the human mind can formulate: freedom, responsibility, self-reliance, equality of opportunity, individualism. And that to be patriotic in America is a shorthand way to declare one’s allegiance to these philosophical ideals.2 Those who wish to destroy what we've built and everything we've become are broken, and I don't know how to fix them. With my hands tied, all I can strive for is being a better person myself, and eschewing greed.

1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7AWnfFRc7g
2 http://pajamasmedia.com/zombie/2010/08/31/whats-the-matter-with-texas


Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2010-09-03 21:18 (UTC) (Link)
This post is nothing but rhetoric: many words that when put together mean nothing. You take no position by arguing both positions, stroking your pride and ego attempting to make yourself sound like the smartest guy in the room. I'll remind you that the loudest one in the room is the most insecure in the room.

Furthermore, I have to disagree with the Pajamas Media link you posted when the author says

The board’s right-wing faction removed references to “democratic” (or “representative democracy”) when discussing the U.S. form of government. The board’s majority Republicans changed those references to “constitutional republic.” Board member Cynthia Dunbar also won approval for changing references to “democratic societies” to “societies with representative government.” (3/11/10)

This is a bit of transparent partisan bickering on both sides, each wanting to use the lower-case version of their favored political party’s names (democratic/republican) to describe our form of government. The board’s argument, however, is just as valid as that of their opponents.

Words mean things and it turns out that democracies and republics are two different things. Look no further than my post on the topic.

Edited at 2010-09-03 09:18 pm (UTC)
ehowton at 2010-09-03 22:05 (UTC) (Link)
This entry was, purposely written not to be vague, but subtle. It had very little to do with politics, but in your assumption, you've become the very thing I despise, and proved my point.

Words do mean things sir, and you should study up on them. As always, thank you for your comment.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2010-09-03 22:12 (UTC) (Link)

P.S. What's the difference between marketing a product to persuade someone to buy said product and marketing a policy to persuade people to support said policy? Food for thought.
ehowton at 2010-09-03 22:20 (UTC) (Link)
Off-the-cuff and without any context, but assuming you're still talking politics (and after recently re-watching that video you posted) I'd have to answer, "Law."

And you know how I feel about marketing :/
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2010-09-03 22:24 (UTC) (Link)
I was going to make the argument that the only difference is the end goal: product bought through the power of persuasion vs. policy supported through the power of persuasion.
Lelf Treperra
ubet_cha at 2010-09-03 21:30 (UTC) (Link)
Vote and vote often. Even if there's a hair of a difference pick the direction that leans closest to your ideals.

...and then go fishing.
ehowton at 2010-09-03 22:07 (UTC) (Link)
Sometimes that's hard to do in Texas. Not enough religious diversity.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2010-09-03 22:16 (UTC) (Link)
Dont push your Christianity on me, but Ill push my Buddhism on you.
ehowton at 2010-09-03 22:21 (UTC) (Link)
Overall I'd like less pushing and more thinking. But that's just me being idealistic.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2010-09-03 22:25 (UTC) (Link)
How do you defeat an idea?

With another idea.
michelle1963 at 2010-09-05 00:57 (UTC) (Link)
As a self-described Buddhist, I didn't take the post as pushing Christianity.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2010-09-05 01:07 (UTC) (Link)
No, I don't think that this post pushes Christianity. In fact, I think if anything, this post pushes aspects of Buddhism.

My comment was a quote, hence the reason it was in italics. Additionally, it was a tongue-in-cheek comment to ehowton. Please don't read too much into it; it's a meta thing.
ehowton at 2010-09-05 01:53 (UTC) (Link)
I think if anything, this post pushes aspects of Buddhism.

Because we have to label things. Ask muslims to define their religion and they'll say, "Peace, love and tolerance." Ask a Christian to define their religion and you'll hear the same. Mention those three things out of religious context however, and people assume Buddhism.

Interesting how that works.

Self-perception is flawed.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2010-09-05 01:59 (UTC) (Link)
Self improvement is masturbation. Now self destruction...
michelle1963 at 2010-09-05 03:41 (UTC) (Link)
Ah okay. My mistake. Thanks.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2010-09-05 03:50 (UTC) (Link)
No worries.
Lelf Treperra
ubet_cha at 2010-09-03 22:41 (UTC) (Link)
And Maryland is basically a one party state with a well established version of a Good-ole-boy network.

Religion* here though just doesn't usually come up. Maybe we do have a cultural don't ask don't tell? Who knows?
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2010-09-03 22:17 (UTC) (Link)
The Rooskies only wanted the harbors in Cuba so they could go fishing.

That even sounds fishy to me.
ehowton at 2010-09-03 22:22 (UTC) (Link)
The Rooskies don't take a dump son, without a plan.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2010-09-03 22:26 (UTC) (Link)
I would have liked to have seen Montana.
michelle1963 at 2010-09-05 00:54 (UTC) (Link)
Interestingly enough, these ideas were discussed in my house last night.

People often mistake dogma, partisanship, and an unwillingness to compromise for principle; people often mistake degrading others as uplifting themselves; the people who often scream the loudest about their patriotism are those who know the least about the Constitution.
ehowton at 2010-09-05 01:56 (UTC) (Link)
Interestingly enough, these ideas were discussed in my house last night.

I would've LOVED to have been a part of that conversation - what fun!
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