Robert (Bro. Pepper-spray of Reasoned Discussion) (montecristo) wrote,
Robert (Bro. Pepper-spray of Reasoned Discussion)

Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!

I finally became fed up enough with Facebook on November 1 to deactivate my account. It's just not my medium. I've learned that, so I must say that it has been an education experience in having the account.

Most of what looks like passionate declarations of belief on Facebook is superficial "image crafting" by people who are either unwilling or unable to defend their declared beliefs, and when confronted with reasoned objection or argument, respond with passive aggression or other forms of emotional blackmail. Their argument is: "Agree with me, or you're a heartless, racist, homophobic misanthrope!" or "Shut up, or I won't be your friend anymore!" This is what constitutes for "reasoned discussion" among the products of our education system. There is a bumper sticker which reads: "If you can read this, thank a teacher." Fair enough, but it should be amended to add a logical corollary: "If you cannot reason your way out of paper bag, slap a teacher." I had to get rid of my Facebook account for the simple reason that it was undermining whatever faith in humanity I have.

It is impossible to stand between fools and their dooms.

Obama Administration Knew Millions Could Not Keep Their Health Insurance

This surprises anyone? How?

“Men are free not to choose man's survival as the standard of their morals and their laws, but not free to escape from the fact that the alternative is a cannibal society, which exists for a while by devouring its best and collapses like a cancerous body, when the healthy have been eaten by the diseased, when the rational have been consumed by the irrational. Such has been the fate of your societies in history, but you've evaded the knowledge of the cause. I am here to state it: the agent of retribution was the law of identity, which you cannot escape. Just as man cannot live by means of the irrational, so two men cannot, or two thousand, or two billion. Just as man can't succeed by defying reality, so a nation can't, or a country, or a globe. A is A. The rest is a matter of time, provided by the generosity of victims.

"Just as man can't exist without his body, so no rights can exist without the right to translate one's rights into reality—to think, to work and to keep the results—which means: the right of property. The modern mystics of muscle who offer you the fraudulent alternative of 'human rights' versus 'property rights,' as if one could exist without the other, are making a last, grotesque attempt to revive the doctrine of soul versus body. Only a ghost can exist without material property; only a slave can work with no right to the product of his effort. The doctrine that 'human rights' are superior to 'property rights' simply means that some human beings have the right to make property out of others; since the competent have nothing to gain from the incompetent, it means the right of the incompetent to own their betters and to use them as productive cattle. Whoever regards this as human and right, has no right to the title of 'human.'

Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

“Rumors went spreading through the country in whispers of cynical terror—yet people read the newspapers and acted as if they believed what they read, each competing with the others on who would keep most blindly silent, each pretending that he did not know what he knew, each striving to believe that the unnamed was the unreal. It was as if a volcano were cracking open, yet the people at the foot of the mountain ignored the sudden fissures, the black fumes, the boiling trickles, and went on believing that their only danger was to acknowledge the reality of these signs.”

Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

I find myself unwilling to be bothered by the state of the world anymore. There is nothing that can be done about it anyway. Events will take their course, as they have historically done and things will be as bad or as horrific as they will happen to be. It is very difficult to imagine what can be done to mitigate circumstances when one doesn't know how bad circumstances are likely to be. I find that troubling, but that is at least a personal consideration and not one where I need to convince anyone else that they are wrong.

Tags: economics, human nature, philosophy, rants

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